Friday, February 7, 2014

Testing Out Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable Yarn

I've been eyeballing this yarn for a couple of months now.  It is the Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable.  I thought about using this to make a Christmas present for my sister, but then I thought I would want to keep it for myself so I should probably wait to buy it until I know what I'm actually going to do with it.  Or who I'm going to give it to.

Every time I saw this colorway, my mouth would water and I just wanted to have it.  I read some comments on Ravelry about this yarn and I would say this seems to not be too popular with the knitters and crocheters out there.  Knowing this, I bought it anyways and decided that I would test it out and decide for myself.

 First of all, those colors!  Those glorious colors!  This colorway is fittingly deemed "parrot" and I'll say it does look something tropical with a rich, hot pink combined with a sort of minty turquoise and a gentle lavender.  This yarn has quite the gradient when it comes to the colors, which you will notice as you work it up.  Pink is the primary color, which I assume is okay if you bought this yarn in the first place.  Myself, I'm kinda batty when it comes to pink - I can never get enough.

 This yarn is 100% acrylic and a category 4 yarn.  It does have a little bit of "thick and thin" characteristics, but so far I cannot tell enough of a difference to where it would matter.  Others do not feel the same as this seems to be the number one complaint I have read and some believe this is more of a category 3 yarn.  It comes in dye lots and is instructed to machine wash cold on a gentle cycle and tumble dry low.
 Now I've started to work up my cowl scarf using a very simple repeat pattern of 2 rows of single followed by 1 row of triple crochet.  I'm noticing that this yarn likes to twist on me a bit, which can be annoying because I'm constantly having to stop and unwind it as I go.  As you can see in this image, the working yarn is twisting on itself and also the piece is curling up on itself.  It's kind of strange.  I don't know if this is something that will work itself out or not, or if it will just get worse.

Here you can see the different gradients of color.

 This yarn has a nice sheen to it, but it is extremely fuzzy and has quite the "halo" effect.  Due to this, some people feel that it doesn't have very good stitch definition.  I'm not doing any intricate stitches, so I can't speak for all, but I feel like the yarn has a decent stitch definition.  I like the fuzziness of the yarn and how shiny it is - but I do wonder if it will pill a lot after washing.  I also wonder if it will be extremely annoying against the skin.

The drape is also kind of strange due to the fact that it does stick to itself quite a bit, as you can see in the photo to the right.  I'm holding it up and you can see how it is curling.  Once again, I don't know how it will look once I finish the cowl and do some blocking, but I am hoping for the best.

It does look oodles more lovely in the sunlight, doesn't it?

So far I'm a little nervous as to how it will turn out.  I have a lot of questions that won't be answered until the piece is finished, blocked, and washed.  For now I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best.  I only purchased 2 skeins of this yarn and at only $5.00 a skein, it's not a too costly experiment.  We will see how it goes.

1 comment:

  1. Have you been able to measure out a colorway repeat? I've been having trouble trying to match when connecting to a new skein without a lot of waste.