Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Yarns of Christmas: Rowan Big Wool

Today we kick off a the 12 Yarns of Christmas with one of our favorite fast-knitting yarns:  The fat, the fabulous  Rowan Big Wool.

Gina R. loves Big Wool because it's great for beginners.  "It shows texture well and looks great when worked on big #17 needles.  Fast and great results!"  We all love that!

Gina designed one of her beginner patterns, the Appleseed Scarf, using Rowan Big Wool.

One of our other favorite patterns for Big Wool is the ever-popular GAPtastic Cowl, a free ravelry download.  But I'll let you in on a secret.  Big Wool, which is spun from soft merino, is much softer, more durable and luxurious than the yarn called for in the GAPtastic pattern.

We also carry an alternative to Big Wool that's wool, but not merino, so it's not quite as soft.  But it costs a bit less and is a great yarn nonetheless.  It's Cascade's Lana Grande.

Big Wool and Lana Grande, together, helped me solve a little problem this season.  See, my children have the most spectacular stockings, each needlepointed by their three great-aunts.  These amazing aunts have made 18 of these mega-stockings for their relatives.  Can you imagine?

Trouble is, next to these gorgeous handmade stockings, the little cheap store-bought ones that Brent and I have looked kinda sad.   I feared that another Christmas would come and go without a new stocking for Brent.  Then I spotted this at Gina H's house:

Hooray - a handmade stocking fast enough to make by Christmas!  And after just a little cajoling, Gina agreed to whip up a pattern.  I picked out some blue Big Wool to coordinate with our other stockings, plus a marled Lana Grande for the contrast color.  In just a few evenings, my first "Big Love Stocking" was born!

Here are some close-ups.  It has the cutest little jingle bells on the jester-style tips of the cuff:

Gina has generously agreed to make this pattern free, with purchase of the yarn to make it, through Christmas, after which time it will by $5.99.  Better yet, Big Wool is one of our 12 yarns of Christmas, which are on sale 20% off, now through the 24th!  Shop our Big Wool selection at either Loops location or here on  Shop Lana Grande (not on sale but a great deal even at regular price), here.

Watch our Loops Facebook page every day from now until Christmas for info on our other 11 yarns of Christmas!

- Shelley


Anonymous Knitting Wool said...

Hey Shelley. Different yarns you shown in post are awesome. These can be tried in this new year.

January 22, 2013 at 4:39 AM  

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