I was very lucky to be chosen as one of three crafty bloggers to receive a parcel of the new range of Women's Institue yarn to work with and review.
Women's Institute yarns have been designed and made especially for Hobbycraft with 3p from the sale of each ball going to the National Federation of Women's Institutes. You can buy the yarn online via the Hobbycraft website or from your local store.
In the parcel where 6 balls - 2 balls of Premium Acrylic DK, 2 balls of Soft and Cuddly 4ply and 2 balls of Soft and Silky 4ply. I thought hard about the best way to get a feel for the yarn and finally decided to work up a square motif in each yarn and colour . This allowed me to work with the yarn for a good length of time to be able to evaluate it.
Premium Acrylic Yarn DK - 100g - 282m - £2.20
This is a good quality, acrylic yarn up there with the likes of Sirdar and James C Brett. It is soft and has a lovely shine to it.
As you can see, the stitch definition is good and, when crocheting with it, it doesn't split like some acrylic yarns do!
There is a good range of colours available in the range, from bright shades to these more subtle shades. Overall this is a great yarn that I would consider next time I'm shopping for acrylic yarn!
Soft & Cuddly 4ply - 100% acrylic - 50g - 125m - £3 (usually £3.29)
This yarn is soooooo soft! Definitely one for babies, children and those of us who love soft yarn. It is a 4ply that I found worked up as a DK weight yarn. It has a lovely sheen to it.
It is easy to crochet with, working up smoothly with no splitting. The stitch definition is excellent.
The range includes bright and pastel solids as well as the pink flecks and blue stripes. The pink flecks was by far my favourite. Although I like the shades of blue in the stripes, the length of the colour changes makes it better suited for longer rows rather than smaller motifs.
I loved working with thus yarn and intend to use it to crochet some baby garments for a local charity, Pearl & Peggy, that sends gifts of blankets and clothes to premature babies and their families.
Soft & Silky 4ply - 100% microfiber acrylic - 100g - 304 metres - £3
I have never worked with a microfiber yarn before and I wasn't disappointed! Thus is a beautiful yarn to work with a gorgeous sheen to it which reminds me of working cotton but is much softer!
The stitch definition is excellent and it works up as a 4ply yarn. The colour range is lovely with some fabulous bright colours.
Overall, I loved this yarn and it has definitely encouraged me to use more microfiber in my crochet. I can see a beautiful scarf or shawl worked up in this!
Keep checking back to see what becomes of my yarn!