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Off on a knitting adventure!

Well friends, this is a note in haste as I am on the hoof. I'm off to Denmark tomorrow morning leaving St Pancras station in London at 7am on Eurostar to Brussels. I will arrive in the north of Jutland on Sunday evening to meet up with the knitting gang destined for our Isager knitting retreat. Tomorrow, on the first leg of the journey, I will stay overnight in Hamburg. Such is the life of someone who is petrified of flying. Instead of the hustle and bustle of an airport and the wholly unnatural experience of travelling in a metal tube at an unnatural speed, I shall instead relish each of the 956 miles from here to Tversted in the leisurely comfort of the European rail network. And I can knit as much as I like en route! 

Like much of the country we had a torrential downpour at the close of Knit Club last evening. Raindrops as large as cricket balls fell in a deluge that saw us wading up North Parade Avenue to find our cars and bicycles. If this weather continues, stay indoors and knit is our advice.

Come rain or shine James will be very pleased to see you whilst I'm away. On Saturday of next week - June 9th - we still have places on our immensely popular and very useful Rowan workshop 'Professional Finishing Techniques' with Avril Best (see below for full detials). In fact we have much to entice you to North Parade Avenue.   

James surprised me today with a lovely gift to go away with. He claims that it's his first proper crochet project, a lovely shawl knitted in Isager's Bomulin. Great colours eh?





I'm off to get packing. See you in two weeks!

Happy Knitting and Crochet

Karen

Karen has also just knitted this summer top K (Knit) from the new Helga Isager pattern book, also called K (Knit).  It is knitted using 2 strands held together of Isager Bomuld and Alpaca 1 yarns, it is also knitted sideways from cuff to cuff for an interesting knit.



2 customer knits

Laura has knitted this  "Churchmouse Yarns and Teas Poncho". It is knitted with Isager Alpaca 2 and Alpaca 1 yarns help together. It has a fabulous texture and drape and is light, warm, luxurious. Both yarns have fantastic meterage.



Catrin has knitted this "All in a Row" hat using West Yorkkshire Spinners Blue Faced Leicester DK yarn.



Sandra has knitted these beautiful cabled socks.

3 LAINE MAGAZINE ISSUE 5: NOW in stock

The latest issue of the very beautiful Laine Magazine (spring / summer 2018) is now in store.

Call us on 01865 604112 to order your copy.

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.

Laine Spring/Summer 2018 includes:

• 10 patterns by wonderful designers: Sachiko Burgin, Bérangère Cailliau, Thea Colman, Sus Gepard, Marie Greene, Jonna Hietala, Clare Mountain, Susanne Sommer, Lene Tøsti and Veera Välimäki
• a portrait of Ysolda Teague
• an interview with Rosa Pomar
• "my story" by Nathan Critchlow of Twisted Fintch
• a Q&A with Vânia O. of Two Hands Textile Studio
• seasonal recipes
• a travel guide to Edinburgh
 
 
4 Workshops coming up in june at oxford yarn store

Coming up at Oxford Yarn Store in June we have the following workshops.  Call 01865 604112 to book  a place of to find out more information.
 

Professional Finishing Techniques
Saturday 9th June
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: This class is suitable for intermediate knitters (you should be comfortable with knit and purl stitche, casting on and off, and basic increases and decrease stitches and be comfortable with reading simple patterns).

Materials:  You will need to bring with you two knitted sample squares (each being 4 x 4 inches and knitted using double knit weight yarn and using stocking stitch).  You will also need a pair of 4mm knitting needles, a tapestry needle and a pair of sharp scissors.


Price: £55.00
Colourwork Knitting
Tuesday 12th June
10.30am to 4.30pm


We will explore a couple of knitting techniques we can use to introduce colour into our knitting including slip stitches and intarsia. Develop an understanding of the basic techniques used to achieve beautiful two-coloured knitting. Knitting will be done 'flat' on straight needles.

Skill Level: This class is suitable for intermediate knitters (you should be comfortable with knit and purl stitche, casting on and off, and basic increases and decrease stitches and be comfortable with reading simple patterns).

Materials:  You will need a pair of 4mm knitting neeldes.

Price:  £65.00 (includes two 50g balls of Rowan DK yarn
Introduction to Brioche Knitting
Sunday 24th June
10.30am to 4.30pm


Brioche is a beautiful stitch that creates a soft, draping and warm knitted fabric and is therefore currently a popular technique to acquire. In this class we’ll learn the basic principles of working Brioche in one and two colours. Experience needed: basic knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing.

Skill Level: This class is suitable for intermediate knitters (you should be comfortable with knit and purl stitche, casting on and off, and basic increases and decrease stitches and be comfortable with reading simple patterns).

Materials: You will need a pair of 4.5mm, 60cm long, circular knitting needles.

Price: £65.00 (includes two 50g balls Rowan DK yarn)