Yarn Review – DROPS Paris

Brand: DROPS Paris

Colour: Solids (both saturated and less so)

Content: 100% cotton

Thickness: 75m/50g (150m/100g)

Country of origin: EU

Suggested needle/hook size: 5mm

Previous review :)

I bought Paris for the first time as it was “nice not-wool” for a friend who can’t wear woollen items. I made the hat and got some leftover grey yarn. It was nice, if dull, to knit, as I tend to get easily bored with monochrome work.

Now, of the leftovers I made a small amigurumi mouse for my son…

…and then I bought some colours, as I really liked the feel of that yarn.

Really, I love it. It is made of several strands (8, I think), which plied together make for soft and reasonably strong yarn. Now, 2 years later, I have a crocheted mouse, a blanket:

1. Pieces arranged before stitching

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2. During sewing:

 

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3. Sewn together, partial border crocheted:

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Now my son is keeping it in his bed and I can’t take a photo of the finished version.

And a bag :) (two different light settings, one for each side ;))

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I can reasonably say: I WOULD BUY MORE.

Beginners? Yes, definitely. Undoes with no issue, no fuzz (it’s cotton!), wears out a bit after a few crochet/undo sessions, but not a lot. Before, I wrote it’s not good for beginners, but my son, who just started crocheting this year, actually liked it a lot. I WILL buy more, if he wants to make another mouse or anything.


New blanket

Ripple blanket – here’s the pattern

Just finished my new blanket. Took me less than a week – yarn I needed arrived on Wednesday and the whole thing was done on Sunday. Pretty quick.

I should probably start at the beginning.

Some time ago there was a sale on DROPS yarns (very nice stuff in general) and I bought some random balls in colours that seemed interesting. “Andes” was one of these and finally I made a cowl/scarf thing out of it. Which was a total failure, because the outcome was way too thick and stiff. Probably I used a hook some sizes too small. Well.

So this week I undid it and added some cream Andes to it as a contrast, took a 8mm hook and hooked a round ripple blanket. In three days (was kind of busy on Saturday). After work only.

So, here’s the outcome. Photographed inside, no natural light, so colours are a bit wrong, but it’s, in general, somewhat purple-ish. It’s 130 cm in diameter (from point to point) and it covers my new armchair quite nicely :)

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Yarn Review – DROPS Alasca

Brand: DROPS Alasca (Mix)

Colour: grey, dark blue (also other dark-ish and smoky colours and gray pink)

Content: 100% pure new wool/100% wool

Thickness: 140m/100g (70m/50g)

Country of origin: EU

Suggested needle size: 5mm, I’m using a 4mm hook.

Suggested patterns on producer’s page.

Structure: Three strands, visible and separable, well twisted together. Next to no scratch. I wouldn’t make a hat out of it, but I’d be willing to risk a scarf.

There was a big sale on DROPS yarns in May and I kind of went overboard with various kinds I bought, so I have yet another DROPS to check out and review. I’ve unpacked my 8 balls of Alasca (so, total of 400g) and started on a waistcoat for my son. Combination of dark blue and dark grey seems to have this “proper, school-ish” vibe, so he will have something lighter than a full pullover for the official school days.

I’ve started on the blue squares and the yarn is really, really nice. As it’s thick, the outcome is visible almost immediately, but of course also the balls disappear almost immediately. Four 11cm squares and one ball is almost gone (so 4 will make 16 or 17 squares). The feel of if when working is really soft, with almost no scratch. Also almost no sheep smell, which sometimes accompanies untreated wool yarns.

Now, I wouldn’t recommend using it for hats, if you have any kind of sensitivity towards wool, but I personally would risk a scarf or mittens. Would not knit a polo neck sweater or anything tight-fitting/direct on skin (except for abovementioned scarf or mittens). Feels very, very warm. I’m thinking about a pair of ugly but warm socks when I look at it (all my socks are slightly ugly and these colours would not cover my sock-knitting blunders).

Would buy more? Yep. The colour range seems nice and I may be in need of a sober, grownup scarf someday.


Yarn Review – DROPS Big Delight

Well, to pick up after some off-blog-time, here I have for you a new review – DROPS Big Delight yarn.

Brand: DROPS Big Delight

Colour: Many multicolors: Marina, Sunrise, Olive/rust/plum

Content: 100% wool

Thickness: 200m/100g

Country of origin: Turkey

Structure: Very fluffy, single strand yarn, soft. Slightly uneven thickness between colours.

I bought this yarn just because it had such cute colours. First I just choose Sunrise and the Olive mixes and wanted to make a vest, but I went for a poncho. The final outcome looks like this (front, back):

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Each side is 4 100-g balls. Which makes the cost of wool itself around 190 Złoty, which is ~50 Euro. Not cheap, but totally worth it.

And it’s so nice. But it has a tiny weeny defect. Smells. Of. Sheep. And I went out and it rained. And it smelled of wet sheep. I have to wash it until it stops.

However, when working, it is almost perfect. Doesn’t come apart, has 90% even thickness (the dark one was slightly thicker than the bright one) and the colours are simply brillant. I found that good, saturated colours make me crochet faster than a monotone or dull dyed yarn :) The back of that poncho was done in 2 days – I started with a 10x10cm square on Thursday afternoon, crocheted it on Friday at meetings and for half of Saturday. Sewing took another hour, just making sure I matched it evenly.

So, pros: great colours, very thick and even, fluffy.

Cons: very distinctive smell of wool, unless washed with proper soap.

Would I buy more: Hell, yes! Especially if DROPS has another discount action (in May it was 35% in all online stores I use!)


Yarn Review – DROPS Paris

A friend asked me to knit her a hat with cat’s ears. As her skin reacts badly to wool, we were thinking about buying some acrylic, but finally settled on nice, thick gray cotton – Drops Paris.

Brand: DROPS Paris

Colour: Gray

Content: 100% Cotton

Thickness: 75m/50g

This is cotton. It’s soft. Soft.

Works well with 3 and 4 mm needles, probably even more comfortable with thicker ones (producer suggests 5). Better metal than the soft plastic types (on these it sticks slightly).

The yarn is made of multiple tiny threads (click the pic to see closeup on shop’s page), which may cause certain issues with too-sharp knitting needles. Namely, you can easily part the yarn’s threads and get an ugly loop somewhere. However, with standard, round-tipped needles you should be ok.

The knitted result is soft, even on too-small needles, but at the same time it’s not as heavy as some other cottons I’ve tested. If it wasn’t for my impatience in knitting, I would totally buy more and knit myself a sweater. Maybe I will knit one for my son – much less knitting here ;)

Knits up nicely on the knitting mill.

Would I buy more? Already answered. Definitely. Gonna buy “dark jeans“, some 10 balls or so. Probably. As soon as I manage to count how many I really need.

Advice: Not for beginners, make sure your needles and hooks are not overly sharp-tipped.


Blue chaos – a bracelet

A mix of various blue glass beads, attached to a silver-plated chain.