June 2011 Blog Posts

Downpour (June 20th)

It seems appropriate that the first Macmillan yarn of Wimbledon should be inspired by a rain hat.


Over on ravelry there are prozes to be won in Knitting Goddesses (and Gods)


Things That Shouldn’t Work (June 18th)

For Sarah!

I’ve been baking since I was a kid – and biscuits contain flour, sugar and butter. Simple. I’ve tried recipies which miss one or more of these out and the texture aalways suffers.

I found a recipe for flour free biscuits a while ago, and have tweaked it a fair bit. These taste like proper crumbly biscuits – the lack of flour isn’t at all apparent.


275g sugar free peanut putter

150g caster sugar

100g of salted peanuts, chopped up a bit (recipe works without these, so you can eat some and use the rest if you want to)

1/4 tsp of vanilla extract

1 medium egg

You will also need a couple of baking sheets lined with baking paper.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C

Mix the peanut butter and sugar, then add the egg and vanilla essence. FInally mix in the chopped peanuts.

Form into small balls (about the size of a walnut), place on baking sheet leaving plenty of soace between each bisuit and flatten slightly.

Back for 12-15 minutes until dried out and slightly darker at the edges.

The biscuits are quite fragile when they come out of the oven so leave them for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Makes about 25

A Feast Of 4ply (June 16th)

We’ve added lots of sock yarn to the shop over the last few weeks, so this Friday we’ll be restocking our other 4ply yarns.

If you’d like a semi solid colour there’s alapca, silk and cashmere

or merino and bamboo – great for socks

Then there are the multicoloured yarns

Merino and tencel

Merino, cashmere and nylon (great for luxury socks)

Merino and silk

All in the shop at 1900 tomorrow (that’s Friday 17th June)

Happy Shopping


Preview (June 9th)

Evening all – there’s lots of new yarn for the shop update tomorrow.

Gorgeous laceweight alpaca, silk and cashmere

4ply merino and bamboo – this is so soft.

4ply sock yarn – and these 4 colours will also be available as mini skeins

4ply merino, cashmere and nylon

4ply alpaca, silk and cashmere

Then there are lots of glass buttons in two styles

Buttons with holes – these have been etched to give them a frosted finish like the glass you find on the beach

These are dome shaped buttons with shanks on the back

All of our glass is annealled to make it strong – and to test this I’ve put a batch of buttons through the washing machine. They’ve survived quite happily – but I would recommend gentler treatment.

Finally a few glass beads – these are made with large holes so they’ll fit pandora bracelets and the like.

The update will go live at 1900 tomorrow – see you then.

Joy x

Shop Update (June 2nd)

Firts up an apology – the London in Stitches sets which were available for preorder have all been snapped up – so the only way to get one now is to rush to see The Bothered Owl at Knit Nation.

I seem to suspiciously well organised – so the photos for tomorrow’s shop update are all ready (and the yarns and all wound and labelled, and I’m working on next weeks goodies)

First up there are some new sock yarn colours, also available as individual mini skeins

Then there’s the return of the chakra sock colours

These are also available as a set of 7 mini skeins (which is enough for a pair of socks for me)

Then there are Take Five sock yarns

And finally, cute little mini take five sets

The shop update takes place at 1900 tomorrow – and you’ll also be able to sign up for the last three months of When Vampires Knit Socks.

London in Stitches (1st June)

“London in Stitches” is an exciting collaboration between The Bothered Owl, The Knitting Goddess and OneHandKnits, and is exclusively available at Knit Nation 2011. The theme is London.

The “London in Stitches” set contains a sock pouch from The Bothered Owl, a skein of sock yarn from The Knitting Goddess, and a pattern from OneHandKnits. There are only forty of these sets available.

The sock pouches are available in two prints. The first is a Cath Kidston print featuring London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge, all against a vibrant turquoise background. The other print is a collage of central London maps, showing London’s streets, parks, attractions, and the River Thames. The sock pouches close with a drawstring, and are fully reversible. Each bag has a small internal pocket for storing notions.

The colours of the two fabric prints inspired the colours for the limited edition colourway yarn dyed by The Knitting Goddess. The colours blend beautifully to create a soft, variegated yarn. This 4 ply sock yarn is a soft, yet hard wearing yarn, consisting of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. Each skein is approximately 100g and 425m in length.

Continuing the London theme, Anna of OneHandKnits has designed two patterns for the collaboration. The first is a sock pattern, inspired by the roof arches at St Pancras International Railway station. The sock combines cable stitches and lacework to create a knitted architectural marvel. The second pattern is for a shawl. Using 100g of The Knitting Goddess’ sock yarn, the shawl is lights and airy, and inspired by London’s Natural History Museum’s intricate architecture. These patterns will be unveiled at Knit Nation.

To complement the limited edition bags and yarn, the collaboration will also offer The Knitting Goddess’ sock yarn dyed to match the colours of the London Underground tube lines These will be available in 50 gram skeins and also in 10 gram skeins. There will also be London print bags in three sizes and needle rolls. OneHandKnits’ shawl and sock patterns will be available as well. All of these will make perfect souvenirs of Knit Nation and of London.

The limited edition set, “London in Stitches” containing the bag, yarn and pattern (either sock or shawl) will cost £27. The other items will be priced individually.

To pre-order your limited edition set, please email TheBotheredOwl@gmail.com. We’ll send you a Paypal invoice, and you can pick up your set at Knit Nation. Only 20 of the sets will be available for pre-order. If you’re not coming to Knit Nation, we can post your set to you after the show – just let us know when your order.

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