Lion Brand Homespun
There seems to be a love/hate thing going on with Homespun. Some folks love it, some hate it, some love to hate it. I think it’s fun to work with. It may take a minute or two to get used to it but after that I have found it to be reliable for my prayer shawls and the leftover afghans I used to make. (Note to self: gotta start making afghans again.)
It has a very curly texture and it can come unwound in a New York minute if you use it for fringe and It’s not the most fun to deal with if you have to frog it.
That being said, I love the way the fringe look when it does become undone. It adds to the overall piece. The afghans I made have remained beautifully in tact. Someone sent me a photo of one I sold ten years ago. Still holding up and being used by her nieces when they sleep over.
The yarn has some beautiful color striations – even in the more solid colors – and you don’t always notice them until you take a step back and look at what you’re making.
I find it easier to knit with than crochet with because the needles make it easier to find the stitches. It has terrific drape and it soft to the touch and on the skin.
I used Homespun exclusively for my prayer shawls until I found a similar yarn at Hobby Lobby. I will review that on it’s own. But where Lion Brand has the big advantage is that is available in 60 colors – you’ll have to go to Lion Brand itself for the greatest selection. I usually purchase from JoAnn and I’ve never been in any store that had a huge selection of what’s available. JoAnn by mail has the whole range and since she is the coupon Queen and they have sales, you can find it for a lot less than the $7.00 which I only pay if I have to.
Another client asked I make a slouchy hat out of Homespun. It was something never considered but I did it and was surprised at how great it came out. It didn’t seem as if the texture would hold up in a slouchy beanie but it was beautiful and she was pleased with it. I have also designed a cable scarf with it. Not the easiest thing to tackle and I don’t know what I was thinking but it I’ve had several custom orders for it and the pattern sells well – must be those folks who love it.
As I look around the free range, I see several skeins in various colors.I know there are more in the caged yarns. Looks like there are a few more prayer shawls coming to the shop. This will remain a staple with me. There’s nothing like it for the shawls and afghans. I may even try some colors I never thought about before. There are so many to select from; there has to be a surprise of two in there.