Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yarn made in France






Today I am sharing Ideal yarn from Bergere de France, the yarn I used when making my dear Gypsy Blanket and my Grey Granny Pillow. It is a yarn that I stumbled upon in my local crafts store some years ago now. I totally fell in love with the colors and it felt so nice and soft. At the time I didn't have that much experience from different yarn qualities. I had only used what was available locally, which was 100% wool and often very expensive. When I made my first stitches with Ideal yarn I fell head over heals in love. This yarn is by far one of my favorites.

Ideal yarn is made by Bergere de France a family run yarn manufacturer in North East of France. And ideal it is. It is perfect for any project. Little did I know that this yarn has been around for a long time, the company was founded in 1946 already, and the rest of their selection is objects for trying in the future for sure.

Ideal has an interesting mix of synthetics and natural fibers, 40% wool, 30% acrylic and 30% polyamide. It is a 4 ply yarn, doesn't split when you work with it and it is really soft and keeps its shape. The colors are pure bliss and you have 32 different shades of the rainbow to choose from. It is a sports weight yarn which means it is a fine yarn that you work on a 3-4 mm needle or hook and you can gently machine wash it in cold water, max 30˙C.

I buy my Ideal yarn from the French Bergere de France online store, but there is also an English online store and all shops ship worldwide. I should add that it is probably a wonderful yarn for Fair Isle knitting if anyone is interested. It is not an overly cheap yarn but well worth the approx. 4.90 USD a ball. I've learned my lessons on cheap yarn... When making creations to become heirlooms or gifts you don't want it to loose shape or get all fussy and ugly. The extra money spent on quality pays back big time in the long run.

I have some left overs from the Gypsy blanket project and a while a go I invested in some new earthy colors as well. I think I will use up the scraps making a granny shawl for a lady my Mom knows... It will be a very special project in that case as this lady is in a very particular situation... Now I am off to start on this shawl I think... What are you up to this Sunday?

Kärlek
Annette


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16 comments :

  1. thank you for these informations!!!! I'm checking a lot of yarns on line at the moment, because I need to buy some!!!!! Any suggestions for cotton???
    xxxxx Ale

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  2. Beautiful work. The yarn looks fab :)

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  3. I've never tried Bergere yarn but the colours are beautiful - it looks like any two will go together. I might be 'forced' to go and buy some to try it for myself! Thanks for the tip off x Jane

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  4. Good morning from the southern US. You are inspiring me to finish my granny blanket--I have loved these blankets forever, and at 50, am finally completing mine. Your gypsy blanket is marvelous, too. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. I LOVE your use of colour Annette, it is so bright and beautiful. You are such a talented lady! Sending you much bliss from Australia, Heather xx

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  6. This is a wonderful review which has seduced me, living here in France, to purchase Bergère Yarn! Your sense of colour and your pictures are absolutely stunning. You are so talented :-)

    Best wishes,

    Stephanie

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  7. I am with you on the cheap yarn thing. SO over it!!
    Love the yarn you picked. I am a great fan of Phildar 3.5 also a blends of different types, very soft and strong and also not too expensive. Yay ;-)
    Have a great Sunday!
    Esther.

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  8. Fabulous yarn Annette. I love the colours you used, so fresh and vibrant. Just what spring is crying out for :)

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  9. hello pal!
    I have been looking for a good mix yarn as I find 100% wool really heavy for a granny blanket, popping over now, thanks x

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  10. What lovely pictures of beautiful things you have created. I love the cushion (and the painted nails!). Thanks for the link on the yarn, it is always good to get tips on these things and I agree, it is better to use good quality, rather than just cheap yarn. They all have their place. We have had a birthday party filled weekend, you can see more on my blog, its been fun. It looks like you have had a lovely day. Hannapat

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  11. That's one beautiful blanket which I'm going to make once in my life. surely!! I cant stop thinking about this lovely blanket. The yarn is very yummy. I want to buy yarn in skeins. Here at my place we get yarn in hanks. :-) Lovely though.

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  12. What fantastic colours! There are some really lovely yarns about now...this is one worth checking out.

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Kärlek
Annette

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