Friday, 21 September 2012

Araucania Puelo

Araucania Puelo is a new luxurious DK weight yarn for Autumn Winter 2012 made from 100% baby llama. It is available in a range of gorgeous, variagated colors. It's a DK weight yarn and knits up with a lovely stitch definition and drape.

Llama yarn is very soft and is ideal for knitting drapey, flowing garments such as shawls, scarves and simple sweaters and cardigans.

I'm itching to start a new project (something for me, me, me!) even though I have other things to finish, and I think this may well be the yarn I use.  Well, someone has to try it!  But what to knit?  The supporting pattern book is due out any day now, so perhaps I should curb my impatience for a few more days and work on those UFO's!

Gorgeous rich shades!  When knitted, it doesn't stripe or pool, but blends in a subtle way.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Louisa Harding Himalayan Hiking Hats Macmillan Cancer Support

In November Louisa Harding is going to be lacing up her hiking boots and stuffing a backpack full of yarn as she heads to Nepal to join a team of hikers for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, pushing themselves to the limits with up to nine hours a day of rough trekking.  Her mission is to raise awareness and funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, a team of health professionals who provide care for cancer patients and their families.  Last year, Louisa’s husband and fave photographer, Stephen, was diagnosed with Lymphoma.  While he was undergoing extensive chemo treatments, the Macmillan staff and nurses became a ‘lifeline’ helping her and her family through a very difficult time.
To give back to this wonderful organization, she has designed a collection of six hats entitled ‘Himalayan Hiking Hats’. On each day of her week long trek she will be photographed wearing one of the hats, saving the seventh design for the final day, that is of course if she has knit it up in time.  Her goal is to knit the last one along the way!
To take part in this sponsored event each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £3,400 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Louisa’s goal is to raise £5,000, so she is encouraging knitters to join in her challenge, sponsor her by downloading and knitting one of the hats. Patterns are available to download @
Her family have generously donated the cost of her trip so every penny of the money you donate @ goes directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Debbie Bliss Angel Prints

Following on from the success of Debbie Bliss Angel and Debbie Bliss Party Angel comes Debbie Bliss Angel Prints

Debbie Bliss Angel Prints yarn is a wondrously soft lace weight yarn from Debbie Bliss.

Crafted of 76% Mohair and 24% Silk, Angel Prints is soft and light and comes in a range of 12 beautiful colours. 

The supporting pattern book Angel Prints features 3 romantic designs. The book A Fine Romance also features 8 beautiful designs for Angel yarn, as does the Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2011 magazine.

I love the short tie front bolero, and the wrap cardigan.  The colours are so soft and pretty, and perfect for this Autumn.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Debbie Bliss Magazine Autumn Winter 2012

Well, I have had a few days to digest the contents of the Debbie Bliss Magazine Autumn Winter 2012, so I thought I'd share a few of the highlights with you.

The first thing both Kate and myself love is a flattering fitted cabled sweater knitted in Debbie Bliss Paloma, a beautiful blend of baby alpaca and merino (and currently my favourite yarn of the season.)

Next up is a lovely long cabled scarf knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky.  I don't think I would make it quite as long as it is shown in the magazine, but it is lovely all the same.

If I need to knit a baby hat this season, I will probably knit the one in this magazine. Simple stocking stitch, but complete with earflaps and a tiny stalk on the top just for fun, it is perfect for winter arrivals and takes just one ball of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran.

And then I love the waterfall cardigan featured in the magazine in cream Debbie Bliss Andes, a gorgeous so-soft blend of baby alpaca and silk.  I'm not sure cream is the most practical colour for me, but it's on my wishlist!

My son may be the recipient of one of the funky kids hats featured in the magazine.  Choose from owls, foxes, penguins or bears, knitted in the Cashmerino range of yarns.

I think I'll have to give the 'Folklore inspired knits a miss, as they take a certain amount of time and concentration that I lack at the moment with two small children running around.  But the man in my life might receive something for Christmas!  At last men are catered for with no less than 6 cardigan and sweater patterns to choose from!

Finally there are some gorgeous bold geometric knits for the home; cushions, bags, blankets and slippers.  The mitred garter-stitch log-cabin-style blanket knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran really takes my fancy!

Right, on with my current projects, so I can start something new!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Adriafil Knitcol

By far and away the biggest seller in the shop over this summer has been Adriafil Knitcol

If you haven't tried it yet, now's the time to! We have just had a big delivery of many different and new shades.  At just £3.95 per ball, this self striping  soft DK weight yarn achieves a real jacquard effect with no effort from the knitter! Made of 100% Superwash Merino it is just perfect for baby/child knits or indeed any dk project.Just 2 -3 balls are enough to complete a simple baby garment.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Debbie Bliss Winter Garden

OK, my local Co-operative now has mince pies and Christmas cakes for sale, so I don't feel so bad about talking about our new Autumn/Winter yarns!

Second up is Debbie Bliss Winter Garden.  Debbie Bliss Winter Garden is a chunky weight yarn made from a luxurious blend of merino wool, baby llama, linen and silk. 

It comes in 8 beautiful Autumnal colours and has a supporting pattern book, Debbie Bliss Winter Garden

I LOVE this yarn!  I am going to knit this simple, fitted sweater (featured in the Winter Garden book)

I also love this cravat - and it takes just one hank!!  I knitted something like this last year from a very old pattern a customer bought in for me. 

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran

Well, summer is almost done (although here in Suffolk we are being treated to a week long finale by the sun!)

Much as I like summer, I love autumn more, as I love knitting warm chunky knits and wrapping myself in the results!  We have plenty of new things in store to tempt you.

First is Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran.  Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester is a 100% British yarn in every sense. An aran weight, spun in Yorkshire, using wool from the noble British Blue Faced Leicester breed of sheep, with designs from one of the best known British designers, Blue Faced Leicester is truly unique. Nowadays when many of the goods we all come across in our everyday life have travelled thousands of miles to get to us, it is great to be involved with a yarn that can be described as truly “ local “ in every sense.

Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran comes in 16 beautiful shades and has a wonderful supporting pattern book of the same name.

I love this green cabled jumper.

and these gloves which only take one ball!  At only £5.95 per ball these would make a wonderful Christmas present (I have already completed three presents!)

But I must finish my other projects first!