Our lovely drop-in members (led by Martyn) have been nominating us for the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018. These awards are run every year by Let's Knit and Let's Get Crafting magazines and are now in their 11th year. Everyone who nominates has the chance of winning a giant hamper of yarn, accessories and gadgets worth £300, or one of two £50 book bundles.
To vote for your favourite yarn shop, just click on the 'nominate us' button below. We hope you will nominate us but other yarn shops are available!
Our Spring window is displaying The Eastern Jewels blanket crocheted by one of our customers, Sally, and a ripple blanket created by our crochet teacher Gaelle. Both blankets have attracted loads of admiring remarks. We'll be changing the window next week so come down and take a look.
We only have one remaining pack of Eastern Jewels left in stock but if you fancy a different challenge, the latest CAL design from Stylecraft is the Cosmic blanket. Created in four different colourways and yarns it really is very pretty.
Some of the yarn for the Cosmic Cal arrived yesterday and as you can see from the picture, there were quite a few bags of yarn delivered! Our order, which was held up by the snow at the beginning of the month, contained complete packs for the Peace and Tranquility version of the Cosmic CAL and yarns to make up packs in your own colourways as well. Ruth spent most of this morning working out all of the colours in Creation, Harmony and Love & Light versions in Stylecraft Special DK and we have just sent a another order off to Stylecraft to support those colourways.
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It's just a short blog today to talk about the Wonderwool blanket. All of the squares have now been designed and Ruth and I are busy test-knitting them to make sure I've written the pattern correctly. Test knitting is so important in pattern writing as often the words written don't entirely line up with the intended instructions. Sometimes it's small things like typos but not always!
I also wanted to write about the importance of blocking the squares of the blanket. If you are like me, blocking is a chore you would rather miss out but taking a look at some of the before and after pictures below, it's clear that blocking makes a big difference.
The countdown to Wonderwool has begun for us -- only six weeks to go and a very long list of things to do. Can't wait!
This Saturday sees Gaelle returning to run one of her popular crochet workshops. This one is an all day session in which she will teach the skills to make a diamond pattern basket. We have a few places left for adventurous intermediate crocheters -- you'll need a good understanding of basic stitches. We provide the yarn, lunch and refreshments -- you just need to bring your crochet hooks with you.
At the same time we will be running our monthly Sew up Saturday in the main shop. Bring along any projects that have been languishing in your UFO pile and finish them off. There's a nominal charge of £3.00 and we'll be here to help and guide you to sew up from 10 till 1 and supply refreshments to keep you motivated (possibly cake!).
We are often asked why we named our Wool Shop Ammonite Yarns and this got me thinking about some of the great names for yarn colours. We've had some great examples come in today.
Our first delivery today was from Woolly Wumpkins. Michelle is our favourite indie dyer and today she brought in some new colours that she has created. Woolly Wumpkins yarns always have evocative names which really suit the colourways. Michelle and her family clearly spend a lot of time deciding on the names and which yarns they should be attached to. Two of my favourite names from today's batch are 'Our Precious Planet' and 'Kaleidoscopic Rainbow'. There may be squabbling over some of the colours -- knitting needles at dawn!
Our next delivery came from West Yorkshire Spinners who have released two new colourways in their Bo Peep range, 'Spellbound' and 'Lollipop'. It's fairly obvious why a baby/children's yarn would be called Bo Peep and most of the names in the range evoke childhood 'Splashtime', 'Carousel', 'Spacehopper' and 'Tin Man' for example (although that last name evokes musicals rather than children's playtime for me). The curious thing about WYS though, is that they spend so much time naming the colours for their different yarn ranges and then only put the colour number on the label!
And our name? It's a bit prosaic really. We needed a name beginning with A to get us to the top of our suppliers stockists list so we then brainstormed lots of names with that initial. Ammonites came up tops because they are favourite fossils with Ruth's children and can be found on our local South Wales beaches. Serendipity then stepped in as yarn is so so tactile and balls of wool are really very reminiscent of the shape of ammonites. We're very pleased with our name and quite enjoy it when some of suppliers get it wrong and call us Ammaknitty!
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Here we will share our experiences of running a local yarn shop in South Wales.