Purple Bliss

Debbie Bliss cotton dk
Debbie Bliss cotton dk

Another of my eBay bargain purchases, I was on my way to bed, paused to have a peek on eBay and saw this yarn. Convinced the bidding would go far beyond what I was prepared to pay, I left a measly bid and went to bed. I was so surprised when I found out I’d won, the price, including postage, was less than you pay for one ball, epic bargain!!

 

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I’ve Got The Blues

But in a good way!

Sirdar soft cotton aran
Sirdar soft cotton aran

As a result of bargain hunting on eBay, my new old yarn arrived this morning, there are actually 5 balls, but I’m using one for a new design…more of that later. The yarn is Sirdar Soft Cotton aran, and it really is soft…and squishy…and yarny and…oh the joy of new yarn!

Organza Yarn

Sometimes yarn is delivered vacuum packed with all the life sucked out of it, sometimes it’s delivered squished into a plastic bag…but sometimes you get a special treat. This is how my yarn has just arrived from the Wool Warehouse, in a pretty organza bag with ribbons, WOW!!

organza yarn

The yarn is Lily Sugar’n Cream, a massive 400g cone, in sage, obviously 100% cotton and Aran weight, that should keep me crocheting for a while!

 

 

How to Wind a Center-Pull Ball By Hand

1) Tie a slip knot in the end of your yarn.

2) Tighten this slip knot on your winding tool. I like to pull this slip knot tight in the hook of the crochet hook, or high up toward the end of the knitting needle, to keep it out of the way.

3) Hold your yarn against the winding tool with your thumb, and wrap it around the winding tool several times near the end as shown.

4) Continue to wrap yarn around these first clump of wound yarn, criss-crossing as you work from time to time as shown. This should feel just like winding a regular wrapped ball of yarn, only this ball of yarn has a winding tool poking out of it.

5) Continue in this fashion until all your yarn is wrapped, then tuck the end into the ball under a few strands to secure it.

6) Still holding that first bit of yarn between your thumb and the winding tool, gently ease the tool out of the ball.

7) All done! The end with the slip knot in it will now be the start of your next project, and yarn will pull from the center of the ball with ease!

courtesy of Lion Brand