We’re almost ready to fling open the doors of the July Sale, and Merion is here to help you navigate the fabulous bargains.
We crocheters love a yarn sale! I’ve been scanning through the list of yarns that will be included this July, and to help you skip happily through the sale I have picked out a few gems that I’ll be popping into my basket. After all, sales are a time for topping up the stash, for planning ahead and for trying new yarn.
Crocheters almost always have blankets and afghans planned, or half completed – and often, we are called upon to crochet a blanket in record time for emergency gifts, for people in need, or for new babies. This is why it is important to make sure that the staples in our yarn stashes stay topped up and ready for action. Sales are a good opportunity to top up the yarns you use all the time and save money at the same time.
This absolute dream of an aran weight yarn is one of my favourites, and there is always some in my stash. It’s great for blankets and cushions – but also a fabulous choice for garments and kidswear. It’s super soft, thanks to its merino wool/cashmere content, but it is machine washable and a true workhorse yarn. The signature Debbie Bliss colour palette is full of modern solid shades and a tonals option – and it would be gorgeous to combine the two in a beautiful ripple or stripe. Pssst – there are lots of other Debbie Bliss yarns in the sale too.
Most crocheters have a healthy stash of acrylic yarn for all kinds of different projects, from granny blankets to toys. The wonderful thing about acrylic yarns, apart from them being wash and tumble-safe, is that there is a huge range of colours to choose from in most ranges, and this makes them irresistible for crochet. There are lots of brands to choose from in the Big July Sale including great value Hayfield Bonus DK which is a great favourite for toys, and Cascade Cherub DK which has 40 fabulous shades to swoon over.
I used this yarn earlier in the year to crochet the Craft Council’s giant stitch away stress lemon pillow, and I absolutely loved it! It’s beautifully soft but it has good structure and great stitch definition which is great for a super chunky yarn, where textured stitches really bloom. It’s a great value yarn for all your super chunky/super bulky crochet projects.
Cotton and crochet are made for each other – and the gentle smoothness of cotton is not only hardwearing and perfect for projects for the home, it’s a delight to wear, and perfect for anyone with sensitive skin or allergies. Sirdar Cotton DK and Sirdar Cotton Prints DK are in the Big July Sale, with a great range of shades to choose from, and I love sport weight MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton for garments and baby wear – it has a beautifully gentle finish and brings elegant drape.
It’s always fun to try a cotton multi – and Sirdar Amalfi DK summons up the rich beauty of that gorgeous Italian coastline beautifully with its jewel-dotted twists and stylish colour combos. This would be dreamy in so many scenarios – perfect for crocheted tees, matched with solid shades or for sweet accessories – bags, hats, shawls.
Try something different …
If you’re going to buy something different to try, it would make sense to buy it in a sale. If you haven’t tried crocheting with a different weight yarn – maybe a super chunky – now is the time to try! I am a texture fan – I love anything different, from mohair with a halo like Willow & Lark Plume held double with a favourite wool yarn, or the gorgeously soft chainette structure of GGH Topas, with its delicious heathery shades.
I’ve just succumbed to the delights of tape yarn – having been sceptical for a while – and I love it. I’ve made a big circular bag and it’s been great fun. Working with an 8mm hook means that the fabric is created super fast, which is great news for an impatient crafter like me! There are over 30 shades to try – and lots of patterns on site to devour.