Final classes for 2017

Forthcoming Classes with Carol Meldrum, Designer and Knitting and Crochet Tutor

Sunday 3rd December 2017  –  Learn to Crochet for Beginners – 10.30 – 13.00

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum

Sunday 3rd Dec 2017 – Finishing and Sewing Techniques for Hand knits – 14.00 – 16.30

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For more information and to book online: https://v1.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

 

Knitting and Crochet Classes Autumn and Winter 2017

List of forthcoming classes, for more information and to book online and pay via paypal, please visit: https://v1.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres or pop into the shop and pay by card or cash.

September 2017

Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting in the Round with Carol Meldrum

Sunday, 24th September 2017 – 10.30 – 13.00

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October 2017

Learn to Crochet – Introduction to Basic Crochet Stitches with Carol Meldrum (Beginners)

Sunday, 29th October 2017 – 10.30 – 13.00

Learn to Crochet Granny Squares and other Motifs with Carol Meldrum (Beginners and beyond)

Sunday, 29th October 2017 – 14.00 – 16.30


November 2017

Learn to knit Fair Isle in the Round with Carol Meldrum – (Beyond Beginners)

Sunday, 19th November 2017 – 10.30 – 13.00

Steeking and Finishing your Fair Isle Knitting – (Beyond Beginners)

Sunday, 19th November 2017 – 14.00 – 16.30

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December 2017

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum – (Beginners)

Sunday, 3rd December 2017 – 10.30 – 13.00

Professional Finishing Techniques for your Handknits – (All levels)

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 14.00 – 16.30

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Christmas Holidays Dec 2016

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR

The shop will be closed on Christmas Eve 24th December 2016 from 2.00pm and will re-open in the New Year on Tuesday, 3rd January 2017.  

Online orders will not be fulfilled until my return on the 3rd January.

Please have a very happy and safe Christmas & New Year.

Please check the latest crochet and knitting classes at

www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Learn Tunisian Crochet in Edinburgh

Final classes coming up for 2016..

Learn Tunisian Crochet with Carol Meldrum – £30 – Sunday 11th December 2016 – 10.30 -13.00

Why learn Tunisian Crochet?  If you like your crochet fabric to look like a knitted fabric, then knowing how to use a Tunisian hook and a few basic stitches, can really help you speed up  making a wide range of projects quickly, from simple scarves, wraps, bags to larger home accessories such as blankets and throws.

Be inspired and learn a new technique, this course is suitable for people who know some really basic crochet.  You will learn how to use a Tunisian/Afghan crochet hook and the basic essential stitches and how to follow a simple pattern in this introductory class.

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Introduction to Free Form Crochet with Carol Meldrum – £30 – Sunday, 11th December – 14.00 – 16.30

Expand your basic crochet knowledge with this fun and inspiring Free Form Crochet techniques class with Carol Meldrum, Author and Designer.

Suitable for refreshers and  beginners with some experience  of basic crochet, who wish to be inspired beyond traditional crochet.

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Book online: www.bookwhen.cm/beinspiredfibres

Learn Two Handed Stranded Colourwork for Fair Isle and Scandinavian Knitting

DON’T MISS THIS One Day Colourwork Workshop Taught by Karie Westermann, Blogger and Knitwear Designer

Two Handed Stranded Colourwork with Karie Westermann

Saturday, 3rd December, 10.30 – 16.30 – Lunch included (£55), Suitable for Beyond Beginners.

This course will teach you how to knit continental style, holding yarn with left hand, compared to the English throwing method, stranded colourwork principles and techniques for both Fair Isle and Scandinavian knitting traditions, how to read a colour chart and understand colour theory.  You will also cast on for a small project in the round and practice the two-handed technique.

Book Online: www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

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Indie Burg Yarn Crawl 2016 and new arrivals

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Goodness, the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl is tomorrow!

To celebrate the occasion, there will be a 2% discount on all purchases on the day, however, some items are not included in this offer which include Woolly Originals handmade bags.

There is a sale on the following products which are now being discontinued from the shop

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Araucania Botany Lace – 100% Merino Wool, 100g/410m – £9.50 per skein.

Cascade Lana D’Oro – 50% Alpaca  / 50% Wool – 100g – 200m – £6.50 per skein IMG_3598

 

 

IMG_3600New arrivals in the shop include – Kate Davies’s new Book of Haps, don’t forget that she will be making an appearance and signing copies at Kathy’s Knits on Saturday, 11th June, which is also part of the Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl organised by Ginger Twist Studios.

 

header_logoI am now also starting to stock  Hedgehog Fibres – currently their Sock Yarn,  Skinny Singles and Mini Skeins.

 

Beata dyes her yarn in Cork, Ireland and covers the wide spectrum of colours, tones and moods.  IMG_3601She is immensely popular and has a wide international following.

I have been following her progress probably for over eight years, from when she was a very small indie dyer.   Her colours and choice of bases continue to inspire me.

She has some lovely free patterns on her website that knit really well with her hand dyed  yarns, but her yarns have really inspired many of Stephen West’s designs.

