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.
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
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
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.
And I think it would work beautifully for something like this
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.
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.