View Full Version : Hello from Ireland - alternatives to Sirdar Bigga?

05-21-2009, 09:12 AM

I am a new knitter and have found a lovely pattern using Sirdar Bigga but it has been discontinued. I like the idea of knitting with BIG wool on BIG needles so could anybody out there suggest a similar yarn please.

Many thanks, Irishmam

05-21-2009, 09:26 AM
Hmm. Yarndex says it's still being produced - if it was only recently discontinued, you may be able to find some online. http://www.yarndex.com/yarn.cfm?yarn_id=1188

How easy is it to find US produced yarns there? I'd consider Lion Brand's Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn - it's a washable, inexpensive, nice yarn, and my favorite Super Bulky yarn.

I've shopped from this UK based e-bay store, and they're reliable and good. A search for "super bulky" found two yarns - both pretty colorful: http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Cucumberpatch-UK__W0QQ_armrsZ1

05-21-2009, 01:37 PM
There's an Irish group on Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/irish-knitters) by the way. Where do you live? I have a map of all wool shops in Ireland I made here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=115781947158015303375.00045bb0b2f34e2a5ef3a&z=7), some have a better selection than others!
I have used Sirdar Denim Ultra in the past, which is only 10mm needles not 15mm, but it depends on the pattern and whether you would need to modify it a lot or not.
Rowan big wool is nearly the same recommended needle size, but is prob more expensive

05-22-2009, 08:17 AM
I will drop by the Irish group. I actually found a great reference yesterday for irish wool shops (I am in the middle of nowhere in Co. Roscommon - nearest is prob galway City). Emailed the same question to a few suppliers who just told me they did not stock Sirdar , so that was a help!

Am off to E-bay (again!) with cftwo's suggestions.

Thanks again

05-22-2009, 08:32 AM
Hi Cftwo,

thankyou so much for going to all the trouble of finding these links. I have just made a purchase! I live in a very rural place and so buy pretty much everything online - just never thought of the super bulky search (too new to knitting).

Will let you know how my project goes - its a cardigan/jacket for me.


05-22-2009, 08:38 AM
You're welcome. I live in a rural place, too (I jokingly say I'm about 50 miles from just about everything), so I've come to rely on internet orders!

05-22-2009, 02:12 PM
Sirdar have a list of shops that stock their yarn by county here (http://www.sirdar.co.uk/storelocator), but I'm not sure how up to date it is
There's one listed for Roscommon:
Stitch In Time
But I can't find any reference to them elsewhere on the internet

05-23-2009, 08:29 AM
I tried them. Frenchpark is just up the road - I also got it from the Sirdar website. Unfortunately I got no response to my email and the town is tiny and I know there is no wool/yarn/craft shop (no shops at all really)

I went back to my faithful Ebay and followed a link to Discount-yarns in the UK and have bought 20x100g of Bigga Heather. I will have 7 extra but am sure I can make something nice with it. Best bit - got the 2000g for 30. (40 inc postage) v.v. cheap! here is the link to add to your list of resources


Will let you know how I get on.


05-23-2009, 08:31 AM
Lucy is this your work?


05-23-2009, 11:43 AM
Nope, can't take credit for that, just the map (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=115781947158015303375.00045bb0b2f34e2a5ef3a&ll=53.377332,-7.968991&spn=3.508319,4.59689&source=embed), which I have told ravelry about so hopefully they will add it to their list of shops and their map

05-24-2009, 06:35 PM
I don't mean to hijack this thread but I have to say thank you to Lucy for the listing of Irish yarn shops. My husband's family lives in Cork Ireland and we visit about every 2 years. I have visited one of the shops in Cork City but not the others. I looked at them on the map and I know just where they are. My husband will be glad because they are within walking distance of his family's home. I won't have to drag him along to help me find them.

Like I can't find enough shopping to do in Cork...now yarn! I can't wait for our next trip over. It was supposed to be this year but we put it off....hopefully next year.


05-25-2009, 03:27 PM
I'd say from recent experience that Vibes and Scribes and the Wool Shop in the English market are the best. There are two Vibes and Scribes shops, though one is just a bookshop so make sure you get the right one.

05-28-2009, 06:41 AM
Hi Lucy

Please could I add some local info to your fabulous map? The following also stock yarn, needles etc.

Glynn's Fabrics, St. Patrick Street, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon

Valerie's Finishing Touches, The Square, Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon

Donnellans, Next to '8 to Late', Main Street, Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon

05-28-2009, 01:50 PM
Ok, thanks for those. Google had "square" misspelled as squar and send me to Roscommon USA! it also has two main streets. I hope I put them in the right places!

05-29-2009, 06:51 AM
I've seen Bigga at Abakhan - ://www.abakhan.co.uk/index.html (http://www.abakhan.co.uk/index.html)