All Reviews Written by Ridley

Interweave Press - Interweave Knits Magazine
Bought this for one pattern 3 out of 5
Ordered this older magazine for the Window Pane coat, but found there are several other patterns I might consider. I now have a subscription for magazine but didn't have this issue. I find that even if there is only one pattern I like all the other info is very helpful.
By Ridley on May 31, 2011 2 out of 4 found this review helpful
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Addi - Addi Lace Needles
Love my addi lace! 5 out of 5
Everytime I buy a set I get an email to review them. They are still my favorite knitting needles. I have a pair of Lana Grossa that I like to use when the Addi are too slippery but still usually reach for these. I like the narrower points and find they work well with whatever I am knitting!
By Ridley on May 31, 2011 No comments on this review yet.
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Manos Del Uruguay - Maxima Multi
Yardage is 218 5 out of 5
According to the Fairmount Fibers the distributor of Manos yarn Maxima has 218 yards. Are you sure you are talking about the same yarn??
By Ridley on May 26, 2011 No comments on this review yet.
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Debbie Bliss - Fez
Knits up beautifully 5 out of 5
I am sorry that Debbie Bliss has discontinued this yarn. It knits up beautifully and after blocking it just gets softer to the touch! It makes a wonderful soft and warm sweater. Again too bad it is being discontinued. IMHO too many yarn companies discontinue really nice yarns!
By Ridley on Apr 11, 2011 No comments on this review yet.
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Malabrigo - Worsted Merino
My all time favorite 5 out of 5
I have already written one review but now that my coat is almost finished I decided to once again say this is my all time favorite merino worsted yarn! The cables pop, it is such a soft yarn to knit (I have a thing I have to enjoy the feel of the yarn as I knit) it is easy to wind into a ball,& it frogs beautifully! It is a yarn that I can't find a negative thing about. Everytime I go into my LYS people oh&ah over the feel and look of the piece. I am using the color Mineral Red which doesn't look anything like it appears on the monitor it is not red nor pink, leans more to salmon in my estimation. (the girls could probably describe it better) I hope to try the Malabrigo twist soon and I am lusting over the color #436 (if it looks like my monitor) in the Silky Tweed! No I don't work for Malabrigo just haven't found a yarn of theirs that I don't like.
By Ridley on Mar 27, 2011 2 out of 2 found this review helpful
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HiKoo - Simplicity
Feels like butter 4 out of 5
I have to admit I haven't knitted anything with this yarn yet, I bought a skein to try and it feels wonderful. According to Skacel who distributes this yarn they will soon be coming out with a worsted weight which is what I knit with mostly, so when they do & if JBW carries it I will definitely buy some. I have seen some garments made from it on Ravelry and all the comments on the yarn were good. Sure doesn't feel like it has any acrylic in it. I guess I'll have to go make a swatch and than order some. The price is great!
By Ridley on Mar 22, 2011 0 out of 1 found this review helpful
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Berroco - Ultra Alpaca
Really like this yarn 5 out of 5
I bought a pink skein of this yarn because I have wanted a pale pink cardigan and can't find one I like to buy! The yarn is so soft yet strong. I knitted a swatch, washed and blocked it and it came out fine. The yarn has a slight halo which gives it a soft cuddle me look. knits well, no splits,no knots. I am trying to find a cardigan pattern that I think will look good in pink before I order more. When I get something actually knitted with this yarn I will review again. Meanwhile Ravelry users give it high marks.
By Ridley on Mar 08, 2011 2 out of 3 found this review helpful
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Madelinetosh - Tosh Vintage
disappointed 3 out of 5
I ordered a skein of this from wool watchers as I have heard so many raves about Madelinetosh yarns. I haven't tried any of the others but this was disappointing. I did a swatch and washed & blocked it and the stitches look slanted to the left! The yarn is not scratchy but then again it isn't soft and cuddly either. I guess for the price this yarn sells for I expected something really different. Have to say though the color was beautiful and maybe that is what one pays for with this yarn.
By Ridley on Feb 24, 2011 3 out of 3 found this review helpful
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Rowan - Wool Cotton
Feels great 4 out of 5
I got one skein of this yarn from Wool Watchers,(my new way of trying out yarns that I haven't had before; I accumulate during the week and have it all sent out on Friday and the orders arrive here on the East Coast on Monday!) received my weekly order today and Wool Cotton was included in the shipment. It beats my expectations! There is a sweater in Fresh Fashion Knits that I want to make that calls for this yarn but it takes 10 skeins which is going to make it more than what I wanted to spend on this sweater, however the yarn is so nice I am going to have to find a pattern that I think is different enough to warrant the cost or something that uses less yarn but I do like this yarn and I must admit that I am no a Rowan fan; as I find most of their yarn is over priced for the quality but this one is a winner.
By Ridley on Feb 14, 2011 4 out of 5 found this review helpful
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Berroco - Ultra Alpaca
Soft and doesn't scratch! 5 out of 5
I just received my weekly wool Watcher order from JB; one skein of several different yarns. (My way of trying out yarns I am curious about and that my LYS doesn't carry. She calls me the Queen of my skein yarns; I think Berroco Ultra Alpaca is a yarn I will bug her to carry. It feels so soft and I have it laying on my shoulder and no itch with my sensitive skin. I have a sweater in mind for this yarn and as soon as I swatch it will probably be ordering more, even at regular price this yarn sounds like a bargain to me. More later.
By Ridley on Feb 14, 2011 No comments on this review yet.
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