Weekly Update

October 30, 2014

All of a sudden there seems to be a lot of talk about how it’s going to be the coldest winter on record. Remembering the barbecue summer we were promised a couple of years ago I’m not yet convinced – but it feels like a great time to be looking at warm woolly stuff.

First up for this week’s update is DK merino and nylon – perfect for boot socks.

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semi solid red

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semi solid violet

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semi solid silvered plum

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semi solid green

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semi solid heather

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self striping elf

Then there’s 4ply wool and nylon yarn

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Just A Hint Of Blue

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Happy Holidays

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semi solid red

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bold self striping wowser

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bold self striping gothic delight

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self striping tiger feet

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bold self striping elf

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self striping happy holidays

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mini skeins in pink rainbow

The yarns above will be available from 1900 tomorrow

Bright Stuff

October 23, 2014

After a blissful holiday in Egypt with lots of sunshine, it’s been a bit of a shock to come back to a very autumnal Harrogate.

So there’s been lots of colour from the dye pots.

First up 3 self striping yarns in 4ply wool and nylon

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Scooby Dooby Doo

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Turkish Carpet

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Bright Stuff

Then some variegated wool and nylon 4ply

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Pumpkin Pie

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Heather on the Hill

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Storm Cloud

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Printer Ink

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In The Best Possible Taste

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Minty Fresh

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Scooby Dooby Doo

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Bright Stuff

Finally there’s a little Britsock

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Storm Cloud

The yarns above will be in the shop at 1900 on Friday 24th October.

Happy shopping

Joy

Yarndale – and new yarns

September 25, 2014

We’re almost ready for Yarndale – so with a bit of labelling this evening all that remains is to pack everything into the car tomorrow.

We’ll be on stand 164 with Nic’s Knots – so it’s guaranteed that I’ll come home with at least one new knitting bag.

There are lots of new yarns ready for the show

Stunning organic Falkland merino laceweight

There will also be lots of our new sock yarn base – as well as semi solid and variegated colours there is also self striping.

We’re almost ready for Yarndale – so with a bit of labelling this evening all that remains is to pack everything into the car tomorrow.

We’ll be on stand 164 with Nic’s Knots – so it’s guaranteed that I’ll come home with at least one new knitting bag.

There are lots of new yarns ready for the show

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Stunning organic Falkland merino laceweight

There will also be lots of our new sock yarn base – as well as semi solid and variegated colours there is also self striping.

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The black and silver sock is the new sock base, and the brighter sock is self striping Britsock – I’m thrilled that we decided to start dyeing this again as the colours are fabulous.

Continuing the self striping theme we’ll also have some DK sock which makes fantastic stripes – and I can promise you some truly vibrant colours.

There will be a small shop update tomorrow evening with some of the new sock base, then the main update will take place on Monday.

Have a great weekend whatever you are up to.

Joy

Out With The Old

September 18, 2014

Since we moved to Yorkshire last summer, we’ve been spoiled for choice with the number of fantastic yarns which are produced locally. There are several mills within an hour’s drive of the workshop, and it’s been lovely to be able to source yarns made from British wools which are spun so close to home.

We’ve been on the lookout for a superwash wool and nylon blend which would be hard wearing enough for socks, yet soft enough for shawls and garments. It’s taken a while, plus a lot of discussion, but by agreeing to order lots and lots of yarn we’ve managed to organise a custom spin which meets our requirements perfectly.

I’ll be talking a lot more about the new yarn over the next few days.

So this means that the existing sock yarn is being discontinued. That means that from tomorrow you’ll be able to buy remaining stock at a discount – and that will apply to semi solid and multi colours plus mini skein sets. Self striping and hand painted yarns which were on sale will be discounted further.

So happy shopping for tomorrow – and watch this space for details about the new addition to our flock.

Joy

Autumn?

September 11, 2014

The last few mornings have felt like autumn is eight round the corner, as it’s been misty and cool. Leaves are starting to turn. It’s time for some cosy knitting.

To encourage you to try the DK yarns needed for our last 2 pattern releases, you can save £2 a skein until 1800 on Sunday 14th September.

