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?
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.