St Kilda Mini Skeins

When I was picking colours to test knit the Hartland Cliffs Shawl I knew I wanted as much colour as possible. I was very tempted by the possibility of combining bright pink (Mol Shoay) and emerald green (Mullach Mor), but in the end I chose to work with two sets of mini skeins.

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Mini skein sets are now available in the shop. Each set has 10 x 5 gram skeins giving  you 50 grams and 350 meters of colour in each bundle.

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Introducing Sonia – and Anna

You know the saying that if you want something done ask a busy woman? I reckon the person who coined that has met Anna Elliot.

Anna designs under the lovely name of Audrey’s Tea Shop – and her website is well worth a look.

Anyway -back to the busyness. About a month ago I contacted Anna to ask if she’d like to think about designing something with one of our colour wheel sets. And almost immediately there was a plan which we decided needed to become a design. Moments later there were incredible swatches and progress shots. It’s almost as if there weren’t really a million other things happening for Anna and her family at the same time. She’s awesome.

Before long there was Sonia

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And then we wondered how another colourway would look.

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The pattern is available to buy on Ravelry – and we’ll have the original hats plus paper patterns and yarn at Yarndale.

Anna has very kindly offered a pdf download of the pattern fpr Sonia to one blog reader. To be in with a chance of winning please leave a comment telling me which of Anna’s patterns you would like to knit other than Sonia. I think everyone will want to knit Sonia. Comments on the blog are moderated, so if you haven’ commented before it can take a little while for your comment to show up.

I’ll pick a winner on Friday morning, so you can have your pattern in time for the weekend.

 

Joy

 

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Yarndale Bags

We’ll have lots of project bags at Yarndale – including some with a limited edition print. The print is a combination of the Yorkshire rose and a ball of yarn.

Project bags come in two sizes.

Large project bags are 34cm tall, 28cm wide at the top, 18cm wide at the base and 10cm deep at the base. They easily will hold 6 100 gram skeins of yarn.

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Small project bags are 23 cm tall, 28cm wide at the top, 18cm wide at the base and 10cm deep at the base. They easily will hold 3 100 gram skeins of yarn.

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Both bags are printed on Fair Trade organic cotton and printed with water based inks.

Both project bags cost £25 inc VAT / £20.83 ex VAT. The prices for both bags are the same. There’s very little difference in the material costs, and it seemed wrong to inflate the price of the larger bag. We thought it made more sense to let you choose which bag you wanted based on desired capacity.

We’ll also have tote bags and I’m thrilled about these. I’ve been looking for Fair Trade cotton bags for quite a while. There are any number of suppliers who will sell you bags made in China and claim that working conditions are wonderful, yet they can’t back that up. Our bags come from BIDBI (bidbi.co.uk) and their Fair Trade claims are actually backed up. The company is based in Sheffield, so it’s nice to be supporting another Yorkshire based business.

So – the actual bags. I have two cloth bags I use constantly. One is a heavy weight canvas and it’s on my shoulder most days as I head out the door. My second bag is a much lighter cotton bag which spends lots of it’s life crumpled up inside bag one, and is there when I need a second bag. I knew exactly what I wanted.

Our heavy canvas bag is made from 100% heavy 10oz cotton canvas and has long cotton webbing straps. The bag has a deep gusset so there’s lots of space in it. It measures 42cm x 37cm x 11cm / 16.5in x 14.5in x 4.5in. To made the bag even more useful we’ve added a large pocket to the front. the pocket measures 30cm x 27cm. The pocket is made from fairtrade organic cotton and screen printed with water based ink.

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These bags will cost £12.50 inc VAT / £10.42 ex VAT after Yarndale (although this design won’t be available. At Yarndale – and if you preorder – these bags will cost £10.00 inc VAT / £8.33 ex VAT.

Our light weight cotton bag is made from 5oz cotton – so it’s easy to fold up, but sturdy enough to last. These bags measure 42cm x 37cm / 16.5in x 14.5in. We’ve printed on one side of this bag – and on the other we’ve added a printed pocked that you can use to store your bag. The pocket is 15cm or 6 in square, so the bundles up bag is wonderfully compact.

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These bags will cost £12.50 inc VAT / £10.42 ex VAT after Yarndale (although this design won’t be available. At Yarndale – and if you preorder – these bags will cost £10.00 inc VAT / £8.33 ex VAT.

You’ll be able to preorder all of these bags from 2000 this evening. You can choose to collect your bag at Yarndale, or have your bag posted. Orders will be posted on Thursday 22nd September.

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Shop Updates – A Little Change

A while ago I moved the shop update from Friday evening to Thursday afternoon. It’s great for UK customers as it can mean that purchases can be with you on Friday. However it’s not such a great time for people who live in the US, Canada, Australia – and lots of other places with a big difference in time zones.

So I’ve had a rethink.

The shop update will now go live at 8pm (2000) UK time on Thursday evenings. Orders can be posted on Friday and should (post office permitting) arrive on Saturday morning.

Many thanks

Joy

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Buy a Bag, Help a Cat

Buy a bag, help a cat!!

As some of you know the lovely gingerpuddy (as Brenda is better known) has been fundraising to help cats in Egypt who need urgent medical care.

As a thankyou to her for organising the Strictly sweep I’ve made some cat themed project bags.

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These small project bags are 23 cm tall, 28cm wide at the top, 18cm wide at the base and 10cm deep at the base. They easily will hold 3 100 gram skeins of yarn.

Now the fun bit.

I could sell these through the shop, but then I have to pay VAT on the sales. Or I can donate the bags to Brenda and let her sell them. This means that every penny goes to the fundraising pot.

There will be 10 of these bags for now – and I’m saying for now as it’s possible I’ll use the design to fund raise again, so I don’t want to say these are limited edition. As of Monday night I’ve sewn one, so I’d expect to be ready to post all 10 bags out on Thursday.

If you’d like a bag please let Brenda know via this thread on ravelry. She’ll send you payment instructions, and will ask for a delivery name and address. These details will be passed to me and on Thursday I’ll post your bag to you.

Prices including postage are

To the UK – £26
To Europe £27.50
To the rest of the world £28.30

I’m donating this lot of postage to the fundraising pot.

Many thanks

Joy

 

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Yarndale Bags

We’ll have some special Yarndale bags at the show this year.

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Pre orders for the bags will open on Thursday. You’ll be able to have your bag sent to you, or you can collect it during the show.

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Shop Update 08.09.16

This week’s update is all about self striping sock yarn.

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This yarn works beautifully with our Dk Ribbed Sock pattern – buy it here

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The yarn is a 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon blend with 230 meters to each 100 gram yarn cake. The wool is sourced from UK flocks and is processed, spun and dyed in Yorkshire.

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Black and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Red and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Copper and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Gold and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Lime and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Teal and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Turquoise and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Blue and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Violet and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

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Pink and Silver – £17.50 inc VAT / £14.58 ex VAT – Buy now

Finally, sign ups for the November yarn clubs are now open – get your place here.

Everything shown above is available now, so shop quickly and you could have your yarn for the weekend.

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