Since I released my video about how to do assigned pooling last year, I have been getting more and more questions from people who are interested in trying it and are wondering how and where to begin. I can see why this sort of project can be intriguing for people who never did it before, and so in order to answer as many questions as possible, I present to you my full guide to yarn pooling!
I love trying out different types of yarn; looking at yarn with a special or unique texture and coming up with ideas as to what I can make with it is something I enjoy very much. Due to this special hobby of mine, I get asked very often for ideas as to what to make with a certain yarn. People know that I most likely have already spent some time researching the matter...
Today, I want to share with you my knowledge, tips and ideas for using tape yarns - often also referred to as ribbon yarns.
For a while now, I have been looking into subscribing to a crochet magazine, but choosing the one best fitting for MY wants and needs proved a little tricky. There are so many different things to consider and, being me, I had to do my research....
And so, I dove into the ocean of possibilities out there and listed all the things I want (or don't want) in a magazine subscription in order to finally the find THE ONE. It has been an interesting research topic, as I did learn a lot about the world of crochet journalism and pattern writing in the process.
For a while now, I have been researching and looking into the development of different kinds of fiber art in various cultures around the world. Each continent, country and region has their own traditions, it appears. Different societies adopted and perfected different types and styles of fiber arts, made them unique to them and inserted certain elements which are now specific to them alone.
Over the past few weeks, we travelled all around the globe to explore and get to know different yarn companies from other countries. To finish our journey, we arrive at our last continent - Africa. There aren't as many big yarn manufacturers here, but there are a few companies and small business worth mentioning.
The most common fibers produced in the African textile industry are cotton, wool, raffia, silk, jute and flax. South Africa alone produces more than 50% of the world’s mohair and 2% of the world’s wool, the bulk of which is high-quality merino wool.
We continue on our journey around the world to discover and get to know new yarn companies, and this week we arrive at America! Now, when you say "America" many people tend to think about the US or Canada, but when it comes to yarn and fiber, the southern part of the continent has just as many exciting and interesting things to offer. The American continent stretches all the way from the north to south parts of the globe, giving us a huge variety of climates and terrains.
Continuing our journey around the world to explore and discover new yarn company, today we are turning "down under" to Australia and New Zealand. Now, it should come as no surprise to you that today's companies main products will be all about wool! Australia is one of the world’s largest wool producers, producing around 25% of greasy wool sold on the world market. Wool is produced in all Australian states except the Northern Territory.
We continue on our journey around the world, to discover and learn about different yarn companies. This time we turn to Asia, home to a flourishing textile industry which is constantly on the rise. Fiber and raw materials for the world's yarn industry is being exported out of China and India and used by the some of the most famous brand names we know. In fact, India is the world’s largest cotton producer.
Many of us shop for yarn at our local stores, which naturally hold mostly yarns manufactured for and distributed by yarn companies in our country. Sometimes we might get some international brands at a speciality store (or what we call LYS) but there are so many companies out there we never get to try, or even hear of! Let's take a trip around the world and get to know new yarn companies from other places!