There are so many wonderful brands, textures and colours of yarns readily available online nowadays that it’s a great mystery to me how I have been able to resist the urge to get some new yarns for myself for more or less 2 years, until about 2 weeks ago, when I finally ended my abstinence because …….
My Nona yarns are almost all used up to make crochet hexagons. Later, I will crochet just a few more and continue sewing them together to make a bigger this:
Surfing For New Yarns
You may notice that I also used other brands of yarn as well. I changed hook sizes as the yarns have different textures and weight. I reckon I may need to get some more white Nona yarns later on to fill in the spaces between the colourful floral hexagons. I have stopped purchasing new yarns since 2013 in an effort to push myself to clear my old stash as much as possible. Oh, how I have yearned to get new ones for a long time!
Surfing for new yarns is easy, deciding which one to get first was the difficult part as I have to consider my budget. I have a very bad tendency to break my budget!
After much thought and deliberation, I chose to grab the promotional items available at Pinkyfrogshop (a Malaysian-based craft shop) – these bright Nyamnyam yarns.
The colours are coco, navy, gold, shock pink and beige, my initial choices of pastels, lilac and pink, were out of stock. :C Compared to the 50gm Nona, these are really big! You see, I’m used to using smaller and lighter yarns. I bought these at RM12 each, and I also bought other small stuffs. 😀
I really had a most delightful experience purchasing from Pinkyfrogshop, and am looking forward to my next purchase.
Learning About Yarns
The yarns are Premium Soft Acrylic 100%, DK 3. I wondered what DK 3 meant and a simple google revealed that DK stands for ‘Double Knit‘ and the number ‘3’ refers to its weight. I honestly didn’t know anything about this numbering system.
From ‘Craft Yarn Council‘ I learned that yarn categorization is a serious business that are made very carefully (see the pic below for more info).
At the Craft Yarn Council‘s page, there are very helpful guidelines regarding yarns (from #0 – #7) together with gauge and recommended suitable knitting needle/crochet hook sizes. You can download the guidelines here. In it are info regarding abbreviations for crochet & knitting, standard body measurements/sizing, skill levels, how to measure, size charts, etc.
The yarns that I bought at Pinkyfrogshop are light worsted yarn. Light Worsted Yarn (DK 3) are usually used for baby and light-weight adult garments. Hehe… I’m not planning to make any baby or adult garment with my Nyamnyam yarns. But I’m extremely glad to learn new things. With this newly-acquired knowledge, I will no longer purchase yarns merely based on their colours or price. I shall also take into consideration their weight and recommended uses.
At the time of my purchase, the Nyamnyam yarns were RM12 each (normal price RM14) at Pinkyfrogshop. Now, the price is further reduced to RM10. I must admit, I am sorely tempted to get a few more! Greediness is definitely sneaking its way into my heart… and I welcome it with open arms!
Next, I’m really yearning to visit the local (& online store) Da’Knit to get me some other yarns to add to my 2015 stash. Got to find some time to drop by Da’Knit at their physical store at Central Plaza. Unfortunately, I missed their CNY special. :C