Sunday, 7 October 2018

Opal Handwork & Hobby now in the shop

Another new collection from Opal... Handwork & Hobby

It's a 4ply and comes in 100g balls (you only need 1 ball for a pair of socks)*

The classic 75% wool with 25% nylon mix - warm and hard wearing and they hold their sock shape!

*As usual 1 ball makes 1 pair of socks, or 2 pairs of short socks, or 2 short cowls. You could make 2 hats, or at least 2 pairs of small hand warmers, or several small gift bags or 20 small bunting flags!

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. Or how about mixing it up with our solid colour Socks Yeah 4ply.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Hat Attack

Did you know... we've got lots of free hat patterns in the shop.  From a very basic slouchy one to a criss-crossy cabled one.

Some are quick knits, using aran, chunky or super chunky thickness.  One is in a fine 4ply. Some are colourfully stripey others understated and neutral... we've got faux fur pom poms, yarn pom poms * and no pom pom.

Most are one ball projects... great for learning and skill building and for gifting!

Most will fit most heads, and there's helpful tips to adapt them.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Garter Stripe Shawl

Our newest shop sample is perhaps our simplest shawl pattern - and it's easy to adapt too!

This uses Rico Merino Plus Tweed DK in 4 neutral shades.  But you could do it in one colour or lots of different ones.

You can easily make it bigger too... just keep knitting.

Tartan Ark in the shop!

Eden, Ella, Eliza, Evita, Elementary, Elaborate and Eejit

These are Zwartbles.  They live on Noah's farm in the Borders and their lovely deep deep brown fleece has been spun at the Border Mill.  It has been balled and labelled and now it is in the shop!

This is a robust yarn, I can imagine rain bouncing off it. But it's not too rough and it's a pleasure to knit.  You really feel like you're creating something substantial! 

We've knitted a hat (Cedar Creek by Knox Mountain Knits) and it is very warm and dense. Perfect for outdoor types and those with cold heads.

I'm now thinking mittens and socks for winter... but obviously a jumper would give ultimate warmth!

Re:treat from West Yorkshire Spinners in the shop

West Yorkshire Spinners Re:treat, £6.50/100g/140m

Our newest yarn is from West Yorkshire Spinners.  Re:treat is a chunky roving wool, not just for knitting and crochet but also great for felting too.

We've got 9 shades in stock and the pattern collection too.

The Perfect Re:treat pattern book includes patterns for homewares, cosy jumpers and snug accessories designed by Georgia Farrell.