We’re almost ready to fling open the doors of the July Sale, and Merion is here to help you navigate the fabulous bargains!
There is nothing we love better, as knitters, than a yarn sale! I can never resist – but I think it’s a good idea to be prepared, and to shop wisely – so I’ve set myself some new guidelines for sale shopping, and I thought I’d share them with you.
Is the yarn a must-have for your stash? If you use a favourite brand/weight often, then it makes sense to top up your stash if that yarn is the sale. It’s a practical way to save money if you know you’re going to buy that yarn (or similar) anyway.
This absolute dream of an aran weight yarn is super soft thanks to its merino wool/cashmere content, but it is machine washable and a real workhorse of a yarn! The signature Debbie Bliss colour palette is full of modern shades and a tonals option. This go-to yarn is a perfect choice for any aran/worsted patterns. I turn to this yarn over and over again, and I always make sure I have some in my stash – Willow and Mustard are my favourites! Pssst – there are lots of other Debbie Bliss yarns in the sale this July.
Gift knitting & charity knitting yarns
Are you planning to start gift knitting for Christmas or birthdays or do you knit for charity? If you plan ahead this way, it’s great to pick up your yarn in the sale to save money. Christmas jumpers are good to knit in acrylics (who knows what will get tipped down them!). When we knit for charity, acrylic yarns are a great choice for clothes and blankets to guard against potential allergies and they are so easy to wash. There are some excellent acrylics in the sale this July, including Hayfield Bonus DK, James C Brett Harmony DK, James C Brett Fairy Cakes and Paintbox Yarns Chunky Pots.
I used this yarn earlier in the year to make the Craft Council’s giant stitch away stress lemon pillow, and I absolutely loved it. It’s beautifully soft but it has good structure and great stitch definition which is great for a super chunky yarn, where cables and textured stitches really bloom. It’s a great value yarn for all your super chunky/super bulky knits.
Knitting for babies
If you knit for babies, there are some fabulous bargains to be found in this year’s Big July Sale. Have you got a baby in the family coming, or do you sell hand knitted baby clothes? Save money and buy your yarn in the sale. Some of the baby yarns included are firm favourites – several Sirdar Snuggly yarns including, Snuggly Snowflake, Snuggly Tutti Frutti, Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK and other brands including DY Choice Baby 4ply and Cascade Cherub Aran.
This is a yarn I discovered a couple of years ago and it still delights me every time I use it. It’s beautifully soft and it washes so well, which, as we know, is very important for baby yarns. The colour palette is rich and broad, there are sugar sweet pastels for newborns, but if you love vibrant brights and jewel shades, there are plenty of those too. Ideal for those gorgeous little intarsia and Fair Isle projects in miniature, and the patterns for this yarn are gorgeous. (Don’t forget you can use it for any DK pattern too.)
There WILL be an offer you just can’t resist – let’s be honest. There is bound to be a favourite yarn, or a favourite brand in the sale that will draw your eye. I would just give you this sage word of warning: choose a colour you are going to wear. Don’t take a leap of faith and pretend that you’ve always liked lime, because it will sit at the bottom of your stash until you finally give it away to a knitter who loves lime. I have already spotted Sublime Lola on the sale yarns list – and I already know that it is very likely that I will be the proud owner of a few balls of shade Sylvie.
Patons yarns are gorgeous – and great additions to stashes everywhere. I love the Merino Extra Fine 4ply because it’s such a great all-rounder. You can use it for baby clothes, you can use it for fine knits – I love it for shawls. What is even better, is that it’s happy to be washed and lightly tumbled. I suspect there will be some Wisteria finding its way to my stash.
Sales are good opportunities to try yarns you haven’t tried before without making a huge financial investment. If you haven’t yet tried The Yarn Collective Pembroke Worsted, for example, now is a good time (it’s delicious), and, I notice there are some rather nice GGH yarns in the sale – in particular Andania, which is alpaca and gorgeously soft, and Topas, which is a fun, heathery chainette chunky. Don’t question it. Just try it.
We’d love to see what you make with your sale yarn. Upload it to the Community and show us.
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