Friday, 10 April 2015

Spring Competition is in the air

Spring is in the air, and the trees are starting to look very pretty with their flowers blossoming in the sunshine.  We're feeling inspired, so how about a competition?

All you have to do to enter is knit or crochet a flower and send us a picture.  This one in our picture was crocheted by Heather.  The prize?  Ten balls of Sirdar Cotton 4 Ply - one ball of each stunning shade!


You have until midnight on Thursday 30th April 2015 to send us your pictures and the winner will be announced on Friday 1st May.  Please send your pictures to skim@mcadirect.com.  Please note that we will share the pictures on our social media pages so that all our friends can see your wonderful creations.  The staff at McAree Brothers will vote for their favourite to win the prize.  Good luck!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015


Last weekend saw the return of Edinburgh’s favourite knitterly celebration of all things woolly: the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. For two days, Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange played host to the finest knitting and crochet delights the city has to offer, and we were delighted to be part of the action. The festival had a very positive, friendly atmosphere and it was wonderful to see the knitting and crochet community catching up with like minded folk who share our love of making beautiful things from beautiful yarns.

We ran into many good friends, incuding Kat Goldin from The Crochet Project - a delightful designer and talented tutor with one of the most inspiring blogs we know (seriously, check out www.slugsontherefrigerator.com) - and designer Karie Westermann (her excellent blog can be found at www.kariebookish.net), with an incredible array of gorgeous, literary inspired shawls. It was also lovely to catch up with the infectiously enthusiastic Carol Meldrum of Beatknit, who was teaching workshops throughout the weekend for the Teapot Trust. The success of her classes was in evidence from the high number of happy people seen milling around with cute little bird brooches afterwards! How lucky we are to have such talented and friendly tutors as these for our own workshop program (details of our upcoming workshops can be found on our website here: www.mcadirect.com/shop/workshops-c-82.html).


Returning home on Sunday (basically penniless but with a good supply of exciting new yarns), it was great to chill out and relax with a new knitting project but now, just a few days on, we feel like doing it all over again and are already looking forward to next year…!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Inject Some Colour Into Your Knitting

Stripes are the simplest way to introduce more colours to a piece of knitting. They’re also great for using up odd balls of yarn. Here are some excellent striped projects to celebrate this classic, colourful technique!




Top Row (L-R): Minnie from Sublime Booklet 676, Celeste from Rowan Magazine 55, Mina in Mirage and Bucaneve

Middle Row (L-R): Olle Socks & Mittens from Aran & Nordic Knits for Kids, Bag from Sublime Booklet 670, Tribe from Scarlet

Bottom Row (L-R): Imperial from Studio 23, Helene in Alpaca Silk 4 Ply, Matelot from Sublime Pattern 6013