WSW

29 May

Today’s window shopping involves crafts & hobbies.

For a while I’ve wanted to ‘Extreme Crochet’ or ‘Extreme Knit’.

A long time ago when I first joined Pinterest a large chunky knit rug caught my eye along with a large chunky crochet rug.

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Think how comfy that is on your tootsies and bare feet.

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*Purlbee

I tried to hunt down and source the yarn needed in the UK but at the time I had no luck and to import from America with the additional Taxes made for super expensive wool and I just couldn’t justify it, (one Skein is $153.00 without tax the pattern takes two Skeins). My search continued when I visit Canada last year but alas I had no luck there either

So I kind of put the project on the back burner.

But it seems extreme knitting and crochet has taken off all over now;
Especially Foot Stall Poufs/Cushions. These in the picture are from Christien Meinderstsma.

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*Christien Meindertsma

I like these and despite them becoming a common fad I thought it might be quite a quick and easy, fun project.

Again I started to look at sourcing the yarns and my interest in Extreme Crochet & Knitting has been ignited once more.

Thus Todays WSW is Extreme Knitting & Crochet products.

Tools of the Trade

Lets start with hooks & needles:

The nicest selection I’ve found yet supplied in the UK is from Art of Yarn.

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They are wood rather than plastic which I prefer and come in Hook size 19mm and 24mm. Which is also some of the larger I found with size gauges.

The Knitting needles are also wooden on this site and they have straights & cables. The gauges of the needles are 24mm & 27mm but they do different length needles.

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And for darning in those ends …

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Or Extreme Tapestry/Sewing.
(One I haven’t looked into yet)

The Big Stitch Knit Rug

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This was my first extreme knitting love spotted on Pinterest. It is on the Purlbee website.

It uses 2 skeins of Bag Smith’s Big Stitch Alpaca Yarn which at $153.00 a Skein without Tax is slightly over being justifiable.
Though a decent rug especially as beautiful as this does cost in the £100’s, it’s just not high on the agenda for us at this moment.

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It sounds & looks like beautiful, soft yarn to make a rug with its 70% alpaca, 15% wool and 15% nylon.

Dream a Little Dream …

Knitted Poufs

I did a Ravelry search for Crochet & Knitted Poufs and found this pattern: Puff Daddy From a Norwegian company called Pickles .

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The Yarn they used for these is Pickles Fat & Happy .

Yarn

Pickles Fat & Happy Yarn seems to be a happy medium of gorgeous wool, more reasonable tax/shipping and over all price at roughly $90.

AND they do some lovely colours.

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I really like the idea of a bright yellow foot stall.

Or how about an alternative yarn to make the rug?

It is a 80% wool, 20% polyamid mix giving it a lovely ‘knitted’ texture with added strength.

I have also notice Amazon have started to stock The Aussie Brand, Hoooked Zpagetti Yarn, making it easier than dealing with calculating taxes etc. As well as a few other UK websites I’m as yet to investigate further.

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Hoooked Zpaggetti Yarn an elasticated cotton yarn and is available in some funky bright colours & even patterns.

Hoopla yarn is a UK company who produces yarn from Jersey Fabric. This also comes in some fantastic colours my favourite is this ‘Aqua Source’.

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I’m undecided on the cotton & jersey yarns would be suitable for a foot stall, as though they say no stretch would they go flat after a while and the stall loose it shape?? I don’t know.

So at the end of this WSW I’m left pondering as to what yarn to try or just to try both.
Any advice?

S

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