Friday, February 11, 2011

~ Hobby Lobby's ILTY! (I Love This Yarn!) ~

I found out Wednesday morning from a co-worker that there was a Hobby Lobby just up the road from work.  What?  I didn't know that?  What the heck is wrong with me?  I must be losing it in my old age.  :)  So immediately after work (I work part-time) I got in my pretty little PT Cruiser and cruised on up the road to visit this new craft store.  As soon as I walked in I immediately loved it - it's huge!  So much stuff to look at.  Although I didn't have too much time to spend there exploring (I needed to go to the grocery store and then on to get my grandson J off the bus) I headed for the yarn department.  I expected to see lots of rows of yarn, but there was only 3.  Bummer.  I've read on so many blogs about everyone loving Hobby Lobby's 'I Love This Yarn !' and I wanted to try it out.  I picked up about 6 new colors and I also bought 2 RHSS petal pink.  The ILTY! was $3.99 each and the RHSS was $2.79 each. 

Now the following is my opinion (so please don't fuss with me or blast me on your blog):

I will not be making a habit of buying the ILTY! - yes, it's very soft and the color variegates are pretty, but the price is way too high compared to the RHSS.  There's a $1.20 difference for the same 100% acrylic yarns.  Now I know that alot of crocheters do not like the RHSS, but I do - it is my most preferred yarn.  Some colors of RHSS are known for being rough but it always softens up with a quick run in the dryer.  No washing needed - just the heat from the dryer.  I don't see any reason why I should fork over the extra $1.20.  Maybe when it comes up on sale I will buy a couple skeins just to get different colors but that will be all.

P.S.  The 2 skeins of petal pink RHSS I bought were just as soft as the ILTY!.  Maybe Red Heart is listening.  :)        
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31 comments:

  1. no blasting here. I hear ya. I've never used that yarn, however I tried Vanna White because everyone raves about that~crap IMO. I use the Debra Norville yarns~beautiful, no fraying, no knots. lays nice and washes up great. I personally don't like Hobby Lobby~our HL here is so crowded and they only have 1 person at the check out. I like buying yarn online when I can. I'm not a big fan of Joann's either. I guess I'm hard to please LOL.
    I had to take down my LH site, btw, because you need to pay for the linky thing now. :(

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  2. I like RH yarn..it is my prefered. I just gravitate to it. Reasonably priced. I have been to Hobby Lobby or whatever it is only one time, it is maybe 45 ride for me. While they alot to look at and see, which was different the Micheals or Joann's, I too was disapointed in their yarn isle?ROw...not to much, and more expensive...I'll stick with Michaels for the yarn...these opinions are our own..and everybody has them it's ok, you like what you like. Have a good day....

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  3. I'm with you Debi. I've been very satisfied with Red Heart, more then others I have tried and for the most part my yarn of choice. I just found recently that Red Heart has crochet thread and I love that too. Whats ya making with the petal pink? Can't wait to see! Blessings to your day and weekend.

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  4. Hot topic! Just kidding.... :)

    Ok my take on Hobby Lobby is pretty much the same. I wasn't overly impressed and the prices were ridiculous! I shop at WalMart mostly but also Joanne & Michaels with their coupons. However, I do think the ILTY is softer but again not sure it's worth the price. I haven't tried Vanna's Choice or Debra Norville's yet.

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  5. Interesting post. I don't have any of the big chain stores within my city limits so I hear a lot about places like Hobby Lobby but never actually go to them. Always good to get contrasting views on them.

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    1. Most yarns are available for sale on line. I'm physically unable to go to stores, so I order all my yarn on line. Do a google search for all the name brands. Try Walmart or Joann's for good prices and selection.

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  6. I think it is okay to use whatever yarn you want. I just love browsing around blogs to see what everyone is making and never once do I consider the yarn they use unless they are pointing out something. Sometimes cotton yarn is recommended for example, instead of another yarn but that's the way I look at it all.

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  7. Red Heart is my tried & true. I used to be in love with Caron Simply Soft until I SIMPLY got tired of my hook constantly splitting the yarn...LOL.

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  8. I agree with you too. I love Red Heart and I haven't had any complaints from people who buy my items (at least not yet). And since Red Heart is so affordable I can sell my items at prices that my customers love! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  9. If I were any where near Hobby Lobby I'd be perpetually broke because I could spend a fortune in that place and still find stuff I want more...

