Berroco days are coming soon! Woo hoo!!
Since opening in April, I’ve had quite a few requests/inquiries about Berroco yarns from my customers. As well as many people coming in with Berroco patterns that I’ve had to find substitute yarns for. Then a while ago, our yarn group had a swap. I received a (not so) subtle hint from Lesley, my swap partner, and was given some Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, a beautiful, wine coloured, fingering weight yarn that came in a nice hefty skein…I was sold (partially).
Then a few weeks ago I called Berroco, just to make kind of a loose inquiry, and was completely blown away by their customer service and policies…it was then I was sold on Berroco (fully). First, they sent me a big, honkin’ (free) box of yarn! I mean, oh yeeeah…who doesn’t love free yarn?! No one, that’s who!
And they also sent me colour cards…I mean actual colour cards with actual pieces of yarn! This will probably only impress those of you that have ordered yarn online only to receive a COMPLETELY different colour than you thought you were ordering! And the best, most impressive thing of all…free shipping over a certain amount! Even to Canada!!! After just having placed an order with an American company and being dinged $107 shipping on a $500 order, this goes a really, really long way with me. We, as yarn shops, to stay competitive, have to take certain losses…like sales, free shipping, discount cards, etc…and the favour is rarely returned to us from the wholesalers. So I have to say, I really appreciate the sentiment, Berroco!
So…I’d love some opinions on Berroco yarns you’ve used…or ones you’ve been pining to try. The Ultra Alpaca has been used over 15,000 times on Ravelry, so I think that one’s a must. And the Ultra Alpaca Fine, mainly because it’s such a generous skein for not too much money. But I’m also curious about some of the others that anyone has tried. Has anyone used Sox? Feels rather rough in the skein, but the colour selection is nice. And sorry, I don’t have any pictures of the Sox, it was quickly snatched up by our resident sockstress, Paula (though I do appreciate the test knit, Pollie!). I was also surprised to find the Borealis and the Remix (all recycled fibers) to be quite intriging…in spite of the high acrylic content (I am usually a rabid anti-acrylite). The Inca Gold is also totally drool worthy, and I don’t have any merino silk blends in yet, so I think that’s a go too. Also 2 other summer yarns looked nice…Seduce and Linsey…though, lets face it, it’s not like we ever really get much of a summer here in Newfoundland anyway!
So I’d love to hear any reviews you’d like to offer up, the good, the bad, and the ugly (not that any of us have ever had an ugly project, right??? ;) ) on the Berroco yarns…it will greatly help with my decision process. Thanks everyone! :D