However, once I had made the decision to stock wool it seemed that Bergere was calling out to me ;) All of a sudden as I browsed the internet each day I came across posts and articles about their yarn. Two of my favourite bloggers wrote posts..
One was a blog post over on My Rose Valley about her Gypsy blanket and I loVed the colours and it seemed that the whole range complimented each other in the riot of wonderful, colourful granny squares. I then found her post about Bergere Ideal and was interested in what she had to say about the price of the Yarn..
" It is not an overly cheap yarn but well worth the approx. 4.90 USD a ball. I've learned my lessons on cheap yarn... When making creations to become heirlooms or gifts you don't want it to loose shape or get all fussy and ugly. The extra money spent on quality pays back big time in the long run."
I was particularly interested in her opinion on the yarn as one of my initial thoughts was just how much a 50 gm ball was! I have used a number of cheaper acrylic yarns and have been happy enough when working with them but have been disappointed over time as the throw or cushion has not worn so well.
Should you wish to you can recreate her blanket as her pattern is for sale on ETSY.
Another post I came across quite by chance was by Maaike over at Crejjtion...If you haven't visited before head on over... you are in for a treat!! I really love her work and her artistic blog with gorgeous images often has me drooling:) I have read her blog for some time but hadn't seen this post ...I loved the selection of colours she chose. I checked out the colour options online and again it seemed that the range all seemed to compliment each other easily. I love a range that gives you options to choose colours knowing that they work well together.
There were more coincidental articles in magazines and online and over the space of a couple of weeks Bergere became a runner :) I had contacted numerous suppliers and had not heard back from most. Bergere were on the ball and within a week or so 'Ruth the rep' visited :) She brought a good selection to show me and I was won over. I wanted to stock it all!! Over a week or so I made a wish list that started out at an astronomical figure and worked down to one Alan and I had decided we could cobble together by some judicious juggling of finances and a severe belt tightening exercise :)
There we have it..not the cheapest yarn and not British ( however a huge percentage of yarn that perhaps begins in Britain probably travels further than this yarn does on it's way to various parts of Europe and back again - I do however have plans in hand to stock some British yarn soon ) It comes from a family run mill just outside Paris and with over fifty years of experience, great customer service and - in my experience so far - great support for stockists.
I believe that the price per ball is worth paying and am looking forward to my first experience with the yarn as I begin a new lap throw. Kay at Number Fifteen Gallery in Cockermouth has managed to find a new home for one of my throws and would like another! I have had a basket of yarn picked out for a few days..I like to sit with the colours and quite often they change and this time was no exception :) I 'think' I have it sorted now....I often find it is a strange mix of feelings when starting a new project..there is a sense of anticipation... I often find it hard to make a decision on the stitch to use and the colour combinations..There are soooo many permeations and I am a Libra and you know how difficult making a decision is for a Libran! it is always exciting though :) The yarn can look lovely but it all depends on how you put it together and two people starting with the same selection could end up with an entirely different end product...I want it to have all the colour of a traditional crochet throw but with a fresh contemporary feel...
Sooo me and a hook and a basket of yarn have a date tomorrow to see if that can be achieved :)