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Equestrian Knitting Advice - Oxford Yarn Store



EQUESTRIAN knitting advice!

A person's attitude to knitting is indicative of their attitude to life, don't you think? A customer flew in recently on a mission to find some yarn to complete a half-finished baby's sweater. Unfortunately the yarn she had been using had been discontinued. Despite her chagrin, she busied herself with finding the closest match with the single-minded confidence of Miss Marple on a mission. Holding aloft a ball of yarn, which we both assessed as reasonably close to the original, she declared 'Well! As my mother used to say, a man on a riding horse would never notice that!' Now there's a gung-ho approach to knitting that one can only admire.

There has been a very favourable response to the man's sweater shown in last week's newsletter that I am knitting in Rowan Felted Tweed Aran from Martin Storey's splendid 'Journeyman' men's collection. In 10 days I have finished the back and the front and the first sleeve is well under way. This is by way of encouraging those who like colourwork and have never knitted a garment using the slip-stitch method (where you only ever use one colour in a row, unlike Fair Isle or intarsia) to give it a go. I thought that I was leaving it rather late to knit a sweater in time for Christmas but hey presto! There is one row where the slip stitch got a bit muddled (see below) and I am asking myself if it would distract a man on a riding horse. There is always Swiss darning of course to cover a multitude of errors.

We hope that as the evenings draw in and winter begins to take hold that you enjoy your knitting and crochet. Come and see us for ideas and inspiration and to show us what you are making and do remember to send photos! 

Happy Knitting


We have 2 spaces available on Saturday morning's (tomorrow's) Learn to Crochet class.  Great for absolute beginners - no crochet experience is needed at all - or anyone wanting to refresh dormant skills!  £30 (includes all materials)>
Call 01865 604112 to book a place (or two!).

Next date - Tuesday 27th November 6-8pm
See you there!

We are always happy to order in yarn for our customers from our suppliers. When we contact you to let you know that it has arrived would you kindly acknowledge that you have received the message? We currently have a backlog of customer orders awaiting collection and it helps us to know that the message has been received and that you will be in to pick up your yarn.

There are some lovely yarns still on sale -

Super chunky and soft - a blend of wool and alpaca. Reduced from £8.95 for 100g to £6.95 (a reduction of more than 20%).  Sale price applies to all available shades in stock*.

This yarn is ideal for hats, scarves and cowls that are quick to knit up on big needles.  


A luxurious double knitting yarn from Italian Adriafil - 60% wool and 40% camel. 20% off RRP. Sale price £7.15 for  50g (was £8.95). Perfect for accessories and garments.  Sale price applies to all available shades in stock*.



A special offer on this beautiful yarn from Rowan. Valley Tweed is 100% British 4-ply wool and spun in Yorkshire.  Many great patterns for knitting with this yarn.

Was £8.95 for 50g, reduced to £7.15 in the sale (20% off). Sale price applies to all available shades in stock*.


We have three shades left in this discontinued yarn from Danish company Isager.  A blend of wool and silk this yarn was £7.50 for 50g, and is reduced by 25% to £5.50 for the sale. Sale price applies to all available shades in stock*.


Discontinued shades of the aran weight alpaca and wool blend yarn, Lana Naturelle from Adriafil are reduced by 20% from £5.50 for a 50g ball to £4.40.  The sale price applies to marked discontinued shades only of this yarn as shown below*.


Discontinued shades of the 4-ply / sport weight baby alpaca yarn, Sierra Andina from Adriafil are reduced by 30% from £6.95 for a 50g ball to £4.95.  The sale price applies to marked discontinued shades only of this yarn as shown below*.

  EXCITING new sock yarn!

Perth from the Queensland Collection is a stunning range of self-striping sock yarns with a large helping of antipodean colour!  Perfect for the self striping shawl patterns that are all the rage at Oxford Yarn Store.  £9.95 for 100g (400m).


  customer knits

Beautiful Peerie Flower mitts knitted by Sandra in Jamieson's Spindrift yarn.  Just in time for the cold weather!  Pattern is by Kate Davies Designs.

Penny has knitted these two lovely jumpers (below) for her daughters in Adriafil's Lana Naturelle Inca yarn (a worsted/aran weight alpaca and wool blend).  
Penny says: My daughters expect demonstrably equal treatment even in their late twenties, so I knitted the same sweater in different combinations of Adriafil Lana Naturelle Inca.
The pattern is from a Patons book (Wardrobe Essentials no 3841, if you want to track it down).

Cairney has almost finished knitting her wonderful, personalised version of the the Dee Hardwicke "A Story in Yarn" heirloom quilt in many shades of Rowan Felted Tweed yarn.  Most of the panels have been designed by Cairney herself, but you can knit the original version from Dee's original book, available in store.

With a heavy frost this morning James and his partner Jonathan took no chances and got our their thick Fair Isle knitted jumpers.  James in a yoked sweater (pattern by Brooklyn Tweed called Grettir) - West Yorkshire Spinners Croft Colours Aran yarn would be perfect for this) and Jonathan in a hybrid pattern cobbled together by James from various sources in Rowan Felted Tweed Aran yarn.

James's trusty winter scarf knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed yarns, the patterns are an homage to Kaffe Fassett.

  Handknitted items for sale

We have a small range of hand knitted items for sale in the store, mostly hats, scarves and other accessories.  Perfect for the cold weather or as unique gifts.  Here are some current examples available (when they are gone they are gone, never to be repeated!)


We also have a wide range of West Yorkshire Spinners ready made socks in their Country Birds range plus some fun Christmas patterns.  Ideal stocking fillers!

Anyone looking for something a little bigger, we are now selling two of our Oxford Yarn Store blankets (both hand knitted by James).  A wonderful one-off opportunity, come and see them in store if you are interested or call us on 01865 604112 for enquiries or mail order.  Both are quite large, as you can see below, they hang over the table top in the shop.

First is this slip stitch blanket in a honeycomb pattern knitted in a beautiful Noro yarn. 

Second is this stripe detailed blanket with a blue trim knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted yarn.


  Toy knitting and Stuffing!

We have these delightful woodland animal toy knitting pattern books in stock.  Each contains 6 patterns for different animals and are only £4.99 per book.  The perfect accompiament to Oswald Owl the knitted cushion!

We have the perfect shades of Rowan Alpaca Soft DK yarn with which to knit them, plus plenty of bags of toy stuffing in stock.  Everything you need in fact!