1 Virtuous knitting!

If you rise with the lark there's nothing better than an early morning cuppa, knitting and listening to the radio. Farming Today, Claire Baldwin's Ramblings on BBC Radio 4 - all suitably soothing for the start of the day. Until it's time for the news. This morning I was happily knitting a hedgehog when 7am came around and with it the resumption of relentless commentary for the third day running on the Prime Minister's coughing fit during her speech in Manchester this week.

The Panglossian optimist in me holds out eternal hope of some analysis of party positions on the pressing issues of the day during the conference season. Instead I find myself pitying a Conservative prime minister (well she is an old school mate of mine) and wondering how long any of us would keep our jobs if our competence was assessed on whether or not we could cope with a coughing fit whilst delivering a major speech to a crowd in front of the national press and TV cameras.  

The knitting world, I am happy to report, is much more accepting of human foibles. Few insults are exchanged and defamation of character is generally avoided. Unless you count occasions like the time this week when an elderly woman, having carefully chosen some yarn, told James that she was pleased to now have a 'virtuous' way of spending her evenings. James chuckled at this and asked what she was in the habit of doing of an evening that was not virtuous. 'You'll have to stop the online gambling!' he quipped. Uncertain about how she had taken this remark as she left the shop, James pledged to exercise more tact in the future. Let me know if you think he succeeds. 

Thanks to everyone who came to the Isager tarn tasting sessions last Saturday. It was such a fun and informative way to share ideas and play with the yarns. We will do it again.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!



2 shetland - by Marie Wallin for Jamiesons

We are delighted to announce the arrival in store of a brand new pattern collection by Marie Wallin featuring Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift.

SHETLAND is a beautiful collection of modern Fair Isle using Jamieson's of Shetland Spindrift. The collection of eight garment and four accessory designs for women was photographed around the Shetland Islands capturing the wild beauty of this remote part of Scotland.

3 laine magazine - Issue 3: Autumn / winter 2017

We now have in stock the latest edition of the beautful new autumn / winter 2017 issue of Laine magazine. 

Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine for knit folks. We cherish natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship, and beautiful, simple things in life. Our intention is to inspire you to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.

We also have in stock copies of issue 1 of Laine (autumn / winter 2016) which was out of print for a while but is now available again.

And don't forget that we still have copies of Laine issue 2 (spring / summer 2017) available  - so now you can get the full set!


4 Customer knits

Here is Judith looking very glam in a beautiful poncho that she has knitted in Rowan's perennial favourite Felted Tweed. It's a gorgeous blend of wool and alpaca and is a firm favourite for Fair Isle knitting as well as for beautiful garments such as this one. Judith made a clever decision to deal with potentially curly edges of this stocking stitch poncho by adding a strip of furnishing trimming. It looks just fab. (As does the shop after a fresh coat of paint this week. There is much to admire in these pics!)

Pam sent these photos taken in her garden in Shetland. She has made the Isager Logstor Shawl which has been very popular in kit form. It is lovely to receive photos from our many friends in faraway places who order from us via mail order. I am envious of Pam living in such a spectacular part of Scotland and in an area famous for its knitters!

Rosemary has had a burst of creativity inspired by Kaffe Fassett and assisted by James. many of you will recognise this pattern and the colour work method suggested by Kaffe. 


We have a wide range of workshops scheduled here at Oxford Yarn Store during the coming autumn months, check out the full listings on our website at www.oxfordyarnstore.co.uk/workshops.

Coming up soon we have the following clases with spaces available:

Continental Fair Isle Knitting
Sunday 15th October
10.30am to 4.30pm

Learn how to knit Fair Isle in the round using; circular knitting needles; the magic loop technique; corrugated rib; knitting holding different colour yarns in each hand using English and Continental knitting techniques combined.

Skill Level: For intermediate knitters or confident and well practiced beginners.  You should be able to cast on, knit and purl and be comfortable with simple knitting patterns - but no previous experience of Fair Isle or circular knitting is required.

Materials:  You will need a pair of 4mm, 80cm or 100cm long circular knitting needles.  Sample yarn to practice with is supplied.  A Fair Isle hat pattern is also supplied, you will need 50g each of a least two colours of DK weight yarn for the hat.
Cost:  £48.00
Improvers Crochet
Saturday 21st October 
10am to 1pm

This class is ideal for those who know the basics of crochet and who want to develop their skills. Following on from Learn to Crochet you will learn more about reading crochet patterns and making more complex designs as you start on a simple project.

Skill Level:  Moving on from beginner to intermediate level.  This class is suitable for anyone who has started crochet (for example on one of our Learn to Crochet classes) and is ready to move on after some practice of the basics.  You should be familiar with basic crochet sttiches including chain, single, double and triples. 

Materials:  You will need a 3.5mm, 4mm and 4.5mm crochet hook.
Cost:  £25 
Professional Finishing Tehniques
Saturday 28th October
10.30am to 4.30pm

Rowan tutor Avril Best teaches you how to give your work a professional finish - tension; cast on methods; shaping techniques; button holes and picked-up edges; bands, collars; short-row shaping and three-needle cast-off for shoulder seams; blocking and pressing; putting in sleeves and sewing up using mattress stitch.

Skill Level:  Intermediate knitters wanting to improve there overall knitting techniques and achieve a professional look to their hand knitting.  You shoul dbe comfortable with general knitting techniques (cast on, knit and purl, increase/decrease) and able to read typical knittting patterns.  

Materials:  You will need 4mm knitting needles and to bring with you two knitted squares (10 cm by 10cm / 4 inches by 4 inches, knit in stocking stitch in DK weight yarn).

Cost:  £48.00
Colour Work Knitting
Tuesday 31st October
10.30am to 4.30pm

We will explore alternative knitting techniques that can be used to introduce colour into our knitting - covering slip stitch and intarsia methods.

Slip Stich is a great technique for the beginner colour work knitter as only one color is ever used per row of knitting and yet beautiful two colour rows are the end result!

Intarsia is an amazing technique that allows the knitter to use an unlimited number of colours per row in their knitting.  All intarsia knitting is single thickness so there is no carrying of strands to deal with.  Popularised by the likes of Kaffe Fassett, once mastererd Intarsia opens up a realm of knitting possibilties. 

Skill level:  Well practiced beginners or intermediate knitters.  You should be able to cast on, knit &purl and be comfortable with simple knitting patterns.  All knitting is done flat on straight needles in this class.

Materials:  You will need 4mm kntitng needles.
Cost:  £48.00