Thursday, 19 May 2016

New workshops!

We're squeezing in 2 half day workshops before the Summer...

Sign up for both and save £10!

Remember - spaces are limited to 6 per workshop so you'll get lots of one on one time.  Both these workshops are great for beginner knitters but could also benefit the more experienced too!  Especially those put off by circular needles!

Let us know if you'd like a place and please spread the word!

Knitting in the Round
Sunday 3rd July,  10am -12:30pm, £25

Techniques covered: Are you disappointed when you find the perfect knitting design but then realise it's knitted in the round?  Have you never got on with circulars needles?  Ever wondered what and how to magic loop? Desperate to do socks but hate double pointed needles?

Then this class is for you!  Try out different methods of knitting in the round - from double pointed needles, one circular, two circulars and magic loop.  Learn when to use each method and discover which way of knitting in the round suits you!  For this half day class you can try knitting on lots of samples and different needles and then purchase what you need to knit a hat - in the round!

Get one to one help in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and pick up lots of tips from our experienced tutor Janice Anderson.

Class requirements: We'll provide lots of samples for you to practice on, we'll then ask you to purchase what you need to knit a hat in the round...  with 15% off for any purchases made on the day.

Skill level: This is an excellent beginners course.  If you can knit (and maybe purl) then this class is for you!

Beginners Cables
Sunday 3rd July,  1:30 - 4pm, £35

"Cable knitting is a style of knitting in which textures of crossing layers are achieved by permuting stitches. For example, given four stitches appearing on the needle in the order ABCD, one might cross the first two (in front of or behind) the next two, so that in subsequent rows those stitches appear in the new order CDAB." Wikipedia

Confused by cables?  What do the abbreviations mean?  How do you read a cable chart?  How do you juggle all the needles?  For this new half day class we'll take the mystery out of permuting stitches.

Whilst making a knitting needle case you'll try out lots of different cables under the expert tuition of our  experienced tutor Janice Anderson. 

Class Requirements: we'll provide all you need to make a needle case - yarn and needles.  And we'll also throw in a 15% discount off all purchases on the day!

Skill level: You need to be able to knit and purl


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Debbie Bliss Rialto Sock has arrived...

top row - Roskilde (which also has purple & pinks in it!), New Orleans, Ultra
bottom row - Mutek, Fuji, Isle of Wight

We've started with 6 and we'll (very) likely add more...

And we've got patterns too.  Sock ones that'll work with any of our other sock yarns.  And remember sock yarn isn't just for socks...

Rialto Sock is £9.95 for 100g ball, one ball is more than enough for a pair of adult socks, a shawl and probably 2 hats!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

a Simple Skinny Lace scarf...

Simple Skinny Lace Scarf

We love Louisa Harding's Amitola.  A soft blend of wool and silk, combined with amazing colours makes this yarn perfect for accessories.

We've got a Simple Eyelet Shawl (free pattern available in the shop and on Ravelry) and our Imagine When (pattern available to buy on Ravelry).  And now we've got another simple scarf (only uses one ball!)

Based on our super chunky Winter Garden scarf (yarn now discontinued) this scarf features a 2 row pattern, repeated until you run out of yarn.

Make it wider or shorter - its up to you!

Yarn and pattern available in the shop!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Opal Advent box - preorders are open!

Well, it's that time of year again.  Freezing temperatures, snow and hail and high winds too.  Time to think about Christmas and a box full of teeny tiny balls of ridiculously cute multi coloured sock yarn.

After the HUGE success of Opal's Advent box last Christmas, we've been advised by our supplier to get our orders in early for the Opal Advent box 2016.

Like last time we can accept orders in person, over the phone or by email.  We will require a £30 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 boxes will likely arrive late October.

Postage will be extra.

So what's all the fuss?

It's a big cube - 30cm x 30cm x 30cm.  It has 24 little windows.  It is filled with little balls of sock yarn (15g each).

Opal Advent 2015 selection

It's great fun to open and the yarn is so random that whatever you make will make you smile.

more info on Ravelry

more info on Ravelry

Socks are the obvious choice, but how about a cowl.

Cindy cast on 60 stitches and knit in the round - 6 balls!

or even some clothes for the smaller members of the family...

toy knitting at its best!

Of course we still have our Pinterest board - full of ideas.  And we will continue to add to it too!

And check out #opaladventcalendar on Instagram and Twitter to see what others have used their teeny tiny balls of ridiculously cute multi coloured sock yarn for.

The blankets look particularly amazing.

So lets us know if you'd like one.  We would like to get our orders in by June 30th.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

New patterns from Sidecar Knits...

From Designer Jo Wheeler 3 adorable patterns using Jamieson's of Shetland Spindrift.

2 tank tops, sized from 6mths to 5yrs and a cushion.

Mostly knit in the round these patterns feature colour charts and lots of big colourful photographs.

This is good next step project for stranded colour work in the round.

The hardest part could be choosing the colours...

Loving this space invader inspired tank...

We couldn't resist this cheeky monkey too!

Patterns and yarn in the shop!  Check out Jo's website too.

Off to spend a few hours picking colour combos!

{photo credits Sidecar Knits}
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