Stylecraft Batik Swirl – Yarn Review

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 13-09-2018

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Like icing on top of a cake – Stylecraft Batik Swirl is a yarn cake that comes in 200g balls. There are 4 new shades that we wanted to share. I have crocheted with this yarn previously and really enjoyed working with it. Now these new shades are here I fancy using it again. The only problem is I can’t decide which one to choose.

Watch the video below to take a closer look.

Stylecraft Batik Swirl DK

Highland – 3735

Stylecraft Batik Swirl DK

Meadow – 3736

Stylecraft Batik Swirl DK

Forest – 3737

Scheepjes Sweet Treat – Yarn Review

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 26-07-2018

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Scheepjes Sweet Treat is a lace weight, mercerised, cotton yarn that is ideal for fine lace crochet. The colour range is phenomenal with over 80 shades available and all of the shades are the same as Scheepjes Catona. This is useful to know if you want to mix and match the yarns together. The Scheepjes Sweet Treat would make a pretty, delicate border around the edge of a mandala or blanket.

Watch the video below to see how I got on crocheting with this yarn.

The lovely ladies in the Craft Barn have displayed the Sweet Treat in groups of colour.

Scheepjes Sweet Treat

Soft pastel shades on display in the shop

Scheepjes Sweet Treat

Blues and greens

Scheepjes Sweet Treat

So many shades of Scheepjes Sweet Treat! Oranges and purples.

Sara’s yarn review – Rowan Alpaca Soft DK

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Yarn Reviews | Posted on 28-03-2018

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I have been knitting a simple garter stitch scarf with Rowan Alpaca Soft DK. The scarf is just 36 stitches on a pair of 4mm needles. I’ve knitted every row until the end of the ball, using four different shades. This easy- knit idea came from a lady called Pat, who used to be a Rowan Consultant, she was wearing a scarf like this in store.

More shades of Rowan Alpaca Soft DK that would make another great colour combination.

Rowan Alpaca Soft Dk

Sara’s yarn review – Debbie Bliss Rialto

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 10-08-2017

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Watch my latest video on our YouTube channel to find out what I have been making with Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply and Debbie Bliss Rialto DK. I have been knitting a cardigan / jacket with Rialto DK and crocheting a vibrant baby blanket with Rialto 4ply.

Take a closer look at my blanket here. Keep an eye out to see the finished article very soon.

Crochet in Caron Simply Soft

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 12-04-2017

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Now as you now I don’t need much of an excuse to start a new project. Show me a ball of yarn and I’m away. So can you imagine what happened when I was presented with a box of 55 balls of yarn! Oh my giddy Aunt, I went new project bonkers and started two in one day!

The yarn in question is the incredible, and aptly named, Caron Simply Soft. An aran weight 100% acrylic yarn that you can machine wash and tumble dry. The 55 colours mean you can be a true artist and create any palette you like.

My first thought was granny squares. I went for muted berry tones and a starburst design. Because it’s an aran weight the squares grow in no time. The treble stitch shows of the subtle sheen of the yarn and I know the blanket will have a great weight to it. I made three or four squares before I changed my mind. (I told you I went slightly bonkers). The colours would look even better as a V stitch.

I love the V stitch design. I’ve used it before on both the ‘Spice of Life’ blanket and ‘Highland Heathers’. It blends the colours beautifully and crochets up in no time. I’ve only done a small sample of it so far but I love it. So watch this space as I think it will be a WIP in no time!

I was playing with these yarns on Mother’s Day which meant I had much more time to play. It was my first Mother’s Day at home for a few years; I’m usually away at a show. So I made the most of it and insisted on Matt & the girls doing everything. This meant I could crochet all day long, and I did.

The sun was shining so after a morning of V stitch I picked out six new shades that reminded me of spring and sat outside and started a baby blanket. I don’t need a baby blanket but that’s what the yarn wanted to be and who am I to argue. The granny squares are in a mix of five bright shades, pink, blue, green, yellow and purple and I will edge them all together in white. Wow! I love it! I’ve not got much time to do it at the moment but I’m about half way through and hoping to get it finished next week as I have a few days off. Watch this space!

Sara’s yarn review – Stylecraft Head over Heels

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 15-09-2016

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Watch my latest video on our YouTube channel all about Stylecraft Head over Heels yarn. A brand new sock yarn from Stylecraft that comes in six variegated shades. I have knitted a beret in shade Eiger. Emily and Amy have also been having a play with the yarn, crochet and tunisan crochet.

Here is my hat in shade – Eiger of Head over Heels.

Stylecraft Head over Heels

Amy has been trying out tunisian crochet in shade – Eiger.

stylecraft head over heels

Emily has been crocheting a virus shawl in shade – Kilimanjaro.

stylecraft head over heels

Vinni’s Colour Nikkim yarn

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 04-08-2016

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We have recently added a fabulous new yarn to our website – Vinni’s Colour Nikkim. There are 80 amazing shades to choose from! Watch my yarn review below on our YouTube channel.

Sara’s yarn review – WYS Illustrious Dk

Posted by Amy | Posted in Yarn Reviews | Posted on 12-07-2016

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What is your favourite yarn? – Part 2

Posted by Amy | Posted in Yarn Reviews | Posted on 15-06-2015

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Last week I shared our Facebook followers yarn favourites – part 1. This week I am back with the round up for part 2. Four more yarn categories have been put up to the vote. Along with carefully counting numbers it has been interesting reading the comments people have left to support their choices. I have included some of this feedback below. To read more take a look on our Facebook page.

Fashion

fashion yarns

The favourite is………A – King Cole Opium Palette

Janine says – ‘I’ve just finished a wrap for my holidays and it looks stunning even though it’s only garter stitch!’

Lyndsay – ‘I’ve just started my first King Cole Opium project and I’m loving it!’

Chunky

chunky yarns

The favourite is……….B – Rico Creative Melange Glitz Chunky, closely followed by Sirdar Faroe Chunky.

Double Knitting

double knitting yarn

The favourite is……….Rowan Wool Cotton

Cotton

cotton yarns

The favourite is………King Cole Cottonsoft Dk

Lyn says – ‘Washes and tumble dries beautifully. Lovely and soft.’

Helen says – ‘King Cole Cottonsoft  I too am part of the wonderful Knitted Knockers UK group that make 100% cotton prosthesis for women who have had mastectomies …king Cole Cotton soft is the softest and comes in the prettiest colours.’

What is your favourite yarn? – Part 1

Posted by Amy | Posted in Yarn Reviews | Posted on 03-06-2015

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Earlier this year we put out a series of questions on our Facebook page, asking our followers to choose their favourite yarns. Rather than leaving the question open ended we offered four options to choose from in each yarn category. It was interesting to see which yarns came out as the overall favourites, there were lots of positive comments too. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for similar posts popping up over the next couple of weeks.

We started with super chunky yarns, offering the the following options –

Super Chunky

super chunky yarns

The favourite is……….A – Rowan Tumble

Baby

baby yarns

The favourite is………..C – Sirdar Snuggly Dk

Lace

lace yarns

The favourite is………..Araucania Botany Lace

Aran

aran yarns

The favourite is………..Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran