Events, News

Join us at a yarn show or two this Autumn

We are going to be out and about at a range of shows this autumn, starting with our two yarn doctors holding surgeries Yarndale at Skipton Auction Mart, 23-24 September. The yarn doctors are two expert knitters and teachers, Juliet and Bronagh, who will be available to show you new techniques, offer advice and help sort out problems you… Continue reading Join us at a yarn show or two this Autumn

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News, Yarn

Trendwatch: Fluffy and furry yarns

From the catwalk to the High Street, feather, fluffy fabrics and fun fur are set to feature heavily in fashion for this autumn and winter – especially when it comes to soft trims, coats and accessories. And it is all about having fun with colour and texture as you can see from these coats by… Continue reading Trendwatch: Fluffy and furry yarns

Patterns, Tips, Yarn

Kids knits for back to school

It is not that long until the end of the summer holidays and so our minds have turned to kids’ knits for the autumn. Among the great things about a child’s jumper is that it is relatively quick to make and there is less  to hold while the weather is still at least a little… Continue reading Kids knits for back to school

colourwheel
Tips

Using a colour wheel to pick out yarn combinations

Last week we talked about stashbusting using stripes, colourblocks and contrasting edges. But how do you decide what colours to use together? One useful tool is a colour wheel like the one pictured below. This colour wheel is a standard version with twelve segments. It is made up of the primary colours yellow, red and… Continue reading Using a colour wheel to pick out yarn combinations

Yarn

New yarns for all the family

August is the time of year where we start to see new yarns for autumn and winter appearing in our yarn shops. There are always interesting new offerings, colours etc so we will probably do several posts with new yarns that catch our attention over the next couple of months. However, we have already noticed… Continue reading New yarns for all the family

steam block knitting
Tips

Blocking your knitting

Among the things our yarn doctors are regularly asked about are “how do you block your knitting?”, “is blocking lace difficult, I am nervous about starting a shawl” and “what are blocking wires?”. So following our look at summer shawls last week, we have some tips about blocking your knitting and crochet. Wet blocking This… Continue reading Blocking your knitting

Patterns

Summer shawls and cover ups

Shawls and lace wraps are not only handy summer cover ups for when a chill breeze starts and glamorous accessories. They are also perfect summer projects because they tend to be lightweight and are easily packed up for a trip. Plus it is quite possible that you could finish them on holiday and wear almost… Continue reading Summer shawls and cover ups

summer knitting yarns
Yarn

Trendwatch: Superbright knits

This is the summer of colour. Alongside colour block and stripe patterns, the trend of this summer is strong colours. We have mentioned the Fuschia trend already but zingy oranges and yellows, pillar box red, lapis blue, emerald greens and electric purples are all also great choices. To be on trend all you need to… Continue reading Trendwatch: Superbright knits