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Demystifying (Polyester) Yarn

So last week I was agog over polyester yarn I found locally and asked fellow yarn addicts what I could make with it. (I’m not familiar with yarn yet and have only ever worked with types of cotton and acrylic yarns).

Here’s what I found out about polyester yarn:

From mad-made or natural polymers (like Petroleum and some Plant Cuticles). Polyester is largely stretch and shrink resistant, and provides excellent protection against wind and rain. It will however melt or even ignite when exposed to a heat source! Polyester yarns are good for outer wear, outdoor projects, and slippers.

The fact that it comes from Petroleum did turn me off a bit but I’m past that now and have decided to make this bag with it:

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tutorial here

I think the bag’s a good choice considering the polyester yarn feels sturdy, yet smooth and pliable at the same time.

I’m still deciding whether to go for a single color or to do a combo.  A single color bag would go with virtually any color outfit you have, while one done in a combo of colors might need more planning 🙂 And I always have this bias for anything grab-n-go that won’t make me look like a fashion disaster by the time I step out the door! XD XD

Meantime, I’ll leave you with this interesting vid about yarn materials and fibers – I hope you find it useful:

Create happy! 🙂

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WIP’D IT! + A Polyester Yarn Question

And as mentioned last week, I finished all my WIPs in good time for this post, allow me! 😀

flower beanie
flower hat

All these items are firsts for me 🙂 The flower hat tutorials are here and here. And the versatile infinity shrug/cowl’s video tutorial is here.

“Alicia” the purse is my own creation.  I combined two color crochet cotton yarns for it (beige and deep red), found the type of crochet flower I wanted on its flap via a google search, and learned how to make a tassel 🙂

Alicia
Alicia

I didn’t want to pick up a needle and thread for Alicia unless it’s just to hide the tails 🙄 So it is stitched together using a steel crochet hook and single crochet stitches that travel from one end of the purse, to its flap, then down the other end. The strap is likewise crochet-ed on starting at one end and attached at the other.

It’s a very handy cross-body purse for times when all I need to bring is my mobile, keys and a few folded up bills. Unfortunately, there’s only this one picture of Alicia since my friend liked it so much that I gave it to her 😮 That’s me being so happy the purse turned out so well XD Oh well, I can always make another one I guess …

So now it’s time to reward myself with more yarn, right?! 😀 😀 Well as I was about to fill another online order, I had a yen to first check what was available locally. We discovered this shop near a wet market that sold craft supplies and, guess what, they have these lovely polyester yarn! ❤ ❤ ❤

polyester yarn

As any self-respecting yarn addict, I was about to go appropriately gaga and buy what I could carry, however, I’ve never worked with polyester yarn before. So I bought these three (only) and decided to meditate on them first. Now I’m looking at them and feeling them and waiting for them to speak to me.

So now I need your help –

What can you make with polyester yarn? I’m thinking doilies and bags and I don’t know, are they any good for scarves or any piece of clothing? Are they warm? They feel soft but strong, and smooth. There’s no specifications but I believe these work well with my 3mm hook.

Penny for your thoughts? 🙂