I’m Not Buying This Yarn Again – The Anti-Rec Thursday

I’ll just admit it right here at the beginning, I’m grumpy.

But who wouldn’t be when they have splity yarn on the needles?

I’m making a Pepita (as I mentioned yesterday) for a soon to be mom. I like the pattern. I’m making progress.

But I would have made more progress if I didn’t have to stop and deal with all these split stitches.

Its made with Mimosa by Yarn Bee. Yarn Bee is the house brand for Hobby Lobby* and I’ve used other yarns from them and I like them. But I don’t like this stuff. I needed a fingering or light sport weight yarn and I wanted that yarn to be cotton instead of wool. The choices for finer weight cotton are limited. I picked this Mimosa because I liked the colors and because it was right there on the shelf.

I should have gone to my LYS and bought Cascade Ultra Pima Fine. Or I should have used the Cotton Fine by Brown Sheep that I already had in my stash.

I’m using size 2 (2.25 mm) metal needles with very sharp tips and its still splitting. One in every ten stitches comes apart on me and makes that irritating little “scritch” sound.  Argh. I can’t imagine how much trouble I would have with this yarn on wooden needles. The idea of trying to crochet with it makes me grind my teeth. No, I’m not even going to try and see how bad it is on a hook.

Here is why the yarn does not hold up (and as a spinner I should have known this yarn wasn’t made right): It’s four strands of (tiny) already-finished-and-plied cotton yarns that have been plied with a two strands of shiny acrylic ribbon.

I’m not sure if you can tell from this picture but that acrylic has no twist in it at all. When you take twisted strands and and ply them with untwisted strands, the yarn is unbalanced. Of course its going to fray and split.

No, I’m not giving up. No, I’m not starting over with something else. I have a baby shower looming. And the yarn looks fine once its been worked up.

But I’m grumpy and I’m not having much fun knitting this. I’m not buying this yarn again.

However, if you’ve had a totally different experience, please feel free to jump in and defend this yarn’s honor. You won’t change my mind but you won’t hurt my feeling either.

* I’m aware of the lingering controversy regarding Hobby Lobby and its owners and its fight over funding abortions for its employees. I have made it a rule that there will be no politics on this blog. I shop at Hobby lobby, obviously. They get plenty of my money. That tells you how I feel about it. This post is a yarn review and nothing else.


18 thoughts on “I’m Not Buying This Yarn Again – The Anti-Rec Thursday

  1. I haven’t tried that particular yarn (no Hobby Lobby where we live now – pooh!), but I’m SO with you on working with splitty yarns! I’m ‘re-teaching’ myself to knit right now and made a washcloth with some organic cotton I bought at a show. (And I WISH I could remember what brand it was!!). I love how the yarn looks worked up, but eesh is it splitty!!

    I’ve finished the washcloth and still had some left – enough for maybe a few makeup remover pads – but I just couldn’t do it. Even though I usually try really hard to use up every last bit, I just can’t. I cut it up for the birds to use for their nests.

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  2. Gosh! You and Pam are so much better than I am about using up yarn. I don’t work with difficult yarn any more. Life is too short or I’m too old. Toss it!

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    1. I definitely agree with you there – life is too short to work with bad yarn!! One reason I don’t work with certain acrylics anymore (Bernat Satin for one).

      I’ll admit, I bought this particular cotton because it was 1) organic and a sport weight, and 2) I was at a HUGE knit & crochet show and just kinda got caught up in it all. 🙂

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  3. I use up splity yarn for what “used to be” grocery string. Good for tying packages only. I won’t name the culprits, I just don’t buy anything else from them – my “never-again list”.

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  4. I was at Hobby Lobby last night, and was not impressed with the yarn selection. Which may just be our store. But they have the best selection of crochet tools in this town. Good for you for persevering, but I would definitely put it in the bsanned list.

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    1. Yes, all the commenters seem to say splity yarn is not worth the time or effort. I should have stopped at the beginning and gotten something else. I regret that I didn’t.

      I’d love to say that I have learned my lesson but.. probably not. lol I’m sure I’ll be in this same situation, muttering the same cuss words, in the future.

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  5. I threw out all Hobby Lobby yarns…into the dumpster and some with the bands still on them. I made up a dishcloth in blues from the cotton yarn, my water turned bright blue, and there were fuzzies all over the counter when I thought I would give it a spin. I also made up tons of beanies for charity, and while I have no idea how they would wash up for those in need…they went right along into the dumpster….made from acrylic. They have one warehouse to supply 600 stores. Always out of this and that…I also had purchased 5 skeins of acrylic/alpaca…very alpaca rich, needed two more…I was told no longer carrying that color. When I went back into the store, that color was stocked to the gills…after frogging 5 skeins from my knitting needles. I won’t waste the gas to drive there, nor do I want the cheap crap they sell. My opinion, has nothing to do with their birth control issue. My opinion is from experience.

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  6. Sorry you’re having such a frustrating time! Knitting should be fun! Exciting! Challenging (but in a GOOD way)! Congrats for forging on despite the splittiness, with a project that is even cuter than the last time we saw it.
    I’ll say one thing that is totally counter-intuitive: I have had much better luck with bluntish wooden needles when working with splitty yarns.
    No, I mean it.
    No, really.
    Brittany birch needles saved my sanity (well, ok, debatable) when I made a baby sweater and socks with splitty yarn.
    I don’t know why it’s so, but there it is.
    No, really.

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  7. I know what you mean! I purchased this yarn to crochet a baby dress. I’m not a knitter so I don’t know much about “slitting” of this yarn but as I worked along about every 18 inches I had to dangle my entire project to let the yarn unwind.
    That is how I found this blog while trying to get some emotional support and or group therapy on the Mimosa Yarn Bee by Hobby Lobby.

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    1. So glad you found us!

      Yes that yarn is also twisty. Now that you mention it, I distinctly remember having to dangle the project and let it slowly spin over and over. Never again. When I need a cotton fingering I stick with Cascade Ultra Pima Fine or Lamb’s Pride Cotton Fine. They are pricier but its worth it.


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