I've wanted a kit from Yiotas for the longest time - I've seen them on so many blogs and they look awesome! I finally got one last year, but I wanted to start it before I posted! I also had a Janlynn kit I was dying to do, so I thought I might show the differences :D
Here's my two new lovely starts (these are also the two missing slots in my Turtle-Trot list).
'Princess of Sun' by Yiotas and 'Funky Cat' by Janlynn
I adore two things about Yiotas' kits - the way she does the floss and the soft, soft, lovely soft fabric!
Here's the Yiotas' kit's floss - all neatly wrapped and ready to go. They are stuck a sturdy bit of paper, but not by the floss - there's a bit of tacky glue on the top of the bobbin.
Just for comparison, this is Funky Cat's floss:
Yiotas' nice, smooth fabric, and then the usual horrible kit stuff - although if you dunk kit fabric in warm water before you use it, and iron it dry, it gets nice and soft. It's full of starch to keep it flat in the packaging. Which I will admit, is better than it getting all torn up during mass production. It's no fun to stitch on unless it's washed first, though.
Janlynn's stood up all by itself - I was very amused. I got some odd looks (I took these at work, on break. Coworkers think its odd when you're laughing like a hyena at something they can't see. I dunno why.)
The patterns actually weren't too different - both nice and big, easy to see, and just a little bit awkward to work with unless you fold them or make working copies. But I like working copies, anyway, so that doesn't bother me!
My grandmother has a saying 'The proof of the pudding is in the eating'. Means don't judge something until you've tried it. So I used that as my excuse for two fairly large new starts!
Princess of Sun is as nice to stitch as I thought it would be. I'm still petting that lovely fabric!
And Funky Cat is still a bit stiff after the washing but I love the design!
So there are starts #17 and #18 for January, and I think they are actually #7 and #8 on Turtle-Trot. Weird.