Okay, so I have only been knitting for a little over a year. I have completed only 2 projects. And, I thought I would try those speed stix, hoping to maybe finish some throws in time for christmas. I first purchased some of the lion brand homespun yarn, following the pattern they have listed on their site. The problem is it is so darn expensive. So, I got some Red Heart super saver, multi-color yarn. I started with 3 strands, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. I noticed it looked holey and some of the stitches are loopy. Is this normal? DOes anyone have any patterns for beginners using the speed stix? And, also what is a good, cheap yarn I can use instead of the homespun? I would greatly appreciate any help you guys can give me.