Some things take a while to make. Sometimes that’s lovely because there’s so much pleasure to be had in the process.
Midstream by Anna Maltz starts with the sleeves – and those felt quick.
The body is also worked in the round, and it feels like slow and soothing knitting. Each contrast rib stripe is proof of progress. Almost all of the sweater is purled rather than knitted, and that’s been an unexpected pleasure.
I’ve loved reading Anna’s words about this sweater. She writes with such humour and wisdom. You’ll find the pattern and so much more to enjoy in Marlisle.
I know that it can be tricky picking a gift for the yarn lover on your list. Not all yarn is equal, and knowing what is going to be appreciated can be tough.
So I thought I’d offer up a few suggestions.
Project Bags are always useful. Most yarn lovers have several projects on the go at once, and having a bag for each makes it easy to pick them up and go. Our project bags are made in linen or duck canvas, and are screen printed by us and sewn by either Joy or Carol.
My second suggestion is mini skeins. These are brilliant for adding a pop of colour to larger projects and there’s enough in each bundle to make something – from fingerless mitts and socks with the smaller sets to shawls with the bigger bundles.
If you’d prefer something less woolly we have gorgeous screen printed t-shirts. (Worth knowing – if your present needs to be posted these fit into the large letter category making them easier to post)
Finally the treats and gifts section of the website is a great place to find the kind of things that you’d love to receive but might not buy from yourself – from the perfect needle gauge to a useful box of bulb pins we’ve got gifts which will be happily received.
We’re happy to help with suggestions – and if you’d prefer not to choose we can organise a gift voucher for you which can be spent on anything in the shop. Contact us, let us know what you need and we’ll do our best to make it happen.
It’s a quiet week for the shop update – we’ve been busy working on the January clubs and that’s eaten up a lot of dyeing time. That’s a nice problem to have.
There will be a final update for the year next Thursday – that’s the 12th. Then we’ll keep posting orders out until Saturday 21st December – and then we’re planning some time off.
The first thing to let you know is that the first batch of Superhero Splodge yarns sold out fast. Thank you so much for that. Batch 2 is available for preorder and these will be ready to post on Monday morning.
I’ll be blogging tomorrow with some present suggestions. One thing that’s always popular is mini skeins and we’ve made it much easier to see what we have by putting them all in one place.
We found a few of the panels we printed onto felt so these have become zipped pouches.
There are a few samples left in the sample sale – and a few price reductions too.
As it’s cold outside we’re offering 10% off our screen printed t-shirts for the next week. These are printed onto organic cotton, from XS to 5XL and we’re happy to shorten them at no extra cost so you get the perfect fit. Use the code TSHIRT10 to get your discount.
The link below each picture will take you to the right part of the shop, or if you’d prefer to browse then click here
I cast of a sweater months ago, finished off all the ends – and tucked it away in a drawer.
So it was a real delight to put said sweater on for the first time today. It’s been a cold and crisp day, the type of day that begs for woolly layers.
The pattern is Twist Again by Robynn Weldon and it’s knitted in DK BFK Masham.
This pattern took a bit more attention that I’m used to giving my knitting – those cables meant keeping the chart handy and crossing off the rows. It’s a fun knit though, and I’d happily make another one.
The close ups let you see the cable detail and how well this yarn works for this type of project. Apologies for the truly appalling lighting in the top photo – these were snapped on my phone and the light makes the colour look a lot more like porridge and a lot less like silver.
You can find Robynn’s patterns on Ravelry – there are lots of gorgeous things, including a couple of shawls which use our mini skeins.
You can find the yarn used for this sweater here. The yarn uses fleece from BFL and Masham and it’s spun in Yorkshire, so it’s a wonderfully local yarn for us. It’s 100% wool too – and when the trend seems to be to label things as wool when they’re 100% synthetic that feels good.
Mini skeins are wonderful things. It’s the colour that makes them magical, and the fun of seeing unexpected combinations work beautifully.
We’ve made it a little easier to find the perfect mini skeins by giving them their own section in the shop. This means you can see all of the mini skeins we have in stock or search by yarn base.
If you’re looking for a new pattern idea for mini skeins then Maddie Harvey is running a KAL for several of her designs. You can find the details here. There are also lots of ideas on Maddie’s instgram feed – find that here.
I’m pretty sure that no one has escaped the Black Friday emails. Those ever so tempting offers that aren’t all that they seem ( like finding that the oven we’d been looking at has just been increased in price so that a Black Friday discount can be applied? That’s not a great deal, and that’s a business that I won’t buy from again)
One thing that Black Friday does well is promote a sense of missing out. It makes it seem like there are amazing deals to be had and they’re going to vanish if you don’t grab them straight away. If there’s something you’ve been waiting for then it’s possible you might get it for a little less with a Black Friday deal – and that’s great. Money is tight for lots of people and savings help.
We wanted to do something that went against the “grab it now because it’s a bargain” mentality of Black Friday. So we’re celebrating White Friday instead.
Until midnight tonight (29th November) we’re donating 50% of all our sales to charity. That’s 50% of everything we sell, whether it’s yarn clubs, bags, yarn, show samples or goods already in the sale shop. So you don’t get offered the bargain of a lifetime – but you do get to know that two awesome charities will benefit.
The money will be split between two charities.
The Trussell Trust are behind many of the UK foodbanks. Their mid year round up shows the need for emergency food parcels up by 23% – read their report here
The second charity we’re supporting is Refuge. Refuge supports women and children experiencing domestic abuse. One hideous result of austerity measures is that refuges have closed. There’s less support available at a time it’s needed more than ever. You can find out about Refuge here – and they have some brilliant resources about recognising abuse and getting help.
Earlier in the year we dyed up some Superhero Genes colourways. These were sold to raise funds for Genetic Disorders UK.
The names for these colours come from my lovely friend Scully, and are inspired by her brother Adam who died earlier this year. Scully and her mum have asked that money raised from this yarn goes to Jeans for Genes Day.
Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.
Monies raised on Jeans for Genes Day fund the work of the charity and provide grants to organisations for projects that aim to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.
We’ve now added two new options to the lineup – Superhero Genes Splodge and Superhero Genes Rainbow mini skeins.
We’ll be donating 50% of the purchase price of these yarns to Genetic Disorders UK. The remaining 50% covers the yarn costs, VAT, tax and dye costs. In turn that means we can make more of these yarns available and hopefully raise more money for this charity.
If you love seeing money go to good causes then it gets even better – until midnight on Friday we’re donating 50% of all sales to charity as part of our White Friday plan (which is that Black Friday discounts aren’t for us, and we’d sooner give money to Refuge and the Trussell Trust).
That 50% will be on all sales across the website – so clubs, yarns, show samples, bags – and even everything already discounted on the sale page. We’ll be donating 50% of the proceeds of the Superhero yarns too – which means that every penny we take for them goes to charity. That feels like the perfect Black Friday antidote.
The yarns shown above will be available from 1900 this evening – so if you click on the link before then you won’t see them. Pop back at 1900 and they’ll be available to purchase.