1 workshops for autumn 2018

Finally!  We have listed our autumn 2018 programme of workshops on our website (click HERE for the full listings so far).  A leaflet will be available in a week or two, we'll let you know when that is in store.

We have a wide range of classes available for all levels of knitters and crocheters from absolute beginners through a whole host of intermediate level skills to something for those wanting more of a challenge.

Coming up first in September we have:
 

Learn to Crochet

Crochet is versatile, portable and a great way to create lovely garments, throws and accessories. You will learn the basic crochet stitches and how to read a pattern as you create the classic crochet building block - a Granny Square!

DateSaturday 22nd September

Time:  10am to 1pm

Skill Level:  No experience needed.

Price: £30 (or £50 for both sessions when booked together with an Improvers’ Crochet class this term).

Materals:  All materials are included including a crochet hook to keep.

Improvers Crochet

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.

Date: Saturday 22nd September  

Time: 2pm to 5pm  

Price: (£30) (or £50 for for both sessions when booked together with a Learn to Crochet class this term.

Skill Level:  Confidence with basic crochet stitches (chain, double and treble).  A Learn to Crochet class is an ideal class to take before this class if you cannot crochet or want to refresh the basics.

Materials:  You wil need a selection of medium size hooks (3mm, 3.5mm and 4mm) and yarn for a project you plan to go on to make or want supporting in starting in the class.  Sample yarns to practice with are provided.
 

Knit Nurse Night!

If you need general help and support with your knitting then the Knit Nurse is here to assist!  Come along to our new evening supported knitting sessions where you can get help and advice on a whole range of small knitting queries and problems and where you can also enjoy an evening of social knitting with support on hand. 

Date: Tuesday 25th September:

Time: 6pm to 8pm. 

Please note that booking is essential. 

Price: £10

Skill Level:  This is a supported, problem solving knitting session.  You will be working on a project you need help or support with.  Please discuss your needs when booking.

Materials:  Bring the current project you want help with.

Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting

Learn to make Fair Isle patterned stranded colourwork knitting in this class. You will master the basic skills needed to tackle two colours per row stranded knitting including -  understanding written and charted Fair Isle patterns; stranding yarns; Fair Isle tension and dealing with ends.

Date: Saturday 29th September

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: £30

Skill Level:  Intermediate knitting, you should be comfortable with knitting basics (cast on, knit and purl).

Materials: You will need 4mm knitting needles (any type, but we will be knitting flat) plus 50g each of two colours of DK weight yarn.  

 

Magic Loop Knitting

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 of knitted tubes such as socks, sleeves and mittens.  We will practice the technique by making a pair of simple wrist warmers.

Date: Saturday 29th September

Time:  2pm to 5pm

Price: £30

Skill Level:  Intermediate knitting, you should be comfortable with knitting basics (cast on, knit and purl).

Materials: You will need a pair of 4mm, 80cm or 100cm circular knitting needles plus 50g of DK weight yarn.

All classes listed are open for booking now so have a good browse and decide on your autumn timetable.  Learning was never this much fun at shool!

We have a very special surprise workshop not yet listed - we will announce this next week once all final arrangements have been made with Rowan - but save the date!  Sunday 7th October 2018.  Who could it be????
 

2 opening hours and knit clubs

Pleae note the following ammendments to our opening hours next week:

Monday 27th August - we are CLOSED for the bank holiday.

Thursday 30th August - we close at 6pm and there is no Knit Club that evening.

Christmas Knit Club - Next meeting is on Wedneday 12th September, 6pm to 8pm.

3 pompom magazine issue 26 - the moon issue in stock now

The latest copy of Pompom Magazine is now in stock. It features a wealth of patterns inspired by the moon.

As autumn nights close in, we spend ever more time with the moon. Pom Pom Issue 26 features dreamy knits that call to mind moon phases, clear nights, lunar eclipses, and all that is beautiful and mystical about our piece of silver in the sky.

We asked our designers to go moon gazing, and so we bring you our lunar collection. Featuring sweaters, wraps, mitts and a hat, we know you’ll find plenty to keep your fingers busy while you moonbathe. We have gone for a mix of rustic and ethereal yarns, and you’ll see a fair bit of mohair, silk, and blends that glow.

Our resident columnist Anna Maltz muses on the cycles of age and we take a behind-the-snowy-scenes look at our shoot for Emily Foden’s Knits about Winter (coming soon in October). Emily also contributes to this issue with a how-to for her celestial garlands and you can ensure a full (moon) belly with Rebecca Lawrence’s pancake recipe.

We know you’ll love this issue to the moon and back! 
 

4 new shades of kidsilk haze

Four glorious, bright new shades of Rowan Kidsilk Haze have arrived!  Aren't they fabulous?


 

5 The fibre Fox hand dyed yarns

We are now stocking a small range of the absolutely gorgeous hand-dyed yarns from local dyer Georgina.  We have sock and DK weight yarns plus sets of mini skeins to delight you!

6 customer knits

Alice who visits Oxford once a year, and always includes us on her itinerary, has made these Goldfinch colourway socks using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply sock yarn.



We have a whole new flock of West Yorkshire Spinners Countrybirds sock yarn in stock, as well as the ready made socks in the same yarns.





Penny has knitted this version of the Shadow Shawl by Manos del Uruguay using one of their Fino Silk Blend mini skein sets and Isager Alpaca 2 yarns.



Penny has also knitted this cardigan from a vintage Kim Hargreaves pattern in Rowan Handknit Cotton.



Sharon has knitted this beautiful top in Manos del Uruguay Serena yarn, the pattern is Driftwood Tee (available on Ravelry).





Cathy has knittted this shawl, the pattern is Coffee Date on Ravelry, in cotton yarns.