Thursday, 19 September 2019

a 'new' alpaca hat



Another version of our free shop pattern.  This time using Rowan Alpaca Classic, a mix of cotton and alpaca.

Original version in Rico Luxury Alpaca

For the Rowan hat you need to hold two strands together.  Although I've done ours in one colour, you could use different colours to create a marled appearance.

And if you're looking for matching mitts, try our free Simple DK Mitts pattern.

Simple DK Mitts, easy to modify.  One ball of Rowan Alpaca Classic for one pair

Both patterns are available in the shop as well as the yarn of course.

And coming soon... a new shop sample... Love Note by Tin Can Knits in Rowan Alpaca Classic

work in progress!




This Golden Fleece in the shop


Esther Rutter's new book is in the shop.

Read about Esther's year long journey around Britain, exploring the history and influence of wool and the traditions that remain in today's wool industry.

And if you missed Esther's recent Sunday Herald interview you can read it here.

that wall paper looks familiar...

Opal Schafpate XI in the shop!

Schafpate XI

Yet another Opal 4ply sock yarn has arrived!

Schafpate XI is Opal's annual collection in support of sheep farming in Germany.  You can read about it on their website.

This is our 8th Schafpate collection... our first was in 2012!

This is a classic wool/nylon blend sock yarn.  One 100g ball has lots of possibilities...
1 pair of socks, or 
2 pairs of short socks, or 
1 long 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/cardigan for a baby.

Like most of the Opal sock yarn collections, this is limited in supply.  Once it is gone... it is gone.

However, the Hundertwassers range (released in June) is not a limited edition!  All eight shades of this highly patterned sock yarn are back in the shop.


Hundertwassers, 4ply sock yarn from Opal

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

New Season West Yorkshire Spinners

We currently stock 6 West Yorkshire Spinners yarns...

Croft - an aran weight 100% Shetland wool in a range of both tweedy and solid shades.
Re:treat - a chunky 100% British wool
Bo-Peep 4ply a wool/acrylic yarn in soft shades, solid and self patterning
Illustrious Naturals - A blend of Falkland Wool and British Alpaca in a DK weight
Signature Sock yarn in the Winwick Mum shades
Colour Lab - in brightly self striping 100% British wool in a DK weight

Colour Lab

This season we're adding new shades to both Croft and Re:treat!

new shades in Croft Tweed and Croft Colours

Now 14 shades in Re:treat (cream, black and two greys not shown) in the shop

And don't forget our shop samples for ideas and inspiration (and you can try them on!)

Basic Scarf, Nightshift, Elspeth Cardigan, Copenhagen Calling Cowl, Capo



Monday, 2 September 2019

Old Maiden Aunt Yarns at The Woolly Brew


Old Maiden Aunt Yarns returns for her annual trunk show on Saturday 26th October.

This is a ONE DAY ONLY trunk show.

If you want to meet Lilith and see her unique and beautiful yarns in person come along between 10am and 5pm!

Remember this is ONE DAY ONLY!

November 2018