Continental KNitting!

Knitting is the perfect antidote, as we knitters know, to most of life's disruptions. Last week I set out by train for Budapest. After taking Eurostar to Brussels, I deposited my knitting and other worldly goods in Left Lugagge at the Midi station and happily explored the city, spending a few delightful hours at the Musee des Beaux Arts. My onward connections through Germany to Munich, aiming for the 11.30pm overnight train to Budapest, then began to go awry when I was informed of delays. I would not arrive there before 1.30am. In Cologne I was instucted to go to the information desk on arrival in Munich (open in the middle of the night - just imagine!) where I would be issued with vouchers for a hotel (!) and could continue my journey the next day. I was offered packets of biscuits and a complaint form. Thank goodness for my knitting is all I can say. As we rolled on towards Bavaria my panic at the prospect of a late night escapade was abated as I became engrossed in the shawl that I am knitting from Laine 6 magazine. As luck would have it the overnight train from Munich to Budapest had also been delayed and was departing at 2.15am. I caught it with five minutes to spare! The others in my sleeping compartment gave me less than a warm welcome. Having been asleep for a couple of hours they mistook me for an intruder. But that's another yarn.

In Budapest I was reunited with my son who, after three months there, navigates the city as though he has done the knowledge. As we toured around, taking in all of the sights as well as galleries, monuments, churches, synagogues, a fernicuar, coffee houses, concert halls, markets, thermal baths, 'ruin' bars - you name it - my 25 year old son emerged as a true Europan with international friends, a desire to learn the language and to explore all of the things that bring people together in this magical city on the Danube. On the way home we had a day in Vienna with Sachertorte at Hotel Sacher and the Vienna State Opera in the evening before the overnight train to Munich and the long, wonderful journey back across Europe with time to knit and reflect. This is the knitter's way to travel!

Back in the Store the knitting season is in full swing. Next week it is the 100th anniversary of the World War One Armistice. Do come and visit us to see on display Karen Cox's extraordinary knitted quilt that commemorates her ancstors who lost their lives in the Great War. Karen will be in the Store next Saturday November 10th from 2 - 5pm to talk with people about the inspiration for and creation of this wonderful memorial.

Hope to see you soon. Happy Knitting!


  Pre-order now: New pattern book from Marianne Isager

We are taking pre-orders for the beautiful new pattern colletion from Marianne Isager:

Twelve Knitted Sweaters From Tversted.

The book has one design for each month of the year, inspired by the nature around Tversted, the village in North Jutland where Isager is based. Kazuyo Imai, a Japanese artist and a very dear friend of Marianne Isager, often visits Tversted and she has beautifully illustrated the book with water colour paintings.

Call us on 01865 604112 or email to reserve a copy.  They should be with us later next week.


  customer knits

There are lots of customer knits pictures this week, and we have many more, so some that we have will feature next week!

Penny has knitted this wonderful jacket 'Birch' from Helga Isager's The Artisan. It combines four lovely Isager yarns, Isager Tweed, Silk Mohair, Alpaca 2 and Highland. The yarns are relatively fine and create a knitted fabric that is deceptively light weight but warm, like many Isager garments. Perfect for this time of year! We just love the shades that Penny has chosen to combine.

A simple but handsome crochet beanie, a first project from Harry. Yarn used is Rowan Hemp Tweed.

More hats!  A beanie knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Shtland Croft by Outi for Michael.

A pair of gorgeous baby jackets knitted by Janet in Baby Cashmerino.

James has knitted this hat and cowl set using West Yorkshire Spinners new chunky roving yarn Re:Treat.  1 ball of each colour was enough for both the hat and the cowl.  Both patterns feature in the Re:Treat pattern book.

Sheila has finished knitting her Arne and Carlos designed hat she started in their recent workshp at Oxford Yarn Store.

Laura has knitted this chunky cowl using a hank of HedgeKnits hand dyed yarn from OYS.  We will have more Hedgeknits yarn in stock very soon.

Caroline recently attended the Continental Fair Isle knitting workshop here at OYS and has now finished this beautiful hat knitted using two shades of Rowan Cashmere Tweed yarn.

Look out for a shawls special feature of customer knits next week!  Keep sending you pictures in too!

  workshops coming up

There are spaces on a couple of weekday workshops coming up in early November covering Brioche and Colourwork knitting.  

Call 01865 604112 to book!  Or to find out more information!


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: Thursday 8th November 

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.

Colour Work Knitting

Learn the basic techniques used to achieve beautiful two-coloured knitting. We will explore a range of knitting techniques that can be used to introduce colour into knitting including slip stitches and intarsia. Knitting will be done 'flat' on straight needles.

Date: Tuesday 13th November

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm 

Price: £55

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

Materials Needed:  4mm knitting needles and two balls of DK weight wool in contasting colour. Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK or Rico Merino DK are rececommended.

  cashmere tweed sale continues

Our 20% off offer on Rowan Cashmere Tweed will continue in November.

In store or by mail order (call 01865 604112 or email

Just two balls makes this beautiful cable patterned hat.

Cashmere Tweed was £7.50 per ball, just £6.00 until 27th October 2018.  Please note the yellow is now sold out!

Composition is 20% cashmere and 80% wool and is a double knit weight yarn.