Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Stockings Knit in Hayfield Chunky

For the past few weeks I have been busily knitting all sorts of things for the holiday season. Socks, hats, cowls, you name it! One of my favourite things about being a knitter is that I get to give people special hand-knit gifts when Christmas rolls around. But in addition to all of my knitting for friends and family, I also took a little time to knit some festive Christmas stockings for my own home. 

To make these stockings I used Hayfield Chunky with Wool in Winterberry (red) and Cream for a traditional Christmas colour scheme. Hayfield Chunky was the perfect wool for this project, the stockings knit up so quickly and I only needed two balls of wool to make one stocking. I especially love how sturdy Hayfield Chunky is; I haven't stuffed the stockings quite yet, but I can tell the wool is going to be durable for many winters to come. Hayfield Chunky with Wool is also machine washable, so I'll be able to keep the stockings looking like new.

I didn't have a pattern for these stockings, so this project also marks the first time I've ever designed my own pattern. I got a lot of the inspiration for my design from the book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne and Carlos. I loved their Nordic design and traditional Christmas images. 

To any knitter interested in designing their own Fair Isle pattern, I say just go for it! Open up some knitting books or sift through your old patterns and let yourself be inspired.

Post by Leah in our Edinburgh branch

For more knitted stocking ideas, take a look at Scandinavian Christmas Stockings by Mette Handberg

Monday, 30 November 2015

Yarns We Love: Rowan Big Wool Silk

As a novice knitter, I was drawn to the lovely Rowan Big Wool Silk for my first ever project. Being 70% wool and 30% silk, this yarn has a beautiful sheen that gives it a delicate quality, despite being a super chunky weight.

 Big Wool Silk: Perfect for Beginners

My scarf knitted up in no time and it was very satisfying to see such progress as a beginner knitter. The super chunky weight also helped me to avoid and spot any mistakes. It also meant that my stitch movements were very pronounced, allowing me to see exactly what I was doing and understand the structure of the stitches.

I chose the rusty 'Book' shade - a beautiful colour that also looks cosy! I can't wait to show it off on the chilly Edinburgh streets.

 The full range of shades. Clockwise, from top: Journal, Song, Book, Note, Verse, Raffia

I would recommend this yarn to any knitter, but particularly beginners who want to start out with something that will knit fast and still look classy!

Post by Ila in our Edinburgh branch.

Monday, 23 November 2015

McAree Crochet Along: Making Up

It's the final week of our Crochet Along with Carol Meldrum, and today we're going to show you how to put together all the squares to make the final project!

How have you enjoyed our first Crochet Along?  We'd love to see the results if you've been taking part, so please do send us pictures of your finished projects!

If you've missed any of the patterns, they will still be available through our website, blog and Ravelry pages.