Yarn Review – King Cole Giza Sorbet

Stats

Name: King Cole Giza Sorbet

Price: £2.99

Ball Weight: 50g

Yarn Weight: 4ply

Yardage: 173 yards

Fibre Blend: 100% cotton

You can find my project using this yarn here.


What Are the Yarns Benefits

First of all, the colours are lovely. There are 10 colourways to choose from and they are all equally lovely. Because the colour pallets are quite subdued and gentle, you get a lovely subtle pattern in your work. Its great if you want to give a bit more visual texture to a fairly repetitive stitch pattern. 

It is lovely and light to work with. I imagine it would make a lovely light summer top. Or a delicate wrap or shawl. 

It glides over the hook smoothly and has a wonderful sleek sheen to it and the stitch definition is just beautiful.

What Are Its Drawbacks

I cant really see any drawbacks. It is quite thin so I personally found it hard to grip. It aggravated my carpal tunnel syndrome. But this is more a fault on my part than a drawback to the yarn. 

My Rating

Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 8/10

Wearability (how comfortable is it to wear) – 7/10

Workability (how nice is it to work with?) – 8/10

Final Score – 23/30

Stash Busting Sunday (17/06/18)

For this Stash Busting Sunday post I have come over all Disney.

Yes, those of you who know me know I am not a great fan of Disney. I don’t think I ever have been. The only real exceptions are Toy Story (I grew up with Andy so blubbered like a baby in 3 because I too was at that age of growing up and leaving my family and home comforts behind to go to university) and Coco, which was absolutely excellent. However, you cant deny the appeal of such a classic character.

For these cards I used a pack of letter tiles, a pack of pearl embellishments, and some toppers from the Winnie The Pooh paper crafting range from pound land, as well as a sheet or two from their Fall in Love range paper pack and some sparkly glitter paper. Aren’t the little pooh bear and honey pot gems just adorable!

WIP Wednesday (13/06/18)

Hello all. 

Its just a short one today. Unfortunately just in time for world Knit (and Crochet) in Public Day I busted up my hand. Now thise who know me know I am always crocheting in public – on the train, on the bus, in coffee shops, at work, at the doctors. But early on saturday I was doing my security patrol at work. I went to grip a door handle to check the door was shut and I must have gripped it dunny because all the muscles in my hand went ping. My hand started shaking and my fingers seased up – I couldnt bend them at all. The tips of my fingers were tingly. My ring finger started to swell so I had to whip my engagement ring off a bit sharpish and apply ice. After some ice and ibuprofen and some rest my hand is now all ok, but it did rather scupper my prospects of crocheting for a few days. 

I have only managed a few more petals for my first rose. I am close to habing a finished rose. But I really need to speed it up a bit – the flower show is in 10 days time! 

Most progress this week has been on my Movie Night Cardi. I finally managed to finish the granny square part and now that its just cuffs and collar to go, its finishing up real quick. 

I am using 1 ball of Stylecraft Batik to finish it off, pictured above. I love the way the colours work together. As you can see below I have now finished both cuffs. So hopefully by the end of the night shift I have just started, I will have a nice new cardi to show you. The pattern calls for two rounds of single crochet for the collar but i have around 30g of yarn left so I reckon I could manage maybe a 3rd row. We shall see. 

What have you been up to this week? Let me know in the comments!

A Card for my Nan

My poor nan had to have surgery on her shoulder recently. I made this card ages ago (back in late april) but her appointment got cancelled and rescheduled so I had to wait to post this until she had received it. She has now had her surgery and is not allowed to use her arm for a couple of weeks until it is healed. 

I made it using a few bits and bobs I got in The Works and some flowers from my Aunties craft stash. 

Making this card with such minimal supplies was what really inspired me to start using up my card making stash. 

WIP Wednesday (06/06/18)

Its the first month of summer here in the UK – although it feels like we had no spring this year, hopping straight from snow to sweltering heat. 

That means its also the first WIP Wednesday of the summer. And I have 2 completely opposite projects on the hooks. 

The first is my Movie Night Cardi. I am so close to completing the base square. Just 2 more colour repeats to go. Not very summery at all but very pretty! I know I said this last month and the month before too but I hope to finish it this month. 

And the second is a very summery project – the start of my wedding flower experiment for a flower show I will be attending at the end of June! I am using the Flower show as a great deadline for finally cracking on with my wedding bouquet experiments. I have started with some simple roses. Here are a couple of petals waiting to be sewn together to form the rose head. I had a fourth petal almost finished but then had to frog it – I had been awake for over 16 hours at this point so my tired brain didnt take note of what hook I had been using. The first three were made with a 2.5mm hook but I picked up a 4.5mm hook by mistake so it came out far too big! 

I am working with Drops Merino baby merino. I have 6 balls in total in shades of green and purple. Gonna have a play around and see what I can create. 

What are you working on this week?

Yarn Review – Scheepjes Colour Crafter

Stats

Name: Scheepjes Colour Crafter

Price: Between £1.99 and £2.39

Ball Weight: 100g

Yarn Weight: DK

Yardage: 328 Yards

Fibre Blend: 100% Acrylic

You can find my project using this yarn here. I am also working on a CAL using this yarn now. Here are my first 2 months work, here and here


What Are the Yarns Benefits
This yarn is so soft. I mean mega soft. So unbelievably soft which you would not expect from an acrylic yarn. It makes the warmest, snuggest blankets ever. 

It comes in so many beautiful colours – almost 100 shades in every colour imaginable. A veritable rainbow! And it is such good value for money – at only £1.99 you can use it to make all sorts of items for little cost. Once I have got through some of my enormous stash I may grab some more of this yarn to make a brightly coloured cardigan. 

It is lovely and smooth . It glides over the hook so smoothly and is lovely and soft in your hands. And for an acrylic, it also has wonderful stitch definition. 

What Are Its Drawbacks

The only slight issue I had was a minor amount of piling. When exposed to friction it does fuzz up a little – this was a particular problem for me when I would a centre pull ball too tightly and ended up a big tangled mess. So my advice would be to relax the tension a bit if you choose to wind it into a centre pull. 

My Rating

Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 8/10

Wearability (how comfortable is it to wear) – 9/10

Workability (how nice is it to work with?) – 9/10

Final Score – 26/30

Stash Busting Sunday (03/06/18)

Its that time again. Another stashbusting set of cards.

Like in my very first stash busting post, I used a couple of 6×6 kraft cards, and a paper pack and sentiment set from Poundland’s Fall in Love range, with the addition of a sheet of green glitter paper, also from poundland.

In this use of these craft materials, I tried to master an origami flag tulip. I had originally planned an origami flat rose but the photo instructions for the rose I had fallen in love with were very unclear and I could find no video to explain it better. (I feel with origami that a video really does help). Anyways, I still had origami flowers on the mind, and then I found the origami tulip. It is a very simple but lovely way of embellishing cards.
One thing I have realised on making these is that not all paper patterns create such appealing tulips. The pastel tulips are lovely, but, for example, the red chevron tulips are not as lovely. I enjoy the overall impact and contrast on that particular card but the red chevron tulips are just so busy that its quite hard to see the folds and therefor it is not so clear what they are.