... Hopefully those of you who have had children at home, for what seems like months, will have been able to draw breath and set aside at least 10 minutes for a cup of coffee without any interruptions today! I 'take my hat off' to all of you who have been involved, it's not easy to add home schooling, often for multiple age groups, on top your normal daily tasks of working and running a house etc! Well done to everybody involved, not just parents!
Apparently it's Mother's Day on Sunday. In case you still need to source a gift for your Mother, we have set out a few options below. Don't forget that we can post out to anywhere in the UK and if you get your order in quickly, we will be able to send them first class tomorrow (Tuesday) so they should arrive in time for the big day! Don't forget to tell us what message you would like included.
We also have our usual 'Click and Collect' Days, Tuesday and Thursday, 10.00-5.00
This is our exclusive range of Hand Dyed yarn. Not available anywhere else! The colours are inspired by our beautiful town and it's surrounding countryside.
As a special gift for Mother's Day, we will include 2 patterns, free of charge with your order, one for crochet and one for knitting. Each project takes just one skein.
This has to be one of the loveliest, softest yarns you can find. Made from pure baby alpaca and available in 9 gorgeous colours. We will include a pattern to make a Linen Stitch Scarf, which will give your Mum a soft cosy hug, every time she wears it. The scarf needs 1 skein of each of 3 colours, we used Bright Pink, Bright Orange and Anthracite for our sample. Other suggestions are; Pine Tree, Ocean and Brass (bluey greens). Anthrazite, Silver and Brass (classic neutrals) . Dark Purple, Bright Pink and Plum (warm purples). Of course you can order any combination you think your Mum would like.
Linen stitch is far less complicated than it looks, you just use one colour for one row, alternating them as you go. This is a perfect piece of 'mindful knitting' and will help promote relaxation and wellbeing. It is reported that the texture of the yarn is even more important than the colour when knitting mindfully. Of course in this case, you can have both!
Send a 'Bunch of Roses'! Just one of the delicious colourways available in this special yarn (there are 7 all together). Developed as a sock yarn, this is far too special to use just for socks! We have used it for shawls and scarves too and will include a pattern for a pair of socks (takes one skein) and a Linen stitch scarf (takes 2 skeins) with your order.
Looking Ahead to Spring....
This pretty jumper is just perfect for spring . You can make it in Softyak dk or Aplaca Soft dk, either way you will need the following amounts: sizes s (m, l, xl, xxl) 9 (10, 11, 12, 14) 50g balls of either yarn, 3.25 and 3.75mm needles. We will pop the pattern in with your yarn free of charge.
This perfect spring/summer accessory is made in the gorgeous Studio Linen by Erika Knight. It comes in a wide range of beautiful colours and only takes 2 skeins. Knitted sideways and joined at the end, it had 4 different textured stitches for you to try out. Pattern included.
Botanical Baby Blanket in Bo Peep Pure by West Yorkshire Spinners
We are delighted to say that the kits to make this delightful blanket are now back in stock. Made from 16 squares featuring colourwork patterns. This is the perfect project to get you started on colourwork as there are only 2 colours in each square and they aren't too big. Bo Peep Pure is the softest bounciest pure wool yarn and comes from WYS in Yorkshire. You can download the free pattern. There are even some helpful video guides.
Esther, Ernie and Enid
We just love these quirky Easter chicks. Made in dk yarn, just imagine a row of them perched along a mantel or shelf! We would recommend the following yarns, Softyak dk, Felted Tweed, Alpaca Soft dk (all from Rowan) or Colour Lab (West Yorkshire Spinners) if you want something brighter. You could also use the the little 25g balls of British Blue Wool from Erika Knight.
You can download the pattern free from knitrowan. If you need wire glasses we have them in the shop!
Well I hope we have given you some food for thought and got those fingers twitching!
I am going through a very productive phase at the moment, I think I've probably got even more projects on the go now, than I had at the start of lockdown last year, despite finishing a lot off! Maybe it's the hope of spring and better times ahead. I don't know about you but when I've finished a project, somehow I manage to start at least 2 more! I know I don't have to justify any amount of projects to you, you all completely understand!
Stay well and look after each other, we are counting down the days until we can welcome you back to Craft Days. All the best from Jane and The Team