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?


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.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Yarn Tetris

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Yarn Tetris Round One

When I started working in the Edinburgh shop last September, I realised pretty quickly that working in a yarn shop would be unlike anything I'd done before! There's so many unique things about the job - from searching the shelves for that elusive dye lot to tracking down patterns for dog hats. And of course, every day usually involves a round of my favourite game - Yarn Tetris.

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New (to us) shades of Jamieson & Smith Shetland 2 Ply Lace

For example, last week we received a very exciting delivery of the Jamieson & Smith Shetland 2 Ply Lace, in a beautiful range of colours that we haven't stocked in Edinburgh before! But since our shelves are always packed, to make room for all the new colours it was time for Yarn Tetris. We shift the yarns around until we find ourselves with an empty cubby hole - although sometimes it takes a little creativity, like turning all the balls of Rowan Fine Tweed on their sides so they take up less space.

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Rowan Fine Tweed now views the world from a new angle

Some yarns are easier to find a space for than others - the new Sublime Evie is wonderfully squishy and only needed three cubbies to show off all its shades! Others - especially with a big delivery like this one - take a little longer. But it's worth it when all the new colours are out on the shop floor, making a beautiful yarn rainbow.

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Sublime Evie: compact and beautiful

Post by Christabel in our Edinburgh shop