KCBW6 Day 5: Something A Bit Different

It’s day 5 of knitting and crochet blog week!

Today we have been tasked to do something a bit different. This involves blogging in a different style to normal. Now, I usually blog about my makes and how they are progressing. sometimes I even have a finished project to share with you. So today I thought I would concentrate on the yarn itself rather than the project and in the spirit of trying something different I have created an infographic!

I love infographics they are usually really simple visual ways of getting lots of information. In my real life as a PhD student I need to take on a lot of new information and so these are a really great way of condensing all of that information into bite-size chunks.

As my work is agriculture and environment focused I thought to myself what better way to combine these interests with yarn and crafting but to tell you about wool production and its merits in terms of sustainability.

So here it is, my infographic on sustainable wool! I’d love to know what you think!

sustainable wool infographic

geometric cowl

KCBW6 Day 1: If You Were Yarn


This week is knitting and crochet blog week, the brain child of Eskimimi Makes! Its a chance to try out something new whilst celebrating everything to do with planning creating and using your knitting and crochet. I’m really excited to be taking part this year and am looking forward to a week of trying new things. If you want the lowdown on what knitting and crochet blog week is all about you can find it here

So the topic for day one: If You Were Yarn. The question for today is about describe your personality but also requires a bit of thought regarding the properties of different yarns and what makes them unique.

The prompts for today ask:

If you were a type or brand of yarn, which would you be? Are you a classic pure wool? Is there extra tension but a bit of bounce in you because of your high twist? Would you be more like a high-maintainance, strictly hand-wash fluffy angora or a ‘bring it on’ acrylic, bravely heading into the world of possible baby-sick laundering disasters knowing that you will always come out bright and unharmed?

As someone who is relatively new to knitting and crochet my yarn vocabulary is still relatively limited and many of my projects have been made with reasonably cheap yarn so as to avoid disappointment and a lot of wasted money if I were to make a massive mess!

The yarn I use most often has to be Hayfield Bonus DK as it is available in most shops I vist and is usually one of the cheapest yarns on offer. Thinking about it this yarn does suit my personality really well, it isnt too fancy and is always there to help no matter what the occasion (or project). Its pretty down to earth and can be lots of fun!.

However, I think the perfect yarn to reflect my personality would not be as bold as Bonus DK. It would need to have a softer side. In fact, I think the perfect yarn to describe me might just be Wendy’s Aran with Wool! It is the yarn I used to create my geometric crochet cowl. It is still fun, bright, colourful but it also has some subtle darker tones. It a mix of reasonably hardwearing aran blended with softer wool. Also, it is a chunky wool which is perfect for my personality as it gets the job done quickly so that I dont have chance to get bvored along the way. Also it makes a super warm cowl which is perfect as I hate to be cold!

geometric cowl

geometric pattern crochet cowl

If you had to pick a yarn that represents you and your personality what would it be?