Man Made Objects

I recently blogged about my passion for British wool and promised I would redress the balance by showing you a few projects designed with man made fibres.

Acrylic has a place in my yarn stash. It’s a great budget choice and ideal for charity makes (the special care baby unit I knit hats for will only accept acrylic knits because they need to be repeatedly washed at high temperatures). My designs for Let’s Get Crafting are designed specifically to work with the free yarn kit supplied with each magazine. In addition, there are some projects where only a man made fibre will do, such as this fur collar I designed using Louisa Harding Luzia yarn.

(Fashion note: fur yarns are set to be “big” again this winter, so this free pattern could be very useful for your Christmas gift making).

This gorgeous doily rug was also designed to work with the hard wearing nature of  a super chunky acrylic. Cygnet Seriously Chunky is a great budget yarn choice, comes in some great colours and makes this rug a very hard wearing home accessory. You can download the pattern for this rug from Etsy or Ravelry

Of course, when most of us think of man made yarns, we think of toys. My favourite toy designs  all feature acrylic and although I prefer to use British, Natural fibres for myself, I’m always aware that knitters and crocheters making my designs may be on a budget and that does influence the yarns I choose.

The fluffy, bobble yarn used for this cute baby bird was a perfect choice and it’s one of my most favourite toy designs.

I’ve also noticed that more and more of the “big” yarn companies are introducing “budget ranges” which include dralon and acrylic blends, and let’s not foget that even the ever popular Bay Cashmerino from Debbie Bliss is 30% acrylic, yet it remains one of the most popular wool blend baby yarns on sale. Yarn companies respond to customer demand, so if you want to see a greater emphasis on natural fibres and British yarns, tell the yarn companies or seek out the independent traders who are making natural fibres more affordable.

 

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  1. I agree, acrylic definitely has a place in this world. I’ll never understand why people insist on making beautiful handmade things for a new mother/baby out of delicate fibers with complicated or tedious washing instructions. If it goes on a kid, it should be able to go through the washer and dryer.

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