Friday, 26 August 2011

Lovely Little Rover

In this busy season of new patterns and yarns, one of the stand out baby books to come into the shop has to be the new Sublime Book 653 "The Ninth Little Sublime Hand Knit Book". It has 13 designs in the always beautiful Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK for boys between 0-3 years. Sublime patterns are quite often my favourite anyway but this book combines their usual good taste with some very cute colourwork that is often only found on more girly patterns. Our favourite in the book is the slightly more quirky "Rover" jumper (pictured above) and Susan had the fun of knitting it up to put on display. It's such a great contrast to the very classical patterns in the rest of the booklet and would be a fun addition to any little man's wardrobe.

Monday, 8 August 2011


Just a quick update to show you my finished Obsession cardigan from Whisper by Kim Hargreaves. The Rowan Classic Siena was lovely to work with and I'm so pleased with the end result!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Summer Socks

We were so happy to receive a lovely photo from one of our online customers today showing her latest project. Margaret from Chichester has completed her own summer sock project using the Regia 4 Ply. Perhaps she was inspired by Susan's Blog post about holiday knitting! They look beautiful; I'm sure whomever she knitted them for cannot wait to wear them.

Here in the shop we're all getting excited about Jeanette Sloan's upcoming workshop on Turkish Heel Socks and can't wait to see this interesting method of turning a heel. We still have places available in this workshop if you'd like to join us. It is held in our Stirling shop and we do provide lunch and a 10% discount in the shop to everyone who attends.

(Images from left: knitted socks by Jeanette Trotman; Crofter Chunky yarn; socks from Sirdar pattern 9135)

If you're like me and the idea of turning a heel on 4 pins sounds a bit terrifying without Jeanette there to help then there is no reason you still can't make fabulous socks. Sirdar have quite a few patterns for 2 needle socks. They are so simple and fun to do, I made loads of them last Christmas for the family. The only seams you end up with is one up the back and two small ones on the sides of the feet which take no time to sew up. I particularly liked doing the ones in Crofter Chunky as they were so fast to do and the patterns are wonderful.
(Sirdar Pattern 9206 in Crofter Chunky and 9135 in Crofter DK)