January Makes 2019

January is over so its time to review my month!

I finished 8 Projects this month.

I started 2019 off with a case for my foldable keyboard.

Then a Pachimari for my partner.

Followed by a pencil case for my apprenticeship.

I Made four little Octo’s for OFAPUK.

Then I completed two pairs of mittens and 3 hats for Knit For Peace.

And I also managed a massive destash, selling on 5 and a half kilos of yarn. And I made more money than I have spent this year on yarn, so my yarn Expenditure spreadsheet is actually in profit!

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

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

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

Yarn Review – Knitcraft Hug It Out

Stats

Name: Knitcraft Hug It Out

Price: £5 But often in a 3 for 2 offer

Ball Weight: 200g

Yarn Weight: Super Chunky

Yardage: 64 yards

Fibre Blend: 100% Acrylic

You can find my project using this yarn here.


What Are the Yarns Benefits

I love the colours this is available in. A selection of warm, neutral and cool shades. The orange colour I chose was just divine! 

It is very soft and squashy and warm – it makes a lovely squishy scarf. I imagine it would make a super squashy throw or a great wintery jumper.

What Are Its Drawbacks

It was quite splitty. Perhaps this is because I am knew to knitting, but I think it would have been quite splitty had I crocheted with it too. The downside of its squishiness is that there isn’t as much twist so the fibres are easier to split. 

And although being soft and squashy it is quite obvious that it is made from acrylic – it has a bit of squeakiness going over the needles and a little plastic shine. 

Finally whilst the colours they have are gorgeous, there arent nearly enough of them! With only 7 shades to choose from there isn’t a lot of choice. 

My Rating

Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 7/10

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

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

Final Score – 19/30

Yarn Review – Sirdar Big Bamboo

Hi all! I tried to start a regular yarn review last year and only managed 2 before forgetting. Doh! I am going to try again to publish a regular review again. Lets see if I can keep it up for longer this time! 
 Stats

Name: Sirdar Big Bamboo

Price: Around £4.30

Ball Weight: 50g

Yarn Weight: Super Chunky

Yardage: 43 Yards

Fibre Blend: 50% Bamboo, 30% Acrylic, 20% Wool

What Are the Yarns Benefits
My Favourite thing about this yarn is a typical love I suppose – its lovely chunkiness means it works up super fast.

It has a lovely cloudy texture – soft and fuzzy and warm. 

I loved working with it – it was very gentle on the hands and very smooth over the hook – no splitting and no tangling. 

What Are Its Drawbacks

My biggest issue is the price – It took me about 6 balls just to make the above scarf. Now I got this yarn at a heavily discounted rate at a yarn show (although for the life of me I cant remember what it cost me). But at its standard price, this scarf would have cost me around £25 which is quite a lot. It would be quite an outlay to make anything of substantial in size. 

I also don’t think this yarn is super versatile. I love the scarf I made from it but the stitch I chose reduced the soft cloudiness somewhat. I think this yarn would be better suited to light airy floaty garments, so it retains its soft airy nature. 

My Rating

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

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

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

Final Score – 22/30

  

March’s Makes

And so another month has come to an end. April is here almost and I am reaally excited because I have just 1 week left at work then almost 3 weeks off, I have Secret Cinema to look forward too, another Hen Do and a few video game releases. And of course, plenty of crafting time.

This month, I made it my mission to finish off my jumper which I finally managed in mid march. The final yarn count was just under 24 balls of Drops Paris.

I made these adorable little jellys and an octo. 3 went to preemies and 2 to angels.

I completed this CAL block, The first for the Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket.

And I finished my first ever knitted scarf. Which I will write about in more detail tomorrow!