Yarn Review–Sugarwheel Cotton

photo courtesy of Hitchhikergal on Ravelry.com

Yesterday it was rainy and cold and blah and I found myself going to HobbyLobby to pick up some yarn to make myself feel better. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, since I didn’t have a project in mind. I just wanted something that (as Marie Kondo says) sparked joy for me.

I ended up picking up a cake of Sugarwheel Cotton in “Sprinkles on Top”. (See above photo.) It’s a delightfully rainbow-esque self-striping yarn that is 100% cotton, a #4 weight that comes in 5 oz (335 yd) cakes. It’s normally $5.99 but I picked it up for around $3 with my 40% off coupon (which they have every week). Because I’m also forever misplacing my hooks (even though I have a case to store them in), I also picked up a shiny new H-8 (5.0 mm) hook to go with it. I didn’t know what I wanted to make, to be honest. I just wanted something that would make me smile.

I ended up starting a Virus shawl but I wasn’t happy with the way it was turning out, so I ripped it all the way back and started over with something else. I decided I wanted to make something unfiddly, so I could crochet and watch Netflix at the same time without getting too distracted by where I was in the pattern. The pattern I ended up settling on was the Easy Breezy Shawl which I altered slightly. According to the pattern, there is supposed to be one row of repeated DC, Ch1 followed by a solid DC row where there is a DC in every DC stitch and every Ch1 space. I changed that to make it 2 solid DC rows because I just like it better that way, personally.

The yarn is very soft and easy to work with and although the band says it’s a #4 (medium weight) yarn, it doesn’t FEEL that way. It feels almost as if it is halfway between a #3 (sport weight) and a #2 (fine or lace weight) to be honest. But it’s a pleasure to work with and look at, when I’m taking breaks because my hands and wrists are getting a bit sore. I’ll post a picture of the shawl when I’m finished…it’s going to be a great lightweight shawl to wear for this coming summer and I love the soft pastel rainbow stripe pattern.

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