Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Summery summary

Recently, I've been using lots of beautiful, light summery yarns for my crochet projects, making baby booties and things for the house and getting ready for the warmer weather.

My trug has been taken over by cotton and linen type wools, I might as well make the most of it before it's time to fill it with vegetables!

As a few of you have been asking, here is a little summary of some of the yarns suitable for this time of year.

Sirdar Baby bamboo - a soft and silky yarn, 80% bamboo and 20% wool. Great for making baby clothes and booties. Nice to stroke and snuggle against and comes in lots of bold colours, I've been obsessed with this for about a year now. This is really similar to Sirdar's Flirt DK (I can't tell the difference), which also comes in a range of beautiful brights. Sirdar also produce a Smiley Stripes range for kids' clothes which is adorable, but quite pricey, on average it seems to cost a pound more than baby bamboo per 50g.

Sirdar Baby Bamboo

Rico Creative Cotton - This range comes in an amazing array of bright and sunny colours, I'm using the banana colour to make booties, it's 100% cotton and soft, light and breathable so perfect for summer clothes. Another nice cotton, this one organic and in a range of autumnal colours using non toxic dyes, is the Freedom Sincere from Twilleys.

A lovely soft yarn which I've never used but will try at some point is the Debbie Bliss eco baby - this one is fairtrade! 100% organic cotton and comes in a really wide selection of colours. Good old Debbie Bliss, I always end up lost in one of her books when I nip into the yarn store.

Rico Creative Cotton

Patons Linen Touch DK - a sturdy linen (26%) and cotton (74%) mix. I've been using this for the outside edges of the Purl Soho placemats but the yarn would be ideal for the whole placemat too. This is the best linen combo yarn I've found. Rowan does a Creative Linen too but I didn't find the colours very inspiring.

Patons linen touch

Sirdar Simply Recycled DK - I was drawn to this as it's 51% recycled cotton and it's great to be able to support recycled products. It's softer than the linen style yarns, really enjoyable to use and comes in a range of neutral and pastel colours. I used their aran version to make my placemats, it's heavier than the DK.

Sirdar Simply Recycled Aran and Patons Linen Touch

I hope this gives you some guidance when you're planning your crochet projects for the warmer seasons.

Does anyone have any recommendations of other nice yarns for this time of year?

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