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  10. Where I live we dont have a Hobby Lobby either. We have JoAnns, Michaels, and A.C. Moore. While those 3 places do offer more color selections, and different brands of yarn, they are all more expensive than Walmart.
    In my opinion RHSS is just as soft as a lot of the other brands (after you run it in the dryer) I like to use a lot of different types of yarn but only when I can find them on sale. If not on sale I stick with RH.
    Ms. Debi, I would certainly hope no one would blast you for stating your opinion...I kind of thought thats what blogs were all about..mean people suck. :)

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  11. I haven't used RHSS in a long time. There are so many yarns to pick and choose from, I enjoy trying different ones. I just recently purchased some Red Heart Soft which is very soft, similar to Caron Simply Soft. I like to hear other's opinions on their yarn. Hope you have a great day Debi. :-)

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  12. Tip - Every so often, (probably every other week or two in newspapers) Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon. Or you can sign up to receive their ad (with coupon) via email.

    Challenge - skeins are in dye lots. But if you think, there is a way to purchase on sale and still end up with enough of the same dye lot.

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  13. I haven't tried the ILTY from HL yet, but the HL that's closest to me is almost an hour away and the last time I was in there, the prices drove me away. I normally buy Caron Simply Soft because I love the feel of it and I can crochet fast with it.
    The day I was at HL, I was with my Mom and we also hit JoAnn's, Michaels, and Walmart. Prices on the Caron SS varied a lot between the stores.
    Walmart: 2.97
    JoAnns: 3.97
    Michaels: 4.99
    Hobby Lobby: 5.99

    So from their prices on the Caron alone, they scared me away from trying any of their yarn!

    I would love to try a skein of ILTY though, just to try it. But I don't think I want to buy it.

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  14. I have to agree with you and most others here too...ILTY is a bit pricey to be a store brand and acrylic. But it is very soft. I don't have a HL near me for over 100's of miles, but I did take advantage over a year ago of an online sale they offered, and stocked up. I think it was on sale for like $1.99 - but haven't seen it on sale since. Back then the regular price was only $2.79ish. I don't understand why they went up so high, and from what others say on other sites, they don't offer it on sale. I've been using my ILTY stash in several WIPs i have going, and its just really nice to work with. don't know how it will hold up in the wash though.
    I have used Michaels Loops & Threads in the baby yarn and the Impeccable, and love both of them. They are softer than RHSS, but are a bit more expensive...their skeins are only 5oz; RHSS is 7oz. Vanna's Choice is not my favorite, but I like alot of the colors it offers, but in working with it, IMO it splits too much.

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  15. I really like ILTY....alot...but it has gotten way too pricey for me. Especially since about 1 1/2 years ago it was $2.49!! I cannot believe it went up so much, so quickly....and it is never on sale. So now, I buy one skein at a time with the 40% coupon. That is the only way I'll get it.

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  16. Translation..Please.what is ILTY? I must not have ever used it cause I don't know what it is..Caron Super Soft is nice, but soft and to soft I think for some projects which need more stability.


    Have a beautiful day.

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  17. I just finished knitting a baby blanket with the ILTY 1st time I've used it. It is so very soft, but had a lot of trouble with the yarn splitting. I've used RH in the past but it seems to get tiny balls all over after a few washings. Maybe there is not a perfect yarn.
    Grace

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  18. I love ILTY. However I recently purchased a skein of Red Heart Love, and I swear it's the exact same yarn. Now I'm on a mission to prove it. Haha! Same price and feels exactly the same.

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  19. I like both Red Heart and ILTY! What i do when i make my afghans is use double strand because i like the heaviness and it makes the afghan warmer. Plus i like the colors it makes when you double strand 2 different colors. I use 1 strand ILTY for the softness and 1 strand of Red heart to add sturdiness. The afghans come out beautiful and soft and warm and sturdy!

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  20. I personally thought, wow something new give it a try, yeah right very, very disappointed when into my project and using new skein that there where knots in the middle of the skein, like someone tied another skein to that one, Also, happened when using 2more skeins the exact same thing like someone just tied the ends togeghter. Very disappointed since it cost more than the RH brand. I will be staying away from future purchases of HL I llve this yarn.

