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Knit More - Stress Less! - Oxford Yarn Store
  Knit more - stress less!

Knitting is essentially a tranquil activity. Mindful, meditative, all that jazz. I know that I am preaching to the converted. People often share with us interesting studies concluding that those of us who engage with crafts reap health benefits, particularly psychological. So on that score we agree with the academics, which is great since we are overrun with them here in Oxford. Knit and stay calmer, fitter (you eat and drink less when knitting), more productive, creative, sociable and able to find your way out of a mess. Great for parliamentarians you'd think. (Just picture the House of Commons if that idea took off! "Order, ORDER!! - Is any honourable or right honourable member in possession of a spare cable needle?")

This is not to say that the eqilibrium of a knitter is not regularly challenged. One of our Knit Clubbers last week railed against the advice of all of us to unravel a good chunk of a top-down sweater to adjust an uneven shoulder seam. This week she thanked us for this advice (freely given by those who did not have to undo hours of work!), serving as a good example of biting the bullet in order to get something right. Many of the pitfalls of knitting can be avoided by coming to our Professional Finishing techniques workshop led by Avril Best who works for Rowan. She can really set you straight on all of the things that you don't like doing - sewing up etc - by teaching you methods that you may never have known about. See below for info on our upcoming workshop programme.

There are lots of great ideas for Spring projects. Come and have a look. This is one consolation if the dreary weather continues into the Easter holidays in the UK. I am looking forward to starting the wrap inspired by Cyd on her recent visit from Arizona. Here are the 8 shades of Alpaca 2 that I have chosen. The choice was so difficult that in the end I picked the colours of some of my favourite fruit and veg! Here as well is Cyd again in her version of this easy but stunning poject.





Happy Knitting

Karen

We have received a number of lovely new sample garments from Rowan and here we are modelling some of them:

First is the Sedge cardigan by Martin Storey knitted in Rowan's new British wool and alpaca blend yarn, Moordale.



Second is the Kirkin wrap by Sasha Kagan knitted in Rowan Summerlite 4-ply and Kidsilk Haze yarns, featured in the new Rowan Spring and Summer 2019 Knitting and Crochet Magazine. Kirkin is beautifully light to wear.





Here is the Dali wrap knitted in Rowan Cotton Cashmere, another wonderful accessory from the new Rowan Spring and Summer 2019 Knitting and Crochet Magazine.





James is wearing Barton a Hooded cardigan knitted in Rowan's new summer yarn, Denim Revive (made from recycled denim), which features in the Ocean Blue pattern collection by Martin Storey for Rowan.





  interpretations Volume 6

Interpretations Volume 6 the latest publication from Pompom Press is now in store.  Call 01865 604112 to place an order if you cannot come in to see us.



Interpretations Vol. 6 is another magical and heartfelt collaboration between Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki. Like each Volume before, the 6th Volume includes six themes, six words with two designs inspired by each word, showing a personal take on each of these themes. 

This year the photo shoot was set in charming Barcelona and we had the honor to have Jonna Hietala taking all the pictures for this book.

 

  workshops in May

We have published our timetable of workshops for May 2019 (these are listed below and can also be viewed on our website at www.oxfordyarnstore.co.uk/workshops ).

Call 01865 604112 to book a place or to find out more information.

Double Knitting

Double knitting is a fantastic technique for creating a double-layered, squishy fabric with no unsightly wrong side. It can be worked in one or two colours, with reversible colour patterns on each side. We will work a sample pattern which can be used as a pot holder.

Date: Saturday 18th May 

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Skill Level: You should be comfortable with both knit and purl stitches and casting on.

Price: £55

Materials: You will need 4mm knitting needles and two contrasting shades of DK weight yarn.
Colour Work 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, fair isle and intarsia. Knitting will be done 'flat' on straight needles.

Date: Sunday 19th May 

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm 

Skill Level: You should be comfortable with both knit and purl stitches and casting on

Price: £55

Materials: You will need 4mm knitting needles and two contrasting shades of DK weight yarn.
Toe-Up Socks

Learn to knit toasty socks using the toe-up sock method over two evenings - casting on using circular needles; working in the round using the magic loop method; shaping the foot and turning a heel. 

Dates: Tuesday 21st May AND 11th June 

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm.

Price: £45

Skill Level: Suitable for confident knitters who can knit and purl.

Materials: You will need a 2.5m or 2.75mm circular knitting needles and sock yarn.

Professional Finishing Techniques

Learn how to finish your work professionally; cast on methods; shaping techniques; button holes; picked-up edges; borders; short-row shaping; shoulder seams; blocking and pressing; putting in sleeves; sewing up using mattress stitch and lots more!

Date: Friday 24th May  

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Skill Level: You should be comfortable with both knit and purl stitches and casting on.

Price: £55

Materials: You needd to knit 2 small squares before the class (both 10cm square, in double knit yarn, in stocking sitch) and bring 4mm knitting needles, sharp scissors and a tapestry needle.
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 25th May 

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 25th May 

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.