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

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.

 

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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Holiday Opening Times

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Holiday Opening Times:

24th December – 10.30am – 3.30pm – OPEN

25th December – 28th December – CLOSED

Re-opening – Tuesday 29th December

Thursday 31st December – 10.30 – 3.30pm – OPEN

Friday 1st -January 2016 – CLOSED

Saturday 2nd January 2016 – OPEN

Sunday 3rd January 2016 – 2pm – 5pm OPEN

 

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!