I'm not sure how many knitters we have here, but I want to hear about everyone's favorite vegan yarn. I haven't knit any major projects for a while, and when I do I use the nicest cotton I can find. What other yarns do people like? Especially for warmth.
For warmth, I think that the plain ole Red Heart works best, even though it risks looking cheap and cheesy. But other yarns I like:
Red Heart Soft Yarn
For fuzzy-lookin things (hats, scarves, sweaters), i like Bernat Soft Boucle. In comes in nice girly colors ^^
For cotton things (that aren't washcloths), I like Cotton Ease, but it's soooo expensive usually. I have no idea why :(
I like the Cupcake yarn too, but only for certain things. It looks cool, and there are some nice colors, but it's not the softest texture:
Once I got Bernat Bamboo and Bernat Soy yarn on sale/clearance. I *love* that yarn, but of course normally it's like $3-4 for 50 yds or something crazy. Both types are really soft & silky.
I've only used Sugar 'N Cream and Lion. They're both 4-ply.
I have 50+ Sugar 'N Cream Super Size balls because they kept going on sale for $2 and I'd buy six balls in the same lot. I like Lion's darker colors, but I've only bought two rolls because they're about $5 each.
All in all, they're okay. I knit a baby sweater, baby booties & hat, a hat for me (in progress), dishcloths, and a hot pad with the yarn. They all seemed like appropriate uses for the weight.
I'm knitting this hat right now and I think the extra volume will make up for the non-fluffiness of the yarn, so I think it's possible to work around the weight with the right pattern.
I've seen other, gorgeous yarn with nice fluff and variegated color at a locally-owned yarn shop, but it's all, like, $7 a skein, and I haven't come up with a project that would justify the expense of multiple skeins. Sugar 'N Cream isn't fluffy, but it's smooth when you run your hand over the finished product. I'd say it's a Corolla. Definitely not a Subaru.
Michael's Impeccable yarn is acrylic, if you use that -- I really like the texture of it, soft and warm and not too fuzzy, and it doesn't cost much ($2.99/skein here in WY). The black is the only one that I think has a coarse feel. For higher end stuff, I recently bought a skein of hand-dyed bamboo yarn from http://www.etsy.com/shop/quovadishandspun - she has some gorgeous stuff.
Nice resource! I've been wanting to make socks since I learned to knit, but the smallest vegan yarn I could find was a 3/dk/light worsted. The only problem is that the lace and superfine yarn on her sight is expensive and I'd need two skeins. I'm not sure if I want a $60 pair of socks. Maybe I should go with the heavier yarn I already have and make slipper socks.