Wednesday, 23 January 2019

New shop sample - Line Dried

Line Dried,designed by Sue Stratford

Line Dried is a top down DK weight cardigan.  We've knitted ours in the fabulous Socks Yeah! DK.

Yes it is called a sock yarn - 75% wool and 25% nylon - but it's perfect for so much more than socks.

It's woolly but soft and the colours are rich whether subtle or vibrant.  It has great stitch definition and it washes well.

It's as fabulous as the 4ply version, just thicker and we have 14 shades in the shop.

Socks Yeah! DK

So... What's a top down cardigan?

You start at  the neckline and work your way down, increasing to make the top of the arms.  Once you have enough stitches for your sleeves, you separate them from the body and continue knitting down.  You put your sleeve stitches back on the needles, but this time you are knitting in the round.  You pick up stitches from the button band and knit then on too.



The pattern is available to buy on Ravelry (or in the shop through Ravelry).   And it's available as a mini version too.

Want more photos of work in progress top down cardigans?  Check out POP, a little baby cardigan we have in the shop.

And remember Socks Yeah DK is perfect for socks... And we've got copies of Rachel Coopey's brand new book in the shop too...





Thursday, 17 January 2019

New shop sample - Hensting


From Rowan Magazine 64 - Hensting is a longer length jumper knitted in Rowan Alpaca Classic, a blend of alpaca and cotton.

The magazine features 14 patterns from Alpaca Classic and lots more patterns in a range of Rowan yarns. 

You can see them here on Ravelry.

We've got the magazine and the yarn in the shop.

And a beautiful shawl too, which uses just 3 balls...


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Another new Opal 4ply shade collection - Monet



The last Opal 4ply range for 2018 - Monet.

As usual it 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.

New Opal 4ply shades in the shop - Butterfly


Butterfly is the newest 4ply collection from Opal.
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As usual it 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, 1 January 2019

2018 Review - the shop samples!

We've got lots of samples in the shop to show off the yarn and patterns...

Here are a few we added in 2018...


Row 1: Neon stripe sock in Socks Yeah 4ply. Merrie Dancers Toorie in Jamiesons Spindrift and Baby sweater in Peter Pan Baby Merino.

Row 2: Porteau Mitts in local yarn Saorsa from Di Gilpin/Claddach Farm. Cedar Creek Hat in Zwartbles from Tartan Ark in the Borders. Anchors Away in Stylecraft Aran.

Row 3: Tool Box Cowl in Titus Pick in Mix. Cotton Eyelet Shawl in Zauberball Cotton. Strokkur in Lettlopi.



Row 1: a Super Chunky ribbed hat using Rico Super Super Chunky and faux fur pom pom free pattern in the shop. Self Care Cowl in West Yorkshire Spinners Re:treat. Alpaca Shawl in Rowan Alpaca Classic, free pattern in the shop!

Row 2: KISS Shawl in Vivacious 4ply.  Garter Stripe shawl in Rico Merino plus Tweed DK, free pattern in shop. Frankensock using mini balls of Opal 4ply Sock yarn.

Row 3: Bassenfell Shawl in Cumbria Fingering.  Chevre in Debbie Bliss Falkland Merino Aran.  Carbeth Cardigan in Rowan Felted Tweed DK.




Row 1: Cornwallis in Rowan Summerlite DK. Simple DK shawl in Rico Melange DK. Super Chunky Cable Scarf in Rico Melange Big

Row 2: Christmas Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Fairylight Sock Yarn. Nightshift in West Yorkshire Spinners Croft. Swerve Hat in local Fliskmillan Aran, free pattern in shop.