We've adopted our first creche!
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Diane, this is as good a place as any to post queries of this sort - you will be answered by Brits and not have to sort out the recommendations for Lion Brand etc. The yarns you have mentioned are all good but you'll probably find that they do vary a little - I find that some brands vary from colour to colour, yellow being particularly skinny I seem to remember. Don't worry too much if your squares aren't exactly 8". The joiners in S Africa deal with many different sizes and will match up slight variations. I get given quite a lot of yarns from time to time so have become accustomed to using what I have, often doubling up yarns to get a substantial square. Kemps had a recent offer on Wendy Mode which is 50% wool and that is a good thickness for dk. I was so pleased with it when it arrived that I re-ordered immediately and have masses of it. I'm beginning to tire a little of the same seven garish colours now though and have to move on for a while to something different.
If you are able it would be really helpful if you could make notes of your experiments and post them here - many people, especially newcomers, ask about yarns and as you can see we all give different answers. Some of the replies are from crocheters and a thinner yarn is adequate for that. A comparison chart would be a handy thing to have.
oh and doing diagonal adding one stitch each row in garter makes it easier to size squares!
Hi Diane Stylecraft is beautifully soft acrylic massive range of colours both in DK and Aran (slightly fewer in Aran) I use www.woolwharehouse.co.uk and over £25 free postage plus seems to come quite quick.
Hello Diane and welcome to KAS. All the suggestions for online shopping that have been posted here are excellent options. RKM is my local store and, as Christine says, they do offer a good service. Kemps are good for prices but their offers vary so it could mean more unpicking! I like Robin DK - it's a good, soft and consistent yarn as well as being reasonably priced. It's ideal for making squares and readily available. RKM are currently offering DY Choice DK yarn for £1.99 per 100 gms. I haven't used this yarn but it is made by Debbie Bliss so it should be good quality. They are also offering Woolcraft Faircroft DK - 500 gm for £6.50. That would make a lot of squares! I have used Woolcraft yarn in the past and it's perfectly good. Apart from that, the previous suggestion of Mariners is worth considering - their own brand DK is, I am told, good quality and will be consistent. I hope this helps.
I went on an excursion to Carlisle last week, B&M bargains had some random patterned Aran at £4.99 for 300 grams. there are a lot of discount shops who have Wool at various times.
My local Poundland doesn't stock yarns but a lot of us like Poundstretcher. If you've got one of those near you it may be worth asking someone to look in, especially for Whizz Aran perhaps - a self striping yarn that you'll often see used on this site.
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