Edges

At the Knitting and Stitching Show I spent quite a bit of time wearing a variation of our On The Edge Shawl.

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I’d originally thought that the changes were so straightforward that it didn’t merit a new pattern – but the amount of pattern support that has been requested has made me realise that was a pretty daft idea. So to answer the requests for detailed instructions I’ve written the pattern up and sent it off to be tech edited. As it’s similar to the On The Edge Shawl you’ll receive a free copy of the new shawl if you’ve already bought On The Edge.

Once I have a completion date from my tech editor I’ll let you know that the new pattern is available. If you’ve already bought On The Edge you’ll get an email telling you the pattern has been updated and you’ll be able to download the new version.

 

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Shop Update 01.12.16

We’ve got a bumper update this week, including a glorious new yarn.

First up, 100% BFL. This gorgeous DK yarn comes from UK flocks and is spun and processed in the UK. A single skein will make a hat or short cowl, while two skeins make wonderfully cosy double cowls.

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There are new colours for the sock knitters.

This is our British wool and nylon sock base.

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These beauties are dyed on our Britsock base.

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Just before Knitting and Stitching we launched a 4ply BFL and Masham blend, and we now have lots of new colours.

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With 400 meters to each skein there’s plenty of yarn for a shawl.

We also have the undyed yarn which is a beautiful silver.

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Then onto the new yarn.

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BFL and Masham again – this time in a DK weight which has 240m to each 100g skein. This was the yarn I used for version 2 of the double yellow cowl – and it’s a delight to knit with.

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Finally we’ve restocked the felt decorations and gift tags. All of the proceeds from these is going to Shelter, so it’s a great way to help a brilliant charity.

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Last Call for 2017 Clubs

We’ll close sign ups on 30th of November – and although I can’r quite believe that November has flown past, that’s this evening. We’ll be starting to dye the clubs tomorrow, so they’ll be ready to post at the end of December and will arrive at the start of January.

Circle Club is a yarn and sock pattern club with designs by the very talented Clare Devine. The six colours which make up this club are semi solid colourways, so they’ll show Clare’s beautiful designs off to their best advantage. You can see Clare’s designs for the 2016 club here.

Song Club is for lovers of multi coloured yarns. Each colourway will be inspired by a song colour, and there’s lots of variety in store. The Song club colours will also be available as self striping sock yarns.

You can buy all six parcels at once, choose to pay for a parcel at a time or buy a one off parcel. Prices include UK postage.

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Knitting and Stitching Show

Every show we do is different.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival is beautifully organised with select vendors, the podcast lounge and wonderful opportunities to socialise.

Leeds Wool Festival is fairly compact too – and it makes the most of amazing surroundings in Armley museum to make it a real family day out.

Yarndale is all about the wool. Livestock, masses of fibre and yarns. It’s huge, and the atmosphere is always buzzing.

Then there’s the Knitting and Stitching Show. On the Thursday someone said to me “It feels like a show that’s all about shopping”. There’s something in that – despite the different craft guilds who exhibit and the gorgeous exhibitions.

We managed to catch up with several friendly faces, and spotted some beautiful knitwear. It’s very noticeable how few ‘serious’ knitters there were – and given the lack of yarn at the show I’m not surprised. I’d have been miffed to have paid £17 for a ticket given how little yarn was on offer. However had I wanted fabric (who, me?) I’d have been spoilt for choice.

I’d say that 90% of our sales were to people who loved the samples, and who were prepared to knit or crochet to make them if the pattern was simple enough. It’s great because it’s reminding people how much fun these crafts are. It’s a show where people expect buy one get one free deals on yarn. It’s the show where someone wanted a free pattern because our yarn was expensive. She didn’t actually want to buy the yarn, she just wanted the pattern to be given to her.

Both Leeds Wool Festival and Yarndale take place less than an hour from Harrogate, and I wonder if people who used to visit the show for yarn now get their woolly fix elsewhere.

So lots to ponder when we’re thinking about shows for 2017.

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2017 Clubs – less than a week to go

Sales of the 2017 clubs have been even better than expected – so huge thanks to everyone who has already signed up.

We’ll close sign ups on 30th of November – so there’s less than a week to secure your place.

Circle Club is a yarn and sock pattern club with designs by the very talented Clare Devine. The six colours which make up this club are semi solid colourways, so they’ll show Clare’s beautiful designs off to their best advantage. You can see Clare’s designs for the 2016 club here.

Song Club is for lovers of multi coloured yarns. Each colourway will be inspired by a song colour, and there’s lots of variety in store. The Song club colours will also be available as self striping sock yarns.

You can buy all six parcels at once, choose to pay for a parcel at a time or buy a one off parcel. Prices include UK postage.

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A Year in Socks

It’s been an amazing year for the clubs, and today I wanted to showcase the 6 designs which Clare Devine produced for the Blue Skies Club.

I’m thrilled that Clare is our designer for the 2017 Circle Club, and I’m very excited about seeing what designs 2017 will bring.

Club patterns are exclusive for 3 months, so you can purchase the first 4 patterns now.

January- Igwe

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March – Langit

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May – Loapi

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July – Anga

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September – Iilfu

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November – Uhambo

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All images copyright Clare Devine

If you’d like to sign up for the Circle club you’ll find all of the details here.

 

 

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Spreading The Love

When we launched our Wensleydale & Shetland yarn, we knew that we wanted something very special to go with it.

Louise Tilbrook has designed a stunning shawl pattern.

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All images copyright Louise Tilbrook.

It gets even better.

Here’s Louise.

“My latest shawl design – Spreading The Love – is now available to purchase via the wonders of Ravelry. Inspired by the love and friendship of our woolly community I am spreading a little love by offering it with a 50% discount until midnight in Friday 25th November (GMT). No code needed”

Click here to buy the pattern.

Click here to buy the yarn.

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