…not all 100% cotton yarn is the same.
I have decided that I want to keep a blogging journal of all the crochet, knit and
That is a lot to try and accomplish in a year, when you take into account that we are talking about 16 – 17 blankets. My amazing hubby has 7 siblings and both his parents, so just trying to accomplish one for each them may be all I get through this year.
I just started out the year working on a blanket for my absolutely, undenably wonderful Mother-in-law. I have looked up to this woman for the last 17 years, she is everything I could ever hope to be as a mother, wife, friend, and woman. This last fall she had a massive stroke that has completely flipped the family’s world upside down, but she is a warrior and she has pushed through and ammazed us all.
I wanted to make her a blanket she would be proud to use at the rehab center, but something that would keep her warm and remind her that we are thinking about her and love her. I combined two patterns and added a few little twists of my own, to achieve the weight, feel and beauty I was wanting.
I used two different patterns for this blanket, one for the body and a separate one for the border. I have been enjoying working on filet crochet type projects lately, and it led me to this stunning pattern by Pia Thadani of Stitches and scraps, called the Gold Coast Lapghan. It’s available for free on her blog and it is also available for download at Ravelry for a small price.
The border she uses is beautiful, but I wanted to put a pretty lacey border on my M-I-L’s blanket. I ended up choosing a border pattern that I have used previously and loved; it’s the border for the All Shawl by Doris Chan. This border always turns out beautifully for me and is often requested by many members of my family. I found the All Shawl pattern by Doris Chan on Ravelry and DesigningVashti.com.
I wanted this blanket to have a little extra weight to it, and I also wanted it to be extra warm a cozy, so she can feel our love everytime she uses it. (Does anyone else like super warm, kinda heavy blankets?) To achieve this, I backed the blanket with some really soft, warm fleece material I found on sale at Joann’s.
Now, to be honest I can be pretty lazy sometimes, so when I discovered that you can a special skip rotary blade to cut hole in fabric so you can crochet directly onto fabric I was beyond excited. I found one at Joann’s when I got the fleece to back the blanket. Things didn’t exactly go the way I hoped.
I tested the skip blade out on some scrap
The last twist I added to this blanket, was a new one and one I will be doing again. I like a blanket with a thick and pretty border when I go to use those blankets I always end up wishing that one side didn’t have a pretty wide
So, for this reason, I put the wide lacey border from the All Shawl around 3 sides of the blanket, leaving one of the shorter sides undone. After I had finished adding the All Shawl border, I single crochet one row across the unfinished side including the edges of the All Shawl border on each side. I wanted this border edge to be close to equal in width to the All Shawl border on the other three sides and ended up with 12 rows of single crochet on that side, not including the first single crochet round to attach the fabric backing.
I LOVE how this blanket came out, and I have requested for the same blanket in different colors for my Aunt so I will definitly be mkaing this again. I hope that my M-I-L will love this blanket as much as I hope she will. We will be going to visit her and brign her her new blanket this comign weekend and I can’t wait!
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The scientific word for natural plant fibers is Cellulose. Cotton, hemp, bamboo, and other natural plant fibers are created from the cellulose that naturally occurs in yarn. Most natural plant fiber yarns are created from either the seed pod hairs (cotton) or the stems of the plant (hemp, bamboo). They have been picking up more popularity over that last few years the main for this being that plant fibers are hypoallergenic, making them great for sensitive skin.
Let’s start with a little history.
- The art of spinning plant fibers into yarn is so ancient that its origins are lost to the sands of time.
- The oldest known artifacts created using “yarn” are the string skirts from the bronze age, dating over 20,000 years old.
- Cellulose was discovered the French chemist Anselme Payen, who isolated it from the plant matter and determined its chemical composition.
- The production of rayon (artificial silk) from cellulose began in the 1890s.
Natural plant fiber yarns are hypoallergenic, and that makes them perfect for sensitive skin types, but they are not the right choice for every pattern or project. There are a few things you should keep in mind when you are picking the right pattern for your next natural plant fiber yarn project.
Natural plant fibers pull heat and moisture away, versus protein fiber that holds heat close to the body. The fact that it draws heat and moisture away makes natural plant fibers great for summer garments, towels, washcloths, and so much more. However, it’s not suitable for an item to keep you warm on your next snowmobiling adventure.
Natural plant fibers can be dense and heavy, and they soak up moisture making them thicker and more substantial. A bulky, dense yarn and elaborate stitchwork, like cables, will create a heavier garment that will stretch and wear out more quickly.
