Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Ideas For Fathers' Day

Fathers' Day is fast approaching, so we wanted to share with you our top 5 gift ideas. Whether your Dad can’t put his knitting down or relies on you for all his socks, we've got you covered.


1. For the father who has everything


From toilet roll pencil pots to macaroni covered Christmas decorations, you probably used to hand make all your gifts so why stop now?
With one 100g ball of Arne & Carlos yarn making a pair of socks, this is the ideal gift for anyone.



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2. For the father interested in history



Knitting for Tommy is a must-have addition to any amateur historian or knitter's book case. Published to coincide with the centenary of the First World War, it tells the story of those who knitted for the troops. It includes patterns, posters and copies of the adverts used to encourage people to knit for the front-line soldiers.


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3. For those who have a jumper for every occasion



Novelty Knits is the fantastic collection of jumpers compiled by Gyles & Saethryd Brandreth with, quite literally, one to suit every person and occasion. It really is the perfect Father’s Day gift.



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4. For those for whom a plain blue jumper will do every occasion...


... This collection might be more suitable. Dutch Traditional Ganseys by Stella Ruhe contains over 60 traditional designs, accompanied by the stories behind the Gansey tradition that allowed the fisherman to be easily identified to their home town.



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5. If in doubt there are always Gift Vouchers



Let him choose the colour combinations that will keep him happy... at least until next year.



Post by Alasdair in our Edinburgh shop



Thursday, 19 May 2016

"...What You Got Cooking?"

If you’ve popped into one of our shops, you’ll know our staff love to knit and crochet! Often it’s socks or samples of the latest yarns.

In Edinburgh, our attention has turned to something a little bit different.

Can you guess what it is?




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What about this one?




Need a clue?




Don’t worry we’re not reestablishing as a bakery. Our window display from July will be “Bake Off” themed and we were so excited to get started on these little creations we started now.

We will keep you up to date here as our crème de la crèmes begin to take shape.

All that’s left to say is “Ready, Steady…. Knit”.




Post by Alasdair in our Edinburgh shop

Monday, 9 May 2016

Fionnuala's Baby Blanket

Today we wanted to share with you Fionnuala's latest project: this gorgeous baby blanket from Sirdar pattern 4528, knitted using Rowan Cashsoft Baby.

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"I started in pink as my friend told me she was having a girl. I struggled a bit with the butterfly but got it in the end, then I got a message to say they got the sex wrong!

I decided I was not going to rip back the butterfly but leave it and do the other blocks in different colours. I redesigned the blocks in the pattern, using a heart and pussycat instead and ending with a blue block with motorbikes. (They are biker friends after all!)

I have not blocked out a blanket before, so used these KnitPro Knit Blockers along with Blocking Mats and it has definitely given the blanket more definition."

The soft shades of this yarn work perfectly together and the final blanket looks absolutely brilliant. Well done, Fionnuala.