September 2020 Mini Box

4 balls of Sirdar Snuggly 4ply in blue, with one being encased in a red yarn sock. alongside this there is a postcard which reads 'I'm just as shocked as you are that I don;t have all the I need for this project', blue buttons, tea, coffee and biscuit
September 2020 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

This month I have included the gorgeous Sirdar Snuggly 4ply in blue. Each ball is 50g and contains approx 226m. In terms of washing instructions it can be washed on a 40° cycle and it can be popped into the tumble drier on a low heat. The Sirdar Snuggly 4ply retails at £2.99 per ball

The mini box doesn’t contain any patterns but I have put together a list of patterns that would be perfect for the yarn. This list comprises of both knitting and crochet patterns, and as this yarn lends itself so beautifully to garments this is what I have focused on. I would love to see what you come up with. I will keep adding to this list as I come across suitable patterns. This list, with direct links to patterns, can be found here in this blog post. It is also here on Pinterest.

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Yarn Review – King Cole Giza 4ply

June 2020 Baby Knitting Box

Back in June 2020, the yarn supplied in the knitting and crochet subscription boxes was the King Cole Giza 4ply. A beautiful mercerized cotton yarn in a vibrant red shade.

The yarn itself is a 50g ball and contains approx 175 yards (158 metres). It is machine washable at 40 degrees and comes in a wide variety of colours. Our subscribers received 4 balls in total. They loved this yarn

King Cole Giza 4ply

“The ply does not split and is so soft to knit up”

Joanne – Knitting Subscription Box
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Customer Takeover – August 2020 Baby Crochet Box

August 2020 Baby Crochet Subscription Box
August 2020 Baby Crochet Subscription Box

I have been a happy subscriber of the “Hook it Yourself” boxes since March 2019.  I initially started the boxes as even though I was an experienced crocheter, I really lacked confidence with sewing up any of my projects.  Each of the boxes comes with a pattern for a garment to make for a baby (new-born up to 1 year old) so this seemed like the perfect solution so have a go at honing my sewing skills.  Sarah also has a brilliant knack for choosing yarns that I would have never chosen for myself – I generally shy away from anything thinner than a Double Kitting weight, but Sarah has chosen some fabulous yarns that have pushed me out of my comfort zone and I’ve loved them.

So, to this month’s box…

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Notions and Potions!

Any knitter or crocheter will tell you that along with their hooks, needles, yarns and patterns they will also have a plethora of other bits and pieces which are pretty essential to their craft. All of these little bits help to build up the essential toolkit and make yarn craft so much easier

Pair of scissors
Pair of Stork Scissors

Scissors/Snips – I have several pairs of scissors and snips in my toolkit and have my favourite pair of snips in my project bag. You will need to make sure that these are nice and sharp so they do not snag or pull the yarn when snipping. You can find all manner of decorated and shaped snips in colours and patterns to suit your personality.

Tape Measure – I find that the best type to have is a small retractable one which features cm and inches. These types are small enough to put into a little notions bag and you won’t need to waste any time rolling it back up. Just squeeze the button and they retract quickly

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August 2020 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

August 2020 Mini Yarn Subscription Box
August 2020 Mini Yarn Subscription Box

This month I have included a lovely King Cole yarn, Authentic. It is a cotton mix DK. Each ball is 100g and contains approx 242m. In terms of washing instructions it can be washed on a 30°cycle but don’t put it into the tumble drier, just lay it flat to dry. The King Cole Authentic retails at £3.99 per ball

The mini box doesn’t contain any patterns but I have put together a list of patterns that would be perfect for the yarn. This list comprises of both knitting and crochet patterns, listing patterns for tops for women and little ones, scarves and home items. I would love to see what you come up with. I will keep adding to this list as I come across suitable patterns. This list, with direct links to patterns, can be found here in this blog post. It is also here on Pinterest.

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Yarns and Fibres – What is it made from?

What is your yarn made from?
What is the yarn you are using made from?

So you have your hooks or needles, you know what weight of yarn you are needing to use but what about the type of yarn? The fibre content! Just like there is with most things to do with crochet and knitting, there are a lot of different choices.

There are quite a few things to think about when deciding what fibre content to use. Is what you are making a garment which will be worn close to the skin? Then you need to make sure it isn’t a little scratchy. Is it for a baby or a child? Then maybe you need to make sure that it can be easily washed. What about an item for the home? Would you need something with a fibre content that makes it a little stronger and more hardwearing?

Let’s start with Animal Fibres

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What’s the deal with yarn weights?

And I don’t mean how heavy they are!

Yarn comes in several different weights. This relates to the thickness of the yarn, on how thick or thin it is!

Traditionally, yarn can be categorised into one of 7 different weight classes. When crocheting or knitting you really do need to consider the weight of the yarn you will use as it, along with the hook size, determines the size and density of the finished item.

Almost every ball or skein of yarn these days will come with the relevant information needed on the ball band. This would include the recommended hook or needle size and what weight the yarn is along with the yardage. However, what happens when the ball band is lost or missing? You can easily find out what weight the yarn is by using ‘wraps per inch’. This is standard terminology with yarn crafts and relates to how many times you can wrap the yarn around an object with the strands lying next to each other in a one inch or 2.5cm space.

We’ll start with the thinnest weight of yarn and work our way up!

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July 2020 Baby Boxes

July 2020 Baby Crochet Box
July 2020 Baby Crochet Box

I’m not sure about you but I am certainly ready to get back to the beautiful weather we had just a few weeks ago. I’ve seen nothing but rain and my poor garden is flooded! Hopefully the weather will start to improve in time for little ones to start enjoying the time outside again wearing the wonderful garments that can be created with this months boxes!

This month I included a beautiful yarn from Scheepjes. I adore Scheepjes yarn and the range they have is truly incredible. This month I chose the Linen Soft which is a DK weight. Many linen yarns can be quite rough but having used this before I know it would be perfect for little ones and it gets softer as you wash it. The yarn itself is a lovely light grey colour which means you could pair it with practically any colour! There is approx 135 metres in each 50g ball of yarn and subscribers had 4 of them to complete the pattern. With regards to washing this yarn you can do so on a 40° cycle but do not put this one in the tumble dryer.

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July 2020 Mini Boxes

July 2020 Mini Box

Our brand new mini boxes have been a huge success and people are loving the second box that are now landing on doorsteps. These boxes contain upto 200g of yarn but no patterns which means that you can really get creative with how you use it. I have put together a list of suitable patterns and ideas that may help you! All of these links are available on our Pinterest Board which you can follow and repin

The first patterns I have included in the list are for little shawls and gloves. The yarn would be perfect for these items. For crocheters have a look at the Vacation Shawl or the Wavy Mitts and the knitters in the group will love the Clever Little Shawl and the Buttony Mitts

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June 2020 Baby Boxes

June 2020 Crochet Baby Box

We are now more or less back to normal with our deliveries from suppliers now that the lockdown is starting to ease. We also now have our gorgeous postcards back again. I know I have missed them the last few months.

We have been having some absolutely beautiful weather recently which is what has inspired this box a little bit. As you all know I adore colour and think that bright colours on little ones is amazing.  

This month I included another gorgeous yarn from King Cole. This time it was a 100% mercerised cotton in a bold red colour. The Giza 4ply comes in 50g balls and each ball contains approx 158 metres. Like most of the yarn I include in the boxes I have made sure that this yarn is machine washable on 40°c although it is recommended not to be tumble dried but to lie flat to dry.

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