Yarntastic

(Colours left to right starting with the blue: 07, 06, 11, 10, 09, 16 and then the next row: 20, 13, 03, 05, 02, 08)

I bought some yarn.

It’s big and squooshy and soft and lovely.

It’s called Drops Big Merino and it is just like the Debbie Bliss Rialto. (but cheaper!)

I bought it from Wool Warehouse in their sale. (Don’t blame me if you buy some!) They delivered it crazy fast AND sent me some free stitch markers. I had heard that they delivered quickly so I skived off of babygroup so that I’d be in for the postman. I wasn’t disappointed!

It’s the first time in ages that I’ve had a parcel of yarn arrive and it feels soooooooo good. Naughty but LOVELY at the same time. I was a bit heeby jeeby like about ordering so much in one go, I had originally planned to order just a small amount to get started but then there was such a big discount that it didn’t make sense to wait. I am going to make a blanket (naturally, it’s me after all) for our living room – I am going to race Andy to see who will finish first : blanket or living room. I am going to give him a fair chance though as I am considering KNITTING it. It’s aran weight … how hard can it be? I’ll get back to you on that seeing as my knitting achievements to date are a pair of mitts which were a rectangle of garter stitch folded in half and sewn up with a thumb hole. I want to make a blanket which is subtly gorgeous rather than being “LOOK at all my COLOUR” like my other blankets are.

The reason I want to knit it is because I think that my crochet work in aran yarn tends to be quite holey/gappy and I would like it to be a snuggly, dense blanket. Also, I think crochet is more yarn hungry than knitting, so knitting it will hopefully make the yarn go further. Also, I just want to. A personal challenge to see if I can.

Do you know what though? Buying yarn is at least half the fun of actually making something with it ;-)

Huge thanks to Emma who made ten of these balls of yarn possible xx

25 thoughts on “Yarntastic

  1. Helen says:

    I bought some of the Extra Fine Merino from Wool Warehouse that Lucy mentioned on Facebook, it’s so lovely. Only 18 little balls thought – that is a serious amount of yarn in your photo – look forward to seeing what it becomes.

  2. Helen says:

    I bought some of the Extra Fine Merino from Wool Warehouse that Lucy mentioned on Facebook, it\’s so lovely. Only 18 little balls thought – that is a serious amount of yarn in your photo – look forward to seeing what it becomes.

  3. I taught myself to knit about a year ago from watching Youtube videos. I’ve never looked back. I LOVE it. Its not as fast as crochet (at least not for me), but it uses a whole lot less yearn. I am at this moment, working on my very first knitted sweater (Jumper for you UK folks).

  4. Sue says:

    That is a large pile of wool. Good luck with the knitting. I am a knitter and Aran should knit up quickly. I am sure the blanket will look lovely when it is finished. I look forward to seeing some photos of your progress.

    I feel guilty when I order enough yarn to not pay postage. I have always used it up though and I don’t order every month.

    I will have to learn how to hold the crochet hook and yarn properly as the way I do it has given me repetitive strain injury in my left index finger. Hmm unlearning my bad way of doing crochet is going to be hard.

    I might have to have a break from the crochet and get back to cross stitch or learn how to make a quilt.

  5. What a fabulous yarn stash! I will have to check out the website and get ordering. Looking forward to seeing your finished blanket and I am sure you will beat Andy hands down!

  6. wiete says:

    that yarn is so lovely, to bad they only ship in the UK ( although my wallet will like that ;) )
    I started of with crochet a couple of years ago and last 2 years ago started to knit as well.
    I’d seen so many lovely handknit socks and i wanted my own.
    it’s so easy now, with youtube , you can just search for a little film when you don’t get something in a book or a pattern.
    so now i knit and crochet, i always have one wip with knitting and one with crochet , or more :D

  7. Ihave just completed a Log Cabin blanket Heather which makes wonderful use of all the colours. I got the pattern from the web and I can see it covering the sofa as I type this.

  8. Cate says:

    That is a lot of yarn! Can’t wait to see how you decide to knit the blanket and your colour placement. I love knitting, but it is quite a bit slower than crochet.

  9. Ivana says:

    I am excited about the selection of colors Drops, I plan to also order and you are my inspiration, please what color you chose? Pink and purple hues and their number? Thank you very much Iva

  10. Ivana says:

    I am excited about the selection of colors Drops, I plan to also order and you are my inspiration, please what color you chose? shade and their number? thank you very much Iva

  11. Emma says:

    You’re very welcome :-)

    In Australia our yarn is expensive, pretty crappy and doesn’t come in nice colours, so I only order online (almost always from Deramores). I know the excitement of the mail arriving ;-)

    I’m working on a King Cole bamboo/cotton giant granny square for a friend who’s baby will arrive any day now. Gotta get cracking with it or the baby will beat me!

  12. Louise says:

    That yarn looks fab! Will be interested to see what pattern you choose, I haven’t had any luck finding a good knitting pattern for a blanket. Keep us posted!!

  13. Wow! I gasped when I saw your picture first.
    You did absolutely right with buying those wonderful precious yarn balls! Sometimes you must reward yourself with something really wonderful.

    Best wishes from Germany

    Natalie

  14. Anna-Marie says:

    Hi There, Buying wool is the best kind of shopping I think!!! This Sunday May 12 is Mother’s Day here in SA and my Mother’s Day gift was a basket filled with beautiful, colorful yarn!!! I love it!!!!It will definitely make it’s way into a post on my blog, that’s for sure!!!Have a fab weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie

  15. claire says:

    Sooooooo pretty to see all that yarn lined up…i’ve just received some beautiful Rowan Fine lace yarn in the post today, and started a wrap pattern, but it feels very odd to be crocheting such fine yarn with a 4mm hook! I hope you enjoy your knitting, as its something I’ve moved away from in favour of crochet, which seems so much quicker to me! Looking forward to the finished object!

  16. Denise says:

    This is lovely! I was very, very tempted to order yarn from here to make my first proper blanket (bigger than a baby carseat one) and the year was even in my basket! I stopped myself at the last minute (too much cast-on-itish right now) and restrained myself and bought yarn to knit my first jumper instead! Wish me luck!

  17. love these colours. I purchased some of the drop Paris just before Lucy announced she was sing it and have started a blanket with that. Lovely yarn. Do let us know how you get on with this yarn as it looks a lovely alternative the the more expensive Debbie Bliss and Rowan

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