New yarn in – Sandnes Fritidsgarn

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Yesterday, I just happened to drop by our local yarn store. It’s a very small store packed with yarn from floor to roof and has the most friendliest of owner who always has something nice to say and a new yarn to show. And as always I didn’t come out empty handed. Six new colors are now added to my stash. I’m so so happy. It’s simply perfect.

As I do have quite a lot of larger projects going at the moment; I wanted something that is made fairly quick and effortless. Something that was in the line with spring and Easter. I’m thinking eggs, flowers, colors and nature. So I asked the shop owner and she immediately new what I needed (I love those kind of people, hihi)! And there it was: Sandnes Fritidsgarn. A thick and sturdy Norwegian yarn made out of 100% wool in gorgeous matte shades.We will have so much fun together!

My stasch


Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk – A yarn review

The other day when I visited our local yarn shop I found this little balls of soft fluffy loveliness. I fell in love right there and then. With no plans or ideas of what to make with it I wen’t on my instinct and bought a few just because. And I’m so happy that I did.

According to the label it’s a luxurious blend of brushed alpaca and Mulberry silk. And I couldn’t agree more. It’s feather light, airy without being to sheer, and has a great warmth to it. It definitely feels like a silky shining cloud.

The yarn runs trough my fingers with an ease and works up rather quickly with the use of my 5,0 mm hook. As I’m usually working with both a thicker and heavier yarn this is a great break for sore wrists. I strongly believe in mixing yarn weights and projects to not get that ache that comes with working to much and to long on the same piece. Switching things up is a great option for us who doesn’t take a crochet-break willingly.

I started working on the gorgeous South Bay Shawlette and the yarn works perfectly for this kind of pattern. I will show you the progress and end-result later on.

In conclusion: it’s an amazing yarn for both touch and sight, you have to try it!

Closeup - South Bay Shawlette

Fast facts

Yarn: Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk

Manufacturer: Drops

Yarn group: C (16 – 19 stitches)

Fiber content: 77% Alpaca, 23% Silk

Country of origin: Peru

Needle/Hook: 5 mm (US 8/H-8)

Gauge: 10×10 cm (4″x4″) = 17 sts x 24 rows

Weight: 25 g (0,9 oz) ≈ 140 m (153 yds)

Wash: Hand wash in max 30 degrees, dry flat.

Can be used on Drops patterns for: Alaska, Alpaca Bouclé, Big Delight, Big Fabel, Big Merino, Bomull-Lin, Nepal, Paris and Vivaldi.