A: When it's in a 50g ball!
Confused? Then I shall explain.
Regular readers will already be familiar with many of the new yarns Dutch company Scheepjes* have released over the last few years. Their brand is fast becoming synonymous with having a wide range of colours in good quality ranges that don't cost the earth, and I'm fortunate to be working with them on several projects at the moment, which meant I recently received a huge box of scrumptious yarns to play with!
Maxi Bonbon and Maxi Sugar Rush are basically the same lovely Maxi yarn, but in two different sizes. Bonbons are the cute 25g balls, perfect for a smaller project or when making a big project with lots of different colours, and Sugar Rush is the 50g equivalent.
So let me tell you about the yarn:
- It's 100% mercerised cotton.
- It's laceweight with a recommended needle/hook size of 1.25 to 1.5mm - this will give a firm stiff fabric (e.g. perfect for amigurumi) - and you can also comfortably use up to around 2.5mm hook/needles for a softer fabric with more drape.
- The yarn has a high twist so it's not 'splitty' which can be an issue with cotton yarns. This is especially important for a laceweight yarn when you're using such a small hook or needles!
- There are 87 glorious colours to choose from (yes, 87!) and they match perfectly with Scheepjes Catona which means they can be used interchangeably for a wide range of projects!
I'm already working on a few new designs (with other yarns) at the moment, so I haven't had the chance to start swatching the ideas I have for this one. Luckily I have some talented friends who are already making things to inspire you.
1. Beautiful colour palettes and floral motifs are totally "Atty" and indeed she has been trying out all sorts of designs, including this one:
2. Kirsten at Haak Maar Raak is making some really cute bracelets:
|(C) Haak Maar Raak|
3. Jellina posted a review in Dutch which includes a lovely filet crochet project with alternating stripes of Bonbon and Catona - I love how the thicker yarn helps to provide structure in between the more delicate sections of laceweight:
4. Christa at The Curio Crafts Room is using Bonbon to make her signature peacock designs, but on a small scale:
5. Carmen at Crafty Queens is also making more of her 'signature' items - super cute (and very small) amigurumis:
|(C) Crafty Queens|
Aren't they lovely? It's so interesting to see what different people come up with when presented with the same materials, and how each person's own style is so clearly evident.
I've saved my personal favourite until last. This perfectly simple little crochet motif sample, also by Atty, actually reminds me a lot of the beautiful work of Sophie Digard, which I often drool over but am never likely to afford to buy, however I'm pretty sure I could make something inspired by her work using this yarn. I can't wait to try a knitting project with it too. My challenge is now to find some extra time.
If you're feeling inspired, Bonbon is already available from Deramores and Wool Warehouse (and other Scheepjes stockists) and retails at £1.29 per 25g so you can afford to go crazy with the colours! Sugar Rush will be available in stores very soon.
*Thanks to Scheepjes, who supplied the yarns reviewed in this post. As always, any opinions expressed are entirely my own. Affiliate links (to UK retailers) are included in this post to help support the running of this website - thank you very much for using them.