Treasures of Many Kinds

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.

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There are dream safety pins – the ones without the coils, also known as French safety pins

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And more safety pins – this time black bulb shaped pins which make perfect stitch markers

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Then there’s the most perfect oilskin notebook – A6 sized so perfect for your knitting bag

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And refills

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There’s a great little measuring gauge – perfect for checking tension

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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.

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Flowery Flock

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Yarnie Flock

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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

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Blackened Lime

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Silver

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Gunmetal

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Lime

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Gold

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Tangerine

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Green

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Red

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Olive

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Coal

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Blue

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Walnut

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Turquoise

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Copper

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Orange

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Violet

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Chocolate

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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.

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Watercolours

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Midnight Sky

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Misted Over

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Fired Earth

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Tropical Ocean

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Daffodil

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Heatwave

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Rose Cream

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Winter Sun

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Sun and Shade

The shop will be updated at 1900 on Friday 18th April at 1900

Playing With Colour

April 10, 2014

The shop update tomorrow features my favourite thing – playing with colour.

First there are some same difference sock yarns

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Bar None

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Pebble

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Sweet Pea

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Mist

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Peppermint

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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.

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Gradient Red

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Gradient Orange

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Gradient Yellow

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Gradient Green

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Gradient Turquoise

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Gradient Blue

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Gradient Purple

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Gradient Lime

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Gradient Magenta

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Gradient Teal

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.

Discontinued Yarns

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

Joy

 

Lots of Newness

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

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Violet

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Orange

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Red

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Yellow

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Raspberry

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Olive

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Lime

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Teal

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Green

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Turquoise

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Heather

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Navy

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Slate

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Blue

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Biscuit

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Walnut

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Silver

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Chocolate

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Charcoal

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Coal

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.

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Coal

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Dog Rose

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Silver

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Biscuit

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Chocolate

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Walnut

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Wheat

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Red Grape

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Red

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Plum

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Raspberry

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Violet

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Slate

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Blue

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Duck Egg

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Green

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Lime

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Forest

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!

Happy shopping.

Joy

Double Happiness

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

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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

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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

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Lavender Field

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Flower Power

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Stormy Sky

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Sunshine

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Kingfisher

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Sweet Pea

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Hellibore

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Semi solid violet

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semi solid heather

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semi solid raspberry

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semi solid copper

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semi solid teal

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semi solid silver

There are also more mini skeins in the blackened rainbow colourway

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Finally for this week there are a few more colours in laceweight merino tencel

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Terracotta

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Golds

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Dark Earth

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Black Violet

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Green Ocean

The yarns shown above will be available from 1900 tomorrow and you can buy the pattern now.

Update Part 2

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.

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Storm cloud

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Tropical Ocean

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Harebell

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Frosty Morning

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Violets

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Blackened Orange

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Brown Owl

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Reds

The new yarns will be in the shop from 1900 this evening.

Sweet Inspiration

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.

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Spring Leaves

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Charcoals

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Lilacs

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Ocean

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Turquoises

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Limes

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Golds

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Purples

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Subtle Reds

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Toffees

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Fired Earth

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Oranges

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Coppers

Then there are some SparkLynne 4ply yarns

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Where There’s Muck There’s Brass

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A Reet Bobbie Dazzler

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Moonlit

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Undead

And finally the chocolate inspired yarns

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From Milk to Dark

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Creations

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.

Happy shopping

Joy

Rainbows Of Many Kinds

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

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Rainbow

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Blackened Rainbow

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Out of the Darkness

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Octarine

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Bitter Mint

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Chilly

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Paradise

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Vivid

There are several semi solids all ready to restock

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Red

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Turquoise

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Violet

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Charcoal

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Green

Finally there are lots more sets of rainbow mini skeins

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These have been flying out of the shop – and I suspect that this gorgeous pattern from Patricia Martin has something to do with it.

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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

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So that’s my weekend sorted.

The yarns shown above will be available in the shop from 1900 tomorrow.

Happy shopping

Joy

Fluff, Sparkle and Shine

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.

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Black

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Dark Navy

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Navy

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Slate

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Blue

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Ice Blue

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Treacle

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Copper

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Violet

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Heather

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Dark Green

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Forest

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Green

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Lime

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Turquoise

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Red

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Raspberry

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Orange

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Gold

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Yellow

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.

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Blackened Rainbow

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Rainbow

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Slate

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Blue

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Green

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Chocolate

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Red

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Charcoal

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Silver

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Copper

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Violet

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Plum

Then there’s more rainbow yarn – this time in 4ply Sparklynne.

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Rainbow

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

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Plums

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Reds

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Violets

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Blues

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Chocolates

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Greens

Then there’s the alpaca, silk and cashmere blend

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Violets

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Reds

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Plums

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Chocolates

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Greens

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Violets

Then there’s SparkLynne laceweight

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Violets

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Chocolates

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Greens

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Reds

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Plums

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Blues

Finally there’s merino and tencel

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Blues

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Violets

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Reds

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Plums

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Greens

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Chocolates

The shop update takes place at 1900 tomorrow and all of the yarns shown above will be available then.

Happy shopping

Joy

Returning Treasures

January 30, 2014

This week we have lots of treats in store for you.

First up there’s self striping sock yarn

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Double Green

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Happy

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Greebo

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Gothic Delight

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Experiment – this has been overdyed with a couple of tight ties left in place so there are little flecks of contrast colour

Then a couple of new sock yarn colours

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Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

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Winter Sky

And then the returning treasures – Take Five yarns are back in both 100 gram and 50 gram sets.

There are 4 to start with.

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Flower Power

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Big Freeze

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Tropical Ocean

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Frosty

Finally rainbow mini skeins are back in both the standard and blackened versions

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The yarns show above will be available in the shop at 1900 tomorrow.

Happy shopping

Joy


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