Yesterday in our Edinburgh store we had not one, not two, but three different customers coming in to get yarn to start their Christmas knitting! I admire their organisation, but I have to confess that I often find myself leaving a lot of my Christmas knitting to the last minute, which is why I've become a huge fan of Wendy Merino Chunky for knitting gloves, scarves and other quick gifts and accessories. With a gauge of 14 sts to 19 rows, it knits up really quickly compared to its Double Knit and 4 Ply cousins, Wendy Merino DK and Wendy Merino 4 Ply: it takes just a few hours to knit up a pair of these simple, cabled handwarmers which make a great stocking filler or last-minute gift.
My mum's hardwarmers, left, pictured in shade 2477 Soot. My pair, right, pictured in 2481 Ivy. Photographing your own hands is one of the stranger aspects of working in a knitting shop
Meanwhile the yarn's 100% merino content makes it soft to the touch and gentle on most people's skin so there's no risk of knitting something that's going to irritate the wearer's skin. It's even machine washable at 30 degrees so is great for baby patterns like these. Plus, its fibres are fairly loosely spun, allowing it to trap plenty of air and keep the wearer warm and cosy all winter (or all summer if the cold, rainy weather continues...).
Perhaps most importantly of all, Wendy Merino Chunky also comes in a fantastic range of bright and more subtle colours, so is a real crowd-pleaser. This beautiful Nordic neckwarmer would make a lovely gift knit up in the recipient's favourite colours.
So there you have it: a cosy, colourful yarn that knits up in no time at all. Perhaps this year, if I'm feeling organised, I'll knit my nephew one of these sheep hats in Wendy Merino Chunky and Eider so I can start getting him interested in all things wool-related.
PS: Prefer crochet to knitting? Never fear! These fun crocheted slippers should crochet up in no time at all.
Post by Emily in our Edinburgh shop