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Back to reality!

Don't you find that when you return from a trip to the cut and thrust of daily life it can feel as though you have never been away? It has been all go this week at the wool face since I returned from my holiday late on Monday night. The sunny Iberian peninsula was just delightful but I do give thanks for having a job to which I am happy to return.

Now with autumn lurking around the corner, we begin to adjust our habits as the days become cooler and, if you're like me, relish the idea of seasonal pursuits such as making sloe gin and submitting to the seasonal urge to pick up your knitting needles and/or crochet hook. This summer's heatwave was a deterrent to even the most hard-core knitter but now the ideal conditions prevail. 

I did take a number of projects with me on my train journeys to and from the Algarve. From London I traveled by Eurostar to Paris. Then by TGV down through France, including along the Atlantic coast as we meandered past Biarritz into Basque country. From Hendaye in the Pyranees I took a night train to Lisbon and the next day on to Faro where I met my husband who had flown in that morning. We continued the short train ride together to our destination at the eastern end of the Algarve. Now the burning question, I know, is how I got on with my knitting en route, having boasted before I left of the plethora of projects that I was taking with me. Well, I was very pleased to complete the top-down sleeve of an Isager sweater that I have been knitting for ages. I tried it on when I got to Tavira and found that it was too big! I had knitted it on 3.5 instad of 3mm needles. So I had to undo it and make it again. How humbling it is - and infuriating - to make such a basic error. Kntting a rather complicated sweater on small needles has taken a long time but with any luck you will be able to admire it in next week's newsletter.

Thanks to all of you who support OYS whether your knitting is seasonal or year-round. Do come and see us as we have lots of lovely new yarns arriving and patterns galore including many that are on sale.   

Happy Knitting and Crocheting

Karen

Memo of our next meeting to Christmas Knit Club folk - 
Wednesday 12th September 6-8pm

PS - we have a small number of customer knits pictures to include next week, so if you have aything to show off please do send us a picture!

  west yorkshire spinners - croft shetland colours

New in today is the first of two beautiful new yarns from British yarn company West Yorkshire Spinners.



Croft Shetland Colours is a sister yarn of the gorgeous Croft Shetland Tweed range launched by West Yorkshire Spinners in 2017.  Croft Shetland Colours comes in a range of beautiful solid shades which perfectly complement the original tweed range.


This lovely yarn is accompianied by a new pattern collection by renowned designer Sarah Hatton.  The Croft Shetland Collection features 14 designs for garments and accessories for all of the family.



 

  A Croft Shetland Tweed reminder....

We have received a new sample garment from West Yorkshire Spinners in the Croft Shetland Tweed yarn and Vicky from The Produce Store next door is modelling it here for us.



This pattern is featured in the original Croft Shetland Tweed Collection.

  West yorkshire spinners Re:Treat Chunky

The second new yarn in store today from West Yorkshire Spinners is Re:Treat Chunky.



Re:Treat is a chunky roving yarn spun from Bluefaced Kerry Hill fleece and it comes in 11 solid and two marled shades.
 



The Perfect Re:Treat is a collection of 12 designs for women's garments, accessories and for the home by Georgia Farrell, all using Re:Treat Chunky.