Different yarns…

I think my favourite thing about working with yarn is the sheer variety that exists. Not just in terms of fibre content, or colour but things like how smooth they are, how they feel to work with, how they drape and the naturw of the fabric they create. 

Take something like a cheap acrylic.  Some can feel really rough against your skin, akin to crocheting with a wire pot scourer.. and then theres others that are so soft you just want to sleep in it.

The hand, which I think refers to the firmness of the yarn between your fingers,  can also vary too.

Take this for example. The cygnet dk acrylic.

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It feels really soft to use, and worked with a 5mm crochet hook makes a lovely floppy fabric that feels warm against you. The yarn itself feels light and cushy between your fingers and flows effortlessly smoothly as it feeds from the ball.

I used it recently to make this granny square rainbow blanket

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In comparison, the Patons Fab DK, available in a range of prints and block colours, feels firm and has a slight texture to it and is denser than the cygnet. I’ve used a print and a block colour to make this toddler sized jumper

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As we move towards spring, I’ve started to use lighter yarns, particularly King Cole Bamboo cotton. I think this is probably one of the most versatile yarns out there. It has a firm yet slippy feel to it, and is prone to splitting, so not recommended for someone new to knitting or crochet.

Ive used it for amigurumi
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for baby hats
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For garments like this ladies waistcoat
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For my popular BooBeanie hats
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For accessories like this neck scarf or dribble bib
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And I think it would work beautifully for something like this

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I love wool for its capacity to take dye, and its suitable for use as a nappy cover.
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And heres one I’ve not worked with myself but I’m in awe of… crochet cotton. I picked up these amazing vintage doilys from a local store & even though they’re worked up they feel different.

This absolutely stunning & perfect for spring doily is surrounded by intricate pansies. The cotton is so thin, like 1 ply, probably smaller, and I think its been starched as it feels a bit stiff in the centre. I adore it so much.

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This on the other hand, and you’ll have to forgive the holes, feels light and airy, soft and drapey, I think I’d have enjoyed it to work with even though I’d hate the fiddlyness at the same time!
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I could go on for hours but you’d probably get bored and I’ve got a load of presents to wrap for my toddlers second birthday tomorrow ♥

Happy hooking everyone, I hope you feel inspired this Mothers Day.

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