Thursday, 20 April 2017

A perfect holiday knit... new shop sample!

This is our version of Joji Locatelli's 3-color cashmere cowl. A narrow cowl with eyelets, stripes, purl bumps and lace.  It's knitted in 4ply at a loose tension so it's lightweight and drapey.  We've used the fabulous Socks Yeah! in Benitoite, Danburite, Ruby.

folded into itself - great effect and very squishy.

Knitted during the Easter holiday (car travel, caravan, restaurant/pub) I can highly recommend this as a perfect holiday knit...

  • it's knitted in the round on circular needles - so it's more portable to carry around
  • it's knitted using one needle - so you don't need to carry multiple sizes
  • there is nothing too taxing, so you can pick it up and put it down, or chat and drink without worrying about losing your place (just make sure you mark the start of your round)
  • the pattern is written in sections, so you can feel you're making progress and you can look ahead to the next bit - which is always motivating
  • once you cast off, and sorted your ends, you can wear it.  Although it does benefit from a gentle wash and a flat drying!
Why Socks Yeah!?
  • soft but not floppy, it's 75% merino (the 25% nylon makes it hard wearing)
  • subtly marled
  • great stitch definition
  • 50g hanks, so you're not breaking into 100g hanks of 4ply.  And although you'll have some leftovers - they'll be perfect for heels and toes on socks.
  • there are 16 shades to choose from.  You can be bold, subtle, bright, dark, pastel...  or indeed knit it all in one colour!
{photo credit - Rachel Coopey}

The cowl is in the shop, and the pattern is available to buy on Ravelry... oh and we have all 16 shades of Socks Yeah! in the shop!

You can see our project page on Ravelry here.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Thistles Galore

We have another set of dates for the Pittenweem Arts Festival Community Craft Project - Thistles Galore.

Project Co-ordinator Anne-Marijke will be at the shop on the 5th April (and 5th May) with her box of stash and book of ideas. Please come along and get some inspiration... and join this successful community project.

We've got a folder stuffed with thistle ideas and a Pinterest board too.

As usual you can knit, crochet or sew.  All items will be sold during the Pittenweem Arts Festival in August. 

Money raised will go to two charities - MS Fife Group and the Pittenweem Community Library

You can read about previous years by clicking the links below...

Christmas in SummerIts a HootWinter WarmersCouthie CushionsFestive Flowers and Bonnets to Berets. These links will start at the end of each project, you'll need to scroll through them to see the full story! Over the past 8 years this project has donated £16,292 to different charities!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Opal Fresh & Juicy in the shop!

Hot on the heels of Illusion we have Fresh & Juicy from Opal.

Get it while you can!

Perfect for socks and more... As usual 1 ball makes 1 pair of socks, or 2 pairs of short socks, or (probably) 2 short cowls.

You could make 2 hats, or at least 2 pairs of small hand warmers, or several small gift bags.

100g will also give you a decent length of scarf/shawl or a jumper for a baby.

Ideas for your odd bits can be found here on Pinterest.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Inspired by Islay - in the shop

Kate Davies new book has arrived!

The book blurb...

 "In this stunning new collection with her own Buachaille yarn, Kate takes inspiration from Islay’s landscape to create twelve new designs. From modern haps to traditional kilt hose; from Fairisle hoodies to cabled cardigans; the designs are arranged in four “stories” each of which explores a different island locale. With their roots in Islay’s distinctive history and culture, Kate’s designs suggest the rich breadth and depth of inspiration the island affords, from the archaeological legacy of the Lords of the Isles to the poetry and song of the Islay bards. In addition to Kate’s patterns, this book brings together beautiful photography of Islay by Tom Barr with essays by four contributors who share their varied local expertise. Gordon Yates introduces Islay’s wildlife, Anna MacQuarrie explores the important legacy of Gaelic in the island landscape, Jane Hunter explores Islay’s geology through the intriguing medium of tweed and stitches, while Susan Campbell tells us more about the island’s handcrafts. Open the pages of this beautiful book, join Kate on a journey to the Hebrides, and you too will be Inspired by Islay."

The patterns...

photo credit - Kate Davies Designs

You can find out more information about the designs on Ravelry.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Rialto Sock - new shop sample...

New shop sample for Debbie Bliss Rialto Sock... in the newest shade 22.

The pattern is Reyna by Noora Laivola.  It's available for free on Ravelry and is a lovely project.

It's a simple pattern that includes bands of eyelets which give a wee bit of interest whilst knitting and a great effect when wearing!

I've blocked ours hard - so it's a substantial size for less than one ball of yarn.  You can make it bigger by adding more repeats.

Check out the pattern's project pages on Ravelry here.

We've been showing work in progress photos of this project on Instagram... you can follow us here.

And here's a wee photo collage of all our Rialto Sock shop samples (link to Ravelry)... it's a versatile yarn!

Knit Night, Reyna, Flax Light and Magic Stripes

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