Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Jarol Heritage 4 Py

More and more stock is arriving everyday as we expand our range, ready for the shop opening.  Today it's the turn of Jarol Heritage 4 PlyA hardwearing yarn, that wears and washes well, it is great for any 4-ply project and good value too at only £4.99 for a 100g ball!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

KnitPro's are here!!

Symfonie Wood Interchangeable Needle TipsAfter a long wait my Autumn/Winter stock of the gorgeous KnitPro needles are here!  Delivered, unpacked and loaded on the website this afternoon, ready for purchase immediately.  Although with the shop opening soon, I don't see them lasting until Christmas!!  (I've already nabbed a pair of 7mm Symfonie Wood Straights for a shrug I am knitting for a friend in the new Debbie Bliss Riva yarn!)

My sister's coat

It's finished!  A beautiful coat for my beautiful big sister, who celebrated her birthday last week. A labour of love, as a friend aptly pointed out.

Knitted in the gorgeous Debbie Bliss Luxury Tweed Chunky yarn, I am so pleased I started knitting this in May, for completion in September.  The pattern was so complicated!  I was doing fine (back knitted up quickly, 6.5mm needles, my kind of knitting!) until I had to decrease for the armholes, when I just completely lost the lace pattern and the will to live at certain points.  It was only through sheer willpower and the help of my friend Paula from the Harrow Knitters that I completed this at all! 

I finished it off with two gorgeous vintage purple pear mother-of-pearl buttons.

Anyway, I hope my sister likes it; I thought it was perfect for walking the dog on a blustery autumnal day.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Tour of Britain Hits Lavenham!

Fantastic morning this morning,cheering on the Tour of Britain, which in it's 7th stage from Bury St Edmunds to Sandringham, came through Lavenham.

Sadly we didn't get much of a glimse at the cyclists as they were soooo fast!!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Lots and lots of sloes!

I have been very productive today (of sorts!) Dominic woke early again (6am) so I made the most of the time before school to make a pumpkin and carrot soup (courtesy of  half a homegrown pumkpin from Mum), clean the kitchen & hoover.

Mum and Dad popped over to supervise my sloe picking!  Having been the very grateful recipient of homemade sloe gin from Mum and Dad for many a Christmas, I was keen to make my own for Christmas gifts this year. The parents were slightly concerned that what I had seen on one of my many countryside walks were not sloes, so came along to check, just to make sure I didn't poison any close friends!

Anyway, we came home with a bumper crop, Dominic even helped, and ate some along the way, though he was keener on the blackberries!!

Watch this space to see how the sloe gin progresses.  I need to work out how much gin I need to buy now, although Dad has a more laissez faire attitude "You can never have too much gin, buy about 4 bottles.....!!"

Jarol Pure British Wool Aran

Cafe Knit are delighted to now stock Jarol Pure British Wool Aran yarn!  One of the first 100% pure British yarns to be commercially produced in the UK for many years (British fleeces, spun in Yorkshire) - it is utterly gorgeous!  It still smells of sheep!!

It comes in 6 lovely colourways - all natural, and it would make gorgeous winter jumpers and accessories (hats, scarves etc).  It is featured in this months The Knitter magazine too (issue 36), a stunning sweater design called 'Trail' by Kyoko Nakayoshi.