getting the job done!

Doesn't it feel good when you finish something hand-made that you have been working on for a long time? Just think how they must have felt when they completed the last stitch of the Bayeux Tapestry. Never mind finishing a huge project like building a cathedral in the past when tools were rudimentary. How pleased they must have felt when it was all done and they could finally stop for a cuppa. 

Contemplating all of that puts the blood sweat and tears of finishing knitting a sweater into perspective. I am, however, feeling quite smug this week at having finished off two that I have been working on for the past few months. One is using a lovely Isager yarn - Merelin, a blend of Merino wool and linen that creates a lovely knitted fabric that is light to wear. It's a great pity that they have now discontinued this shade of orange that I adore. But the good news is that they have come up with new shades that are equally delicious. The pattern is in the Favourite Knits book of patterns using Isager yarns and I loved learning to do the 'smocking' stitch at the hem and cuffs. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

I also finished another sweater that I love, knitted using The Fibre Co's Cumbria yarn. The pattern is 'Celidh' from this summer's issue of Pom Pom magazine, number 21. Just after I hung it up in the shop Gill came by and tried it on before deciding that she too would make it. Here she is modelling it and she looks great wearing it. The fact is that you would have to travel far and wide to find a more luxurious worsted weight yarn with which to knit this sweater. It would also work in Rowan's Pure Wool Worsted no doubt. It's a very wearable sweater for when the weather decides that it really is autumn.

Now I plan to embark on some more Isager knitting and try out some of the new patterns that have so excited us of late. The Tokyo shawl that James knitted in a variety of Isager yarns has been the hit of the summer season. With a delivery of fresh supplies from Denmark today, we now have lots of kits in a variety of colour ways. Just in case you missed the photo recently, here is Margaret modelling this shawl. It suits everyone, especially Margaret!

Whatever the weather where you are, keep knitting and do send us photos. We love to keep tabs on you and to see what you have on the needles.

Happy Knitting and Crochet!


AUGUST 17th, 24th and 31st

There will also be no late opening on these dates.

Wednesday morning Knit Club will carry on regardless.


2 Rowan Crochet Along 2017 - 10% off!

Rowan's new Crochet-A-Long with Lisa Richardson for 2017 is a fun, colourful and skill building project to create a stunning throw and runs from August to November with new segments released every 7 or 10 days. Worked in twelve shades of Felted Tweed, a blend of wool, alpaca and viscose, the eleven different squares and panels create a gorgeous throw and are finished off with a beautiful edging.

Oxford Yarn Store is offering complete kits for the Crochet-A-Long comprising 24 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed in 12 shades (2 balls of each shade) at a discount of 10% off the normal full price plus a free crochet hook!  A complete kit is £156.60 (reduced from £174 - the normal price for 24 balls of Felted Tweed).

Week 1's pattern is now available for a free download from so you can get started this weekend! 

3 customer knits

Fiona in her recently completed short sleeved top knitted in Rowan Summerlite 4-ply. Fabulous!

Anne has knitted this beaded cushion using Rowna Felted Tweed yarns with a pattern from Martin storey's Afghan Knits book. Lovely shades.

Laura's cat has spotted a nice place to take a nap as she blocks her version of the popular Meadowside Shawl knitted in two shades of Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock Yarn.

Margaret has knitted this curly edgered scarf which is Lintilla by Maritina Behm (available on Ravelry) using some of the Adriafil cashmere yarn we used to stock.

Rosie who supplies some of our Oxfordshire handspun yarns has knitted this simple lace shawl in a bright pink shade of her own hand dyed yarn.

James has knitted this shawl using a pattern called Aramis featured in the Rowan Simple Shapes Fine Art and Fine Lace pattern booklet.  It is knitted in Rowan Summerlite 4-ply yarn which is a super-soft cotton yarn that is ideal for a lightweight summer or autumn shawl.  It of course could be knitted in any number of equally lovely wool or alpaca 4-ply yarns available in store.  This is a great project to try if you want an intermediate lace knitting challenge.  The Meadowside Shawl, above (with cat), is ideal for beginner lace knitters.

Here is a detail of the lace pattern on teh edge of the shawl.