Indie Burgh Craft Crawl – Saturday, 17th June 2017

17632403_1822783801309316_5999974746427057753_oThe annual Indie Burgh Craft Crawl organized by Jess at Ginger Twist Studios is fast approaching and at the same time, we are also approaching our 4th anniversary!

  • There will be a 10% discount on all Noro and Lotus luxury yarns  on the day.

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A selection of modern crochet patterns beautifully photographed and produced by the Crochet Project team.

 

 

The latest issue 13 from Amirisu has also just landed.

Delicate Merino by the Walk Collection has recently arrived, hand dyed in Germany by Cathrin Walk, her colours are just stunning and her yarns are just really beautiful to work with.  The Delicate Merino is a strong heavy lace weight / light fingering and each skein comes in 100g / 600m, perfect for lightweight shawls and garments.

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Blocking wires by Lazadas and Knit Pro Knit Blockers

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New Lanark Wool and Silk Blend DK from New Lanark Mills, a world heritage site and a working spinning mill based in Lanarkshire, Scotland

Back in stock:

Chiaogoo Twist Mini Sets,  their medical grade steel interchangeable needles with super flexible cables are beautiful and comfortable to work with.  Needle tips included are – 1.5mm, 1.75mm, 2.00mm, 2.25mm and 2.50mm and it also comes with a little mini tool kit and 3 mini cables – 60cm / 80cm /100cm.

All 3 volumes of  Making magazines – Flora, Fauna and Dots are now back in stock, as well as Yokes, Book of Haps and Colours of Shetland by Kate Davies.

There will also be yarns from local indie hand dyers –  Knit Cosmic Strings,you will need to be quick, as their yarns disappear very quickly!

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Re-stock of the lovely seaweed eating sheep wool from the North Ronaldsay Island.

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New in the shop – Knit Cosmic Strings

Delighted to be stocking a new Edinburgh based indie dyer in the shop – Knit Cosmic Strings.isla_280x280.20498525_ntmgd13n

The team consists of Phu and Bea, both are biologists by day, but completely bitten by the hand dyeing bug, they spend their evenings creating amazing hand dyed wool!

I discovered them on Instagram and Etsy and I am amazed how they have managed to develop such a beautiful and contemporary range of hand painted yarns in a very short space of time.IMG_3805

Their colourways remind me of the beautiful patio gardens dotted around Marchmont, the Meadows and the Grange, where the shop is located.IMG_3807

 

 

 

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Indie Burg Yarn Crawl 2016 and new arrivals

REVISED Yarn crawl passport BACK REVISED Yarn Crawl Passport FRONT

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.

 

Wollmeise now available in the shop

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If you missed out on the amazing Wollmeise stand at this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival,  do not despair, as their beautiful and intensely dyed yarns are now available to buy in Edinburgh in my shop.

Be Inspired Fibres is located in Marchmont near the Meadows and the University of Edinburgh’s main campus and about a 15mins walk from the Royal Mile/Old Town.

Wollmeise Wall at Be Inspired Fibres

Wollmeise Wall at Be Inspired Fibres

Rohrspatz & Wollmeise is a highly sought after hand-dyed yarn brand, which was started up by Claudia Höll-Wellmann in 2002 and until a few years ago, extremely difficult to get your hands on.

The company is now a family run business and has managed to increase their production capabilities without compromising on their very high standards, so that fans around the globe can continue to enjoy the experience of creating amazing unique products with their high quality and stunning yarns.

I have just received an initial delivery in the following ranges and a mixture of semi solids and variegated.

Pure 150g- 525m – 100% superwash merino – £25.00

Twin 150g -466m – 80% superwash merino /20% polyamid – £25.00

Lace 300g – 1590m – 100% superwash merino – £48.00IMG_3394

Wollmeise DK 200g – 428m 100% superwash merino – £36.00

Prices dated April 16.

The yarns are only available to buy in the shop, as supply is limited and because it is hand dyed there are also no dye lots, as each skein is pretty unique.

I have also a small selection of their Nobody’s Perfect yarns, which are discounted at 20%.for a  limited period only.

In this delivery, the colours include:

Pure 150g (525m) :

Paul – Moses – Pfirsichkern- Petit Poison 5 (Light) – Petit Poison Nr 5 – Xaverl and Rosi Tortchen – Grapes for Sheri – Krokodil – Sabrina – Magnolie – Flohmarkt – Zimtapfel – Tollkirsche – Fledermaus – Mauerblumchen – Campari Orange – Admiral – Admiral in den Wolken – Wellensittichvogelfeder – hoity toity, Himbeere – Isarkiesel – Aquarius – 47ag – Yotta – holy moley – Vamp – Skandal um Rosi – Ruby Thursdsay, Auf dem roten Teppich

Twin 150g (466m) – Aspentree -Graue Eminernz -Mauseeballett,- Verhext und verratzt, Im dunklen Wald,Barist O, Allegria – Flower Power, Lowenzahn, Dani – Poison 5

Lacegarn 300g (1738yds) – Kakao – Raku-Regenbogen – Ruby Thursday – Petit Poison no.5

DK 200g (428m) Maus Alt – Rattenscarf – Heavy Metal – Poison Nr5 – Ein klein wenig verrucht – Tandoori Masala – 82Pb – Lapisiazuli – Minze – Nautilus

I will be announcing any new deliveries and introducing the colours I stock through my Ravelry group, Facebook (beinspiredfibres) Twitter (@InspireMei) and Instagram (beinspiredfibres)

For enquiries or if you need a certain colourway request, I can try to add it to my next order but there are no guarantees, please email me at beinspiredfibres@gmail.com. 

