Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February Newsletter

Waiting, waiting, waiting.......

...we are all very excited and desperately waiting for the arrival of our winter stock which will be in store in the next few weeks or so.  With Alpaca mixes, beautiful soft merinos and some amazing and very funky new yarns I just won't know where to start....

Hmmm, I suppose I should finish off what I am knitting at the moment which is the cutest overcoat in the Millamia Naturally Soft Merino yarn, and I must say it is such an enjoyable yarn to knit with. This soft merino yarn has really filled the gap in the 5-ply area: their colour range is from soft pastels to vibrant solid colours, and there are 3 books available with great designs for babies, toddlers and kiddies up to 5 years. Coming soon!

Meanwhile, I guess there must be something in the water as there are lots of new babies and baby bumps here in the Southern Highlands. With that in mind, how about knitting for a new life at the start of a new year? Come and get some inspiration, we have some beautiful pattern books for baby clothes and blankets.

Something for the older kids too…

Rowan’s latest Kids book has 19 fresh designs for 5 to 12 year olds to ooh and aah over.  It's great to find a book that has cool styles for boys as well as girls: we love this unusual butterfly-adorned bolero, and the smart v-neck "cricket" sweater.

Knitting Workshops

With our Wednesday ladies back and really into the swing of knitting again, there are a few interesting projects being knitted in our circle. Three girls have started on their first pair of socks using dpns and with the magical Opal and Noro sock yarns they look fab! Two other girls are learning the art of short row shaping with a swirly scarf pattern using the gorgeous Noro Silk Garden yarn, and last but not least one gal is determind to finish off a jumper thats been around....hmmm, let's say, a wee while, before starting something new (although I see her brain ticking as to what her next project will be).

Crochet News

Last month's crochet workshop was a great success: the girls learnt to crochet mini granny squares in the most vibrant of colours, and once completed they crocheted them together to make a small rug.  We will being scheduling in another beginners crochet workshop within the next couple of weeks so please keep an eye on our website for the date/time etc.

Here is my fandabidozi crocheted bag that holds my latest crochet project, it is inspired by Lucy at Attic24. The pattern is very simple to follow and another good excuse to have fun with colour. I used Fibranatura Sensational which is a lovely 100% superwash wool of which we stock an extensive colour palette. We are offering a 10% discount on this yarn for the rest of February, so don’t miss out on this great price!

Happy knitting,
Jill & Emma.