Natural plant fiber also has very little “memory” or bounce back. The lack of bounce back can be a big problem with some patterns because once it been stretched out, it gets harder and harder to get it back to its original shape. Try using tighter stitch patterns and taking its lack of memory into account can help you prevent this from being a problem.
The two significant enemies of natural plant fibers are mold and mildew. I have found that it is essential to ensure that the projects, especially sweaters, need to be dry completely before being placed in storage or with other items. Otherwise, everything ends up stinky, and the article is getting mildewy
Commonly Used Types
- Bamboo – Bamboo yarn is produced from bamboo grass. It is weaker when wet, and not suited to items that need to be washed frequently, and it needs to be hand washed.
- Cotton – Cotton has the highest percentage of cellulose and is the most widely used and dominated natural plant yarn fiber. It is stronger when wet, and very durable. An excellent choice for items that will need to handle heavy use and a lot of washing. For more information head over to my post A Lesson in Cotton.
- Flax – Flax, also known as linen, is nature’s strongest natural plant fiber, and among the first fibers to be spun into yarn. It is twice as strong as cotton and garments made with flax will keep you cooler than cotton as well.
- Hemp – Long history similar to cotton and flax. Most commonly used for clothing but has a wide variety of uses. Its three times stronger than cotton, resistant to mold, mildew, and rot, and it softens with each wash without out damaging the fibers. However, it wrinkles very quickly and does not drape well.
Each of these different types of natural plant fiber yarns will be getting it post, with more detail about each one and a few of brands of each that I have tried, and how they turned out.
Choosing the right yarns for the right projects can sometimes be so frustrating, and I hope that I have been able to help understand this fiber a little better, making those choices a little easier for you.
I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, and questions.
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Fall is coming, and I am so excited!
Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn is a dk/3 weight yarn, with a suggested knitting needle size of 6/4mm, and crochet hook size of 7/4.5mm. I, however, preferred using a h/5.00mm hook. Each skein weights 4oz/115g, and a length of 377yards/345meters. It has a fiber content of 60% acrylic, 40% polyamide combination. It can be found at Hobby Lobby for $5.29, in 45 beautiful colors. A huge plus, it’s also machine wash and dryable.
Baby Bee Sweet Delight is baby yarn, which means its soft and means soft. I made the most fantastic sweater using this yarn, and it came out so soft and comfortable. I have also made baby blanket and lovies, and they have held up pretty well through all the washing and dragging around. They have become softer and pill, but have only grown more loved with age.
Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn is great to use for patterns that have a lot of texture; it highlights the textures without being stiff and rough. It might be a light/dk weight yarn, but don’t let that fool into thinking I’m not warm. I was surprised by the warmth of the baby blanket and the sweater.
This yarn is super soft and a slightly silky, which you don’t really notice till you are working with it. It’s ever so slight silky texture, has cause keeping a consistent tension to be more difficult than usual. The spinning on this yarn is also a little loose than the majority of yarn I work with, causing a lot of splitting. I like to watch a movie, or sometimes chat with some while working on a simple pattern, but not with this yarn. I need to be paying more attention to my tension and watching for splitting, otherwise I end up with several stitches hanging on by one thread, and different sizes.
Baby Bee Sweet Delight may be a baby yarn, but don’t let that stop you from using on projects other than for the baby. Although it does make fabulous baby dresses, blankets, hats, sweaters, lovies, socks, and booties, it has many other possibilities too. The amazing sweater I made, which is an upcoming Wonderland in Knots pattern, for one example, plus tops, hats, mittens, socks, slippers, scarves, home decor, pet sweater/collars, I could keep going.
Some projects that this yarn might not work well for are: washcloths, drying mats, scrubbies, cup/bottle cozies, bags, and hair towels. These are all items that get heavy use, and absorbency is important, and this yarn can handle neither of those. It’ll wear out and weaken quickly under heavy use or scrubbing and it’s not very absorbent. For those types of projects you need a cotton.
I love this yarn, it really only has 2 downsides. It’s only available at Hobby Lobby, which for some can be hard to get to, and its price at $5.29 each. For some of us stocking up on this yarn will be a pretty penny, between the gas mileage and the price. However, when I find I have the extra money or they go on sale, I will be stocking up. Till then, I will have to be content with only purchasing a single projects
Those 45 inspiring colors, send my mind twirling with ideas, options, and designs. I enjoy working with yarn, but I love the finished look. I hope I have answered all your questions about Baby Bee Sweet Delight yarn if I have missed any, please ask in the comments. I would like to hear your thoughts and see your Sweet Delight projects.
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