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As I think I have mentioned in previous reviews I love to knit! At the moment my passion is for knitting baby hats to sell on EBay. To give myself any chance of selling them at a slight profit I have to be careful to choose yarn at a reasonable price to keep my costs as low as possible. Obviously, with this in mind, the yarn needs to be decent quality at a good price.
I have used the standard Robin Yarn but, for preference, I would rather use their baby yarn as it is slightly softer. The yarn in question is Robin Bonny Babe Double Knitting Yarn.
I get this yarn from a budget craft shop here in Llandudno and it currently retails at £1.60 for a 100g ball. If I were to buy a full pack of ten 100g balls I would get them at £1.50 per ball and so pay £15 for the pack although I usually only do this when I buy the white wool as this is the one I use the most.
The yarn is very soft and knits up really neatly - I have had lots of excellent feedback from my customers. It is also very easy to sew up. The yarn is 100% acrylic and is machine washable at 40 degrees.
This means that the result is a garment that looks good, feels nice and soft and can be washed in the washing machine. It also means that the cost of the finished hat is just low enough for me to sell on EBay and still make a slight profit. Clearly I can't factor in the time spent actually doing the knitting but that's life I suppose!
It is of great importance to me that I can make an item which looks and feels good at the sort of low price which will mean that I have a better chance of selling it. I have found that, unless the item is being bought for a special occasion, people do not want to spend a lot of money as the baby will grow out of in no time and this yarn helps me produce just that!
I never bother checking the tension of yarn before I begin to knit -I never have done and have never had any problems in all the 50 years that I have been knitting. If you are interested in that sort of thing - knitting on 4mm needles 24 stitches and 32 rows would give you a piece of work 10cm square. So now you know! Whilst we are on statistics - if you unravelled a ball of this yarn it would measure 300 metres long although what good that information is to anyone I don't know! The yarn itself is strong and the knitting I produce with it is neat and it lies nice and flat.
Robin Bonny Babe yarn is available in a good range of pastel colours - white, pink, mint green, pale blue, lemon and lilac - I have used (and still use) them all and I am equally pleased with all of them.
I have been knitting with Robin yarn for many years now and I can honestly say that I have never had any problems with knots or any other faults in the yarn for that matter. It is so annoying as a knitter when you are happily knitting across a row only to find a fault in the wool that has to be cut out!
So that's it then - Robin Bonny Babe is an excellent budget yarn which is really enjoyable to knit with and it makes a garment that looks really smart, feels nice and soft and is machine washable which, to be fair, is exactly what you want to achieve isn't it?
I would recommend his yarn to beginners and accomplished knitters alike without any hesitation at all.