December 2010

You are currently browsing the monthly archive for December 2010.



I know, we’ve a real cowl issue around here! But this one is going to save your bacon if you’re stuck for last minute gift ideas…

Using one skein of Mirasol Ushya and 12.75mm needles there’s really no more than 2 hours of knitting here, maximum. It’s a lovely woven stitch and there’s no need to worry about button holes because the texture of the fabric allows buttons to go through pretty much anywhere you like.


The cowl can be worn in a variety of ways…


and the pattern is free with the yarn. Both yarn and buttons are part of our ten-for-three promotion so pick them up in the shop, by phone or online in the next three days and enjoy the 10% discount :D

Thanks for joining us on our tour of quick knits and crochet gifts these last few weeks. Happy Christmas and Happy Crafting everyone!

High in the Andes



And we’re back to the Cowls today, this time for a stunning crochet version in a crisp icy shade.

Using just two skeins of Debbie Bliss Andes Yarn this is another great value Christmas Gift.


The yarn will be 10% off for the next three days and the pattern is free from the shop with the yarn purchase.

We have just one more gift idea to come on Monday and, trust me, it’s a double-quick one. Have a great weekend everyone!



For trinkets, or soaps, or extra-special memories… we give you this sweet and very easy to knit Gift Bag.

This Christmas Gift idea comes in a delightful kit, with a generous amount of colour co-ordinating Sari Ribbon yarn for the twisted cord drawstring tie. There’s enough yarn in the kit to make two bags so you can give one away and keep one for yourself – that’s Christmas at its best ;)


We’re offering the ten-for-three deal on the kit itself and also on the Mulberry Silk yarn if you’d like to knit a larger project. This yarn is stunning in shawls – check out this project on Ravelry to see just what I mean…!


Thistle Hat


There’s still another three projects to come but I wanted to squeeze this hat into the Christmas Knits series because it took just two recent snowy evenings to knit up! I’m in love with the yarn – Louisa Harding Thistle – a dreamy mix of merino and suri alpaca.


The pattern is from the Louisa Harding Pattern Booklet “Violet Sky” which has 6 other fantastic garment and accessory patterns too.

The turnback brim is perfect for keeping ears warm in the Artic weather we have been experiencing and the rosette is so easy to do – I think I’ll be adding little flowers to lots of projects from now on!

Grab the yarn for this project on our ten-for-three discount and you’ll have a stylish, warm & cosy new hat for a materials cost of just €10.71! :D



It’s really getting to crunch time in the Christmas Knitting stakes now so we’re narrowing things down to only the quickest projects. To the rescue is the “Leaving on the Edge” Cowl, another one of our fabulous free patterns. The cowl is worked all in one piece and the simple knitted leaves are so addictive you’ll have this finished in no time!


This time around we’re using 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Como yarn – a simply delicious blend of 90% Merino Wool and 10% Cashmere. Get yours at a 10% discount within the next three days by dropping in, telephoning or shopping online (we will refund the 10% when we process your order).

If you’re on Ravelry then you can check out the many lovely versions that have already been knit up by clicking here. I love the idea of using buttons instead of a seam. What do you think?



Our Christmas Knits series continues with another great cowl pattern in the Mobius style (with a half twist)…

This one is great for those of you who don’t want to jump in to the circular needle method, as it’s knitted flat on straight needles, twisted and then sewn up or grafted together (depending on your preference).


The lovely little edge isn’t at all hard to do and the stitch pattern breaks up hand-dyed yarns in a very flattering way. The pattern is free from the shop with the purchase of the yarn for the project.

Our pattern sample was knit in Malabrigo Silky Merino, but you can also use Louisa Harding Grace Hand Dyed. Both of these yarns are on our ten-for-three offer right now so grab them at a discount while you can!

Treble Christmas


So even with the big day looming and lots to do you still have time to crochet up this cowl quick-as-a-flash. Using a 12mm hook and one skein of Brown Sheep Burly Spun yarn you’ll have a funky, fashionable gift in no time!

We haven’t tried it yet but there’s no reason you couldn’t get a slightly smaller version but just as successful out of one skein of the new Mirasol Yarn Ushya. If you wanted to go all out then you can splash out on two skeins and use any extra for a matching hat.

Treble 1

Both the Burly Spun and Ushya will qualify for the 10% discount in the next three days. Don’t forget the pattern is free and available right here.

Treble 2

Glenties 1

This Cowl has been really popular in the shop so far this winter and we’ve seen lots of lovely versions in both the original Glen yarn and in Louisa Harding Millais.

With Glen you’ll need two balls and the pattern is free with yarn purchase. That’ll bring the project cost in well under €15. The chunkier Millais will sneak in over €15 as you need three 50g balls, but you’ll get a bigger cowl overall too!

For a bit more info on this pattern you can see the original blog post here.

Glenties 2

We’re offering the ten-for-three discount on both these yarns so drop in to the shop, phone or email your order to us in next three days to get 10% off the cost of this project :D

Lights 1


Next up in our favourite Christmas Knits series is the Northern Lights Shawl aka Revontuli Shawl. The pattern pdf can be downloaded for free at this link and you can get a really decent shawl from just one ball of Noro Sekku.

Lights 2

With the ten-for-three discount this project will cost you just a whisper over €8… How great is that?!? :D

Bellas Mitts


Jacqui recently knit up this version of Bella’s Mittens in Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed Chunky.

With weather this cold I love how the mittens can be pulled on up over your coat sleeves – no biting wind will get through these! They knit up really fast and they also wear really well as this chunky yarn is worked on 5mm needles.

A great project and a brilliant gift – get the yarn now at our ten-for-three discount. There’s 10% off Luxury Chunky Tweed for the next three days when you quote this blog post :D