Sunday, August 28, 2016

Caron Cakes Part 1

I belong to a lot of facebook groups, pages, blogs, etc to keep current on the latest and greatest crochet trends. It takes quite a bit to catch my eye, so when Caron Cakes entered the scene, it really stuck out to me.

I believe crocheters and knitters alike have been winding their yarn into cakes for a very long time. I have also purchased yarn in cakes with gradual color changes at yarn shops and conferences. The Caron Cakes have an abrupt color change.  I had yet to see yarn cakes done with well known brands that are sold in big box stores. Color me yarn excited!

Caron Cakes are currently sold at Michaels, so I made a trip out to Vernon Hills to see what they had to offer. When I got there, they had an end-cap of all their colors towards the back corner of the store. My first impression was that they are much bigger in person than they looked in the photos on the internet. Below is a photo of my haul. I put the standard sized adult coloring books in the background to put perspective on the size of the cake.

Here's some additional information found on the label below.

The Crochet Crowd has made several recommendations on patterns to try out using this type of yarn. Clicking on the photo will take you to their webpage with the recommendations.

In the next few weeks, I plan on trying out this yarn with one of the recommended projects. Stay tuned for the next post, Caron Cakes Part 2. Hopefully we will be able to answer such questions as
  • Is the yarn easy to work with?
  • Should you pull from the middle or the outside to start?
  • Is the abrupt color change ugly?
  • Is the wool itchy or not noticeable?

Til then!