There’s the 100% British BFL – gorgeously soft and snuggly

This is the yarn you’ll need for the Mirrored Linen Stitch Cowl

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Then there’s the DK merino and nylon

This is the yarn you’ll need to make the DK ribbed socks

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The refund will be made when your order is processed and packed, so you’ll pay the full amount when you check out then get a refund.

Happy shopping

Joy

Britsock Socks

September 2, 2014

The latest Edition of The Knitter magazine has some gorgeous socks made in our Britsock yarn.

Cuboid socks by Clare Devine

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copyright The Knitter / Philip Sowels

Aren’t they stunning?

Clare also has a sock book available Sock Anatomy. Dissecting Socks: Heels and Toes (£9)

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This is a collection of nine patterns featuring different heels and toes and is a fantastic way to explore new sock knitting techniques while creating gorgeous mini socks. 
 
From July 2014 Clare will be adding adult sizes to this ebook. Initially they will be added as single patterns and will be available free of charge with the purchase of the ebook, once all nine adult patterns have been released they will become a new ebook. The first two patterns to are Tarsi-Grande and Brevis-Grande (July 2014). The next two patterns will be Bursa and Flexor (these will come out in September 2014)
 
Get the book here
 
Find out more at www.yarnandpointysticks.com
 

 

September Titus Goddess

September 1, 2014

The new Titus Goddess shade is available today from baa ram ewe. It is the lovely Yorkstone. Doesn’t it just remind you of autumn leaves? The pattern is the September Wrap by Julie Glaze. A lovely crocheted shawl aimed at improving crocheters. It’s a great one to stretch your skills.

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Buy the yarn and pattern here.

Mirrored Linen Stitch Cowl

August 28, 2014

Huge thanks to everyone who downloaded the DK Ribbed Sock pattern last week. I hope that means there will be lots of cosy feet out there very soon.

There’s another new pattern this week – the Mirrored Linen Stitch Cowl.

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The cowl is designed to be worn double for extra warmth, or as a longer loop.

To make the cowl you’ll need 2 skeins of The Knitting Goddess DK Bluefaced Leicester yarn – so pick out a skein of two contrasting colours and you are all set.

The pattern will sell for £2.50 but until midnight on Sunday 31st August you can get 50% off – buy now

There are no news this week, but there are some new additions and further reductions in the sale shop.

Happy Knitting

Joy

DK Ribbed Sock Pattern

August 23, 2014

When we added a DK merino and nylon yarn to the shop I knew that I wanted a sock pattern to go with it – something quick and simple which would lend itself to speedy well fitting socks.

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I can vouch for the speedy – my lovely test knitter Jane produced a pair of these in 24 hours.

The ribbed pattern means these socks fit well and have lots of stretch – so there’s one size which will fit almost any adult (and that makes the instructions even easier to follow)

I got my socks out of 83 grams of yarn – so for size 7 feet or smaller one skein will be plenty. Larger feet will need a second skein (or you could work the toes in another DK yarn or two strands of sock yarn)

The pattern is available to download from Ravelry – 

Happy Bank Holiday

August 21, 2014

Monday is a bank holiday here in the UK – so tradition suggests that it’s likely to rain which will give me the excuse I need to get comfy on the sofa and knit.

Most of the dyeing that happened this week is destined for next week’s update – we have an amazing new laceweight yarn making it’s debut. So to make space the existing lace yarns have moved over to the sale page where they have 25% off.

Also on the sale page are the remaining colour block yarns (both sock yarn and laceweight). I’ve been playing with a different way of making these, so you can save 20% on existing stock. I have no immediate plans to repeat the 50g skeins, so if you’ve been thinking about these grab them now.

Finally for the sale section are the take five yarns we have in stock – again these are going to be updated so existing stock is discounted.

I’ve been playing with one of my favourite colourways – Octarine – and it looks gorgeous on Britsock in both pale and normals (if Octarine can be normal) versions.

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The stock which came back from the pop up wool show has been added to the shop too – so once again we have pink mini skein sets in stock.

I’ve added the new and sale yarns to the shop so they’re available to buy now.

Happy shopping.

Joy


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