Monday, September 24, 2012

Yarn Snobbery

I think I'm becoming a yarn snob !!  Whether that's a good or bad thing I don't know. Last week I made a toddler's vest and it was undoubtedly the worst thing I think I have ever made. Was it the yarn, was it the hook, or was it me ? I used a cheap acrylic yarn from the $2 shop and started off with my KnitPro crochet hook. After persevering with the back which was a nightmare as the yarn kept splitting, I decided, after about a quarter way up the front, to change to my Etimo hook and that seemed to make things a little better. Anyway, I'm now thinking that even for my charity projects, pure wool will be my preference in the future.  And no, I'm not going to show you the vest from hell.

I'm starting to think about items for a stall our CWA branch is having at the end of November - here are a couple of things I whipped up on the weekend ..

The smaller of those stockings will take a pack of lifesavers nicely but I think I'll fiddle around a bit and try to work out a size in between those two. We had a brainstorming session on Friday and these items were a few of the suggestions. I'd be interested to hear from any of my lovely 'bloggy' friends (yes, that's you) if you've discovered anything that sells really well on a craft stall.

Spring has sprung here (at long last) and we're having some lovely warm days. My plants are blooming profusely and look good.  Not being a 'gardener', I don't know a great deal about what's what in the plant world and tend to get Azaleas and Rhododendrons mixed up.  Here are a few pics of some of my plants - can you identify them for me please?

Finally, here's a little plant I bought last year - I think this one is an Azalea ..

Thanks for visiting.


  1. Those are fun items you're making, they're sure to sell. I think scarves are a good choice for craft sales as they fit everyone and handmade scarves seem to be all the rage with the younger set now. Also hats that are slouchy. That first Rhododendron is exactly like the favorite of mine here on the farm! The next 2 are camelias. As for what yarn you like - use what suits you! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Dorothy your flowers are absolutely beautiful! And I don't think you are a yarn snob... I only knit with wool, can't stand synthetic fibres. If you are going to that much trouble to make something then you might as well use a good yarn. Wool not only holds it's shape but it's warm!
    Fete stall suggestions : teapot cosies, door draught stoppers, string bag. (have patterns for these)

  3. I love your fingerless gloves! They are a big hit here along with slouchy hats, hat and scraf sets, small animals, and magnets.

  4. I'm with Marion and you on only using soft wool, not cheap n tough. I like making things for charity, but when it becomes a chore for me and no enjoyment, it's just not worth it
    I also think how I would feel receiving a beautiful soft wool item that someone took the time and love to craft - made the choice a no- brainer for me

    Yah for Yarn Snobs!!!

  5. Love your beautiful flowers. Rhododendrons, camellias and Azaleas. Spring is coming to west Australia as well. I don't do a lot of gardening but if it needs doing I have to do it since my husband passed away. I would rather crochet.

  6. I really like my knitpro hook, but i thought it was just my imagination that i thought it was splitting the stitches and the etimo was easier to use


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