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Knitting - The Best Relaxation - Oxford Yarn Store
  Knit and Crochet to relax! 

Choosing knitting to take with you when you go away on a trip is the hardest part of packing. There is knitting and crochet to match every mood, mode of transport and destination - wouldn't you agree? It's a difficult decision. I am considering what to take with me on my upcoming grand tour of Europe. I leave next week to visit friends in Paris before taking an overnight train to Budapest. After spending a few days there with my son, I will then travel by train up to Denmark to see our dear Isager friends for a 'Retailers Gathering' (aka a Danish jolly thinly disguised as a business meeting). Then home via Berlin - my favourite city - where I will spend a couple of days. In other words, a lot of train knitting time combined with some interesting visits. I am very excited on both counts. I'll show you my travel knitting in due course if you send us photos of yours.

To get the ball rolling - our friend Angelika who started the current craze for the lovely silk mohair scarf/wrap (using 3 balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze or Isager Silk Mohair) sent us this photo from her recent trip home to Canada. Simple garter stitch never looked so glamorous as in these scarves knitted on her travels for her friends! A perfect portable project requiring a mere 75 grams of yarn. 

Don't they look fab?!

This week is Mental Health Awareness week in the UK. Many people speak about the therapeutic benefits of knitting and crochet, as I'm sure you know. This item in the Independent newspaper last year made the following comments based on a study carried out by the charity Knit for Peace -

"There is an enormous amount of research showing that knitting has physical and mental health benefits, that it slows the onset of dementia, combats depression and distracts from chronic pain. A study conducted by Harvard Medical School’s Mind and Body Institute, found that knitting lowers heart rate, by an average of 11 beats per minute, and induces an “enhanced state of calm,” similar to that of yoga.

In addition to its calming effects, knitting can distract from chronic pain as focus is turned elsewhere. And the repetitive movements required to create a pattern release calming serotonin, which can lift moods and dull pain, according to the findings.

So there we have on good authority something we already know - knitting is good for you. The NHS should be encouraged to prescribe needles and yarn!

Happy Knitting


Thursday Knit Club cancelled next week....
There will be no Knit Club next Thursday evening when I am away. After that it will continue with James until my return on June 6th. It was decided that next week people would meet instead at the usal time at the Rose and Crown pub opposite the Store. Cheers!
  Pre-0rder Laine Magazine 8

Do let us know if you would like us to reserve you a copy of everyone's favourite Finnish knitting periodical. We know that it will be as wonderful as the previous 7 issues - all of which we will have in stock when they arrive this week. Laine 8's release date is May 31st

  customer knits

Do keep sending us your photos! Here are a couple of fabulous projects completed recently

First here's Rebecca in a cosy cowl knitted using West Yorkshire Spinners' Retreat yarn. The WYS pattern is free with a yarn purchase of this chunky yarn that comes in delicious shades. Christmas knitting methinks - never too soon to start! 

Next here is Penny in a wonderful sweater using a lovely Rowan yarn - Cotton Cashmere. It too comes in a fabulous palette of natural tones. The yarn is a delight to knit and this summer sweater is just swell.


These are classes for crocheters with some experience - perfect if you are looking to learn new skills or to work on a project. There will be 'mini masterclasses' teaching new areas of crochet techniques and lots of patterns to choose from to work on your own project. These will be geared towards summer projects: bags, shawls, toys and clothing. 

Tutored sessions led by Niky Quartermain at fortnightly intervals on the following dates:

Tuesday Afternoons   2pm - 4pm
June 18th 
July 2nd, 16th, 30th 
August 13th, 27th

at Oxford Yarn Store
Fee: £72 for 6 sessions (or £15 for individual sessions according to availability)

Call 01865 604112 to book