Friday, 27 April 2012

Yarns we love: Patons 100% Cotton

Patons 100% Cotton


My favourite yarn has to be Patons 100% Cotton, both in DK and 4 Ply.  With a fantastic meterage of 210m and 330m per ball respectively, this yarn goes so far.


Patons Booklet 3809


Patons Booklet 3809
Patons Booklet 3804


Patons Booklet 3804
Patons Leaflet 3768

 
Patons Leaflet 3768

The superb colour range, with its beautiful vibrant shades, means that there is always plenty of choice for the next project.  It knits up consistently well and washes superbly giving excellent value for money.  I think there might have to be another project soon using either Jade... or Delta... or maybe Lilac.  So much choice!

Post by Linda W in our Edinburgh branch.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Yarns we love: Regia 4 Ply


I am obsessed with sock knitting. At any given time, I'm likely to have anywhere between two and five sock projects on the go, and my go-to sock yarn is Regia 4 ply.

It's 75% wool, which gives it fantastic bounce and stretch - perfect for cables. The 25% polyamide makes it super strong, and it washes like a dream. I like to give recipients of my handknit socks a little of the spare yarn wound around a card, just in case emergency repairs are needed. An average pair of socks for a woman takes around a ball and a half, while a pair for a man takes around two balls, and at £3.95 per ball it's the perfect price for gift knitting.





I love the plain colours for complicated lace and cabled socks, while the self-patterning shades are perfect for keeping more straightforward socks interesting. My partner loves his dark grey socks, and my grandmother was ecstatic over her bright blue cabled ones. I've even managed to get my sister hooked - she loves the Erika Knight design line.

Socks are fantastic for knitters on the go because they fit neatly into most handbags and you can do a few rows here and there. Before you know it, you have a pair of warm socks and it's time to cast on for the next pair.

Post by Cayt in our Stirling branch.