Ruth and I have really been enjoying putting together our gift and subscription boxes ready for Christmas orders. We've got several boxes on offer which cover different levels of expertise and price points. The Luxury Box includes silk cashmere yarn, Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles, a tote bag and pattern for the Candace shawl by Anniken Allis. To make an extra luxurious gift there are 10 boxes which also include a beautiful silver shawl pin (stamped as silver with maker's mark). Other boxes include a beginner's box, a yarn addict's surprise box subscription and a baby box subscription box.
I am knitting up the Candace shawl from the luxury box and spent some time today winding one of the skeins ready to start. It is so soft and not a hint of itch to it. Just gorgeous Darling (to quote a favourite Strictly judge!)
Check out our gift ideas page for more details and order soon for Christmas.
From skein to swift to ball -- you'll need to wait awhile for the picture of the finished shawl!
It's always good to see what our customers create and we have some of their work on our Projects page together with some of our own work. I try to keep it updated but am not as diligent as I should be. It's amazing how time consuming everyday housekeeping can be! Anyway, this outifit is one made by Jill from our drop-in. The pattern is from Drops (Captain Jack in Drops children 23-26) and as you can see there is a hat, jumper and neckwarmer available. It's easy to see when browsing their patterns that Drops are a Scandinavian company as they make sure knitters will be warm! Jill chose to use Drops Karisma to knit the items although the original is in Lima but as with most Drops patterns, it is quite easy to substitute yarns. I've knitted this jumper too in Wendy Pixile which turned out really well.
UK knitters can find Drops patterns (and Bergere) difficult to follow as they are written in quite a different way to British ones but once you are over the shock and remember to read right the way through before starting, they are really not too bad and rarely have mistakes in them. As you can see from the picture, they are definitely worth persevering with.
I've decided I'm going to knit up the shawl featured in our luxury yarn box but which colour should I knit it in. I love the silver-grey but know I'll never wear it, similarly the red. That leaves kingfisher or denim. Kingfisher appeals but the denim has the most amazing lustre to it which is drawing me to it ...
Part of the fun of knitting and crochet is going into a shop or to a show and seeing the different yarns. The silky cashmere from Lotus Yarns that this shawl will be knitted in will be sheer decadence to work with, just as soon as I've chosen the colour. I'll keep posting progress on the shawl.
Those of you with children or grandchildren of a certain age (or just a facebook account) will have noticed the fashion for mermaid (and shark) tail blankets. We've been keeping an eye on patterns and yarns for this so when our Designer Yarns rep came in with yarn and pattern we couldn't not order it! Its an interesting yarn -- quite fluffy and cosy made up of acrylic, polyester, wool, viscose and nylon. The pattern takes between two and four balls (small child up to adult) and is free to download on Ravelry (or come into the shop and we'll show you). You can of course knit anything else with the yarn too -- jumpers, scarves, hats -- the patterns are in the shop now. We expect to see lots of mermaids around the village now though!
I've spent most of the day so far updating the stock on our website to add new deliveries and lines. Sadly it's not all knitting in a wool shop. As you can see from the picture below, the yarn may have made it to the website but it hasn't made it to the shelves yet!
I do need another shop knit though and apart from a commission (which I can't show a picture of until after Christmas) I don't have anything on my shop needles. This makes me think that I will make a start on the silk cashmere shawl that is going to be the project in our Luxury Yarn Box. The pattern we've chosen is Candace by Anniken Allis which is lovely and the yarn is Lotus silky cashmere -- a match made in heaven. I'd better put some yarn on shelves first though but then I will be winding the skein ready to start.
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