Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Yarns we love: Sirdar Country Style DK

One of my favourite yarns to work with is the Sirdar Country Style DK. It's not a particularly flashy or extravagant yarn, which is mainly why I love it! It comes in a great range of colours, and is a total bargain at £3.95 for a 100g ball. I've managed to knit two jumpers so far in Country Style DK without breaking the bank!

One of these jumpers was the 'Maxfield' pattern from Rowan Dalesmen. The pattern asked for Rowan Felted Tweed DK, but the Country Style DK worked really well as a substitute.

The other jumper I'm doing is the 'Maeva' pattern from Rowan Nordic Tweed. This time I used the Country Style instead of Rowan Colourspun in the main body of the jumper.

This yarn is soft and warm, but still machine washable which is very handy. It currently comes in 100g balls with 15% wool, 45% Acrylic, 40% Nylon. Sirdar are re-launching this yarn in 50g balls, with a higher wool content of 30%, making it even cosier!

I can't wait to see the new range of colours, and get started on a new Spring project!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Spring Competition

It's time to show us what your making!  We want you to send us pictures of your projects for Spring.  When we've received all the entries, we will post them in an album on our Facebook page and the photo which receives the most "Likes" will be the winner.

This time the prize is ten balls of the gorgeous Lustrous Extra Fine Merino DK, in a colour of your choice, and a copy of Booklet 656 courtesy of Sublime.

Please email your photos to skim@mcadirect.com with the name of the yarn used, and the pattern number or booklet (if applicable) by midnight on Monday, 30th April, 2012. Voting on Facebook will close at midnight on Monday, 14th May, 2012 and we will announce the winner shortly after.

Please note, only items that are knitted in yarns that we stock at McA Direct will be included in the vote. By sending us your pictures, you are giving us permission to use them on our Facebook page and McAree Blog. Only one entry per customer will be allowed. For more information please email us at sales@mcadirect.com.