Yarn Review- Peter Pan Precious Chunky

Fur yarn, you either love it or you hate it (bit like marmite)

I have to say this is a new type of fur yarn for me.

First of all the technical stuff

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First it is chunky yarn and they suggest using UK-6.5mm, USA-K crochet hook or UK-6.5mm, USA-10.5 knitting needles

It is 80% Nylon 20% Polyester and comes in 6 shades

It is 50g or  75m (82yds) per ball, skein

Tension 14 stitches, 20 rows to 10cm /4″

It feels soooo fur like, you wanna pet it!!

PRO’s

  • Gorgeous feel
  • looks like fur when knitted/ crocheted up
  • can be used for double knitting projects
  • If you want a pet, this is a cheaper alternative, yes it really does feel that nice and soft

CON’s

  • not cheap at £3.10 per 50g
  • if you drop a stitch in knitting it is neigh on impossible to pick it up
  • has to be treated as delicate,  30C wash, no ironing- not exactly ideal for parents

 

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Until next time

Fiona x

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Yarn Review- Sprightly Yarn Acrylic Worsted

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(pewter)

I had never heard of Sprightly yarns before, not surprising since they are exclusive to Craftsy which is a company based in the USA.

So when I agreed to design a pattern for a Craftsy kit, I was delighted when this lovely yarn was shipped to me.

First of all you can get it shipped to the UK (and a lot more countries) and I checked out their shipping rates. Up to 42 balls of this yarn is at standard shipping rate of £11.33

Now the yarn is on sale at the moment at £2.19 (pretty much a bargain if you ask me) the normal price being £3.64. So if you decided to club together with friends (or hoard it all to yourself as I would) at the sale price with postage it works out at £2.49 a ball, which is still very reasonable.

Ok, so down to the yarn.

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First it is aran (worsted) yarn and they suggest using UK-6mm, USA-J crochet hook or UK-5mm, USA-8 knitting needles

It is 100% acrylic and comes in 32 shades

It is 100g or  201 yards per ball, skein

Looking at the yarn in the ball, it has a soft even feel

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Forest Green, Pewter Scarlet, Suede White , Black

PRO’s

  • Cheaply priced
  • Doesn’t tangle
  • Soft yet sturdy feeling
  • even thickness throughout
  • works up lovely- even after frogging lol
  • lots and lots of colours
  • machine wash and tumble dry- mean it is good for parents (must try some cardigans for Sarah)

CON’s

  • has to be shipped, so if you run out….arggg
  • not everyone likes acrylic yarns

I have decided to use the pewter in my newest design and i may have to get some shipped for future projects as it really is a lovely yarn to use

If you wish to purchase some you can get it here

or please check our facebook page on the 24th March 2018 for our weekly giveaway, which features Sprightly yarns this week 🙂

Until next time

Fiona x

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Yarn Review- Knitcraft Cotton Blend Plain

I picked out this yarn to remake pattern 87 and I thought I would do a review on it

Knitcraft Cotton Blend Plain by hobbycraft

(light pink)

First it is double knitting (light worsted) yarn and they suggest using UK-5mm, USA-H crochet hook or UK-4mm, USA-6 knitting needles

It is 50% acrylic 50% cotton and comes in 16 shades- 2 are mixes

At £3.30 for a 100g ball it is fairly cheap.

Looking at the yarn in the ball it look lovely and even and soft

PRO’s

  • Fairly cheaply priced
  • Doesnt seem to tangle
  • Soft yet sturdy feeling

CON’s

  • Feels thicker than I would expect from a double knitting yarn, I would not normally use a 5mm hook for a DK yarn
  • Hand wash, no tumble dry and cool iron, do not make it a parents friend
  • I am a very tight even crocheter, but I could not get this even. Even when I get to the end of a row and think it went well there will still be some pulled stitches (please see photo below)
  • Splits when crocheting which can be very annoying

In conclusion I have to say I am not a huge fan of this yarn. If it wasn’t for the splitting and weird stitches (see above) it would be quite good for amigurami or toys, possibly good for scrubbing cloths /potholders as it feels quite thick and sturdy. I won’t be picking this up to use again.

Until next time

Fiona x

First Yarn Review- Caron Simply Soft

I thought i might start doing some yarn reviews so that you can see which yarns we use.

My first review is on a newly discovered yarn

Caron Simply Soft

(Chartreuse, Country Blue & Orchid)

It is a worsted (aran) weighted yarn and they suggest using a UK-5mm, USA-H crochet hook or UK-5mm, USA-8 knitting needles

It is 100% acrylic and comes in 52 lovely shades

Under $5 / £5 so not the cheapest or the most expensive yarn out there

I first discovered this yarn when i spotted a beautiful hat mum had made, I knew then i had to get me some and try it out!!

I decided on the Chartreuse- a beautiful lime green colour

and with this i made

PRO’s

  • It comes in a lot of colours
  • This yarn is so soft, making it a good choice for baby wear
  • Being machine washable and dryable makes it very versatile and parent friendly
  • Glides easily over your hook
  • Has a fuzzy natural look to the yarn
  • So far i have not come across any knotting in the yarn (where the yarn has stopped and they have rejoined it with a knot- one of the most annoying things to come across- I don’t like knots in my work, so I usually have to then cut and sew in ends) so that is definitely a plus point
  • It is readily available in the UK and USA which is a plus point for me when designing

CON’s

  • Tends to get tangled at the start, so you have to sort it out with multiple hands (this wastes precious crochet time)
  • The threads can split apart which can be annoying, if you have keep a tight tension on the yarn it makes it more likely to happen as you insert your hook, so keeping it slightly looser can help
  • It is thinner than other worsted (aran) weighted yarns I have used, but keeping an eye on your tension helps solves this
  • I had to google to find out what was the dye lot number on the label as it isn’t immediately obvious (it is the ww number)

In conclusion I have to say I like this yarn a lot. I love the soft sheen and the colours it comes in and I am working on another project with it at the moment and will definitely be using it again

Until next time

Fiona x