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Blanket Squares CAL - Yarn and colours discussion

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Re: 2017 CAL - January Flower Burst Square

Postby clothmama » Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:12 pm

:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: all ordered and will be on it's way this afternoon (gosh I love UK customer service, here I'd be lucky if they sent it within the week!). Just can't wait to get it so I can start :crochet: I think I might go up and get my ripple blanket and restart work on that as it is a shame it isn't finished and it has been a WIP for over 3 years now and that will keep me going!!

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Re: 2017 CAL - January Flower Burst Square

Postby JabberJabber » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:11 pm

Can someone just tell me what to go and get from the shop? What is worsted weight? I need cottons or acrylics.

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Re: 2017 CAL - January Flower Burst Square

Postby clothmama » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:07 pm

JabberJabber wrote:Can someone just tell me what to go and get from the shop? What is worsted weight? I need cottons or acrylics.

Worsted is Aran or 10 ply depending on your brand! I'm not sure what will be available in the actual shop but the Drops aran cotton (#5 or Paris) is much cheaper than a lot of other brands so if you want to go with cotton then you may be better to get it online. On the link I put above they are only 75p a 50g ball or (1 pound for the Paris). Stylecraft do an aran acrylic which I believe is gbp1.79 a (110g) ball and it is OK for acrylic.

You need to then decide what colours you are going to have. Mine is based on what the lady that I have linked to has used (although subbing similar colours from Drops so I could get the cotton as per my earlier post) and it is 14 colours but 8 of those are in very tiny quantities, so 6 main colours. I decided it was cheaper to go with the Cotton as I only needed to get a 50g ball for them. I ordered 250g of the main colour, 200g of the next 2, 150 g of
the next 4 colours, 100g of the next then just 50 of the rest with a total of 1.75kg.

I have absolutely no idea how far this will get me :hohoho: :hohoho: I know we are talking about 1 square a month but I think I'd like to do 24 squares a this stage. Are you planning to do just 12 squares or more?

I'll know if I've ordered enough (which I highly doubt but it doesn't matter, can just order again later) once I do the first square as I'll be able to weigh it and get a better idea of what my total will be. Acrylic gets you many more metres per 100 g too!

I'd just pick your colours, decide cotton or acrylic and go to shop and buy or order some and see how you go!

Does that help @JabberJabber ?

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Re: 2017 CAL - January Flower Burst Square

Postby clothmama » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:12 pm

Wow that is impressive, my order was sent just over an hour after they got it! :shock:

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Re: 2017 CAL - Yarn and colours discussion

Postby MissFrodo » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:32 pm

That's fast @clothmama! I'm doubting if it's cheaper buying there, have to check rates to find out.

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Re: 2017 CAL - Yarn and colours discussion

Postby clothmama » Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:42 pm

MissFrodo wrote:That's fast @clothmama! I'm doubting if it's cheaper buying there, have to check rates to find out.

My 2 orders came out at the same number in euros and pounds but the French order was missing 7 balls (mainly Paris at €1,20 a ball plus €6 postage to add) so definitely cheaper for me to go the UK route (especially as the exchange rate still pretty good if you are buying in euros) 1 GBP =1.17286EUR So say a GBP 30 total wll cost €35,18 so actually not as good as a few weeks ago when it was almost 1.1! You obviously won't get quite that good from your bank / PP though!

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Re: 2017 CAL - Yarn and colours discussion

Postby clothmama » Wed Jan 25, 2017 4:02 pm

I've split out the colours and yarn discussion from the January thread so if people decide to join in later they can find all the info easily :D

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Re: 2017 CAL - Yarn and colours discussion

Postby clothmama » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:45 pm

@confusinglady and @girlinleeds have you guys decided what colours / yarn you are using?? (big stick)

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Re: 2017 CAL - Yarn and colours discussion

Postby girlinleeds » Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:52 pm

@clothmama I've been so busy at work and don't get paid till Friday, so tomorrow is my day to sit down and work out what I'm doing

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