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  21. Wow, thanks for the tip about using the dryer for the Red Heart yarn. I had no idea it would soften it. I was forking over the extra bucks for the other yarns because of the roughness of some of the RH. I would much rather pay RH prices for yarn, I can do more projects then! :)

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  22. i buy all my yarn offline and red heart ss CLASSIC is 2.79 but its 30z and red heart ss ECONOMY is 3.88 for 7 0z which matches ilty at 7 oz are you sure you are not comparing 3 to 7 ounces?I just checked its that wwy at walmart.com and redheart.com!

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    1. Hi Amanda. No, the ounces are the same - 5 oz. for the variegated and 7 oz. for the solid colors. Here's the link to Hobby Lobby showing the ILTY! and RHSS yarns:

      http://shop.hobbylobby.com/yarn-needlework/yarn-by-weight/?subcat=Medium%20Yarn&brand=I%20Love%20this%20Yarn|Red%20Heart

      The price is now $2.99 for the RHSS and $3.99 for the ILTY!.

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  23. I don't suppose the dryer trick with RHSS works with the skein instead of just the finished product? Because my problem with it isn't that it makes my projects too rough, but rather that it literally makes my hands bleed as I'm working with it. I guess I just have sensitive skin or something, haha.

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    1. Hi Maggie. I guess you can try putting the skeins of yarn into a lingerie bag and then running through the dryer with a damp towel. I've never done it, so I'm not really sure. If you try it, please let me know if it works. :)

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  24. I'm a little late to the game on this one, but hope this will help anyone else trying to compare. I had always purchased RHSS in the past, but got really tired of working with the roughness. Secondly, I don't know if it was just the skeins I got, but the ends were always completely buried and I kept having to pull out the entire middle of the skein to find the starting end! Lastly, I also had many problems with knots and frays in the middle of the skeins. I started paying more for ILTY for several reasons: it was much softer to work with, the colors seemed much more vibrant, and lo and behold, the starting end was pulled out at least 3-4 inches out of the end so I never ever had to search! However, after completing my first afghan and starting a second using ILTY, I started noticing a few things: 1) ILTY has just as many knots and frays as RH did. 2) The multiple Hobby Lobbys I've been to only have the space to carry up to 6 skeins of each color, though I rarely see them actually have 6 skeins of any one color. This means if you're doing a large project and need more than say 3-4 skeins of a single color, you'll not be able to get them all in the same dye lot unless ordering online. Purchasing online unfortunately means you will not be able to take advantage of any in-store sales/coupons. 3) There is a HUGE difference from one dye lot to another. We're not talking just a little minor variance in color, as I've also noticed a huge difference in the actual thickness of the yarn. I'm now two thirds of the way through my current afghan, and I unfortunately underestimated how much I was going to need by a single skein and I have been to 5 stores and can't find anything close to the same color, so I'm at my wit's end for how to get around this. 4) The single afghan I completed with ILTY is pilling badly, even though it's only been about a year since it was finished, and they are not washed very frequently.

    All this to say that originally I was amazingly happy, as ILTY is extremely soft and the colors are very vibrant. However, I would have to say the honeymoon is definitely over, particularly now that I have an afghan that has probably at least 200 hours invested and I'll probably never be able to finish it. I do believe I've decided ILTY is simply not worth the headache or the additional expense, and that they need to change the name to IHTY. :-) I second the thought of one of the other postes, in that perhaps there just isn't a perfect yarn.

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    1. Thanks for letting us all know this Amy. I was wondering about how the afghans that have been crocheted with the ILTY! are holding up - I have a towel topper done in ILTY! and it has pilled badly. It has been washed and dried quite a few times though. I think I'll stick with my trusty Red Heart Super Saver - there's a whole lot of colors and it washes and dries very well (gets softer every time) - plus it's easy on the budget. :)

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  25. I am trying to find a replacement for ILTY, and have also found RHSS too rough to use with any enjoyment... but it seems to me that Micki is right; RH Love feels almost the same! I would love to find out if they are made at the same place...

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  26. Just began a lovely scarf with ILTY but there were a BUNCH of knots in the 1st skein I began using. I think for the price it should be of better quality, but I LOVE how it feels to work with--<3

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  27. Just finished an afgan using Caron Simply Soft, ILTY, and Red Heart SS, because I was using up part of my stash, and at first I was really nervous that the SS was going to be noticably rougher than the Caron and ILTY, but it really isn't! I'm going to throw it in the dryer to soften it up some more, but it's already great! Definitely a SS fan!

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