Handknits are pretty fashionable at the moment both for homewares and clothes, so if you've ever thought you'd like to have a go at making your own, this is the course for you.
Our next course begins on Tuesday 3 July, 6.30 till 8.30 pm and will run over three sessions in which we will take you from the absolute basics to being able to make an item following a pattern.
Courses cost £35.00 and include materials for the class and refreshments.
Even better -- it's nice and cool in the shop!
I'm always on the lookout for new designers and patterns and I've just found this one. The design is called Half Half by Hinterm Stein and I found it on Ravelry. www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitMattersJenny/half-half
It's knitted in doubleknit yarn and I chose West Yorkshire Spinners Essentials (used to be called Aire Valley) which is a 75% wool/25% nylon blend. One of the things that attracted me to the jumper is that the front and back are different colours. This means that if there is a colour that just calls out to you (in my case, mustard yellow) but looks absolutely dreadful on, then you can still use it but have it on the back and then choose a more complementary yarn for the front. I love the way orange and yellow work together to give a look that is fine for Spring and Autumn. The colour scheme would be good for Summer too but the yarn might be a tad warm! You could make it in a cotton yarn though or a lighter wool.
The jumper has quite an unusual construction in that it is knitted from the top down with the back knitted first and then stitches picked up along the side of the front and knitted in as you go (again from the top down). This means that although it is all done in stocking stitch which can be a bit tedious, the construction element stops it from being boring to make. I've whizzed away and got the front, back and part of the sleeve finished in less than a week! One of the reasons for speeding through so quickly is that the pattern is very clear and easy to follow so even if you are a bit of a novice knitter you could make it.
If you fancy having a go at this or any other doubleknit pattern, then pop down to the shop before 5 pm tomorrow and you can buy doubleknit yarn at 20% off (or buy online before midnight).
We'd like to thank our customers for nominating us for the British Knitting & Crochet Awards in the category Best Independent Yarn Shop in Wales.
Clicking on the logo it will take you to the voting page where you can carry on the good work and vote for our shop.
Once again, thank you to those of you who nominated us and thanks in advance for voting for us!
We are starting a new drop-in beginning in June. On the fourth Tuesday afternoon of each month, Eva, our felting tutor, will be here to host an informal drop-in group and give help and advice . If you enjoy felting or would like to try it out, come along and join us.
The drop-in will run from 1 till 2.30 pm beginning on the 26th of June.
£5.00 to include refreshments, felting wool and loan of felting needles.
There's no need to book but it would be useful if you let us know beforehand if you are coming along.
I've been updating the projects page of the website and have added some our our latest projects as well as a few of the amazing creations made by our customers.
Alyson is an inveterate shawl knitter and her latest project is pictured below. It's so pretty and just right as a cover-up if the evenings are chilly. Pat is another experienced knitter and her gorgeous colourwork jumper is her own design.
I've also added a few of our own latest creations -- a pair of socks I knitted for my son's girlfriend which are truly eye-popping and the jumper that was supposed to be finished in time for Wonderwool. It's a shame I didn't get it finished in time as it's lovely and warm and would have been perfect for the arctic-like conditions in the show halls at Builth Wells!
Keep an eye on the project page -- it's always interesting to see what others have made and often triggers some inspiration!
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Here we will share our experiences of running a local yarn shop in South Wales.