Yes, that’s right, I sell yarn! I’m so excited! My Etsy shop is stocked with Vinni’s Colours Nikkim 100 % cotton DK yarn in white, and four shades of purple. Go on, go have a look. Here is the link that will take you straight to the yarn section of my Etsy shop.
As you’ve probably guessed, my decision to stock white and purple shades is not by accident – these are the colours of the squares for the Crochet for Kidney Research UK blankets we’re making. Now you don’t have to wonder what yarn weight, fibre or shade of purple is best for the squares because I’m supplying you with the perfect yarn. Better still, 25p from each ball of purple and white yarn that I sell, will go straight to Kidney Research UK!
Now you’re probably wondering about the yarn.
- Blend: 100% cotton
- Ball Weight: 50 g
- Ball Length: 119 m
- Tension: 20 stitches; 28 rows to 10 cm on 4 mm needles
- Needle size: 3.25 mm – 4.00 mm
- Crochet hook size: 3.5 mm
- Wash: Machine washable, warm iron, no bleach, dry flat, do not hang
If you don’t live in South Africa there’s a fair chance Vinni’s Colours will be unknown to you. In South Africa however, I dare say it’s the best known and most commonly used yarn around. “Vinni’s” is derived from the owner, Vinni Nielsen’s name. “Nikkim” is made up of the names of Vinni’s children Nikolai and Kim. You’ve already seen Nikkim in action on this blog – it’s the yarn I’ve been using for my Sunset Shades chevron scarf. I’ve had so many questions about the yarn and comments about the amazing shades, that I just knew I had to start selling it to my wonderful blog readers.
There are two things that made me fall in love with this yarn.
Firstly, the colour. All Vinni’s Colours yarn are hand dyed. Yes, dyed by hand. This means that you get an almost marbled, tonal variation in the colour. I’m going try to explain it to you in hair dye terms. Back in the 80’s all home hair dyes gave you flat, solid coloured hair. Nowadays you can’t even tell who had their hair dyed in a fancy shmanshy salon and who bought a home hair dye because the new stuff “works with your natural tones and highlights.” Vinni’s Colours is like the new stuff – interesting, varied and without a mass-produced look to it. Any other cotton yarn looks like a 80’s home hair dye job. Not only is the yarn hand dyed, it’s also skeined and balled by hand and sun dried in the African sunshine on the factory forecourt. I’m positive that it’s that loving human touch and African sunshine that adds a little something extra to the colours. Nikkim is available in 64 solid colour shades and eight variegated, but I’m only stocking five (for now).
Secondly, the feel and drape. It’s soft. Really soft. The yarn gives a beautiful drape. I won’t use it to make crocheted baskets that needs to be sturdy and hold it’s shape, but for baby wear, cardigans, scarfs and blankets it’s perfect. My Sunset Shades chevron scarf is done in SC and HDC stitches which would normally make for a very dense fabric, yet the scarf still drapes and feels soft – I would not have achieved this if I used, for instance, Rowan Handknit Cotton despite both being DK weights. You really have to feel this cotton yarn to believe how soft it is.
Even if you don’t want to use Vinni’s Colours Nikkim to make squares for the Crochet for Kidney Research UK blankets, 25p of each ball of purple and white sold will still go to Kidney Research UK, so you’re supporting a very worthwhile charity just by buying this cotton yarn. Vinni’s Colours also provide a much needed income to the South Africans who are employed to hand dye, skein and ball the yarn. It’s win-win!
Feeding your yarn addiction has never felt this good.
Speaking of win-win…… I’m giving away one ball of each of white, dark purple, lilac, violet and plum to one lucky reader! All you have to do is have a look at the photos below and select four shades that you would want to use for your next project and tell me what that project would be. I had to break up the huge selection of Nikkim (64 shades!) into four colour groups because they wouldn’t all fit into one photo, so don’t think you have to choose a colour from each photo.
The winner will be chosen randomly on Sunday 29 September at 16:00 GMT.
I absolutely love all these amazing shades. Good luck choosing only four! Lime, Avocado and Deep Blue are my favourites. And Peacock and Pale Sage. And Mint and Kingfisher. Geez, I can’t choose! If you have the same problem, feel free to choose more than four shades for the giveaway.
I’m really looking forward to sending out packets of purple and white yarn to my lovely readers, and giving 25p for each ball sold to Kidney Research UK. It really is win-win for me, you and Kidney Research UK.
Carrie P. said:
I would make a granny square pillow with mahogany, antique, fern and avocado. thanks for the giveaway.
All those greens and blues are gorgeous, think it would have to be something sea related and wavy looking. Not sure if that counts as choosing but it’s the best I can do… They are all so gorgeous it’s almost impossible!
Wow – how really, really exciting for you. I really wish you well. The colours are amazing and I would have no idea what to make or which colours to use. I am happy to really cheer you on from the side lines as I am so pleased for you.
