All Reviews Written by Gayle

Malabrigo - Rios
4 out of 5
Rios is one of my favorite worsted weight yarns. It is soft next to the skin, has a beautiful drape. What's more, it's washable!
By Gayle on Feb 24, 2012 1 out of 1 found this review helpful
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Addi - Addi Circular
My go-to needles 4 out of 5
Addi circulars are my go-to needle. I've used bamboo and rosewood needles, too, but I find myself going back to the Addis. I have not tried interchangeable needles or other circulars. Started with the Addis and have remained with them. The joins are smooth. I do like the Addi Lace when I want a sharper point. My only complaint is the cables tend to stay coiled.
By Gayle on Feb 06, 2012 1 out of 1 found this review helpful
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Malabrigo - Rios
Soft, washable, beautiful 4 out of 5
The yarn is a pleasure to knit with, and the result is beautiful. I used it for a Two Ribs Infinity Scarf, which I like to wear doubled. The yarn is soft next to the skin and also gives a beautiful drape to the scarf. The only reason I didn't give Rios 5 stars was because there was 1 knot in my skein my pet peeve!
By Gayle on Feb 06, 2012 3 out of 3 found this review helpful
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Classic Elite - Silky Alpaca Lace Hand Paint
Beautiful "Before and After" 4 out of 5
I used this yarn to knit "Before and After" by Churuchmouse. It works really well for this pattern. It's not as soft as Helen's Lace or Gaia and doesn't have the spring of either, but I think the Classic Elite is perfect for this pattern. It's kind of like it has a teensy bit of wire in it (like some of the Habu), though I know it doesn't. I also like that the joins are very smooth. No thick and thin spots. No knots.
By Gayle on Nov 23, 2011 4 out of 5 found this review helpful
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Brooklyn Tweed - Brooklyn Tweed Patterns
Five-star pattern and results 5 out of 5
I very rarely dole out a "5," but this totally deserves it! The pattern is well-written and clear. Knitting the border is a little time-consuming. I needed to concentrate during the "star" section. The last section was a sprint. The result is stunning! It may be the most beautiful thing to come off my needles. I did mine in a lace weight, which gives the shawl a very open, delicate look. Still provides warmth. Not sure how it would look in fingering, probably just as pretty. It's a gorgeous shawl.
By Gayle on Nov 21, 2011 2 out of 3 found this review helpful
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Noro - Kureyon
Great for felting 4 out of 5
I am in general not a fan of one-ply yarns, but Kureyon worked beautifully for my current project of small felted bags. The long segments of color repeats also worked well, giving a color-blocked effect. I have used Kureyon in the past for a scarf my first knitted item!. Again, I loved the wide stripes and colors. Visually, it's one of my favorite scarves, but it is a little scratchy on my neck. Be aware also that the yarn has thick-thin variations.
By Gayle on Jul 26, 2011 No comments on this review yet.
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Blue Sky Alpacas - Alpaca Silk
Great for felting 4 out of 5
While knitting with this yarn, I thought it was going to be a little too heavy looking, but after it was blocked, it was just right. Shawlette is nice and soft, not at all itchy on neck. Occasionally split while knitting.
By Gayle on Mar 08, 2011 No comments on this review yet.
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Koigu - KPPPM
Soft and cushy 5 out of 5
This yarn never disappoints. I love its softness against the skin and its inherent sprong. This is one yarn that seems to get even better with washing, enchances the loft and softness.
By Gayle on Mar 03, 2011 No comments on this review yet.
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Crystal Palace - Panda Soy
Spring chemo cap 4 out of 5
I wanted something lightweight and elastic for a spring chemo cap. Panda soy fit the bill perfectly. --One of my pet peeves is knots in the middle of a skein, which this had, so a bit of a demerit for that.
By Gayle on Mar 03, 2011 2 out of 2 found this review helpful
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Hand Maiden - Sea Silk
Spring chemo cap 4 out of 5
I wanted something lightweight and elastic for a spring chemo cap. Panda soy fit the bill perfectly. --One of my pet peeves is knots in the middle of a skein, which this had, so a bit of a demerit for that.
By Gayle on Nov 10, 2009 No comments on this review yet.
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