Sitting at my desk today, the sun shining and the sky blue, I could have been fooled into thinking it was warm outside. However, judging by the temperature 'inside', it is safe to say, the weather was rather Autumnal in Stonehaven! Due to this chill factor, I would like to declare it cold enough for ‘Knitting Season’ to officially begin.
This change in temperature has been testing my will power to the extreme over the last week. And, with new yarns arriving to tempt, I succumbed to my knitting fever.
Worked Top Down in 4 row alternating stripes Elton by Joji Locatelli has been on the needles for far too long. In my own version I have striped yarns by Hennypennymakes - Spring Fresh 4ply and Verdigris Mohair/ Silk Lace. Both yarns can be found here.
I have finally reached the Tubular Bind-Off so once complete, only the sleeves and trims to do. Almost there!
On Friday, using the excuse of helping a customer, I accidentally cast on Yume by Isabell Kraemer. I chose to use 2 yarns held together for this project, Sandstone from The Stonehaven Collection by Colliston Yarns and Rowan Kidsilk Haze. It feels SO lovely! (Pictures will follow.)
Clearly 2 projects was not enough for the start of Knitting Season so I also returned to Thirlestane from Rowan Magazine 68. I started this Top Down cardigan ages ago but placed it in hibernation when I became addicted to Elton. However, despite my usual ripping out… I was not happy with the cast on edge, I made good progress yesterday evening while binge watching ‘The Bridge’ on STV player. :-)
Over the last couple of weeks, the winter stock has been arriving thick and fast and I have become adept at finding ways to display and store yarn in very tiny spaces. I think this may have become a talent of mine, of which I am quite proud!
I had a top-up of hand-spun and hand-dyed delights from Fred of Wish Ewe Were Here. They are not on the website yet but are looking terrific in their new display area!
For Christmas knitting we are on the second delivery of the latest sock yarns from West Yorkshire Spinners. Some of them are 'sparkly'!
And, for those of you who don't knit socks, a selection of West Yorkshire Spinners luxury 'ready made' socks will be arriving next week.
For pampered feet we have a brand new sock yarn from Rico. With the addition of 10% cashmere to the traditional sock blend this yarn is both scrumptious and versatile. The subtle pattern would work beautifully in shawls, socks, accessories and also as a luxury baby yarn.
Of course, the downside of new stock in a small shop is deciding what yarns have to go. With limited display space and even less storage, difficult choices have to be made…
There will be no Christmas Sale event this year so instead I would like to offer these 'Last Chance' yarns to my readers and followers before they go up for grabs on the website. I will be placing an offer on each blog post in the run up to Christmas. They will be available on a first come, first served basis. I you want to grab a bargain send me a direct message by email @ email@example.com
The first email to arrive in my inbox will be sent an invoice which can be paid online.
To start things off this week we have a luxury Rowan 'bundle'. (Pictured Below):
Kid Classic Yarn Bundle
10 x 50g balls of Rowan Kid Classic in shade Bitter Sweet - RRP £76
Mode at Rowan Collection One - RRP £10.95
'Knitter' pin badge by Kelly Connor Design - RRP £7.95
Total RRP £94.90
LAST CHANCE PRICE: £50
(Does not include postage, typically £3.10 for UK)
A blend of 70% lambswool, 22% mohair and 8% polyamide, Rowan Kid Classic is a gorgeous yarn, light, airy and perfect for cosy winter knits. The bundle will make one of the 4 designs pictured below up to size XL (48-50in).
And thats it for this week folks! Just a wee reminder that Baa is open Wed-Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm. Our appointment system is working well and with the current rise in positive Covid cases it will remain in place for the foreseeable. You can book an appointment here, or by telephone on 01569 668298. If you want to take a chance, you are also welcome to pop in to the shop if there are no customers inside.
Take care all!