Happy new year! our January sale continues!


JANUARY SALE - 20% OFF ALL YARNS UNTIL SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY!

SELECTED YARNS DISCOUNTED 30% - 50%!

ROWAN MAGAZINES AND ISAGER PATTERN BOOKS ON SALE!

A very Happy New Year and best wishes for an auspicious 2019. We hope that everyone has had a good Christmas holiday period - we cannot wait for evidence in the form of a deluge of customer knits' photos to show off everyone's Christmas projects! I managed to make several hats for gifts as well as a sweater (knitted for my husband under his nose without his guessing!), two pairs of fingerless mitts and a huge Rowan Big Wool scarf to insulate my son against a winter in Budapest.

Who can believe that it's already 2019?!  I was watching a sci-fi film with my family the other evening, it could have been Blade Runner, trying to follow the plot whilst happily knitting, when 2019 appeared on the screen. This was the date of a dystopian future as imagined back in the 1980's. And now here we are, dealing with chaos of a more terrestrial kind than predicted by Ridley Scott and co, as we finish off the mince pies and think about getting back to what passes for normal. 

James and I are very busy with the January Sale. There are lots of bargains with 20% or more off all yarns until Saturday. What happier way to start the new year than by lining up your projects for the rest of the winter! Our sale will continue after the wekend but do come soon for the best bargains.

Hope to see you soon. Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Karen

KNIT CLUB AND LATE OPENING CANCELLED THIS EVENING
Please note that there will be no Knit Club this evening, Thursday 3rd January, and that we will close at 6pm instead of staying open late until 8pm. Normal opening hours resume from tomorrow.

  Rowan Knitting Magazines - half price!

A new special offer in our January Sale - all available Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazines are HALF PRICE!  Offer covers issues 60, 61, 62, 63 and 64.  All were £12.50 and are reduced to £6.25 (valid until 12th January 2019).

 

  25% off selected isager books!

Also available until 12th January, we are offering 25% off selected Isager pattern books.  The books included in the sale are as follows:

The Artisan by Helga Isager (was £19.99 reduced to £14.99).


K (Knit) by Helga Isager (was £19.99 reduced to £14.99).

Room 606 by Helga Isager (was £19.99 reduced to £14.99).


The Map Collection by Helga Isager (was £19.99 reduced to £14.99).

ALJ by Marianne Isager (was £19.99 reduced to £14.99).



12 Knitted Sweaters by Marianne Isager (was £22.00 now £16.50)

Daexel (Men's Knits) by Marianne Isager (was £15.99 now £11.99)

  customer Knits

Suzie has knitted this fabulous version of the Halo Spots jacket by Kaffe Fassett in Rowan Felted Tweed Yarn. She used the Intarsia knitting technique to create the classic Kaffe Fassett look of this garment.  Intarsia knitting is covered in our forthcoming Colourwork Knitting Workshop here at Oxford Yarn Store on Sunday 27th January so now is the perfect time to have a go! Call 01865 604112 to book a workshop.





Penny has knitted another Taliesin sweater in two shades of Louisa Hardin's Amitola. This is a lovely wool/silk yarn. Only 4-6 balls are required for this lovely light-weight sweater, currently on sale for £7.95 per ball in a fantastic range of variegated shades.





Here is a lovely baby blanket knitted in Rico DK yarn in shades that replicate the Hudson's Bay blanket that was popular in North America from the Fur Trade era onwards.

  workshops in january and early february

It's workshop season here at Oxford Yarn Store and we have lots going on this 'term'.  Full details are, as always, found on our website (www.oxfordyarnstore.co.uk/workshops) but coming up in January and early February we have:

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 12th January 

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.

Colourwork 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.

Sunday 27th January

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate knitters, you should be comfortable with basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit and purl).

Price:  £55.00

Materials: You will need 4mm knitting needles and two 50g balls of DK weight yarn in contrasting colours.

 

WORKSHOPS IN FEBRUARY 2019

 
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. Please note that knitting is taught right handed and using the English style.

Saturday 2nd and 9th February

Time: 10am to 1pm  

Price: £40

Skill Level: No knitting experince is required.  

Materials: Knitting needles and practice yarns are included.





















 

Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting

Learn Fair Isle stranded colourwork knitting in this class by mastering the basic skills needed to tackle two colours per row including -  understanding written and charted Fair Isle patterns; stranding yarns; Fair Isle tension and dealing with ends.

Saturday 2nd February 

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Price: £30

Skill Level: Intermediate level, you should be comfortable with basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit, purl). 

Materials: 4mm knitting needles and two 50g balls of yarn in contrasting colours.
Introduction to Steeking

Learn how to knit Fair Isle in the round and steek your work - literally cut it open in the Shetland tradition. As you are always knitting the front of the work his method allows you to knit a flat piece (e.g. a throw) or a garment with an opening (e.g. a cardigan) in the round. We’ll take you step by step through the process to ensure a happy outcome.

Saturday 9th February

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Price: £30

Skill Level:  Intermediate to experienced level, you should be comfortable knitting the Fair Isle / stranded colour work technique in the round on a small circumference. 

Materials: 50g of contrasting colour WOOL yarn in two shades.  There wil be a small amount of pre-knitting to do before the class in preparation.  4mm circular OR double pointed needles to knit a small circumfrenece in the round, 3mm crochet hook and sharp scissors.
Learn to Knit Socks in a Day!

Learn to knit socks in the classic style, using 4mm double pointed needles and working top-down from the cuff to the toe.

In just 1 day we will explore; knitting in the round using double pointed needles (DPNs); turning a heel; shaping for the ankle and toes plus grafting using kitchener stitch for a seamless finish.

We will knit a double knit yarn sample sock on 4mm needles.

Sunday 10th February. 

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm.  

Price: £55

Skill Level:  Intermediate level, you should be comfortable with basic knitting techniques (cast on, knit, purl). 

Materials: You will need 50g of double knit weight yarn and a set of 4mm double pointed needles.