Cannot believe that this will be my 7th year exhibiting at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and it doesn’t get any easier curating a collection for the show, amidst so many wonderful exhibitors from the UK and Europe This is a very brief snapshot of what you might find next week on my stand and if there are any left after the event, they will be available for sale in my Marchmont shop.
The shop will be closed on Friday, 8th June 2018, as I will be moving house on the day and will re-open again on Saturday morning, as usual.
Just arrived the latest Amirisu magazine from Japan, in a new A4 format and now completely in English. This issue also features – “Loie” a shawl pattern by Edinburgh based designer and tutor – Maddie Harvey,
I have just received a few sets of Chiaogoo’s New Red Lace Twist “Shorties”. This new system looks so amazingly cute, neat and tiny. They are perfect for knitting socks and sleeves, and for small circumferences in the round and especially for people who do not like using DPNs. The combo tips will be sold separately later in the year.
The 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.
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.
Blocking wires by Lazadas and Knit Pro Knit Blockers
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.
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!
Re-stock of the lovely seaweed eating sheep wool from the North Ronaldsay Island.
Delighted to be stocking a new Edinburgh based indie dyer in the shop – Knit Cosmic Strings.
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.
Their colourways remind me of the beautiful patio gardens dotted around Marchmont, the Meadows and the Grange, where the shop is located.
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
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
New 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.
I 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. She 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.
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.
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 – £48.00
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.