15% Discount Across 15 Yarn Ranges!

Discount Offer

If you are planning a trip to a certain Show this weekend, then we’d like to invite you to pay us a visit too :)

We are offering a juicy 15% off in-store purchases of the following 15 yarn ranges* – these are bargains not to be missed!

Debbie Bliss BFL Aran
Debbie Bliss BFL DK
Debbie Bliss Milano
Debbie Bliss Winter Garden
Louisa Harding Akiko
Louisa Harding Grace
Louisa Harding Luzia
Louisa Harding Orielle
Malabrigo Arroyo
Malabrigo Rios
Malabrigo Sock
Mirasol Miski
Mirasol Paqu Pura
Mirasol Sami
Rooster Almerino


*This discount cannot be combined with any other special offer or with redemption of Loyalty Card discounts.

Join Our Club!

Irish Yarn Club 2014

We’ve been sitting on our hands for the last 6 weeks or so, as we have been very excited about the plans for this new Club. Finally we are able to share the details with you all!

The Irish Yarn Club 2014 will run from January to May 2014 and will feature three shipments of unique Irish Hand-Dyed Yarns. Each yarn will be accompanied by an exclusive accessory pattern from top designer Carol Feller, sent to each Club Member in PDF form.

The Club yarns can be shipped worldwide, and we’re really looking forward to sending quality Irish yarns to addresses both near and far. You can purchase full Club Membership at this link (just be sure to select the correct option for your region) and there’s also an option for a pattern-only membership here.

Of course a Club Membership would make the perfect gift… So if your birthday is coming up, or if you have a Christmas wish list, be sure to leave this window open in your browser as a not-so-subtle hint to your loved ones!

Versatile

Sometimes you come across a pattern which is a delight to knit, easy on the eye and as comfortable as anything. They’re the ones to treasure, and Ysolda’s Marin is just such a pattern.

Jacqui finished her Marin a week or so ago, and it’s on display in the shop. With its gently curved crescent shape and elegant detail, it’s a perfect partner for the yarn: Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK.

Marin is reversible and knitted from end to end, and all that textured garter stitch gives a wonderful supple finish.

The drape of the silk needs to be felt to be believed, but it’s easy to imagine lots of other yarn options too – a worsted weight or Aran weight would make a gorgeous warm winter accessory. Beautiful and versatile – what more could we ask?

For a Brand New Person

This is a particularly dotey cardigan, made for a very new baby indeed. It’s the Puerperium cardigan, a wonderfully simple top-down seamless garment, sized to fit a newborn baby.

Jacqui used Malabrigo Arroyo for this project – it’s as soft as a newborn’s skin and superwash to boot. What’s more, it comes in absolutely lovely colours.

She was delighted to find how far a single skein stretched: not only was there enough for a simple matching hat (because babies need hats!), but after making both hat and cardigan, she had 20 grammes left over. That’s the same weight as the hat, and easily enough for a pair of matching booties. (The baby in question needed the cardigan, though, so there wasn’t time!)

An entire outfit from one skein of yarn – we love it!

Getting ready

In the last couple of days, the weather’s been cooling down a lot, and all of a sudden, a warm hat seems like a good idea, or a snug cowl, or some cozy gloves.

So we’ve been mulling over what to make for the coming season, and the very first finished object that comes to mind is the gorgeous cowl above. It’s a Burberry Inspired Cowl, which Lisa’s just finished in Mirasol Miski. It knits up very fast and it’s ever so stylish, don’t you think?

Inspired by this combination of yarn and pattern, we’ve been looking at the shelves and dreaming of warm and practical accessories. What about a Wurm hat in Malabrigo Arroyo? (That would be the bounciest hat imaginable!) Or for warm and practical hands, perhaps a pair of Susie Roger’s Reading Mitts in Debbie Bliss Blue-faced Leicester DK?

Well-tested patterns that just work, and the warmest of yarn to make them in – that’s what it’s all about. And we’re certain you’ve got lots of ideas too! What pattern are you planning, and what yarn are you going to use? Why not share your ideas in the comments below to inspire us all?

Shiny lace!

Like many people, we’re awfully partial to Evelyn Clark’s Swallowtail shawl, and we’ve made it over the years in many different yarns. As you can see from the picture above, we’ve found a new favourite for it!

Katia Airlux is a novel yarn – it’s made from fibre blown through a tiny chained tube, and the result is really striking. It’s got a deep metallic sheen in jewel colours, made subtle by the dark filling, and you get an impressive 300 metres to a ball. It’s a natural for party scarves or shrugs over the winter season.

But what has really surprised and delighted us is how well it blocks. As you can see, it opens out to a light-as-air fabric which shows off Swallowtail’s Estonian lace so prettily, and then it holds the block like a dream.

We’re thrilled with this, and we’re planning lots more lace with Airlux! And we’re wondering what other yarns have unexpected potential. So we thought we’d ask you – what happy discoveries have you made?

Optical illusion

That’s Jacqui’s latest lace shawl, Loren by Gudrun Johnston. It’s made from Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca laceweight in Teal Feather, and as you’d expect from the designer, it’s constructed using traditional Shetland techniques.

Hand-dyed yarns such as Malabrigo can vary quite a bit from dyelot to dyelot, so it’s even more vital than usual to make sure you’ve got enough to finish your project. But it happens to all of us: half a ball of one dyelot and two thirds of a second, languishing in the stash wondering if they’ll ever get another chance to shine. This was Jacqui’s dilemma. Or maybe there’s only ten balls of one dyelot left in stock and you need twelve. What to do?

Just working till one dyelot runs out and then switching to the other risks putting the colour change bang in the middle of your work, across your tummy or halfway up your arm. With a bit of cunning, though, it’s possible to place the switch so it looks entirely planned, or even to make it invisible.

The trick is to put the switch over at a point where there’s another change going on. In Jacqui’s Loren, you notice the pattern difference between the border and the centre section: both the direction of the work and the stitch pattern vary. So the variation in colour looks entirely planned, as indeed it was.

If you want to hide the changeover, then welts and cuffs of jumpers, or the ribbing sections of hats, and borders of all sorts work well. And no-one need ever know. The observer’s eye will be fooled by the difference in stitch pattern and hardly register the colour change at all.

Of course another reason to talk about this beautiful pattern is our excitement about the upcoming weekend: Gudrun Johnston’s lace workshop is on Saturday morning, with Mary Jane Mucklestone’s colourwork one in the afternoon. We can’t wait!

Two for joy

Babies need blankets, and we’re convinced that the best blankets are handmade. We’ve two to show you, both beautiful, both practical and each completely different.

First of all, our wonderful customer Jenny recently made the brightly coloured treasure in the picture above and allowed us to share the project and her picture with you. It’s the Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot (a free pattern on Ravelry), and she made it in five vibrant colours of Katia Mali. You can see her project page for it over at this link. It’s the most cheerful thing we seen in ages – thank you, Jenny! (You can see more of her photography and read about her crafty life on her blog Crafty Tails.)

Isn’t this lovely? It’s Lisa’s latest finished object, an Undercover blanket from Beata Jezek’s pattern. It’s the softest fabric imaginable, knitted with a doubled strand of Hedgehog Fibres Sock. It starts in the centre and works outward, with the regular increases at the corners giving that pretty diagonal line of eyelets.

These are blankets to build forts out of, and to carry as a trusted friend when exploring the world, and to fall asleep in. Their owners will be very lucky babies.