Buried somewhere in this blog post are a giveaway and a product review.
It’s been a week of minor frustrations. Nothing catastrophic
or blogworthy. Nobody has been squished by a falling grand piano, and nobody accidentally clicked ‘Delete Entire Database’ during a meeting at work. Just lots of trivial challenges. On the bright side, I have learned how to re-programme a car key, I have ordered the reclaimed Victorian bricks for this project, and the twinnage have adopted a pair of worms – Bartholomew and Matilda* – who are now living in an improvised wormery in the utility room. I do wish we could get a proper pet. Don’t worry, the twinnage are taking good care of vermicular welfare. (Another bright side: I’ve learned the word ‘vermicular’.) Also, there’s blackthorn blossom:-
And some tasty things from the allotment:-
But this has been a good week for crocheters (and knitters, but this post is about cotton, which is often slightly more of a hooker’s thing). At the risk of sounding like an advert, a new range of 100% cotton yarn (4-ply – that’s US fingering-weight) arrived in the shops a couple of days ago. I do have to declare an interest because I was given the whole range for free, but there was no requirement to write about it, let alone to say anything nice.
Introducing Stylecraft Classique Cotton 4-ply. If it looks familiar, that’s because there’s already a range of Classique in DK-weight, but people who make Very Small Things, and patient sorts who make Very Big Things Out Of Very Small Yarn, can now join in the fun, too. In addition to the ‘Soft Lime’ shade above, there are eleven other colours. Look!
I hope they bring out some more strong, dark, colours to add to the range, but that’s just my personal preference. So what’s it like to use? ‘Excellent’, is the short answer. 🙂 It’s relatively soft and forgiving for a pure cotton, compared with the firmness of DMC Natura, for example. I knitted some teeny tiny fruits with it (apologies but they’re a bit Secret Squirrel so I can’t show you those quite yet) and the stitch definition was good. I can show you some crochet, though. Well, Tunisian crochet, which is a sort of bicraftual hybrid that feels more like crochet than knitting. I decided to make a washcloth. Love this purple (‘Lavendar’) with the cream (‘Ivory’). See: it’s a reasonably firm cotton, not a fluffsome mess:-
We were taught Tunisian crochet at the most recent Blogstars meet, and the general consensus was that it was interesting, but s-l-o-w. It’s also more difficult than either knitting or crochet to do whilst walking:-
You don’t go to Stylecraft for your one-off skein of merino that’s been hand-dyed by eunuchs under the light of a full moon. (Note to Stylecraft: new product idea there?) But you do go to Stylecraft for very affordable yarns of absolutely consistent quality with a good range of colours. Classique Cotton 4-ply is very well-priced: as an example, from one of the major online retailers that supplies worldwide, you’ll pay £2.59 for a 50g ball, compared with £3.79 for an equivalent ball of DMC Natura. But still, The Twisted Yarn cannot take responsibility for any abuse of your credit card that takes place as a result of this post.
So let’s have a few more details about the yarn. For now, there are twelve shades, available in 50g (1.8oz) balls. Knitting tension: 28 sts x 36 rows in a 10cm/4″ square on 3.25mm needles.
If you’re wondering about the Tunisian crochet hook in this post, it’s a lovely specimen from the Symfonie range by KnitPro. Look!
So, at the end of a longish week, let’s celebrate with a giveaway that could enable you to get some of this fine yarn for free! There’s one tiny problem, and I’m very, very, sorry about this, but unlike the usual giveaways on here, this one is UK-only (unless you’re based elsewhere but are planning a trip to the UK soonish to spend your prize, in which case, do feel free to enter). Big apologies. Anyway, we have THREE prizes to be won, each comprising £10-worth of vouchers for Stylecraft products! Wa-hey! They can only be spent in bricks-and-mortar shops, not online, but if you don’t live nearish to a shop that sells Stylecraft then you’re probably hopelessly lost in the wilderness somewhere, and should probably concentrate on finding your way back to civilisation anyway.
Usual Twisted terms and conditions apply. Sorry that this is a UK-only contest, due to the fact that the prize can only be used in UK shops. To enter, leave a comment below. To gain a sneaky additional entry, ‘like’ the Twisted Facebook page, and leave a comment on its post relating to this competition. The contest opens RIGHT NOW, and will close on Saturday 18th March at 12.00 noon, UK-time. After then, three winners will be randomly selected using random.org, and I will contact them to arrange delivery of your prizes. If for any reason any of the winners cannot be contacted within a week, then alternative winner(s) will be selected at random.
Am I making sense? I hope I’m making sense. Good luck.
Ooh look! More spring flowers!
And now, I must go and check on the worms.
∗ Names changed to protect the identities of innocent worms.