I didn’t really notice it at first; it just sort of crept up on me. But, I’d turned into a yarn snob. I found myself only using hand dyed yarn for all my projects and refusing to knit with anything ‘down market’. Sirdar yarn showed me the error of my ways.
I’ve knitted ever since I can remember. When I was a child, my mother would give me odds and ends from her knitting projects, and I’d make do with these yarn remnants; just so long as I had yarn. I think back now to my early knitting days; the sweaters, scarves and mittens knitted together with a mixture of yarn types in a multitude of colors. It never bothered me that I had to use whatever I could get my hands on but as I grew up I could afford to buy my own balls and shanks of yarn, and I would finally knit something that someone else, apart from me, would wear.
A few years back I discovered hand spun and hand dyed yarns. It was love at first sight. Using these beautiful yarns brought so much enjoyment. I would scour every local yarn store and yarn festival looking for rare and unusual yarns. Without really realizing it, I was only using these exotic hand dyed yarns. I would dismiss yarns that I had used years before as being well, rather boring and ‘commercial’. In all honesty I’d turned into a yarn snob.
The wake up call when I was asked to crochet slippers for a friend of a friend’s wedding. The bride’s dress was pure white, and none of the natural fibers I found were ‘white enough’. With the sound of wedding bells rapidly approaching I sought, in desperation, a yarn to match. I scurried down to my local yarn store and it was there that it was suggested to me that I try a Sirdar yarn called ‘Snuggly Bubbly’. I didn’t really know very much about Sirdar yarn, but I learned that the company is English and has been producing yarn for eons.
The color of the yarn matched the wedding dress perfectly. The name of the Sirdar yarn was very apt; its incredibly soft, easy to handle, and is perfect for making baby hats, blankets, mittens, and booties. It’s also a very hypo allergenic yarn that is washable.
Just, so you know, the Sirdar Snuggly Bubbly yarn is 100% nylon and has a DK weight, though you can treat it as a sport weight for crochet work. It comes in a 50 gram ball with a length of 140 yards.
This Sirdar yarn was great fun. Theres enough texture to the yarn that it is not as slippery as it could be. Its also slubbed, but unlike handspun slubs, these nubs/bumps are evenly spaced. It was easy to work with – I found it to be a very ‘bouncy’ yarn, so it was easy on my hands and wrists – and I finished the bridal slippers in no time.
I’ll definitely be using Sirdar yarn again sometime in the future and I’ll be using other yarns that aren’t hand spun and hand dyed. Me, a yarn snob? Never.