 

Upcoming Events

EYFpostStill unpacking from the weekend’s fabulous Edinburgh Yarn Festival, the Marchmont shop will be closed between Wednesday 25th and Monday, 30th March, re-opening on Tuesday 31st March,  as I will be working on the Lotus Yarns’ stand at H+H Cologne, a major annual trade show in Germany.

I will be opened on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th image001March from 10.30 – 5.00. Online orders will be fulfilled on my return on Tuesday.

colourworkpromoIf you missed Karie Westermann’s  class at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, she will be doing a one-day Two Handed Stranded Colourwork workshop  at the shop on Saturday, 18th April 2015.

Mini SocksAre you suffering from “the second sock syndrome”? Why not try knitting socks two at a time and from the toe-up, Becky Mead will be running a 2 x 2 hour class on the technique, which is scheduled for Sundays 19th April and 26 April from 2.30 – 4.30pm.

This is suitable for experienced knitters who are familiar with the magic loop technique with long circulars.

More information and booking info on classes can be found on www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres.

 

Yarn shopping and sightseeing in Manhattan, NYC

View from the Empire State Building

View from the Empire State Building

Last week, I was on  holiday in New York City with the family and in between the museum visits and sightseeing, I did manage to check out some of Manhattan’s local yarn shops.

You cannot go to New York without a visit to Purl Soho, which is situated downtown in SoHo, near Spring Street subway stop on Line 6.

If you are familiar with their blog Purl Bee, it is exciting to be able to see and touch their beautiful samples knitted up with their own brand of luxury yarns.  I went there twice, the first visit was a bit short, as I had the husband and kids in tow.  The second visit without the entourage was much more productive.

Purl Soho Yarns

Purl Soho Yarns

I was tempted by a few skeins of Loft and Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed for accessories, a very squishy skein of  Anzula – Cloud and a few skeins of Purl Soho own branded fingering line weight.

Yarns from Habu

Yarns from Habu

Habu, which is a few blocks from  the Empire State Building, was a research visit for me, as  I wanted to extend the Habu range in my shop.

Situated in a very tiny shared office suite, not far from Madison Square Gardens,  the showroom had  a good but limited stock of their current ranges.

If you are crazy about Habu, it is worth a visit, but it is a good idea to make an appointment before visiting, as it is more of an office rather than a shop and space is rather limited.  My kids and husband waited patiently in the lobby, whilst I was buying.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

String Yarns, is a 10 minutes walk from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this is definitely a designer yarn boutique – think “Vogue Knitting”!

There was a big table to park the kids and husband for a short browse around the shop, which had a good selection of Koigu. The shop has lots of natural light and on the second floor with floor to ceiling windows, which overlook Lexington Avenue.   They stock a selection of designer yarns and their own brand of luxury yarns.

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim

If you are visiting the Guggenheim in the Upper East Side, and are looking for some mainstream American brands alongside luxury hand dyed yarns and tapestry threads,  Annie & Co Needlepoint, is a local yarn and needlepoint shop which is a short walk away.  Annie & Co closes at 6.30, so there was time to finish a quick tour of the Guggenheim before closing time and still have about 30 min to browse.

The knitting world is really a very small world, as it turned out that one of the shop assistants at Annie & Co.,was going to be at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in a few weeks time!

Start the New Year with a Learn to Crochet One-Day Workshop

CrochetCrochet for Knitters – Taught by Karie Westermann, Saturday, 24 January 2015.  10.30am – 4.30pm with lunch included

Reserve your place or book online at www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Are you a knitter who is mystified by crochet? Fed up seeing knitting patterns that use crochet? Feeling slightly scared by using just a hook to create thing?

This one-day workshop will teach you the essential stitches, read a crochet pattern, understand crochet terminology and then show you just how crochet can be applied to your knitting.

The possibilities are endless: you can use crochet as a finishing technique, embellish your knits, lend structure to your knitted projects and secure steeks.

Two Handed Stranded Colourwork Knitting Techniques

One-Day Workshop with Karie Westermann, Knitwear Designer & Consultant

For Advanced Beginners  and Experienced Knitters

Sunday, 12th October 2014 – 10.30am – 4.30pm – Lunch included – Course Fee £53/£55, materials are not included, but there will be 10% discount on the day for purchases for the class

colourworkpromoPlaces are still available, reserve your  online at: www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibresLast opportunity to book!

What is two handed knitting?

There are many good reasons for wanting to use the Continental style of knitting: it is fast, it is efficient, and it is brilliant for colourwork!

This class focuses on knitting colourwork using both hands and two different knitting techniques at the same time!

You will learn how to knit and purl Continental style and we will also take a look at yarn dominance and colour theory. (Please note this is not a learn-to-knit workshop but rather a workshop for English/throwing-style knitters who are looking to expand their arsenal of techniques and also for those who already knit continental to practice using the English method.)

About the teacher: Born in Denmark and currently residing in Scotland, Karie Westermann is a creative and multi-talented knitwear designer, knitting and crochet tutor, and translator. Karie has an impressive portfolio of collaborators including Rowan Yarns, Old Maiden Aunt Yarns, the Island Wool Company and the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. She is thrilled to be sharing her passion for Nordic knitting traditions and modern aesthetics with local knitters.