Monday, 25 November 2013

Our Christmas Windows

Deck the halls! Deck the trees! Christmas time is coming!

Here at McArees, we have been preparing for the festive season with gusto and great cheer and have decorated three beautiful Christmas trees, loading them up with knitted decorations. We thought we’d share some of our favourites with you…

Classic Bauble (from Toy Collection) This is a classic, stripy knitted ball that looks effective and is very quick to knit up (took me 25 minutes). The lovely new shade of Sirdar Ella (shade 12 Bombshell) is particularly good for Christmas decorations - it’s red and it’s sparkly! What more could you ask?
Christmas Wreath (from Advent Calendar) A little more work than the bauble, this is still really easy and you can choose any colour you like to wrap around the body of the wreath, making it an ideal for coordinating with an existing colour scheme. You could even scale up the pattern with a super chunky yarn, like Rowan Big Wool and 10mm needles and hang it on your front door.
Fruit (from Advent Calendar) It’s never been clear to me why ornamental fruit is considered a traditional Christmas tree decoration. Perhaps it’s something to do with the partridge-containing pear tree from that song about extravagant Christmas giving. Perhaps not. Either way, pears and apples are great fun to knit and after Christmas you can put them in your fruit bowl to keep the real fruit company.
Snowman in a hat (from Toy Collection) This wee guy basically looks like a snow sausage until you add the all important hat and face. Very straight forward to knit and you can really go to town designing wacky hats, or use any Innocent Smoothie hats that you may have recently purchased atop a fruity beverage!
Christmas Tree (from Christmas Special) Aww, a tiny tree! This is an ideal knit if you live in a tiny flat and don’t have space for a full size tree. It’s also suitable for anyone who just thinks Christmas trees are great.

Post by Heather

Monday, 11 November 2013

Twitter Competition Winner

Our Twitter competition is now closed and we're pleased to announce that our winner is Yvette's Knits (@yvettesknits).  Congratulations!

We'll be in touch on Twitter so that we can send you your prize.  Now you have the difficult task of choosing your shades...  I'm sure you'll cope!

Commiserations, everyone else, and thank you to all who took part.  Keep your eyes peeled for future competitions and offers on all our social media pages.  Maybe next time you'll be the lucky one!


Friday, 8 November 2013

Twitter Competition


Amore and Amore Shimmer are the latest additions to the Rowan Kidsilk Family.  Both consist of strands of the ever popular Kidsilk Haze in a chainette construction.  The yarn is luxurious with it's mohair-silk blend, and has the added bonus of being heavier in weight, which is great for beginners who would like to try knitting with mohair.

When knitted, the fabric is still light and lofty enough, but cosy, and soft against the skin still with the usual fluffiness of the Kidsilk Haze.  If you do find that you need to rip out some of your knitting, you'll be pleased to hear that Amore is much easier to frog than its delicate relative.  (Ask me how I know!)  At present, Amore and Amore Shimmer only have 4 shades in each range.  

You would be forgiven for thinking, "There's not very much yarn on a ball!"  Amore has approximately 42 metres per 50g ball and Amore Shimmer has only 37 metres.  As it turns out, there's actually quite a lot you can do with less than 50m of yarn!  Take a look at some of these beautiful designs by the Rowan Ambassadors - each one knits from just one ball, and the best part is all the designs are available for FREE!  (You can find them all by following the "Click for Free Patterns" link on the Amore and Amore Shimmer pages on our website.)

Designs in Kidsilk Amore

Designs in Kidsilk Amore Shimmer

In addition, Rowan have released the Kidsilk Amore Collection containing a further 8 designs by Lisa Richardson, including shawls, wraps, hats, wrist warmers and a relaxed short sleeve sweater.  You'll be spoilt for choice!

To celebrate this lovely new yarn, we are giving away four (yes FOUR) balls in total.  The winner will be able to choose whether they would like Amore or Amore Shimmer, or a mixture of both, and whatever shades they like.  We're running this competition on our Twitter page - you can find us there @mcadirect.

In order to enter you need to do the following by midnight on Sunday, 10th November, 2013:
1.  Follow us on Twitter
2.  Retweet our competition tweet (the one that features the picture below)
3.  Reply to us @mcadirect to let us know you've entered and use the hashtag #McaComp


Terms and Conditions
1. There is no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
2. The competition will close at midnight (GMT) on Sunday, 11th November, 2013.  After this time, no further entries will be permitted.
3. The names of all successful entries will be added to a prize draw and the winner will be drawn from a hat at random.  We will notify the winner by DM on Twitter.
4. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
5. This competition is being run by McAree Brothers and McA Direct, and is not endorsed by any social network.