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Spring Surprise - Oxford Yarn Store
  Spring surprise

For a while this week we were given a taste of brighter days to come as temperatures rose to an unprecedented level for the month of February here in the UK. Although it's hard to set aside concerns raised by this seasonal ambiguity, we were offered a break from the turbulence of the times in which our fortunes are being cast. We needed the respite of an alternative headline.

Here at the wool face life goes on with much to distract us from any concerns about the future of imported supplies et al. The glorious yarns that have arrived from Rowan and from Juniper Moon Farm offer gorgeous palates and textures for Spring and Summer knitting. And never has there been a greater range of mid-season options of yarns and patterns, including some still on sale. Everyone likes a bargain!

It has been a great week for some of our favourite publications. Laine 7 is proving as popular as previous issues of this wonderful knitting pattern collection, giving an insight into Finnish life and knitting culture. (We have a limited number of back issues in stock.) I have begun a sweater from the new Laine magazine in Rowan Moordale and am loving both the yarn and the pattern. There is some steering ahead! The new issue of PomPom magazine was released yesterday and is also wonderfully inspiring. It is a joy for a knitter who was introduced to the craft in the 1960's to share the excitement of contemporary trends and global collaborations that these publications provide. Come and have a browse of these and other new patterns.

Whatever the weather we always aim to provide a warm welcome at OYS. If in doubt -knit. That's our default position. It is the best way of maintaining one's equilibrium as we wait for signs of Spring.

Happy Knitting

Karen.

PS: Upcoming workshops with availabiliy include:
 

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 9th March 

Time: 2pm to 5pm   

Price: £30

Skill Level:  Confidence with basic crochet stitches (chain, double and treble).  

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.

Knitting in the Round

Learn to knit in the round using circular knitting needles.  We will look at how to start knitting in the round, how to avoid mistakes and will begin to knit a simple cowl.

Saturday 23rd March

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: £30

Introduction to Entrelac Knitting

Entrelac is a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern and the result resembles basket-woven strips of knitted fabric.  It can be knitted in one colour and is also very effective if several colours are used when knitting in entrelac stripes.  Basic knitting skills only are needed.

Saturday 23rd March 

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Price: £30

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

Materials: You will need a 4mm knitting needles and x2 50g balls double knit weight yarn in contrasting colours.

  customer knits

Sarah has knitted this beautiful sweater, it is C6 (Cable 6) from Helga Isager's pattern book K (Knit).  The yarn is Isager Spinni and Alpaca 1 held together, with the welts done in Isager Tweed.  



  shop projects

James has knitted the Tettagouche Hat from the new pattern book edited by Kate Davies, Milarrochy Heids.  The yarn used here is Isager Tweed which is the perfect substitute yarn for these paterns.









Karen has finished knitting her simple Kidsilk Haze scarf.  You need three balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in three colours.  Cast on 90 stitches on 5mm needles and knit until you have used up all three balls.  Incredibly simple but incredibly stylish.  Even on James!



  Pompom magazine issue 28

The new issue of Pompom Magazine is in stock!