Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Quick Knitting, I Hope

This is just a quick note about the yarn I've chosen for the Doctor Who scarf, for Fiona, and anyone else who might be considering setting themselves up with this chore.

The yarn I have chosen is Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed. This is because, in no particular order,

  • it is chunky
  • it is discontinued so it's available at about half-price. There's quite a lot on eBay and Kemp's have got it for £2.79 per ball. I bought some on eBay from a seller who had sets of it which went very cheaply, and got the rest from Kemps.
  • it is 80% wool, with a little viscose and a little acrylic
  • it is chunky
  • it comes in a wide range of colours
  • it is tweed so there will be a bit of variety in the colour to keep me interested
  • did I say it was chunky?

You won't find it on the Kemps' website by using their Search box: you need to go to Clearance Wools and then click through to the third page.

I also noticed this chunky 100% wool yarn which looks worth investigating - terrific choice of colours.

If I'd been going to use aran / worsted weight, I would probably have settled on Wendy Traditional Aran, which is 100% wool and comes in a wide range of colours. There was an Irish tweed yarn I got very excited about but the postage was very high, so it wasn't a bargain in the end.

In the end, I've spent more than I intended, but it's still a very good price for two good long woolly scarves and probably less than I'd pay for purchased acrylic ones. And I suspect I'll have some left over and it's a lovely yarn for quick cowls.

And Joan, I don't know how I'll avoid expiring of boredom but a stack of very demanding films should help. Some years ago I knitted four Harry Potter sweaters, and when one of them was accidentally put in the drier I knitted a fifth, so I'm capable of tremendous feats of endurance when my small relations are involved.


Fiona said...

Thankyou Helen!

That yarn looks like very good value and an excellent price - and good colour choice, too. I look forward to seeing these in progress.

Knitting Linguist said...

You are a good knitter for your young relations - they are lucky!

Joan said...

Dear Helen, please could you write a new post? Every time I see the header on this one I am reminded of a young woman I know and it makes me feel bad. :(