cause for Celebration!

This week we have been commemorating the success of the Suffragettes who, 100 years ago, earned the right to vote for women in this country, or at least for some of them. Now, a mere century later, we just have to sort out a few remaining issues of gender inequality - equal pay, freedom from harrassment etc etc and then we will really be able to congratulate ourselves. It's all very well to jump and shout when a woman does something for the first time - run for president, conduct the last night of the Proms, be permitted to drive a car! Personally I think it will be time to do that when these things cease to be newsworthy.

Meanwhile, down from the soap box, let's carry on knitting and crocheting as we wait for these cold, dark days of winter to pass. All sorts of new yarns are arriving from Rowan, Manos and Malabrigo and that's a cause for celebration surely. Come and see for yourselves!

One further cause to celebrate has occurred on the home front. My son has been awarded a scholarship to study piano for a year at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. I am grateful for the good wishes we received prior to his audition from those who have shown an interest in his progress and especially for the prayers from our friends at the Holy Nativity Convent in Massachusetts. I know that's what tipped the balance for him in the face of fierce competition.

Here's to another century or more of freedom for all to knit and collude as we put the world to rights.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!


By the way.... A friend of ours, Cathie, has a collection of some back issues of the Rowan Magazine. So do we. If anyone out there is interested in obtaining any of these archive copies then do get in touch.


  customer knits

Linda has crocheted this lovely throw using Adriafil Knit Col, a variegated DK yarn perfect for this project, creating vibrant colour changes within the crocheted blocks. The cream shade frames the crocheted squares and borders the throw beautifully.

Remember the gorgeous Kalahari Scarf knitted in Isager yarns? Well Outi has taken this design and created a beautiful sweater for her husband Michael. (We have the Kalahari Scarf avaiable as a kit.)

Here's another Isager yarn project - Fiona is knitting these stunningly simple but elegant cushion covers. She has completed two (beautifully finished with zips et al) and has four more to go. Given the stunning range of Isager shades - and the propensity many of us share for garter stitch 'TV knitting' - I'm sure that she is starting a trend here. If you have Marianne Isager's wonderfully inspiring book 'ALJ' you can look hers up and find the pattern Fiona is using.

n New from rowan for spring / summer 2018

Rowan's Sping / Summer 2018 season is now being launched and we have their gorgeous new Knitting and Crochet Magazine in stock.

We also have in stock Rowan's beautiful new summer yarn Cotton Cashmere.  This is a blend of 15% cashmere and 85% cotton which gives a luxurious, soft feel to knitted garments.  It is supported by the Cotton Cashmere Collection pattern book which features 11 designs by Sarah Hatton for women's garments and accessories.  There are full size garments but also beautiful accessories that use between 1 and 3 balls of yarn only.

Alongside Denim Lace which we launched last week, we also have one of Rowan's other limited edition yarns, Sultano, now in stock.

Sultano is a very luxurious blend of Silk (38%), mohair (38%) and cashmere (24%) and is an absolute delight to handle!  It is ideal for small accessory projects and we have free patterns available (with a purchase of this yarn) for cowls, hats and scarves that take between 1 and 3 hanks only of this beautiful yarn.

  New rowan pattern books

We have a whole host of lovely new Rowan pattern books in stock now as well as the lovely new yarns above.

Baby Knits:  11 designs from Quail Studio for ages 0-18 months using Rowan Baby Merino Silk

Bitter by Knit Hargreaves.  12 designs for women using Rowan yarns.

Cotton Crochet.  11 designs for women by Lisa Richardson and Jane Crowfort using Rowan cotton yarns.


n sale yarns

Our current range of sale yarns includes the following lovely bargains. Grab yours before they're all gone!

Debbie Bliss Aymara.
100% baby alpaca reduced from £7.95 to £5.95 for 50g (25% off)

Debbie Bliss Rialto DK and 4-ply
100% merino wool reduced from £4.95 to £3.95 for 50g (20% off)

Debbie Bliss EcoBaby
100% organic cotton reduced from £4.50 to £3.60 for 50g (20% off)

Noro Shinryoku
Wool and silk mix, multi-coloured aran yarn, reduced from £13.95 to £9.75 for 100g

Noro Janmoe
Wool and silk mix, multi-coloured DK yarn, reduced from £7.95 to £5.95 for 50g


The following workshops are coming up later in February and early March and have places available on them.
Call 01865 694112 to book a place.

Continental Knitting and Norwegian Purl
Saturday 24th February
10.30am to 4.30pm

In the class we will learn to knit the Continental way, which involves holding your working yarn in your left hand and using a ‘picking’ technique.  Once mastered, this style of knitting can be much quicker than the traditional English style.  We will also look at the Norwegian purl stitch where the yarn is held at the back of the work!

Skill Level: Intermediate knitting level, comfortable with casting on, knit and purl stitches and basic pattern reading.  Please remember you will be learning a new way of knitting!

Price:  £48 


Isager Entrelac Knitting Workshop
Tuesday 27th February
10.30am to 4.30pm

Learn the entrelac knitting technique used in many Isager patterns in this interesting workshop.  You will try out the technique on a pair of knitted wrist warmers using a specially designed pattern by Marianne Isager.

Skill Level: Intermediate knitting level, confident with casting on, knit and purl stitches and basic pattern reading.

Materials: You will need a pair of 3mm knitting needles.  All yarns for the class are provided plus an exclusive Isager pattern. 

Price:  £58 (includes yarn) 


Crochet Mandalas
Tuesday 6th March
10.30am to 4.30pm

Crochet in circles to make beautiful mandalas.  A change from traditional granny squares in crochet, mandalas are deceptively simple and fun to make.   Suitable for anyone who has mastered the crochet basics (slip stitch, double and treble crochet).

Skill Level:  Improving beginner or intermediate crochet level.  Must be comfortable with basic crochet techniques.

Materials:  You will need a 3.5mm or 4mm crochet hook. Yarns to practice with in the class are included.  You will need additional DK yarn  to make and complete additional mandalas.

Price:  £48.


Magic Loop
Saturday 10th March
10am to 1pm

Tackle the popular knitting in the round technique called the Magic Loop.  Used to knit small circumferences on long circular needles, the Magic Loop, once mastered, is a versatile technique that can be used to knit a range or knitted tubes such as socks, sleeves and mittens.  We will practice the technique by starting to make a pair of simple wrist warmers.

Skill Level:  Improving beginner or intermediate knitter level.  Must be comfortable with basic knitting techniques.

Materials:  You will need a 4mm long circular knitting neeldes.  Price includes x1 50g ball Rowan Superwash DK yarn.

Price:  £30 (includes yarn).
Saturday 10th March
2pm to 5pm

Explore the possibilities that knitting Fair Isle knitting in the round and steeking (literally cutting open your knitting) can offer. This method is quicker and better for your tension as you are always knitting the front of the work and it allows you to knit a flat piece (e.g. a throw) or a garment with an opening (e.g. a cardigan) in the round. Trust us it doesn’t ruin your knitting - generations of Shetland Island knitters cannot be wrong!  We’ll take you step by step through the process to ensure a happy outcome.

Skill Level:  Intermediate knitter level.  Must be comfortable with basic Fair Isle and in-the-round knitting techniques.

Materials:  You will need a 4mm knitting needles to knit in the round (either short or long (for magic loop) circular knitting neeldes or double pointed needles. Plus a 3mm crochet hook.

Price:  £25.

Call 01865 604112 to book a place.