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}

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

new baby yarn... it's a little bit sparkly

DY Choice Baby Joy Sparkle...

It's a super soft blend of synthetic fibres that includes a subtle sparkle - available in 5 shades and in 320m/100g balls.

It's a classic DK weight so will work with lots of patterns!

Shop sample coming soon - cute baby cardigan on the pins.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016


at last!  They have arrived...

...Zauberballs and Crazy Zauberball back in stock.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Jarol Heritage DK restocked!

Now restocked.  29 shades in the shop!

A standard DK weight (55% wool blend) in 100g balls, there is a great range of shades and it's a perfect stash staple.

Use it in accessories, garments and homewares for child and adult!

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