Monday, September 13, 2010

Vanna's Choice Yarn

I was at Michael's the other day, and I thought this was funny, because I loved her when I was kid watching Wheel of Fortune.

Lion Brand Yarn introduces Vanna's Choice Yarn! Vanna White, America's favorite crocheter and Lion Brand's spokesperson for over 14 years, introduces Vanna's Choice®, an easy-care, silky-soft premium basic available in a range of beautiful, expertly-coordinated shades. Lion Brand says the yarn that bears her name and her picture, Vanna's Choice, is "as warm, inviting and beautiful as the much-loved celebrity."

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•Content: 100 percent acrylic
•Yarn Weight: Medium
•Gauge: 16 stitches and 22 rows per four inches on size 9 US needles (the ball band and my swatch agree)
•Yardage: 170 yards
•Color Availability: 23 solids and 5 prints, all designed to coordinate. The palette is heavy on pinks, blues and browns
•Color Used in Swatch: 105 Silver Blue

Vanna's Choice is a lot softer than you'd expect an acrylic yarn to be. It's slightly fuzzy, and this "halo" increases slightly after washing. The stitches, which were very even, seemed to open up a little bit after washing as well.
The yarn did not split much at all and was very easy to work with even when not paying attention to what I was doing. The fabric is smooth and even.
It curled quite a bit in stockinette stitch, but a quick wet down and stretching it onto a towel took a lot of it out. A more focused blocking likely would make the sides even smoother.

Uses for Vanna's Choice:
Vanna's Choice is a good, inexpensive choice for all sorts of projects where you want to combine durability (and washability) with a nice look and feel.
It would be good for baby clothing and other accessories for baby's room, as well as other projects for the home. The easy-mixing color palette will make it a popular choice for afghans, throws and picnic blankets.

Care of Vanna's Choice:
The yarn is machine washable in warm water and also machine dryable, making it a great pick for things that will need to be laundered regularly.
Because this is an acrylic yarn, it should not be ironed.

Bottom Line:
Vanna's Choice is a good addition to the Lion Brand line. It is easy to work with, comes in an array of nice colors, is soft and easy to care for.
If you think you don't like working with acrylic yarn, you might want to give Vanna's Choice a try. And if you are a fan of these inexpensive and easy yarns, this one might just become a new favorite.

I bought this book because the 10 little amigurumi animals will capture your heart, like it did mine! There's an elephant, hippo, monkey, giraffe, alligator, lion, seal, walrus, penguin, and snowy owl. Sizes range from 4" to 8" tall. They're all just too cute!! I hope to start with the seal and the hippo!

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