Fiber of choice??

Lets talk fibers and projects! Answer us this one....Do you prefer to work with firbers that are chunky and bulky, thus creating a "faster to complete" project, or do you like thinner more fine fiber that creates a "longer to complete" project? I know we all ,kind of, like both....but which do you find yourself buying more of? I find I choose thinner fibers mainly because of the finished seems so much more elegant too that being said....I can't imagine working with lace or anything....I would pull my hair out (if I had any)!!!! Let us know.....and on a personal note....Thank you, too the lurkers who stepped up and said "Hi" after our #13 question.

Aaronknits's picture

There's a lot to be said about instant gratification.  Oh, and knitting something up in a hurry is good too!  I've got a couple of long term projects in the works right now, one of which uses that Naturally Tussock which is coming together rather quickly due to the weight of the yarn.  The other uses a much finer sport weight (Elsebeth Levold Silky-Wool), and is taking much more time.  I've also got enough on hand to work on anything quick, small, and easy that I may want to do too.  Stashes build rather quickly, especially when the yarn store has a 50% off sale!!!

Now you've got me thinking.

I like a regular worsted weight, it knits up nicely and makes a great finished project.

I love the look of the slubby chunky yarns & I also like the silky mixed yarns by Noro & the cashmere mixes by Debbie Bliss. I really enjoyed working with a hemp/wool yarn.

Basically I like  a lot of different yarns. Thick, thin, soft, slubby, silky. Then add in the mix after they have been washed............ 

What I did not enjoy was the eyelash yarn! 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

JPaul's picture

I use finer yarns most of the time.  I'm okay with worsted weight, but I avoid "chunky" yarns mostly because I don't like the look of them.  I don't believe I've ever purchased a chunky yarn.  My big purchase at the Stitches market this year was an autographed copy of Gossamer Webs by Galina Khmeleva and some cobweb weight yarn.

I had a chuckle at my local yarn store a couple of weeks ago.  A woman was sitting at the table knitting and complaining about "these tiny needles" she was using.  They were size 6!  I had my socks in my backpack on size 1's and it took me a while to remember the last project I did on needles larger than a size 6.  (I can't even imagine size 35's, Kevin!)

Craig's picture

Well it all depends I have used yarns of all different thickness, but these days i tend to be using the finer weight yarns. Also I prefer to use mostly natural fibres and I find that when these types of yarns become to chunky they start to become to heavy and to hot to wear.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

Bill's picture

finer yarns... when I use finer yarns I tend to use five or six of them at a time...I love to mix colours and textures... and that means bigger needles usually... ...tonight at our Monday Night Knit group...JPaul was starting socks on OO needles... I was starting socks on two #3 circular needles...(learning to knit two at a time...) I recently finished a charcoal wool poncho knit on #13 needles in an oversize cable stitch... ...each project and yarn is a new adventure... Bill

I enjoy the process of knitting with bulky yarn but don't care too much for the resulting fabric, especially if it's meant to be a garment.  Recently I've made a couple of pairs of felted clogs with two strands of worsted on US 13 needles.  The work just flies, and the felting hides the huge stitches and the super-obvious decreases, so it's the best of both worlds for me.  Generally, though, I prefer fingering or sport weight yarns for the finished look and more flexible fabric that they produce.  I've even tried knitting with some yarns intended for weaving (like 2/20 wool), but it breaks too easily and frankly tries my patience.  US 6 or 8 needles are about the largest I ever use.  Number 35's must resemble the handles of farm implements!

victor's picture

Being the yarnaholic I am I tend to buy any yarn or fiber that takes my fancy (mostly from store sales or car boot sales) then look for a project to suit which doesn't always happen!!! Moved house 8 months ago and got rid of about 10 large garbage bags of yarn that was bought on a whim to a friend who could 'use' it. I mostly use 8ply wool as that is what is most readliy avaiable here in Oztraylia. Have been known to do a couple of projects in cotton. If I use the knitting machine then I use 4 or 5ply.

Well I used to buy wool on offer and look out for suitable pattern afterwards.  Never worked.  Always had too much wool and the projects were never quite right.  Now I buy the patterns and the recommended wool - no problems - turns out perfect everytime! (!) I use a variety of thicknesses from 3-ply to chunky (I can't remember the US equivalents despite Martin Webster explaining it to me a while back).  Thick wool means I finish the garment quickly so don't lose interest whereas fine wool looks chic but takes ages.  I have  a 1/4 finished Jaeger cable pattern in 4-ply that I've lost interest in.  I will finish it mainly because I've invested £80 in it!.  But best of all is turning something out that costs £300 in a store when you've knocked out something better for £50. Thick or thin, knitting can be soo sweet!

Sport weight or less gets a lot more wear here in North Carolina. In addition, I prefer the look of a finer-weight project. Don't mind the time unless the project is a commercial venture that I am "only doing for the money". As opposed to a sweater for myself or a loved one (almost the same thing, since my immediate family can wear all my clothes). Besides, a fine jumper in fingering weight costs one-half to two-thirds what the same size jumper will if done in worsted wight yarn.


I prefer a finer yarn and smaller needles myself.  It works out good at the house, because my wife loves big needles and chunky yarn.  It's not often that we both end up needing the same size needles.  Speaking of size 35 needles, I ran across a book at borders the other day with a cushion made of unspun wool and knit of broomsticks!

Jordan's picture

After working with finer yarns for a while, I started working on a felted bag.  Gauge = 10 st. per 4 inches.  I thought it would be a good change of pace.  And, after a day of that, I've learned that I prefer the smaller stuff.  It's more agreeable with my hands.  On the bag project, I feel like I'm wrestling with the needles and yarn, whereas with a project like socks, it's more gentle.