Blogger picks for March
March means the start of spring (hopefully), and we’re celebrating a new season with new yarns and blogger picks. See what some of your favorite bloggers have to say about these new yarns.
Conway and Bliss ‘Cleo’ has an amazingly smooth finish which is great for really clear stitch definition, and makes it really easy to work with. As it’s mostly cotton it has a very drapey finish, and for me would be ideal for making amigurumis, although it’s also perfect for teaching as it shows up sample stitches perfectly.
Click here to read more about what Emma thinks about this yarn over on her blog, Steel and Stitch. If you want to learn more about Emma’s inspiration and creative ideas, click here to read our interview over on LoveCrochet.
Rowan Softyak DK yarn is so soft, so silky and so nice to crochet with plus it comes in some beautiful jewel toned colours. The chainette composition of the yarn means that it doesn’t split when you’re working and so it’s just perfect for all your DK projects; blankets, scarves and soft hats would all hook up lovely with Rowan Softyak, I love it.
This DK weight blend of cotton and yak also knits up like a dream with a soft shine and a smooth feel. Have you seen the shade Pasture (00240) yet?
Finding a yarn that is soft but can take the day to day needs of active children is always a joy for me as a busy Mum. I rarely find time to regularly handwash or defuzz a hand knit that’s pilled horribly and while I don’t mind once in a while, I wince at the idea of doing this repeatedly.
When I was offered the opportunity to road test Classic Elite Big Liberty Wool, it was too tempting! I cast on immediately and have two little hats nearing completion and a third planned for me. I like to think I’m being thorough in my scientific testing of yarns in casting on 3 projects straight away but others might say I’m too easily distractible. I’ll let you decide.
Plied and machine washable, Liberty Big Wool promises a little more practicality for knitters along with the wonderful properties that only wool can bring: a soft and breathable fabric in all natural fibres. I really like the fact that this yarn has tonal colours too. I can enjoy a colour that isn’t too ‘flat’ in a fabric but not so busy I have to think about what stitches would be seen instead of being drowned out by too much going on.
This yarn is not tightly plied so once it’s given a bath, it relaxes nicely to make a squishy feeling fabric. In terms of durability, I might need a bit more robust testing and for that I’m looking to the two toddlers I’ve just created hats for. You can find what projects I’ve chosen in my blog post here. In the meantime, I’ll be casting on that third hat for a bit of selfish gifting to myself.
What do you think of these Blogger picks for new yarns?
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Last updated: March 10th, 2016.