Wednesday, 26 July 2017

new shop sample - Rialto Lace shawl

Using less than 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace this triangle shawl is stunning!

This is a written pattern, there is no chart, however there is regular increasing, a consistent 16 stitch repeat across the row and a simple purl row on the wrong side... all of which make it a little bit 'easier'.

I've written up my notes on the Ravelry project page - with tips on using stitch markers to keep track of the stitch count and the pattern.

Pattern and yarn in the shop!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Crochet Along from Rowan

more details on Rowan website

Rowan's newest Crochet Along (CAL) features Felted Tweed DK.

The Crochet Along is released in 12 parts, with supporting videos and tips and tricks.

The end result is a blanket but you can take the individual parts and combine to make something else... a bag, a cushion, a scarf, or indeed stick them in a book as a sampler of stitches and techniques.

Rowan Felted Tweed is a gorgeous yarn and comes is a wide range of shades.

There are 12 shades used in the CAL:-

Bilberry 151, Peony 183, Ginger 154, Cumin 193, Rage 150, Watery 152, Barn Red 196, Stone 190, Carbon 159, Avocado 161, Boulder 195, Celadon 184

The ones in bold are the ones we stock!

The first part is released on 3rd August and then, depending on complexity (eek!), they are released weekly-ish until 16th November.

There is no 'sign up', no compulsion to finish and no need to use the colours suggested or even Felted Tweed!  But it is a great opportunity to develop your crochet skills, and if you want some accountability then share your progress with us!

If you already have a stash of Felted Tweed, please pop into the shop with your remnants and we can help you add to your stash.

Or if you want to start a new stash pile we have lots of shades in stock...

Remember you can use a different yarn, it's a great opportunity to experiment with different fibres, hooks and colours.

I'll be using Felted Tweed (it really does make a lovely crocheted fabric) and trying out as many of the stitches/squares as possible. I do not consider myself a crocheter, my tension is wonky, I'm never entirely sure which stitch to stick my hook into, and my edges do not stay straight...  but I'm giving it a go!

You can follow my progress on here, on Instagram and Facebook, I'll be using #rowancal on all my posts.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Finishing Techniques at The Woolly Brew

We already have two Finishing Techniques workshops schedule but they sold out so quickly we're adding another!

Sunday 20th August, 10am - 4pm

Please let us know ASAP if you'd like to book a place.

Finishing One is Janice's new improved Finishing Techniques workshops. It's all about starting right and sewing up right. Techniques covered include swatching, the magic of blocking, sewing up different stitches, sewing on a button band and more!  There is some homework before the workshop and we'll send that to you when you book your place .

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ginger's Hand Dyed trunk show at The Woolly Brew

Following on from the fabulous Rusty Ferret trunk show we now have an amazing trunk show from Edinburgh based Ginger Twist... and there is a twist.

A selection of Ginger's Hand Dyed will be at The Woolly Brew for the month of August*

Hand dyed in Edinburgh by Jess and available at her own yarn shop Ginger Twist Studio, Ginger's Hand Dyed is created in small batches... giving you unique tones and shades.

Not familiar with Ginger Twist?  Check out Jess's Instagram feed!

We'll have a selection of shades from Splendid Lace, Swanky Lace, Splendor 4ply and Sheepish Sock.

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*while stocks last!

{photo credit Ginger Twist}

Thursday, 13 July 2017

new collection project bags from Doris & Hazel

Bold prints, contrast linings & zips and the bird charm is back!

A roomy project bag, perfect for any craft project (and stationery, toiletries etc!)