You might remember that on my birthday, the 11th of March I received a lovely box of yarn samples from Kelly at Vegan Yarn Store. I posted about this here and I mentioned that when I tried them I would come back and blog about it, so here I am 🙂 .
This post is a bit later than I would like as my health has been getting worse so sadly it’s making blogging even more of a challenge but I am not going to give up, it just might take me longer than I’d like.
So today I am here to share my experiences of trying Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Yarn for the very first time. Kelly at Vegan Yarn Store gave me two types of Eco Baby to try, I got to try the solid colour range called Eco Baby and the multicoloured range called Eco Baby Prints. I have never tried any Debbie Bliss yarn before so I was very excited to try these 🙂 and I was already in love with them just from seeing and touching the yarn balls.
Below is some photo’s I took of this yarn when it was delivered, this is a sports weight (5 ply) yarn and its made from Organic Cotton.
I couldn’t wait to try this yarn and I loved the colours Kelly had given me. I thought for a while about the best thing to make with them to test out this lovely yarn and I knew they would look lovely together. In the end I decided upon some wrist warmers as I thought this yarn would be perfect for some. In the end I had to try another wrist warmer pattern as the first one I picked was not going well, that was the pattern though not the yarn. With a better pattern and this gorgeous yarn it was a perfect match for some lovely wrist warmers.
My first step was to cake this beautiful yarn, as I prefer to work with it caked as it means it works well with my Doodlestop Yarn Buddy. Of course you can choose to work with it directly from the ball in comes in, I just did what was best for me. Below is a photo of the yarn caked, doesn’t it look beautiful? and a photo of them on my yarn buddy too.
After the yarn was caked I was all set to go and couldn’t wait to work with this lovely yarn. As I said above I ended up having to choose another pattern to make some wrist warmers and luckily this yarn worked just as well with this pattern too. The pattern I used is called Stripy Mitts by Sandra Paul (Cherry Heart) and you can view the pattern on Ravelry or her website. On the last link you will be taken directly to this pattern where she shares a fantastic photo tutorial of this pattern, and on Ravelry you can download a free PDF of this pattern.
So how did I go? well with a better pattern it went really smoothly 🙂 and just how it’s suppose to be. I loved working with this yarn from beginning to end, it’s a lovely soft cotton that isn’t mercerised which for me is great (there are so many mercerised cottons and that isn’t always what I am looking for). Not only was this yarn beautifully soft but it was stable too, by this I mean I often work with cotton yarn that can be splitty (which means the strands start coming apart) and this one wasn’t. It does mean working with it is so much easier, I always love it when I find a lovely soft cotton that is stable 🙂 as it’s not always easy to find.
I couldn’t be happier with my first experience of Debbie Bliss yarns, I love this range and it’s really encouraged me to try more of her ranges that are vegan friendly. I loved this one a lot, it really was a joy to work with and everything I was looking for in a good cotton yarn.
It was actually my first time using sport weight (5 ply) yarn and I’d actually say I have worked with a lot of DK (Double Knit) weight yarn that has felt very similar. I say this because I think this yarn is perfect for any project that needs either of those weight yarns and for me this is great as it makes it even more versatile for me.
So as you can see I was in love with this yarn from the very beginning when I saw it for the first time till the very end of my project 🙂 . I love this yarn and experienced nothing bad about it, I am happy to sing its praises (or whatever it is they say!). I will definitely be buying more in the future and even though it’s one of the more pricier yarns I’d say it was worth every penny.
I will now share with you what I made with this yarn, the wrist warmers turned out perfectly as you will see below, I’m sharing photos from work in progress to finished. Not only do they look beautiful but they feel it too, they are beautifully soft and delicate against your skin and they also add a lovely warmth to your hands. If you’d like to see this project on Ravelry you can do so here.
Sadly they didn’t end up fitting me so I gave them to a friend, she was delighted with them and couldn’t wait to wear them. Here is a photo of her wearing them, don’t they look great?
I am not sure there is much else to say, this yarn was beautiful to work with and produced a lovely end result. I can’t wait to make other things with this yarn as I’ll definitely be buying more in the future now I’ve tried these. I think Kelly at Vegan Yarn Store is hoping to add this range to her website so keep an eye out 🙂 I’d definitely recommend trying it, just be warned you’ll most likely fall in love and want more.
I hope you found this post helpful if you’re looking for new cotton yarns to try or maybe you wanted to know what this yarn was like, if I can help any further please let me know. A big thanks to Kelly for letting me help you with your samples and I hope you also found my feedback helpful 🙂 .
Now to choose the next yarn to try, actually it’s already planned and caked so it’s ready to use. I hope to start soon and of course I’ll be back to share once I’m done!