Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum in Marchmont – Sunday 22nd June

As knitting was always more accessible to me in the past, I never really managed to get into crochet, but having recently completed my first few crochet projects, which are not granny square blankets, but actual items and accessories I can wear, I am now totally hooked!

My first crochet project - "Emma Lace Scarf" by Simona Merchant-Dest

My first crochet project – “Emma Lace Scarf” by Simona Merchant-Dest

I can now see the benefits of being able to crochet, as you only need to learn 4 basic stitches, and the possibilities are endless. It is great for last minute gifts, embellishments for garments, jewellery making, toys, home accessories and also for finishing off projects. I also find it is great for using up odds and ends of wool and also single skeins of yarns that I have been collecting over the years. The great thing about crochet is that once you learn the basics, you can really see results quickly and you start building up confidence fast.

So I am really delighted to be able to fit in Carol Meldrum’s Learn to Crochet workshop here in Marchmont, Edinburgh on Sunday, 22nd June, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Carol is a very experienced tutor and designer based in Scotland, but travels widely around the country and the world teaching. The course is aimed at complete beginners or people who would like to refresh their basic skills.

The workshop price £50 / £55 includes a light sandwich lunch and wool, but you will need to purchase or bring along a 3.75mm or 4.00mm hook. For further information and online booking please visit:http://bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum

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.

Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting in the Round

2 x 2 hour sessions on Sundays 19th January and 26th January 2014 – £36 / £ 40
Taught by Jo Kelly, Director of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival
2.30 – 4.30pm

There are only 2 places left and still enough time to book…

Introduction to Fair Isle in the Round

Introduction to Fair Isle in the Round

This course is aimed at beyond beginners and will provide an introduction to stranded colour knitting and knitting in the round at the same time. You will get started on a pair of fingerless mittens designed by Jo and practice colour work techniques, which are used in Fair Isle and Nordic knitting.

Session One: – casting on for knitting in the round using circular needles, practice the magic loop technique – making perfect ribbing – reading a pattern and a colour chart – working with two colours

Session Two: – more advanced colour work techniques (weaving in long floats) – working a thumb gore – finishing and blocking – if time permits – an introduction to designing own patterns.

Bookings and payments can be made online at www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres or you may call the shop on 0131 629 2059 or email beinspiredfibres@gmail.com to reserve a place and pay in person by credit card, cheque or cash.

Materials are not included in the tuition fee, but there will be a 10% discount on all purchases for the classes.

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.

Crazy Zauberball

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.

LEARN TO KNIT using Modern Techniques

Be Inspired Fibres has now been opened for a month, and I want to thank all the lovely well wishers from both local Marchmont residents and visitors from afar, who have managed to find me and supported the shop. It is very quiet at the moment around Marchmont, since most families and students have gone away for the summer, but I have kept myself busy researching and planning classes and workshops for the autumn.

Tawny Owl

It is great to see that the yarn shop has re-awakened some people’s intentions to start knitting again. The shop aims to inspire people to be creative whether they have been mesmerized by the wonderful colours of the Crazy Zauberballs or seduced by the luxurious silky cashmere.

For those new knitters who prefer to learn in an informal, interactive and more social setting, rather than from youtube videos, Be Inspired Fibres will be hosting a series of designer-led knitting classes and workshops scheduled for September and October at the shop. You will also find a list of classes on another page, which I will update on a regular bases.

Barley hat

Oats Cowl

We start the season with Emily Wessel’s 3 x Monday evenings course – Learning to Knit using Modern Techniques based on the soon-to-be released patterns by Tin Can Knits.

You will also get to choose whether you want to knit a beautiful hat or a cowl using some Malabrigo worsted weight yarn.

Emily Wessel will guide students through a project from start to finish, knitting in the round and seamless, using circular needles and the magic loop technique or double pointed needles. When you have mastered these essential skills, they will be extremely useful for follow-on projects such as mittens, gloves, sweaters, fairisle and socks.

Immediate feedback from a teacher will help students gain confidence quickly and will help them spot and correct mistakes early. This course is highly recommended for either complete beginners, refreshers or improvers, who need some support to get them started. This class is scheduled for Monday evenings between 6.30 and 8.30 – Sept 2nd, 9th and 16th.

Introduction into Lace Knitting

As Emily will be away in October, we will try to fit in An Intro into Lace Knitting before she leaves. This course is a 2 week x 2hrs on Monday evenings, 23rd and 30th September, so if you are a confident beginner or improver, you may be interested in learning about basic lace knitting techniques, chart reading, life lines and blocking. If you book both Emily’s classes at the same time, you will get a 10% discount on the total amount.

PLEASE VIEW SCHEDULE & BOOK ONLINE http://www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Please email me at beinspiredfibres@gmail.com or call me on 0131 629 2059 to register.

New yarn shop opening in Marchmont, Edinburgh

    Believe and Achieve

A modern yarn shop concept quickly became a reality about 8 weeks ago, when I stumbled upon an office/shop unit, belonging to Albany Lettings in the Marchmont area of Edinburgh, near my kids’ school.

30 Marchmont Road

I have been searching for a studio to rent in the area for months, but things just didn’t work out. I never gave up hope of finding the right space in the right location and which was within my budget. I’d put out feeders and asked around, monitored gumtree at least 20 times a day!

So I was extremely lucky that 30 Marchmont Road appeared and fitted my criteria perfectly and I was ever so grateful and relieved that the landlord agreed to lease the unit to me after it was refurbished.

Front windows

I have to say that the shop looks amazing, it is bright and open with high lofty ceilings and big windows which are perfect for capturing the wonderful colours of the yarns.

Ground Floor
Setting up a shop, requires a certain amount of determination and hard graft, there are always going to be set backs and obstacles, but you just have to continue to believe in your business plan and goals. There is also a lot of luck involved, but if you do your research and continue to be positive, you are more likely to take advantage of those little opportunities that come your way.

Soft opening Saturday, June 22th 2013. 10am – 5pm.

Provisional opening times

Sunday – 2.00pm – 5pm
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 10am – 5pm
Wednesday – 10am – 5pm
Thursday – 10am – 5pm
Friday – 10am – 5pm
Saturday – 10 – 6pm

Address:
Be Inspired Fibres
30 Marchmont Road
Edinburgh
EH9 1HZ

Checkout the latest brands I am stocking at: Be Inspired Fibres’ Online Shop