I would use blue grey, stone, navy and pale sage for a baby boy cardigan – I am going to be an aunty again in November, this time for a baby boy, and winter babies need a lot of crocheted stuff to keep them nice and warm and snuggled up 🙂 I already have the pattern I am going to use, all I need is some yarn… hint hint 🙂
You are right…definitely hard to pick just four. The yarn looks absolutely gorgeous!! I would love to try it out as I haven’t seen this yarn before and I absolutely love hand dyed yarns. I havemt purchased commercially dyed yarns for quite some time because I find nothing can top hand dyed!!
The four colours I would choose are: Raspberry, burnt orange, plum, and peacock!! I’m not entirely sure what I’d do but I think I would makes grannie squares blanket. I still haven’t made one yet!! Crazy! Lol
Thanks for the chance!! I love purple…it’s my fav :-). I love that it represents such a great cause!!
Barbara Worner said:
Lovely colors and very hard to choose just four, but I love the Deep Blue, Royal Blue, Red Violet and Plum, maybe combined with a neutral like Golden Brown. I have been looking at different combinations to make a project from a Jennifer Hansen (Stitch Diva Studios) class on Craftsy on Broomstick Lace and also her Tunisian Crochet class that calls for DK, one of the only yarn weights I do not have much to select from. Wouldn’t you know?
It is the first day of fall and I have to go with Brick Red, Burnt Orange, Antique and Mahogany. Craving fall crochet, pumpkins and apple cider! The colors are fabulous and the choices are so beautiful. You will have to pass along to the gentleman that his dyed yarns are great. Thank you for bringing them to us! Sheri
I would make a Blossoming Bag (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blossoming-bag) in Dark Purple, Red Violet, Purple Pink, and Pink.
I would love the denims and blues to make a top. (washed denim, denim, cloud blue, and baby blue)
You are right,just 4 is hard to choose,so turquoise,raspberry,dunes and blue bell for scarf to remind me of summer.Lovely giveaway,thank you for the chance to win it.
Little Green Pixie said:
Willow, Fern, Lime. and Mahogany – I think I would make a wood elf style dress for my niece who Is currently gestating. Her mother is allergic to wool, so I am always looking for alternatives. This sounds lovely.
How gorgeous these colors are! I love the purples best, but other than that I think I’d get the denim, blue grey, old gold, and pale sage and use them to make a pillow cover. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!
These colours are beautiful and I do love a cotton yarn! I would choose natural, ballet pink, stone and pale blue-green to make the pastel blanket for my bedroom that I’ve had in my head for ages
1. Cloud Blue and Slate=a yummy scarf reminding me of driftwood and the pale blue sky of morning…made into an open, lacy, not to hot (I live in Florida), with pointed ends. I’m working on designing a scarf like this, using a granny type triangle motif on each end, with a lacy pattern as the long area of the scarf.
2. Navy and Dunes=a similar scarf for my daughter who is far more conservative in her dress than I. Trying to incorporate the Fibonacci Sequence in stripes, since she is a CPA, this would appeal to her.
It is difficult to find soft, drapeable cotton, I would love to try this brand.
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Brenda B. said:
Those are some yummy colors and yarn! I love Dark purple, Lilac, Violet & plum as I am a “purple” girl!! I am thinking of scarves–maybe infinity for this yarn.. I have never heard of it or seen it before..
The Little Room of Rachell said:
Wine, raspberry, aubergine and antique are the colours that really grab my eye and I love. I’d crochet a cowl that I’ve just seen online with them.
I’ve admired items that Jill of Nice Piece of Work has made with vinnis. Good idea to sell some here in the UK. 🙂
Amanda R said:
Sunshine, Mahogany, Pacific Blue and White. My bedroom walls are kind of a soft yellowy colour and we have turquoisey accents. I think it would be lovely.I’d love to make something for my bed like a throw or some fabric pillows with a crocheted motif sewn onto the front in these colours. 🙂
Court B said:
Thank you for offering a giveaway!
I would love to play around with dunes, ballet pink, plum and violet and make a reusable shopping bag.
I would chose sage, pale sage, avacado and lilac and make something special for my amazing daughter and a mini version to match her american girl doll 🙂
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The yarn looks absolutely gorgeous! So hard to pick! navy blue, avocado green, old gold and pale lilac to make pillow case! Anyway, thanks for this opportunity!
Kathy P said:
Shades of purple and blue are my favorites and would most likely become a Christmas present of a doll’s attire.
Hello! Wow this yarn looks lovely, and it’s hand-dyed, I just love it! For my project I would choose Sunshine, Orange, Antique, and Peach to make a crochet Giraffe. I have been meaning to make one for a long time now, but this would give me the motivation to actually do it 🙂
Good luck with your squares for Kidney research, such a worthy cause and I can’t wait to hear how your event goes!