Crochet & Fiber Arts, Yarn

Neon Yarn

Simply Soft, a great acrylic yarn that actually doesn’t feel like plastic, a few years back released a set of “Brite” yarn.  Hot pink, bright orange, lemonade yellow, shocking green, electric blue, and a purple that can only be described as intense.  This year, I decided I’d use these not-so-subtle colors to make my equally not-so-subtle sister a bright and modern afghan this Christmas.

And then.  They discontinued the yellow.

WHY?! Why do you do this, yarn companies?  How can you possibly take one color out of a set and expect it to be okay?  I spent well over double the cost of regular yarn to buy the discontinued Lemonade color on eBay, carefully checking and re-checking my yardage to make sure I’d have enough to finish the afghan.  It’s not like I can just go to the store and buy more.  So, yarn bought, I wept into my pillow and wished it farewell from the line (okay, maybe I wasn’t quite that dramatic!).

So, fast forward a few months later.  The boys and I were out running an errand that takes me to the other side of town, where there’s a Michael’s.  I always love to stop in and browse their yarn selection when I’m out that way.  And while I was poking around, dreaming of projects that could be made coordinating color schemes in my head, I came upon it:

Neon Yarn - bright stuff

Neon yarn.

Neon holds a very dear place in my heart.  After all, my formative years were spent in a sea of neon fashion, neon school supplies, and neon everything.  I mean, check it out (80s and 90s).  I think just about everything on those two pages brings back memories of my school years.

Neon Yarn - bright

Anyway, when I saw these neon colors, I knew I had to have them.  I tried not to go overboard, only buying one of each, and foregoing the orange, which looked too similar to the mango color in the Brites line to justify the purchase at that point.  Also, there’s this nagging question of what in the world to do with them?  I’m trying to figure out now if there’s a way I can incorporate them into the aforementioned mod afghan for my sister.  Then again, this might just qualify for a project all its own.

Now, there is absolutely no logic to me in discontinuing a bright, sunny yellow color like Lemonade, only to have it replaced with highway-workers-vests neon yellow.  But gosh, these are just so fun.  I might hurry up and buy a few more (before they’re discontinued, too)!

Neon Yarn


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  1. Joyce Schafer says:

    Where is the neon yarn available? Unable to find it locally.

    1. I found it at a Michael’s Craft store near me, although I don’t see it on their website. If you’ve got a local one, maybe try calling and they can ship some in.

      1. Joyce Schafer says:

        Thanks, I do have a Michael’ s a few miles from my house. I will give them a call. My Granddaughter will be very happy.

  2. Annie says:

    Good news! Lemonade is back in stock (:

    1. Hooray! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. brenda butler says:

    i am having such a hard time finding the neon yarn here in ontario canada …can anyone steer me in the right direction plz…

    1. Hi Brenda,
      I found a link to Joann’s, where they sell the yarn. I’m pretty sure they ship to Canada, here’s the link:

  4. Laurie Peterson says:

    What brand of yarn is the neon yarn. I can’t find them.

    1. Hi Laurie,
      The yarn is Caron Simply Soft. Here’s a link to Herrschner’s and Joann’s. You have to search through the colors, but the four are Neon Yellow, Neon Coral, Neon Pink, and Neon Orange. If you have a local Joann’s or Michael’s, you may want to call to see if they stock it. I’ve seen them in both stores before. Hope this helps!

      1. Laurie Peterson says:

        Thank you so much.

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