Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Cotton Sock yarn in the shop!

Get ready for warmer weather with some wool/cotton socks...

{photo credit: Viridian Yarns}

Opal's cotton collection for 2015 features 6 self patterning shades.

This sock yarn is  38% wool 30% cotton 32% polyamide.  So... still hardwearing but a little lighter!

One 100g ball will make you at least one pair of socks.  £8.75 per ball.

We have a basic sock pattern in the shop and we're happy to help you get started,  Check out out sock tips board on Pinterest for more helpful hints and tips!

Friday, 27 February 2015

Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK in the shop!

Our new DK cotton is in the shop with lots of new patterns too (including crochet)

We have 12 shades (they come in 100g balls) with more on the way.

This yarn will be used in out Learn to Crochet Workshops in March and June - you can see details on our workshop page.

Rowan Magazine 57 in the shop...

Think we forgot to mention!

Coop Knits Socks Volume 2 in the shop!

This is the 2nd printed collection of Rachel’s original sock designs for both men and women (yes there are hairy legs featured in this book!).

Clearly written (including large scale charts), these patterns are beautifully photographed too!  There are step  by step tutorials for techniques such as kitchener stitch and afterthought heels.

These designs incorporate a variety of skills, including cabling, grafting, lace and twisted stitches, providing a great opportunity to try out new techniques on a small scale!  This book also includes a basic top down sock for beginners.

{photo credit: Coop Knits}
There are 12 designs and each book comes with a digital download code too!

Looking for yarns to show off these great stitch patterns?  You'll need a solid or semi solid shaded yarn...

How about Lang Jawoll, Artesano Definition or Vivacious 4ply?

We have copies of Rachel's two other books in the shop,  as well as Knit Generation and Vivacious Vol 1 which features several of her designs...

Book 1!

Toasty!  see Fiona's Carthorpe mitts in Rowan 4ply here

Tulloch from Knit Generation, in Rowan Felted Tweed
{photo credit: Quail Publications}

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

it's a hoot

This year's Pittenweem Arts Festival Craft project is all about... owls!

Why owls?  Anne-Marijke was inspired by a project by the artist Tim Fitzpatrick which is linked to Kellie Castle and will conclude at a special event at the 2015 Arts Festival.

The project is called "1878 and an inexplicable series of visions".  1878 was the year the Lorimer family bought Kellie Castle and spent their first night there. The daughter Louise found lots of twigs, which had fallen down the chimney and remarked that the house had been .."left to owls and rooks".

Like last year this year's theme is open to interpretation - you can make anything as long as there is an owl somewhere in the design!  And remember this is open to other crafts too.

The first get together is in the shop this FRIDAY 6th FEBRUARY at 1:30pm,  Anne-Marijke will be there with pattern inspiration and stash yarn for you to use.

We also have a new Pinterest board which we'll be adding to throughout the project with pattern inspiration!

We think this is a great theme - ideal for beginners and more advanced knitters!  And you can make anything!  Cosys, toys, accessories and garments...

If you want to read more about previous Arts Festival Craft projects and thh charities supported, you can see some of them here... Winter Warmers, Couthie Cushions, Festive Flowers and Bonnets to Berets. These links will start at the end of each project, you'l need to scroll through them to see the full story! BUT it will show you how much money has been raised over the years.... LOTS!

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