Thursday, 5 November 2015

Where I buy my yarn and my favourite brands

I receive a lot of questions asking where do I buy my yarn from and what yarns do I like to use the most so I thought I would put together a short blog post about my yarn experiences, which I hope you find useful.

I don't normally talk about the actual brands I use when I put together a crochet video tutorial because of advertising rules with YouTube, plus I don't like to give preferential treatment to certain brands, especially when I haven't tried all the amazing brands out there, but I will mention today a few of my secret favourite brands I always seem to go back to.

If you have a yarn brand of your own that you would like me to try then I would be more than happy to do a written review. Just drop me a message.

Fiber wise I do enjoy crocheting with natural products such as cotton and even bamboo because not only are they natural but they have a beautifully smooth finish which makes crocheting a pleasure, and are really good for beginners to use as well. I always go back to Rico Essentials Cotton DK, which is a lovely yarn to use and comes in some amazing bright colours. Some of the toys I have made with this yarn are still looking as good as they day I crocheted them although I haven't washed them yet so time will tell.

I also love the bamboo yarns by Sirdar such as their Snuggly Baby
Bamboo yarn, again very smooth and comes in some stunning colours. Just a pleasure to crochet with, but it is a little more expensive than the cotton.

I am not perfect though and do still enjoy a good acrylic yarn as they do work so well with bigger projects like chunky cardigans or cowls. Budget wise they also do well especially the Stylecraft chunky acrylics such as their Special Chunky. It's cheap and still comes in some lovely shades. It is my weakness and I confess I do go to it every time when winter hits!

I don't use a lot of wool based yarns in my projects as I consider it a luxury. That said it's hard to avoid merino or alpaca which can be super soft and not too scratchy or fluffy, but they can be expensive! I have however come a little addicted to the Sublime yarns by Sirdar, especially their Extra Fine Merino Wool. It is super super soft and squidgy so definitely worth the investment if you are making something that little bit extra special. I especially love the hot red shade around Christmas time.

So they are my go to yarns to date, but where do I like to buy my yarns from. Well, it is a lot more common to purchase yarn online these days, but I have only ever used a couple of online companies myself as I still prefer to buy locally. Not only does this support local shops, but it also gives you a chance to check the colour and quality in person, just something you can't get when buying yarn online. I am also incredibly impatient and usually want my yarn today! but as you know it's not always easy to find a local yarn store and shopping online is definitely easier in theory.

I don't like to specifically mention any online yarn companies to try as each experience is different, but I do find the team at LoveKnitting.com very friendly, and have happily ordered yarn from the WoolWarehouse.co.uk in the past, but that was a while ago. If you do plan to buy yarn online it is important that you check out what people are saying about them before buying. You can do this either via their Facebook page to see what other people are saying about purchasing from them or you can visit https://uk.trustpilot.com and type in the company name and see what reviews are being left about their yarns and customer service. This could save you a lot of heartache in the long run, especially if you have a deadline to keep to, or just want that yarn yesterday he he.

Let me know your thoughts on what yarns you like to use and your favourite stores, and like I said if you have a yarn brand of your own you would like me to try or even want to mention one you'd like me to try just because you love it then just pop me a message or comment below!

Happy crocheting,



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