Tips, Yarn

Machine washing your knits

A lot of people will tell you that hand knits should never, ever go near your washing machine and tell you horror stories if stretched or felted garments, but as with many things when it comes to modern yarns (and modern machines) there is more to your washing options. There are reasons why you might… Continue reading Machine washing your knits

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News, Yarn

Get your red yarn out this autumn

Pick up any fashion magazine or browse the trend blogs and your will find universal agreement on one thing: Whatever you do this autumn, wear red. There are lots of pictures from the catwalks of head to toe red outfits, dramatic scarlet evening dress and brick red coats. Plus the colour gurus at   have… Continue reading Get your red yarn out this autumn

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

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

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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