Thursday, January 31, 2008

Transitions by Debbie Mumm - Yarn Review

Debbie Mumm Transitions yarnHi kids
Meet Debbie Mumm's Transitions yarn, made for Jo-Ann fabrics and crafts.
75% Acrylic, 23% Wool, 2% "other fiber"

(Well...what the heck is "other fiber"? Stuff they swept off the floor??) Ok sorry, that was snotty.

Anyhow, I recently got this yarn because the color was so attractive to me. It is also a fairly smooth yarn. I had planned to make a scarflette or neck warmer or somesuch, but I've been experiencing a need to make hand warmers. So out came the double pointed needles.

My initial impressions were good, even though I found a knot in the first 12 inches of yarn. The yarn was pleasant to handle, smooth and not splitting. After getting 6 or 8 rounds done, however, I noticed that the yarn was a little squiggly and smoothed it out, but it soon reappeared and worsened.

It turns out that although I originally assumed this was a singles style yarn based on appearance, its actually some manner of core spun yarn. What was happening is the outermost layer was sliding along the inner layer. Dissecting it a little I find the structure is thus: dyed wool core spun over white acrylic single interior plied with random fiber thread layer.

I continued knitting for a while, but the slipping got worse. It also led to an odd little detail where the wool slipped aside on the facing part of the stitch, leaving a stark white section in a couple of stitches. I stopped when I came to another knot in the yarn. I understand that commercial yarns sometimes need to be spliced, but twice in such a short space seems a bit much.

In general I can't say I'm very excited about the yarn at all. I might test it out with crochet or straight knitting to see if it behaves any better, but I assume it will not. Its a shame really, nice hand, great cable definition, but its just an annoying yarn. Now you are informed about my experience with this yarn. I would like to encourage anyone else who has tried the yarn to comment to the post about how it has behaved for you.


Ohiocrochetlady said...

It's a shame the yarn doesn't work well. It is very pretty.

Anonymous said...

This was a super helpful review. I realize I'm about two years late to the party on this yarn, but ...
Like you, I was seduced by the lovely colors and snatched up six skeins in the yellow colorway. I'm crocheting it with an H hook -- I was warned about the bunching (thank you!) so I've managed to keep that under control. But ... the seemingly lovely yellow is looking more like, well, snot. So I don't think I want to use it for the whole sweater. I'm planning on using it as the border on the bottom and sleeve cuffs, and then switching to a nice, complementary cream color for the body. My question to you is this: Would you call this a (4) Worsted Weight yarn? The label doesn't say, really, and while I can go pawing the yarns at the store to find a suitable body yarn, I'd like to have some sense of what others think the weight of this yarn is. Why does this Debbie Mumm character think she can just leave off the yarn weight designation on the label? Eeek. I'm regretting this impulse buy!

SapphireChild said...

Glad you found it helpful.

I think it was a worsted, but I don't have any on hand anymore to check. What I would suggest is this: Take a scrap of the yarn with you when you go looking for your second yarn. When you find something that is of interest to you, take a loose end of the new yarn and your scrap, lay them across each other to form an X, then fold them back on themselves, leaving them looped through each other. Then, gently twist each doubled side, and see if the resulting twist is similar in diameter. If it is, the yarns are approximately the same weight.

Remember, you may be able to return any unused balls. Check Joann's return policy.

Good luck!