What's a bobble?
Bobbles are drums of stranded yarn. The yarn is not twisted/plied. Instead, the 4 strands of yarn run alongside each other. Only one strand changes colour at any one time, resulting in a gradient colour change, also known as a fade.
I most often wind the bobbles in 1000m length, sufficient for a large shawl. This is equivalent to 320g or 6 balls of yarn. A 500m/160g bobble is the smaller version and is ideally combined with another bobble for endless colour play. Or just a smaller shawl.
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) gives a drapey fabric. For mosaic or other stripey patterns, as well as lace patterns, a smaller needle gives a clearer definition.
What fibre is used to make a bobble?
I work with 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. Only one strand changes colour at any time and I use Russian knots for this. These tiny knots simply disappear into the fabric. If you use one bobble for a shawl, for example, you will have a fade of colours, but none of the hassle that comes with working with more than one colour. 2 ends to weave in - what's not to love?!
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.
How much does a bobble cost?
A 1000m bobble costs £23 and a Gunther Bobble costs £26. Prices do not include postage.