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Sweet Pea Dolls already stock the Hamanaka Bonny yarn, and are always able to order in the other yarns on demand for you. If you would like to enquire about the possibility to order in the yarns below, please simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
RICH MORE - EXCELLENT MOHAIR
This yarn would be beautiful if used for garments, although as I said earlier, it would work out to be expensive if you were making something as big as a jumper. If you want to experience the superior quality of this yarn but don’t want to spend a lot of money, I recommend making a smaller project such as a pair of fingerless mitts.
Rating: Quality: 5/5
Price: £5.95 per ball (min 10 balls per bag)
HAMANAKA - ECO-ANDARIA
I can’t tell you how long I have tried to find a good quality raffia yarn. For some reason, it is quite difficult to find this kind of yarn in popular yarn shops, but I have always wanted to try some. When Sweet Pea Dolls told me they stock this yarn, I couldn’t wait to try it out. There are so many projects to be made from raffia, such as hats, bags and shoes, but I decided to test this product by making a hat. I found that a 5mm hook worked well for the effect I wanted, and I LOVED the way this yarn makes up. The first thing that struck me was how soft and smooth the eco-Andaria is – it is not at all scratchy like you might imagine. It has no loose fibres and it is comfortable to use. However the most impressive thing about this yarn is its consistent width throughout – although it is a natural yarn, it doesn’t vary between very wide and very narrow sections like a lot of natural yarns I’ve used. This means that as long as you keep a consistent tension whilst crocheting, you will achieve a beautiful finished product with even stitches. I would definitely recommend this yarn, and it seems that a little goes a long way and it comes in some really lovely colours too, so you’re not limited to just ‘natural’ colours.
Rating: Quality: 5/5
Price: £4.50 per ball (min 5 balls per bag)
HAMANAKA - BONNY
Bonny has a good, consistent gauge, but it isn’t as soft as some of its rivals and therefore I would advise against using it for wearable garments. That said, it is perfect for using on projects such as slippers and mug cosies and you will find a good colour range to choose from. I used Bonny to make some mug cosies (as pictured) and I liked the way they worked up. The stitches are consistent, and the mug cosies turned out nice and thick, which is great for insulating your favourite cuppa! I found that 1 50g ball of Bonny can make 2 or 3 mug cosies.
Rating: Quality: 3/5
Price: £4.00 per ball
HAMANAKA - JUMBONNY
Rating: Quality: 3/5
Price: £4.00 per ball (min 5 balls per bag)
HAMANAKA - AMERRY
Now and then, you come across a yarn that is a real pleasure to work with, and Amerry by Hamanaka is firmly in this camp. It feeds through your hands beautifully as you crochet or knit, and it is ever such a lovely soft yarn. It is comprised of 70% merino and 30% acrylic fibres, so you get the best of both worlds, and as with any blend that has a mainly natural composition it will add luxurious warmth to any garment. This is a real multi-purpose yarn – I would love to see a jumper made from Amerry, and it would be just as nice when used for snuggly winter accessories such as gloves, hats and scarves. As I was so eager to try this yarn ASAP, and I didn’t have the time to make a big project, I made up some pretty little flower brooches. I wore these on several of my winter coats and jumpers, and I often found myself absentmindedly stroking the petals because as I said, this yarn is so soft! Amerry is definitely a yarn I’d like to revisit in the future and I would happily recommend it to fellow crafters.
Rating: Quality: 4.5/5
Price: £4.75 per ball (min 5 balls per bag)