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New arrivals for Autumn

As the evenings are quickly getting darker and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, it definitely feels like it is time to get those needles and hooks out of the closet and start thinking about Christmas presents. Winter yarns have started to arrive in the shop, including a re-stock of Malabrigo Rastita (Sport weight / 285m, Single Ply, Merino ) – the shop now stocks 13 colours.

Malabrigo Rastita

Malabrigo Rastita

 Favourite Scarf Ever - one skein of Malabrigo Rastita in the Glitter colourway.

Favourite Scarf Ever – one skein of Malabrigo Rastita in the Glitter colourway.

It is very hard to resist Malabrigo’s very soft and beautiful hand dyed yarns, they are perfect for quick and last minute gifts. This is a free scarf pattern by Lisa Bruce on Ravelry, which is extremely easy to remember and very effective for highly variegated yarns. One skein of the Rastita is enough for a scarf measuring about 140cm.

Madelinetosh has arrived!

Just arrived in the shop are 22 colours of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light – Fingering Weight – 100g – 420yards / 384 metres. Perfect for lacy shawls, accessories and light-weight sweaters and cardigans.

Madelinetosh is an extremely popular artisanal hand dyed yarn brand from America and used by many designers on Ravelry.

Their range of natural fibre yarns are sourced from Peru and South Africa, which are skillfully hand-dyed in Texas (USA) in very small batches using low impact dyes and no dye lots are available.

Their colour palette is breathtaking and extensive and you will fall in love with their colours. Colours currently in stock are available for sale on the online shop.

Madelinetosh - Tosh Merino Light

Madelinetosh – Tosh Merino Light

New arrivals – Rico Essential Cottons

Rico Essential Cotton DK

Rico Essential Cotton DK

Currently stocking 16 colours of Rico Essential Cottons DK, (100% Mercerised Cotton) £3.00 per 50g / 130m per ball. This yarn is perfect for a wide range of knitting and crochet projects and perfect for toys, baby blankets and home accessories.

Rico Creative Cotton - Aran

Rico Creative Cotton – Aran

Also stocking Rico Creative Cotton (Aran), which is great for dish cloths, toys, bags and home accessories, each ball is £2.00 for 50g / 85m.

New arrivals

Crocuses in the Meadows

Crocuses in the Meadows

Winter in Edinburgh has been rather mild this year and I cannot believe that Spring is here already, what has happened to the snow this year?

The days have started to get longer and brighter, the crocuses have started appearing everywhere around the Meadows, very soon the tulips, the daffodils and the cherry blossoms will appear. Spring is definitely the time for anticipation!

For spring, I’ve just had a recent delivery from Holst Garn, a Danish independent brand which provides a very versatile range of 4 ply and lace weight yarn bases with the most amazing colour palette. The yarns complements the IT0-Yarns and Habu from Japan in the shop. I also love combining them with Icelandic wool, especially their 4ply/lace weight Einband (11 colours currently in stock), to give them an extra touch of softness and drape.

Holst Garn Supersoft - 25g

Holst Garn Supersoft – 25g

The Holst Garn range is great for the experimental and creative crocheters and knitters, who are not afraid to combine and play around with different textures, colours and weights. Swatching is absolutely essential, but the creative possibilities are endless and much more fun. The yarns are slightly greased, therefore, it is important to wash the knitted swatch to get the true gauge and to feel the actual texture and drape of the yarn once it has time to settle and bloom.

I’ve added many more colours to the versatile Supersoft 4 ply – 25g (100% pure wool ) range, which is a great yarn for colour stranded and fair isle knitting. I also have a small introductory stock of Holst Garn’s Samarkand – 50g / approx 287m (Wool/Silk blend), Coast – 50g / 350m (Wool/Cotton) and Titicaca – 50g / approx 400m (100% Pure Alpaca Lace).

Holst Garn Titicaca

Holst Garn Titicaca

Holst Garn's Coast - Wool / Cotton

Holst Garn’s Coast – Wool / Cotton

Holst Garn's Samarkand - Wool Silk Blend

Holst Garn’s Samarkand – Wool Silk Blend

The yarns are great for lace shawls, shrugs, airy cardigans and sweaters and suitable patterns can be found on Ravelry. I would recommend having a look at the patterns by Isabell Kraemer, Julie Weisenberger, Heidi Kirmaier, Olga Buraya Kefelian, Olga Rambell, La Maison Rillie and Ankestrick.

Recent new products in the shop – part 1 – Sock Yarns

For a new yarn shop, there are just so many exciting brands and possibilities to choose from. In recent weeks, we have seen the arrival of Schoppel Wolle’s range of colourful Zauberballs, which have been a great hit with locals in the Marchmont area.

Zauberballs come in lace, sock and DK weights, a selection of each are currently available in the shop.

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The Crazy Zauberballs are proving to be the most popular and as they are machine washable, they are not only great for socks but also for children’s clothing.

Brier Toque

Brier Toque

I couldn’t wait to knit up a ball and made a simple beanie to showcase the gentle and wonderful colour changes, there was enough yarn left over to make a pair of mittens.

Jawoll Sock Yarns

Jawoll Sock Yarns

Sock yarns are ever so popular and Jawoll Sock Yarns by the Swiss yarn company Lang include a reel of nylon to strengthen the toe and heel. The solid colours provide a contrast but also complement self striping and variegated socks well.  I will be adding more colours to this range in future, so watch this space!

IMG_1155 The Little Prince is German sock yarn manufacturer Opal’s latest theme.  These self striping variegated yarns are also great for children’s clothing and toys, not to mention mittens and hats.