April 24, 2014
This week we have another variation of colour block yarns – ones which start as one colour and transition into another along the length of the ball.
From Yellow to Green
From Violet to Turquoise
From Green to Blue
From Violet to Copper
From Chocolate to Turquoise
From Black to Violet
From Pink to Green
From Turquoise to Charcoal
From Blue to Copper
From Violet to Blue
There are new sock yarn colours
Finally there are more semi solid sock colours
The new yarns will be available in the shop from 1900 tomorrow.
April 17, 2014
There are lots of new treats in tomorrow’s shop update.
The first thing to tell you is that I’m delighted that we’re going to be stocking selected haberdashery items from the lovely Merchant and Mills.
There are dream safety pins – the ones without the coils, also known as French safety pins
And more safety pins – this time black bulb shaped pins which make perfect stitch markers
Then there’s the most perfect oilskin notebook – A6 sized so perfect for your knitting bag
There’s a great little measuring gauge – perfect for checking tension
And the perfect scissors – small and wonderfully sharp.
All photos of Merchant and Mills products copyright Merchant and Mills
Apart form the dream haberdashery we also have some little flocks of sheep which do double duty as stitch markers.
Tour De Fleece Flock
Then on to the yarn.
All of the yarn this week is 4ply sock yarn with 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon.
There are semi solid colours in new 100 gram skeins
Then there are more colour block yarns – these are available in both 50 gram and 100 gram yarn cakes – the photos show 100 gram cakes.
Sun and Shade
The shop will be updated at 1900 on Friday 18th April at 1900
April 10, 2014
The shop update tomorrow features my favourite thing – playing with colour.
First there are some same difference sock yarns
Not Just A Pretty Face
Then there are yarns which run from dark to light along the length of the skein. These will be available in 100 gram and 50 gram skeins, The yarns shown are all in our 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon sock yarn so there’s 425 meters to each 100 gram ball.
The gradient yarns have been dyed in pairs so if you buy both you’ll get two very VERY well matched cakes of yarn.
The shop update will take place at 1900 on Friday 11th April.
April 3, 2014
Last weekend we were in Solihull and I took the chance to get one of my lovely customers to test out a possible new yarn for me. A few days later she had a finished cowl and I had a glowing yarn review – so there will be two new DKs joining our range soon.
Limited space means that we’ll be discounting the DK alpaca and silk from £16.50 to £10 to make space for the new yarns.
We’re also about to order a really gorgeous British lace weight wool – and the shelves it will sit on are currently occupied by laceweight kid mohair – so this is discounted to £5 a skein instead of £8.50.
The sale yarns will be available from 1900 tomorrow.
The semi solid mini skeins have been restocked so there are masses of colour choices.
Happy bargain hunting
March 27, 2014
We have two new yarns this week – both utterly gorgeous.
The first is a high twist 4ply sock yarn – 100% superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool. The high twist means that you get fewer meters ona skein – so to compensate this will be sold in 110 gram skeins which will each have 385 meters of yarn. Each 110 garm skein will cost £14.00.
I’ve been testing a skein of this for my sock madness socks – and despite having to knit with 1.5mm needles the yarn has been a pleasure to work with – and the stitch definition is stunning.
There will be 20 semi solid colours available
Then the second new yarn – when Bobbie got her hands on this she decided it’s the nicest yarn she’s ever felt. So you can take it as read that it feels utterly gorgeous. The yarn is 50% mulberry silk and 50% merino – it’s a 4ply but a slightly fine one – so you get 495 meters to each 100 gram skein, and this opens up lots more possibilities for single skein shawls and scarves. This will sell at £16.50 for a 100 gram skein.
The update will take place at 1800 tomorrow – that’s a hour earlier than usual.
We won’t be at home for the update – we’ll be in Solihull all ready for the Stitch Solihull event on Saturday – more details here. Nic’s Knots and Sparkleduck have also been added to the line up – and there are rumours of a three tier carrot cake!
March 13, 2014
When we ordered the new BritSock yarn we knew that we wanted to have some very special pattern to go with it.
