I’ve been a fan of Debbie Stoller’s Stitch and Bitch books for years. Stitch and Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker was the very first crochet book that I bought when I first started crocheting about 8 years ago.
The patterns were fun & funky and the instructions were straightforward. When I started knitting last year, I ran out and bought Stitch and Bitch: A Knitters Handbook. So, of course, when I heard Debbie Stoller was coming out with a line of yarn, I couldn’t wait to test drive some myself. Earlier this week, I grabbed a few of my Joann‘s coupons and bought 4 skeins of the new Debbie Stoller Stitch Nation Yarn. The new line features 3 kinds of yarn — Full o’Sheep, which is 100% wool, Bamboo Ewe which is a bamboo/wool blend, and Alpaca Love which is a wool/alpaca blend. I started off with Full o’Sheep in Passionfruit, Plummy, Honeycomb and Thyme.
My take on the new yarn? At $4.99 for 159 yards, it is a pretty good buy, especially if you use the ever forthcoming Joann’s coupons. The colors are wonderful! They are vibrant and super-saturated without coming off as brassy or ‘fakey’. I love the colors! The yarn is single-ply, which I’m not used to, but it has a nice feel to it, so I think I’ll like using it. For my first quick project, I made a felted pansy, which you can see in the photo. I only ran the flower through the wash once for felting. The colors look great, but I think if I were making a bag or something bigger, I would run it through the wash once more for tighter felting. I also used some of Honeycomb and Thyme to embroider details and trim on the fingerless mitten that’s in the picture. (The base of the mitten is actually a recycled sweater).
Bottom line – this yarn is a big hit, and I can’t wait to try the alpaca and bamboo blends. Now, if I can just find where I put the rest of those coupons that I printed out…