More Yarn

I was in town today for a job interview so as I was already in town I decided to have a wander round the charity shops, just on the off chance that one of them would have some wool for sale.

Here’s what I came home with:

Cone Of Pink Yarn

A full cone (500g) of pink yarn which appears to be 4ply. The label says “D. BRUNTON, DES. YARNS, DE-LUX, SHADE 9, DYE 3”

I did the bleach test on it and it was, as I suspected, acrylic. Not that I mind acrylic but it’s nice to know that I’m probably not going to ruin whatever I knit with it by washing it on the wrong cycle.

I haven’t decided what I’m going to knit with it yet and pink isn’t a colour I would normally wear but for only £2.95 I couldn’t pass it by.


Blue Yarn
650g of a light blue synthetic yarn for £3.50. I didn’t need to do the bleach test on this one, I could tell just from looking at it that this definitely has no wool in it. In fact, after I got it home and had a proper look at it I wished I hadn’t bought it. I remember trying to knit a similar yarn without any success. Maybe this one will knit up better.

I have a Knit Radar pattern for a cap sleeved top and I was thinking I might try a tuck lace stitch pattern.


Green Yarn

60g of a random green 4ply for £1. When I saw it I thought “socks” but it wasn’t until I got it home and read the label properly that I realised it’s courtelle/nylon which probably isn’t the best yarn to use for socks.


That’s all I bought, I didn’t go to any more shops after I’d bought it, I just went straight home. I shouldn’t really have bought any of it – that money was supposed to be for food. Oh well, jam and bread’s not that bad, is it?

Talk to you later,


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12 Responses to More Yarn

  1. Thanks for the bleach tip.

    • susyranner says:

      If the yarn disintegrates in the bleach it’s wool, if it doesn’t then it’s probably acrylic – I should have said that in the post.

  2. alex says:

    nice find susan especially the pink yarn for that price all that yarn looks really think in the pictures maybe it is because it is really close up.

    • susyranner says:

      I was especially pleased with the pink, it’s not often I manage to find a full cone in the charity shops.

  3. alex says:

    yeah you are so right i often find lots of oddments in my local charity shop but not usually a full skein or cone, and i think you would suit pink susan, maybe you could do a short sleeve top in tuck stitch or something that would be nice, but just a suggestion.

    • susyranner says:

      I think, seeing as I’ll have enough yarn, that I will make something with long sleeves. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. Maureen says:

    love the pink yarn too. I use acrylic yarn and find if you wash it on low heat it is fine. Tumble drying brings it right back into shape. I tend to shrink real wool very easily so acrylic is my preferred choice. I tend to err on the lazy side though. If I can’t wash it in a washing machine and tumble dry it, I don’t want it lol. Love your blog and the garments you make.

  5. susyranner says:

    Thanks, Maureen.
    I had a disaster a couple of months ago when I put an all wool top in the machine on the wrong cycle.It came out tiny. I’m thinking of making it into a cushion cover.

  6. Johanna says:

    Woh nice yarn, great colors. What do you made with this yarn?

    • susyranner says:

      I haven’t decided what I’m making with it yet, I’m still thinking about it.

  7. irishagold says:

    Susan, thank you for the bleach tip!
    I like your yarn findings. I always loved combinations of gray and pink. You might try and see if it appeals to you.

    • susyranner says:

      Grey and blue is also a good combination – at least I think so. I usually mix colours due to not having enough of one colour to complete a garment. Sometimes it’s surprising how well certain colours go together when you wouldn’t expect them to.

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