Sara / Kate (sarakate) wrote in knitting,
Sara / Kate

Seeking yarn reviews

I am playing around with a couple of yarn choices for a sweater I'm designing. The two yarns I'm currently considering are Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, and RYC Cashsoft DK. I like the feel of both, but am currently leaning toward the Cashsoft as better suited to showing off the design.

What I'd like to hear about from you folks, though, is durability. I can tell from swatching, of course, how the yarn feels, how it knits up, how it shows detail, etc., and I can get some idea of performance by washing my swatch. I can't, however, really get a good idea of long-term durability. I have check the reviews at both Yarndex and Wiseneedle, but they're sparse and in some cases conflicting. I'd like to get a broader set of opinions and some more targetted information, if possible.

So, here's what I'd like to hear, if you've used either or both of these yarns:

--What kind of project? (because a pillow gets different usage than a sweater, for instance)
--Did you work it at standard DK gauge (5.5 st/in) or tighter or looser than that?
--How long ago did you make it, and how much have you used it since?
--How are you caring for it? (washing/drying methods, and how often, would be helpful)
--How's it holding up? I'm especially concerned with pilling, but if it's fading or something, I'd like to hear about that as well.
--And any other comments you wish to share about either of these yarns.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Tags: yarn review - blend, yarn review - luxury fiber
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