The first of these was Zanta Socks by Rachel Coopey
Copyright Rachel Coopey
And now there’s even more – not one but two amazing hats from Woolly Wormhead. The design gives you the option of a beanie or beret – and as both samples were knitted from one skein of Britsock you might even manage to make both.
The design is called Out of the Darkness
All hat photos Copyright Woolly Wormhead
So now you know what you want to knit there’s just the little matter of some yarn.
There’s lots of new BritSock
Semi solid violet
semi solid heather
semi solid raspberry
semi solid copper
semi solid teal
semi solid silver
There are also more mini skeins in the blackened rainbow colourway
Finally for this week there are a few more colours in laceweight merino tencel
The yarns shown above will be available from 1900 tomorrow and you can buy the pattern now.
March 7, 2014
BRITSOCK is back.
40% British Blue Faced Leicester, 20% British Wensleydale, 20% British Alpaca and 20% nylon (which came from a uk supplier) all spun together into the most gorgeous yarn.
The new yarns will be in the shop from 1900 this evening.
February 20, 2014
I had an email from one of my lovely customers this week asking if I thought that the colours in a particular yarn would be suitable for a themed wedding. So in the interests of research I was forced to go and buy some chocolate. It’s a tough life. More of that in a moment – but first this week we’ll start with the thin stuff.
Laceweight SparkLynne yarns.
I’ve been playing with slight variations in the length I rewind skeins to because this can give a totally different look to a skein. These are all multicoloured yarns dyed with short colour runs, but some skein lengths make the yarn looked striped. Very cool.
Then there are some SparkLynne 4ply yarns
Where There’s Muck There’s Brass
A Reet Bobbie Dazzler
And finally the chocolate inspired yarns
From Milk to Dark
The new yarns will be available in the shop from 1430 tomorrow – we’ll be away from the computer at 1900 so we’re updating a little earlier than usual this week.
February 13, 2014
After the variety of yarn bases in last week’s update, this week is much simpler – it’s all about sock yarn. Or hat yarn. Or scarf yarn. Or mitten yarn. Or whatever else you can think of to use our 4ply merino and nylon blend for.
There’s lots of bright
Out of the Darkness
There are several semi solids all ready to restock
Finally there are lots more sets of rainbow mini skeins
These have been flying out of the shop – and I suspect that this gorgeous pattern from Patricia Martin has something to do with it.
Image © Sam Martin
You can find the pattern on Ravelry
If you want a further incentive to snap this up, this pattern has been designed to coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia. For the duration of the Games 50% of all pattern sales will be donated to the Albert Kennedy Trust.
I’ve already picked my colours – charcoal and a blackened rainbow mini skein set
So that’s my weekend sorted.
The yarns shown above will be available in the shop from 1900 tomorrow.
February 6, 2014
There are lots of gorgeous new yarns in this week’s update – and there’s a feast of texture as well as colour.
First up is the kid mohair and nylon lace weight we sampled a few weeks ago. WE offered this to subscribers for 24 hours before it went on general sale and 4 out of the five colours sold out before the update went live. Each 50 gram skein has 450 meters of yarn – so you get a lot of fluff for your £8.50.
So there are now 20 more colours for you to choose from.
If fluff isn’t your thing we have a complete contrast – more colours of our 4ply merino and silk yarn. As well as more of the rainbow and blackened rainbow, for the first time we have semi solid colours available too.
Then there’s more rainbow yarn – this time in 4ply Sparklynne.
Then it’s back to lace weight yarn again and the first 6 of our new lace colourways. These have been dyed onto 4 different bases so you can find one that’s perfect for your project. Each skein is made up of three colours – a main shade and two other colours which include the main shade in their blend, so lots of subtle movement which is perfect for lace.
Blue Faced Leicester and Silk
Then there’s the alpaca, silk and cashmere blend
Then there’s SparkLynne laceweight
Finally there’s merino and tencel
The shop update takes place at 1900 tomorrow and all of the yarns shown above will be available then.