The Women’s Institute Yarn Review

The Women's Institute Yarn Review by Julia Marsh from Hand Knitted Things #knitting #diy #wool #yarn

Julia Marsh from Hand Knitted Things #knitting #diyReview by Julia Marsh from Hand Knitted Things

The Women’s Institute (WI) has launched it’s own exclusive brand of yarn in Hobbycraft. A donation from the sale of each ball of yarn will be given to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes – the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK with over 212,000 members. I was lucky enough to be sent some to sample and review.

The Women’s Institute Yarn Review

There are four types of yarn in the new range, Premium Acrylic, Soft and Cuddly, Soft and Silky and Heritage Yarn.

Heritage Wool – Unique Shetland

The Women's Institute Yarn Review by Julia Marsh from Hand Knitted Things #knitting #diy #wool #yarn

I was keen to see this yarn, as regular readers will know about my obsession with all things Shetland. I decided to try some traditional Shetland lace samples, using one needle size down, one up, as well as the recommended needle size. The yarn has a rustic look and texture with nine colours in the range. I’d be interested to try these muted colours out in the Fair Isle style of knitting too.

What Makes The Women’s Institute Heritage Wool?

  • 100 percent wool
  • Four-ply
  • 50 grams
  • 215 metres
  • 3.25 mm needles or a crochet hook
  • hand wash

The WI say…

“100 percent Shetland wool, made in the UK. This manufacturer has been spinning yarn since 1798 and has the reputation of stocking the world’s best Shetland and Lamb’s wool qualities. A family company which prides itself on the ability to manufacture ten to 12 tonnes of yarn each week all of which is spun using 100 percent green sourced electricity.”

Soft and Silky

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This yarn is just as the name states, soft and silky. I received two colours out of the 15 in the range and decided to make one knitted and one crochet sample. Both worked up really well and I could easily see myself buying this for knitting washable baby items.

What Makes The Women’s Institute Soft and Silky Yarn?

  • 100 grams
  • Four-ply
  • 304 metres
  • 100 percent microfibre acrylic
  • 3.25 mm needles or a crochet hook

Premium Acrylic

This yarn has 20 vibrant colours in the range. I tried this yarn with a 4mm crochet hook and found it soft to the touch. For a budget affordable yarn it was nice to work with and I could see myself using this for a baby blanket requiring frequent washing.

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What Makes The Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic yarn?

  • 100 grams
  • Double knit (DK)
  • 4 mm needles or a crochet hook
  • 282 metres
  • machine washable

Soft and Cuddly

I didn’t have any samples of this yarn, but here’s what Hobbycraft say about it from their website :

“This super soft range has been created to offer an anti pill fibre…ideal for a wide range of baby clothing [...] With up to 50 grams of comfy wear to weave with, enjoy up to 125 metres of knitting material, ideal for every project in mind. This high-quality, four-ply yarn is made out of fine acrylic and is fully-recyclable.”

What Makes The Women’s Institute Soft and Cuddly Yarn?

  • Four-ply
  • 50 grams
  • 125 metres
  • Machine washable

Shop The Women’s Institute Wool and Yarn at Hobbycraft >

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