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A Perfect Time to Knit! - Oxford Yarn Store
  the perfect time to knit!

The beginning of September provokes mixed emotions. It's the end of summer (was it really only a few weeks ago that we were gasping through a heatwave?). The evenings hint at drawing in. There's a chill in the air that fuels limitless conversations about a change in the weather - as if it were totally unexpected rather than an inevitability. We feel relief at sending children back to school after a long summer break or mourn their absence if they are leaving home for uni or other pastures new. During the summer we can, if we choose to, spend our lives outdoors on beaches, allotments, al fresco with friends, at outdoor events, going places - much of which comes to a halt the moment you feel tempted to turn on the heating.

Now a knitter knows very well what to do in these circumstances. Knitting needles and crochet hooks are being taken up across the land as the seasonal urge proves irresistable. Nothing makes us happier here at OYS than to see old friends and to make new ones as people flock to take up their favourite pursuit as soon as the leaves begn to turn.

This autumn we have some lovely new yarns and patterns to share with you. I am especially excited about getting in new chunky (Re:Treat) and aran weight (Croft) yarns from West Yorkshire Spinners. We also have a stunning new batch of yarns from local Indie hand-dyer Fibre Fox. Soon to arrive will be a super chunky yarn from Hedgeknits that is also hand-dyed using natural plant dyes - foraged only recently from West Coutry hedgerows. Watch this space! Suffice it to say that we now have quite a range of British yarns that also includes Baa Ram Ewe and we are sure that you will love the new additions.

Do send us photos of your summer knitting if you are one of those who never stops, even in the hottest weather. You're in good company! My summer project was to finish this glorious sweater 'The English Patient' from a pattern by Marianne Isager. It is easier to knit than you might imagine, as is another sweater of Marianne's, 'Summer', knitted for us by Jenny - it's the second picture below.

We have a treasure trove of Isager patterns, including single ones, and kits made up for projects such as these. Discerning knitters come from far and wide to sample our range of Isager yarns and patterns and we are always delighted to introduce people to this superb Danish range. Both sweaters below are knitted in a fine yarn - Isager Spinni. I have to say that I have not had so much fun knitting in ages. 

Hope to see you soon -

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!



Knit Club is a time for customers of OYS to get together socially. It's always great to see what people are knitting with our yarns as we knit and natter.

Our Wednesday morning Knit Club is currently filled to the rafters and so we need to implement a booking system to keep numbers to a level that we can comfortably accommodate, especially since it take place during opening hours in our wee shop. This does not apply so much to the Thursday evening Knit Club which takes place in the evening when the shop is much less busy.

We are now asking Wednesday Knit Club members to let us know that they are coming via email by Tuesday afternoon on a weekly basis. If you don't hear back from us this means that you have a place. If the numbers are too high then we will let you know. There may be a different longer term solution as we don't like to turn anyone away, in which case we will let everyone know. And Thursday evening is always a possibility.

Most weeks the numbers are perfectly manageable so we hope that this should be fine with minimum disappointment incurred! 

  workshops coming up

With the knitting season well under way at last - we had a very chilly morning here in Oxfordshire today! - it is the perfect time to sign up for one of our knitting or crochet workshops. We have lots coming up over the next few months (check out the full listings on our website at or pick up one of our new leaflets available in store now).  Below are some of the classes coming up in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

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.  



Learn to Knit

This class is an ideal introduction to the basic skills needed to turn you into a confident knitter.  Over two sessions you will learn to cast on, make knit and purl stitches, decrease and cast off.  No previous knitting experience is required.

Date: Tuesday 2nd and 9th October

Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm  

Price: £40

Skill Level: No kniting experince is required.

Materials: Knitting needles and pracice yarns are included.

Easy Crochet Shawl

Use your basic crochet skills (perhaps learned in our Learn to Crochet class) to start making a simple but beautiful shawl. There are no complicated stitches or charts to follow, if you can make chain, double and treble crochet stitches you will love making this shawl! 

Date: Saturday 13th October

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: £30

Skill Level:  Basic crochet skills (chain, double and treble stitches) are requied.

Materials:  You will need a 3.5mm crochet hook and 200g (approx 750m) of 4-ply cotton or cotton/linen yarn.  Isager Bomulin or Rowan Summerlite 4-ply are recommended.

