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.

Monday, 16 November 2015

McAree Crochet Along: Week 8

The final pattern in our Crochet Along with Carol Meldrum, and this time we're working in the round to create this Nordic-style Snowflake Square.

Stay tuned for next week when we show you how to put all your squares together to create the final project!  All patterns will still be available to download, and you can still purchase yarn packs through our website if you want to have a go.  

Monday, 9 November 2015

McAree Crochet Along: Week 7

A trickier pattern for Week 7 of our Crochet Along with Carol Meldrum.  Challenge yourself with our point to point Triangles Square.

You can still pick up yarn packs through our website, even though we're nearly at the end of our Crochet Along!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

New Knitting Workshops

Reading over the list of topics for our recently transformed McAree Craft Studio, I’m so excited about the new workshops we are now able to offer!

Brioche stitch (also known as tuck stitch) has really rocketed in popularity over the past couple of years and I’ve been itching for an excuse to learn. The squishy texture, the colour combinations, and the wavy, wandering stitch patterns look so warm and cosy, and it seems like brioche is the perfect stitch for knitting wintry scarves and cowls. Carol Meldrum’s Brioche Stitch workshop promises to be a colourful and creative day learning a great knitting technique.

Brioche Knitting or Tuck Stitch Nordic Traditions

One other really special workshop we have coming up is Karie Westermann’s class on Nordic Traditions. Karie is perfectly placed to teach a workshop about the knitting traditions of Scandinavia and the Nordic regions, as she is herself a full-time knitwear designer from Denmark.

This workshop is ideal for knitters who have some idea of how to follow a simple colourwork chart (if you’re not there yet, why not check out Carol Meldrum’s beginner class on Fair Isle Knitting in Stirling?) and will cover traditional knitting techniques from Norway, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands while you knit some beautiful wrist warmers. Karie will also be bringing her own inspiring samples of Nordic colourwork (oooooh!)!

If you’ve always wanted to know more about the history of colourwork knitting, or the traditional heritage of our beloved woolly craft, why not come along to this fun and informative class led by a colourwork expert? 

For a full list of our upcoming workshops, visit the Workshops page on our website.

Monday, 2 November 2015

McAree Crochet Along: Week 6

Week 6 of our Crochet Along with Carol Meldrum and today we're learning how to tackle tapestry crochet with the Tapestry Crochet Star Square.

Yarn packs are still available through our website if you'd like to join us!