Monday, 15 May 2017

Rusty Ferret at The Woolly Brew

One day only!

Rusty Ferret yarns will be at The Woolly Brew on Saturday 1st July for a trunk show.  Come chat to the maker Leona and smoosh some glorious yarn.

Leona dyes all the yarn in Rusty Ferret towers in Dundee (aka Fluph) and she'll be bringing trunkloads of hanks and samples to brighten up The Woolly Brew on Saturday 1st July.

One day only!

Fancy trying the latest yarn trend..sprinkles?  A variegated riot of colour or a subtle semi-solid?

Want to buy something unique for yourself or as a gift?

Looking for a special yarn for a summer project?

Or to eat cake and talk to an artist?

Come along on Saturday 1st July 10am-5pm at The Woolly Brew for all this and more.

Check out  #rustyferret on Instagram and follow Leona and Fluph too... here and here.

Remember it's one day only at The Woolly Brew!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

2017 Opal Advent Calendar - preorders are open!

promotional leaflet, actual calendar will be much more impressive!

Summer is nearly here and the sun is shining... time to think about Christmas!

Now in its third year, we're starting an order book for the Opal Advent box...

Well... it's not quite a box this year... it's a book!

But it still has 24 teeny tiny balls (15g each) of seriously cute multi coloured sock yarn.

After the HUGE success of previous years, we've been advised (again) by our supplier to get our orders in early.

Like last time we can accept orders in person, over the phone or by email.

We will require a £35 deposit (you can pay over the phone or we can send a Paypal invoice).

There will be a balance of £25 to pay when you collect or we post.  The calendars will likely arrive in September. Postage will be extra but because of the new shape it'll be less than in previous years.

Need some convincing?

Last years box had this in it...

Yes there is one missing... maybe too much festive cheer that day... or, more likely, no daylight
The anticipation of opening a door each day in December should not be underestimated!

You get lots of different colours and effects and so there are lots of possibilities...

You can make many socks with 360g of sock yarn -  matching random pairs or mismatched 'knitted in the order they arrived' pairs.  Wait until the end and knit balls with a similar colour scheme or self patterning effect or mix a stripe with a printed pattern.

You can knit a crazy jumper - how about a Flax Light knitted in the order the balls come out the calendar (free yourself from decision making!)  1500m will get you a 37" chest... (approximately!)

Or what about some bunting...  3 flags from one small ball, means you could get 72 flags... which would give you almost 10m (with spacing), which would cover...  you get the idea!

We still have our Pinterest board for more ideas on how to use your Advent balls and any other 4ply scraps!

Please note... If you don't preorder there is no guarantee we can get you one!  We'll be placing our order end of June...!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Opal My Sock Design in the shop!

My Sock Design, 100g of 4ply sock yarn - self patterning stripes!

Our newest Opal 4ply shades have arrived!

Our third this year, after Illusion and Fresh & Juicy (there are a few odd balls still in the shop!)

The usual blurb...

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.

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.
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