Happy christmas knitters!

Now that we are into December, the average knitting speed increases commensurate with how much Christmas knitting we are aiming to finish. The general good humour that characterises life at the woolface becomes desperate if expectations of what we can produce is not managed, working at twice the rate of Santa's elves. James and I are here to give you ideas for things that can still be knitted quite quickly - lots of accessories for a start: hats, fingerless gloves, scarves and anything involving chunky or super-chunky yarn.

Here are some gift ideas for the knitter or would-be knitter in your life, including you!

YARN BOWLS
Wendy Fowler has been supplying us with her beautiful pottery yarn bowls for a long time. Now that she is retiring we have taken delivery of her very last batch of them. They come in two sizes, large and small, either plain or decorated with houses.




GIFT VOUCHERS
These come in denominations of £10, £25 and £50 with which we can make up any amount you'd like and can post them to you or to the recipient if you wish. They can be used for anything in the Store as well as for workshops and classes.

SHAWL PINS
We also have a selection of Wendy Fowler's shawl pins that are most attractive and vey useful. They are £15



YARN KITS
We have hat kits starting at £10;  Manos del Uruguay Silk Belnd gradient yarn kits; luxurious Rowan Sultano cashmere, silk and mohair hat and cowl kits; a wide range of Isager garment, shawl and children's garment kits; as well as the possibiliy of making up a kit to suit your taste.





FABULOUS YARNS
Luxury yarns make fabulous presents. Popular at present is Fibre Fox locally hand-dyed yarns in 100 gram skeins that start at £19.99. Perfect for socks and shawls. There are lots of others that also make ideal gifts.





BOOKS



Many of our books make lovely gifts. These include
Laine Magazines - beautiful pattern books with stunning designs - and the odd recipe thrown in for good measure. The very best of Finnish knitting.

Isager pattern books - We have a great relationhip with Marianne Isager's Danish company and have lots of their beutiful books in Stor, including 2 published in 2018. We are also the only UK stockist of the entire range of Isager's fabulous yarns. The embodiment of Danish Hygge!

Knitting Outside the Box  by Bristol Ivy. A wonderful exploration of her design process with fabulous projects and a lot of design know-how.

Arne and Carlos - books signed by the authors on their recent visit to OYS! A wealth of expertise on Nordic Knitting.



We alo have a wide range of pattern books including all of th Rowan range and many books on knitting and crochet techniques.

SOCKS!
West Yorkshire Spinners' wonderful socks made using a Blue Faced Leicester yarn are the perfect gift for £15.95. Th yarn is reared, sheared and spun in Yorkshire - the best of British. The socks come in sizes 3-5, 6-8 and 7-11 UK sizes and rplicat th colours of British birds.


 

Happy Christmas Knitting

Karen

Next Thursday 13th December there will be a Night Market on North Parade Avenue with food, stalls, music and much fun from 4.30pm - 10pm! It is our regular Knit Club evening until 8.30pm AND the shop's 6th birthday on December 12th so do drop by as we will be in celebratory mood!

Karen has been cracking on with her own Christmas Knitting and has finished her slip stitch patterned jumper for her husband.  James (not Karen's husband!) models here.  Yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed Aran, the pattern is Curtis by Martin Story featured in the Journeyman pattern collcetion from Rowan.



 
  new pompom knitting books

We have two beautiful new pattern books from Pompom Publishing in store now.

First is Knits About Winter by Emily Foden which features 12 knitting patterns for hats, mitts, socks and garments, all guaranteed to keep you warm.


Second is Knithow which features 10 simple knitting patterns for accessories and garments plus a wealth of guidance and tips for beginner knitters.  

 

  customer knits

Jenny has knitted this fabulous cardigan from the Isager pattern Coral, knitted with Isager Highland Silk yarn.






Zick Zack scarves from Fiona and Andrea.  This pattern (free on Ravelry) has been a big hit during Wednesday morning Knit Club recently.  These versions are in discontinued Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding yarns but we have plenty of suitable yarns including Fibre Fox hand dyed and Perth sock yarns that would work perfectly.





Fran sporting her new hat and fluffy pink pompom.  We have lots of pompoms in stock, perfect for topping off wooly hats.





Jess has crocheted this cover for a chocolate orange!





Fran has knitted this handsome cabled cardigan for her husband.  Here our neighbour Pete from no.2 North Parade is modelling it for us.  The yarn is Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK and the pattern is Seaton from Rowan Magazine 61.





Ritva has finished knitting this long coat using Malabrigo Arroyo yarn alongside some of her own Finnish yarns.

  workshops - now and next year!

Our final workshops for 2018 are on Saturday and we do have spaces available on both, so call 01865 604112 to book a place!
 

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!

Date: Saturday 8th December 

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.

Saturday 8th December 

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.

Also, we have started adding our new workshop programme for January to April 2019 onto the website, see on the Workshops page at:

www.oxfordyarnstore.co.uk/workshops