Yarn Review – Lily Sugar’n’Cream

Stats

Name: Lily Sugar’n’Cream Ombre

Price: from £2.50 for the solids up to around £4 for Ombres, Scents, etc.

Ball Weight: from 55g for prints to around 71g for solids

Yarn Weight: Worsted

Yardage: 94 yards for prints, 119 yards for solids

Fibre Blend: 100% Cotton

You can find my project using this yarn here.

What Are the Yarns Benefits

There is a huge choice of patterns, prints, colours and even smells. And a lot of them will match up across ranges, so you can mix and match further.

This yarn is very robust and works up very quickly. It makes perfect dish cloths, tea towels and face scrubbies, as well as Octos.

It can be washed at high heat so from a hygiene point of view it would be great for children’s toys.

What Are Its Drawbacks

As they are American the weights of the balls are really weird! Not a huge problem but it means you have to think a little harder when doing the maths around a pattern.

This yarn is really rough on your hands – it makes your hands feel quite dry.

As is so robust and thick I don’t think it would make especially good garments – it wouldn’t have much drape of much stretch.

It was also quite splitty when I was crocheting it.

Finally, some of these yarns are not colourfast – watch out for the yarns containing indigo dye.

My Rating

Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 6/10

Wearability (how comfortable is it to wear) – 5/10

Workability (how nice is it to work with?) – 5/10

Final Score – 16/30

A little Haul

I just had to pop in to share with you this deal I got at John Lewis in oxford street this week.

I have wanted to buy some baa ram ewe for a while but find that currently I cant justify the £16-20 price tag. However, I wandered into John Lewis in oxford street and made my way to the haberdashers (as I always do) whilst I waited for my fiance to finish work (he works on oxford street for the Beeb). They had a clearance sale on. Most of the yarn didnt pique my interest too much despite the huge reductions, but this yarn did. I went away to the cafe and had a pot of sencha and pondered just what I could do with the yarn (as per my rule of not buying yarn without a project in mind). 

I came to the conclusion that my fiance could do with a new hat. I made him one a few years ago which he dutifully wears every winter, and it is nice, but it is a little big for him and made out of acrylic. So I thought that it may be time to make him a nice warm wooly hat. 

He finished work and met me in the cafe. I took him to see the yarn and he immediately loved the purple one (I knew he would as he cant resist anything purple) and decreed that a new hat made out of it would be lovely. I could also do with a new hat so picked one out for myself – the orange one. 

The best part – They were Half Price! I only payed £7.50 for the purple one and £8.50 for the orange one. Result! Now I can try out thid yarn that I hear so many people raving about! 

As thid is a Haul post I would also like to share with you some purchases I made from small businesses on Saturday at HyperJapan festival. I know at least a few of you are into japanese/anime/gaming stuff so perhaps you will discover a new maker.

I got this adorable luttle hand sewn felt totoro from Moogle Ears and Stuff. Her etsy is Here and here instagram is Here. As you may be able to tell, she does final fantasty stuff, but also sonic, ghibli, pokemon and other kawaii bits and bobs! And she is a lovely lady!

And I got this top and badge from Amy Blue. You can find her insta Here and etsy shop Here. She is a wonderful illustrator and her shop is full of cute stickers/badges/tees/prints. As well as vudeo gaming stuff she also does pride/identity stuff and lots of cute cat things. 

Stash Busting Sunday (08/07/18)

Hi all! Time for another stashbusting post!

This time I am using my Docrafts Folk Florals set. Thats the papers, ribbons and bows. I bought these in John Lewis a good while ago in a sale. The paper pack was only £2 and the ribbons and bows were £1 each and by jove, they have been worth so much more than that. Because the paper pack has such a variety of papers including pages with frames and pages with sentiments you could probably make over 50 cards if you really tried as well as a bunch of super cute gift tags!

Here are the 4 cards I made this time around. 

Arent they sweet? They are a6 in size wich makes them just adorable. I love working with a6 cards as they force you to take it back to basics and really think about what you are doing. 

WIP Wednesday (04/07/18)

Hello all! Its wednesday again so I guess its tile to share my WIP.

This week I am focussing on getting back up to date with the Hook n Learn blanket. So I am working on part 4 right now. 

This is spike stitch and requres 2 squares. I have been working on them simultaneously.

What have you been up to?

Yarn Review – Stylecraft Special DK Chunky

Stats

Name: Stylecraft Special DK Chunky

Price: £1.80 to £1.90

Ball Weight: 100g

Yarn Weight: Chunky

Yardage: 157 yards

Fibre Blend: 100% Acrylic

You can find my project using this yarn here.



What Are the Yarns Benefits

First of all this yarn comes in 35 shades so you are bound to find something suitable for you for any project.

It works up super quickly – I managed to finish crocheting a Hat in just 2 hours and a matching scarf in approximately 3 hours, so it’s great if you need to whip something up on short notice.

It is surprisingly soft – you can tell its acrylic but it isn’t itchy of squeaky, making quite a cosy and warm hat.

It is machine washable, so would make it perfect for blankets and garments.

What Are Its Drawbacks

It does have a little of that acrylic sheen to it – it is clear that it is acrylic so is perhaps not suited for more discerning projects.

Consistent with other acrylic yarns, it is a little fuzzy, meaning the stitch definition isn’t as crisp.

Other than that there really aren’t any other drawbacks to this yarn. It is great value for money and does its job well.

My Rating

Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 9/10

Wearability (how comfortable is it to wear) – 8/10

Workability (how nice is it to work with?) – 7/10

Final Score – 24/30

My Movie Night Cardi

Hi all! Its been about 3 weeks since I finished my Movie Night Cardi, and I finally got around to taking some photos! Yay! 

I am really pleased with how it turned out. It is actually quite airy so  would be perfect in spring and autumn.

I used 3 balls of Stylecraft Batik Swirl and 1 ball of stylecraft Batik. The only modification i made was to add a few extra rows to the collar, basically continuing around until I had no more yarn. 

I followed this pattern, by Alexandra Tavel. She is wonderful and has so many beautiful patterns available. Go check her out. 

June Makes

This month I finished off 3 projects. 

First was my Movie Night Cardi. Full post coming later on this week as I only just managed to get good photographs done thismorning!

Then I finished this lovely bouquet of flowers – which I was very pleased to receive first place and best in category for at Beckenham Place Park’s first ever Flower Show.

And finally I finished and posted these little critters for my Octopledge.

I had hoped to be more productive this month but life got in the way. Oh well, heres to a productive July, although if the weather carrys on like this I may not complete anything at all – I hate summer so even just existing is exhausting, let alone actually doing anything!