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Chunky Yarn on Sale! - Oxford Yarn Store
  Hand-dyed heaven and a chunky yarn sale for one week only!!

The highlight of the week was the arrival of a fresh delivery of Fibre Fox yarn. Hand-dyed locally in the most luscious range of shades, this yarn has become a firm favourite at OYS. The colours are so beguiling that they should carry a health warning - you may faint away at the very sight of them! Just looking at them makes you happy. Isn't that what it's all about? 

Twinkle Sock (below)

Silky Singles (below)

Merino Sock (below)

We also have a selection of hand-made fabric project bags in store from the Fibre Fox family.  Available in two sizes, each is beautifully made and all are lined and come with drawstring closure. 

Small bags are £20 each:

Large bags are £25.00 each:

After the drabness of winter, blossoms have appeared and daffodils trumpet the imminent arrival of Spring here in Oxford. Nature is catching up with us knitters who understand well the transformative power of colour in our lives and on our needles.

Let Storm Gareth rage to match the current national sentiment. The extension of chilly winter weather means that the inclination to knit something cosy persists and that makes us happy. In our corner of northern Europe, where we know a lot about meteorlogical mood swings, it's always wise to always have an extra layer within easy reach, whatever the season. There's no excuse for a knitter to be idle! 

With this in mind, and in order to make more shelf space for the upcoming Spring/Summer season's yarns, we are having a sale of chunky and super chunky yarns for one week only. You can help us clear the decks. See below for details of sale yarns.

We look forward to seeing you soon. Happy Knitting!



The following yarns are reduced by 20% until Saturday 23rd March. Some are available in limited shades and the offer is only valid on existing stocks in store.

Rowan Big Wool  100g reduced from £9.75 to £7.80.

Rowan Brushed Fleece  50g reduced from £7.90 to £6.32.

Adriafil Morfeo  50g reduced from £5.95 to £4.75.

West Yorkshire Spinners' Retreat  100g reduced from £6.50 to £5.20.

Hedgeknits hand-dyed chunky  250g reduced from £36.00 to £28.80.



Fibre Fox yarn is locally-dyed sock-weight yarn and it comes in sumptuous shades. It is ideal for a variey of projects, including accessories - socks, shawls and scarves.
We carry four types of Fibre Fox yarn all of which come in 100gram skeins:

Merino Sock - 75% superwash merino, 25%nylon  425m per 100gr  (£19.95 per skein)

Silky Singles 4ply - 70% merino, 30% silk  400m per 100gr  (£24.95 per skein)

Twinkle Sock Yarn - 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 5% Stellina  400m per 100gr
(£21.95 per skein)

Tweedie Sock Yarn - 85% superwash merino, 15% Donegal Nep  400m per 100gr
(£21.95 per skein) 

Here is a shawl that can be knitted using one skein
  oxford yarn store knits

Karen has knitted this luxurious but simple sweater in Rowan Sultano yarn. Sultano is a blend of silk, cashmere and mohair and is a chunky weight yarn currently on sale, reduced by 33%.  We have two shades left, a silver grey and a neutral (sadly none of the black Karen used!) 

The latest knitting craze here is this very simple wrap knitted using 3 balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.  Cast on 90 stitches on 5mm knitting needles and knit until complete!  Perfect for beginner knitters or for a simple project to do in front of the TV or while travelling. It is simple, stylish and the colour choices are almost infinite!

James has just finished knitting this colourful Fair Isle jumper using a variety of DK yarns.  It wasn't knitted to a pattern, though it is knitted top down, and the desgins were made up as he went along.  

  customer knits

Suzie has knitted this two colour brioche cowl using a combination of Rowan Felted Tweed and Fibre Co. Knightsbrisdge yarns.  The pattern is Adoration Syncopation by Steven West available on Ravelry.

Laura has knitted a smaller version of the popular Noro Hearts throw using Noro Kureyon yarn. Her month-old baby daughter Xanthe, clearly enjoys lying on it!

Penny has also knitted another fabulos version of the Noro Hearts throw seen below. Here's what she says about finishing the throw as, unlike others who have made it, she has created visible seams that frame each block creating a lovely effect:  "I knitted it in 5 strips, then joined them using a crochet hook. I then made chains across using a crochet hook to outline the squares. Then I made a crochet edge with 2 rows of double crochet."

We have a couple of Noro Hearts Throw kits still available in store. The kit includes nineteen x 50g balls of colourful Noro Kureyon yarn as well as the pattern. The full price for the yarn is £151.05 (at £7.95 per ball) and for the pattern, £4.95, making an RRP of £156.00. We are offering the full kit for £135.00 making a saving of £21.00!  There is limied availability so hurry while stocks last! 

Jenny is wearing a Fair Isle sweater that is made using Jamieson's Spindrift. Great colour choice and dazzlingly well-knitted!

Kate - our crochet guru - has made this lovely shawl using our favourie Aussie sock yarn, Perth. Kate teaches Learn to Crochet classes at OYS as well as Crochet Improvers where she could teach you to make this shawl!


We just love a poncho - there is one to be found for every season. Elspeth has knitted this Cloudberry Poncho from the Rowan Moordale pattern collection using Rowan's Alpaca Soft yarn. It looks wonderful to wear!

Susie has knitted two jumpers - see below. The first picture shows her sister Carol wearing a jumper knitted for her with Rowan Alpaca Soft DK. Susie found the yarn wonderful to work with and the pattern is to be foundon Ravelry: Heidi Kirrmaier's Top Down Sweater.
Susie's second knitting triumph is a sweater for her husband Jim. She has knitted it in Adriafil's Stella Alpina and the pattern is Huron from Brooklyn Tweed (also available on Ravelry).

  west yorkshire spinners Colour lab DK

Colour Lab from West Yorkshire Spinners is a new Brirish DK yarn which comes in a glorious arrary of colours and is supported by a fabulous pattern collection but is also a standard DK weight so can be used for any pattern calling for DK yarn.

Fantasic value at just £6.50 for 100g, which gives 225 meters of 100% British wool.

  international rescue!

We have received this request for help and information from a reader in Australia, it is not our area of experise but if any one of our many readers can offer help do let us know (we have also refered them to the Burford Needlecraft shop):

I am trying to find "someone" to help restore/preserve this petit point made by my grandmother, Erika Berkenau, in the early 1960s.

My grandmother lived in Headington until about 1960  and then in Ramsden village. She was the wife of a Dr Paul Berkenau who practised principally at the Warneford. Born in 1902, she was an accomplished needleworker (and all round craftsperson) to the point that, it is my understanding, this rug was a "shakedown" for a larger work that was destined for Coventry Cathedral.

I am pretty sure that the shop in " Ship Street run by a German gentleman" that you refer to on your website was the same one I would accompany her to when she bought wool, had rugs like this backed and stretched etc.  This would fit as both she and her husband were pre-war emigres from Germany.
What I am wondering is do you know of anyone who might be willing to take on a commission to do a restoration and conversion to a wall hanging.
Overall the item is in good condition except that the hessian backing has been removed. There are a couple of spots when there are some stitches (eg a small areas of 4 intersections of canvas)  missing but I suspect these could be sorted relatively easily.
I am also wondering if you have ever come across any other work or mentions of my grandmother (she died in 1976) in the Oxford - Whitney region? 

Thanks in advance