Saturday, 3 February 2018

Marlisle by Anna Maltz in the shop!

£21.50, see patterns on Ravelry here
Marlisle, by Anna Maltz, is a simple, yet novel approach to stranded knitting - where two colours magically become three by using yarn held double.

Anna Maltz has designed 11 contemporary and wearable circular knits showing how Marlisle can be used to combine different weight yarns, create scattered motifs and mask jogs in unexpected ways.

The results are strikingly graphic, textured, inspiring and intriguing.

All the projects are knitted in a combination of a natural, sheepy shade and a hand-dyed yarn from 22 different, passionate small-producers from around the world.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Hearts and Crafts


This years theme for the Pittenweem Arts Festival Craft project is hearts!  Items inspired by this theme will be sold during the Pittenweem Arts Festival in August.  Money raised will be donated to charity (to be announced).

The launch will happen on Sunday 11th February 2-4pm in the shop.

Come along for pattern ideas from project co-ordinator Anne-Marijke.

Check out her Pinterest board here.  And of course we have our own board too.  Remember this is not just about knitting or crochet, sewers, embroiderers and quilters can contribute too!

In the last 9 years this project has raised over £18,000!  Let's make this 10th anniversary year the best yet!


Thursday, 18 January 2018

New Vivacious 4ply shades in the shop!

£15.25/100g/365m

A robust high twist merino 4ply, Vivacious is a stunning yarn with lots of possibilities!  It creates a warm but drapey fabric with great stitch definition.

These 4 new shades lighten the Vivacious colour palette... and inspires lots of colourwork ideas!

New shop sample on the needles... once I pick a colour combo...







Thursday, 11 January 2018

Learn Something New...

Some more (crochet) ideas for your New Year resolutions to learn something new.

You can see the first post here... and our Learn Something New event is on Sunday 14th January 2-4pm.

Fancy learning how to crochet?

We've got a handy kit that gives you all you need to learn some basics... like a foundation chain and double crochet.



And we've got books too!  This one has been very popular... a range of projects with photo tutorials of each new skill.



But don't forget the amazing resources on the internet.  One important thing to remember is that US and UK patterns use the same abbreviations but they mean different things!  So be careful.  Make sure you know what you're reading/watching or you could get very confused.

Some UK resources...

Our customers love Attic 24 which has lots of photo tutorials and projects.  I've made Lucy's Granny Stripe Blanket which is a great project to both stash bust and improve your treble crochets!

Simply Crochet have a Yarniversity on You Tube which features 14 videos that take you from basic chain to crocodile stitch.

We also have a board on Pinterest with some helpful tips.

Do you want to wear your crochet?*



The Crochet Project features some lovely garments and shawls.  We've got a selection of their books in the shop and you can see their patterns on Ravelry too.

They've got a large tutorial section too.  Including top tips on crocheting things to wear!

Their Two-Row Tee looks like a great first garment project.

Learn something new in 2018 at The Woolly Brew!

Samples, yarns, needles and patterns and lots of patient hand holding on the day and beyond!

Please note this is not a workshop.

Think of it as a helping hand to keep your 2018 crafting resolutions...

Shop is open as normal for browsing and buying!

*my crochet skills are basic at best so I probably can't offer much technical help.  But I am a very good cheerleader...happy to offer a cup of tea and support!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Learn Something New...

Have you started the new year with a knitting or crochet resolution?

Do you want to learn a new skill or improve the ones you've got?

Our next Sunday Special is on the 14th January.  The shop will be open between 2-4pm and we've got lots of ideas to help you keep your crafty resolution.

Come and check out our shop samples, yarns and pattern collections and find something that you love...

Want to learn to knit in the round?  How about one of our simple hat or cowl pattern.  Or think bigger and make a poncho.



Want to learn to make socks?  We've got yarn, needles and a super simple sock pattern.

How about your first garment?  A baby size is a great way to started... you could even do it seamlessly...

POP by Rachel Atkinson

Or do you want to clear some stashed yarns? So many people are loving Stephen West's Garter Squish ... sample in the shop and you can see it on Ravelry here.  Or maybe you're thinking of something in crochet or something smaller...

Free bunting pattern in shop

First lace or cable project?  How about one of Tin Can Knits free projects...  Gothic Lace Cowl and 2x2 Cowl are an excellent place to start.

What about some stranded colourwork?  Have you seen our blog series on Kate Davies Snawpaws and Sheep Carousel?  Inspiration from Tin Can Knits again with their Clayoquot hat.

Learn something new in 2018 at The Woolly Brew!

Samples, yarns, needles and patterns and lots of patient hand holding on the day and beyond!

Please note this is not a workshop!  Think of it as a helping hand to keep your 2018 crafting resolutions...

Shop is open as normal for browsing and buying!