Introduction to Intarsia Knitting

Learn to knit the instarisa colourwork knitting tchnique in this practical workshop.  Open up a world of possibilities of multi-colour knitting, this techniques is often referred to as Picture Knitting as you ar able to knit quite detailed images into you knitted fabric.

Date: Saturday 13th October 

Time: 2pm to 6pm

Price: £40

Skill Level:  Intermediate skill level.  You should be comfortable with basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing).

Materials:  4mm knitting needles and a selection of colours in a DK weight yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed is recommended).

Introduction to Brioche Knitting

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. 

Date: Sunday 14th October

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm     

Price: £55

Skill Level:  Intermediate skill level.  You should be very comfortable with basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing) and confident with reading and following a knitting pattern.

Materials:  You will need a 4.5mm circular knitting neelde that is 60cm long.  You will also need two 50g balls of DK weight wool in contrasting colours. Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK or Rico Merino DK are rececommended.

Call us on 01865 604112 to book a place or to find out more information email us on

  laine magazine issue 6 in store his week!

The highly anticipated new edition of Laine Magazine is on sale from Friday 28th September at Oxford Yarn Store. You can order or reserve your copy now!  
Call us on 01865 604112 or email us on to reserve your copy.The cost of Laine 6 is £20 plus shipping if you would like it sent to you.
We also have previous Laine magazines in store while stocks last. 

Featuring 12 gorgeous patterns for women's garments and accessories, this sumptuous Finnish knitting and lifestyle magazine is a must for your collection.

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 Issue 6 for Autumn/Winter 2018 features:

  • 12 knitting patterns, beautifully photographed and illustrated
  • A portrait of designer Nancy Marchant
  • An interview with Hélène Magnússon
  • “My Story” from Manos del Uruguay
  • A Q&A with Kristin Ford, owner of Woolfolk
  • Seasonal recipes
  • A travel guide to Reykjavik featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop
  lovely New DK and Chunky yarns from adriafil

We have two new yarns in stock from our favourite Italian yarn company Adriafil.

First is the luxurious Camelpiu, which is a super soft blend of wool and camel fibres in a DK weight.  We have all eight shades of his range is stock.

We also have Morfeo a new chunky, melange yarn from Adriafl.  Available in 6 wintery shades, this yarn is perfect for autumn and winter acessories (hats, scarves and cowls) as well a chunky garments).  Morfeo is a blend of wool, alpaca, silk and bambo.

  fibre fox hand-dyed yarns

We recently started stocking hand-dyed yarns from Fibre Fox, an Oxfordshire based artisan dyer. We are delighted that these have proved exremely popular and now have more skeins of this gorgeous yarn in stock.  These are all unique colourways, so come and see for yourself what is currently available in store, including some lovely Christmas colourways!

  customer knits

Jen has knitted this cute baby jumper and co-ordinating hat using Rowan Baby Cashsoft Merino yarn.

Helen has been busy knitting both this Fair Isle throw from a Marie Wallin pattern called Sage.  Helen has also knittined the square shawl in the subsequent pictures using an array of colours of Isager Spinni yarn.  The pattern is Dusk by Grace Anna Farrow (available on Ravelry).

Both Cairney and Lynn attnded the 'A Story in Yarn Knit-Along' here at Oxford Yarn Store earlier in the year. The aim was to knit a version of the Dee Hardwicke heirloom quilt using Rowan Felted Tweed yarns.  Here are updates on both Cairney's (first picture) and Lynn's (second picture).  Aren't they amazing?  We can't wait to see the finished quilts!

  Teaching young asylum skers to knit in a local school

We have been contacted by Melanie Tuck, a teacher from an Oxfod secondary school, about the work that she is doing with young asylum seekers. We would like to help Melanie to set up an afternon knitting class at the school and would like anyone who is interested and may be able to volunter some time to go into the school to help teach knitting to get in touch.

Her's how Melanie describes the project:

Oxford Spires Academy runs Steps, a course for students aged 15-19 who arrive in the UK with little or no English. The majority are asylum seekers and refugees, some with families and some who have travelled to the UK alone. Our current students come from Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Brazil, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. Some are well-educated in their own countries but lack English; others have no prior schooling and are not literate. The Steps course aims to teach them English, Maths and elementary Science, and also introduce them to the wider curriculum and community through project-based work; in the past year this has included trips around Oxford, gardening, work experience and whatever else we can find that opens their eyes to a wider world! We would love them to learn some craft skills, or to develop the craft skills they already have, and for this we need the help of some enthusiastic knitters!