If you ask me what my favorite yarns are, novelty yarns aren’t high on the list. The yarns I truly love are baby alpaca yarn, bamboo and silk blend yarn, and cashmerino which are all natural fibers. But I have a confession … when I find myself in the kind of store that sells acrylic novelty yarns, something compels me to pick them up. Recently I noticed that I especially seem to impulse buy Moda Dea yarns. The problem is that I don’t really know what to do with them once I own them.

Moda Dea Ticker Tape in Money Colorway

My first introduction to Moda Dea yarns was through a Listia find where I got ten skeins of Moda Dea Ticker Tape. I gave some away during my December blog giveaways but I also kept a few skeins for myself. I ended up using it as the bottom of my most recent crochet dress. Ultimately I enjoyed how it turned out and I’d consider using this discontinued yarn again, perhaps, but it was a tough one to work with.

Since then, I’ve noticed that I’ve picked up several other skeins of Moda Dea yarn on impulse. I’m not usually in yarn stores but I went to a discount sale at a fabric store recently that had a bit of yarn and I came home with some Moda Dea Swirl and some Moda Dea Lazy Daisy. And I keep picking them up here and playing with them then frogging and giving up because I just don’t know how to use these novelty yarns.

Moda Dea Swirl Yarn in Rosette Colorway

I know that Moda Dea Swirl attracted me because it is sooooo soft. This is ultimately what draws me to most novelty yarns. I am sucked in by that plush feeling of the skein. I forget that a finished item in something like baby alpaca fiber is even softer! With Moda Dea Swirl, it’s this combination of softness and silkiness that I like. But that silkiness comes from fringe-y bits that hang off of it and I just don’t know what to do with it.

Another problem for me with Moda Dea Swirl is that I chose a color that isn’t in my normal blue-grey color range and I’m not sure I actually like it. It’s called Rosette and it’s mostly reds and pinks with a little blue and green. I am drawn to it in the skein but as I try to work it up I just don’t think it’s something I’d wear or use. And yet, I keep picking it back up so obviously I want to do something with it!

Moda Dea Lazy Daisy Yarn

I’ve only tried the Moda Dea Lazy Daisy a little bit. It was the softness that also drew me to it although it’s not as soft as Swirl. It’s a strange novelty yarn. Basically there’s long stretches of blue yarn that have yellow, blue and pink thread wrapped around them. Then periodically there are these little tufts of the blue. It works up weird and I’m just not sure what to do with it.

I figure I have a few choices as well as something to learn here. First of all, I can start looking for some patterns that use these types of novelty yarn to find something I like and see if that makes me enjoy working it up. Second, which is more likely, I can use this type of novelty yarn as borders on other items. I did that with Patons Bohemian on the border of my large granny square blanket and it worked really well. As for what I learned, I need to be more selective in my impulse buys and consider saving my money for those luxe yarns that I know I never fail to love.

How do you recommend using novelty yarns?


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  1. carolmckayau Reply

    I wonder if the swirl would make nice dramatic edgings on the neck, armholes and bottom of a vest in the light tan shade I see in it.

    As for the lazy daisy, I have never bought anything like this either because I have no clue what to use it for, maybe get some grey and make a black and grey striped skirt with fairly wide stripes?

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @carolmckayau Good ideas. I do think that novelty yarn in general works better for edgings than for full projects. I like the idea of putting it on a vest, although I’ve never actually made a vest yet. Something to play with for sure!

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