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Just before Christmas I was kindly sent some myboshi yarn to try by DMC Creative World. I'll admit I was drawn in by the story of the founders, Thomas Jaenisch and Felix Rohland, who caught the crochet bug whilst on a ski instructor exchange to Japan...
Since then they have launched the myboshi range of yarns and patterns all focused on creating individual beanies (boshi - means beanie in Japanese). The myboshi concept is now distributed in many countries around the world with over 160 tons of yarn sold in two years whilst their facebook page has over 47'000 fans sharing their creations. Such an incredible success for two guys who only learnt to crochet in 2009!
I was sent three balls of the brightest yarn I have ever seen. Though probably not colours I'd pick for myself if I ever make it to the slopes I'm sure anyone within a close range will be grateful to see me coming :) The chunky yarn is available in a fantastic colour range (not just brights) and made from 30% merino 70% acrylic. I followed the basic beanie pattern from the small pattern leaflet they sent in a size medium with the recommended 6mm hook. My beanie was a very snug fit, so if you crochet tight you may want to go up a hook size for these. The yarn was easy to work with, if a little splitty, and as promised within a couple of hours I had a bright, warm and very individual beanie.
If you have been crocheting for a while you probably won't benefit much from the small guide, which includes patterns for two simple beanies and an ear warmer. I followed the pattern exactly even working my colour changes into the slip stitch which I found a little untidy. But if you like crocheting hats or are looking for a beginners project certainly have a look at their range of yarns, you can really do your own thing with the designs but even if you stick to the basic patterns you will end up with a fabulous, unique, handmade-by-you boshi.
Now can you imagine who took an immediate fancy to this brightly coloured beanie?
Yep - My boshi is now Lulu's boshi (even if it is too big for her) :)
I took these photos just before school this morning - it was grey and foggy, she looked like a cheery beacon wearing her neon beanie :)
Bye for now. Em xx
Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write this review, I was sent the yarn to try by DMC and this is my honest opinion of it :)