An introduction to bobbles and Frequently Asked Questions
What's a bobble?
Bobbles are drums of stranded yarn. The yarn is not twisted/plied. Instead, the 3 or 4 strands of yarn run alongside each other. Only one strand changes colour at any one time, resulting in a gradient colour change.
Your bobble can come in 3 lengths and 2 weights:
4 strands (ideal for most shawls):
900m/280g equivalent to just over 5 balls of yarn and sufficient for a large shawl
500m/160g equivalent to just over 3 balls of yarn and ideal if combined with another bobble for near endless colour combinations. Or for a smaller shawl.
1200m/370g equivalent to just over 7 balls of wool, this bobble will result in a very large shawl. Ideal for stitch patterns that need more yarn and for crocheting which usually takes more yarn than knitting.
3 strands (perfect for a Lacey shawl, or where your stitch pattern calls for lace yarn)
The weight is similar to 4ply/fingering and the recommended needle size is 3-4mm (US 2-6). For a garter stitch project, a 4mm (US 6) is recommended for a drapey fabric. For mosaic patterns, a smaller needle gives a clearer colour definition.
What fibre is used to make a bobble?
I use yarn from Europe's best known manufacturer, TVU Garne in Germany. The fibre is a homogenous blend of 50% cotton and 50% Acrylic. It is rigorously tested in Germany and contains only non allergenic dyes.
What is so special about a Yarn Mixology bobble?
Each bobble is lovingly handmade. The strands of fibre run through my hands while winding, so that I can spot a change in tension or a flaw instantly. I finish your bobble with a matching glass bead and then it is packed in its own organza project bag, before it is placed in its box and sent on its way. I aim to despatch your order within 5 working days of receiving it, usually faster than that. You will get an order confirmation, an e-invoice and a notification once your bobble is on its way to you.
How do I wash my finished project?
This fibre is suitable for dry clean, but best washed at 30 degrees gentle cycle. Tumble drying is not recommended. Can be ironed on a cool setting.