Notes From Week Ending 25th January 2014

Wow!  January will be over in a few days, how did that happen?  I need to catch up quickly, does anyone have a magic ‘get everything done’ potion I could buy?

Rushing quickly on.

There were several deliveries last week most of which was restock although there were a few new goodies.  Unfortunately, in my haste to unpack them I forgot to take photos of most of them although I did manage a quick snap of the new Candyfloss yarn from Robin.

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Sadly, there’s one shade missing, if memory serves me correctly it’s a bright pink mix.  Candyfloss is being sold as a super chunky with a recommended needle size of 10mm’s but it’s most definitely not.  You could probably use up to an 8mm for scarves and neck warmers but for garments and hats I’d treat it as a standard chunky yarn and use 6.5mm needles.   I hope to get a sample of the yarn knitted up for the shop so you can see what it’s like as there are no designs to go with the yarn.

The bright colours make it an obvious choice for children and it’s 100% acrylic so it’s easily washable.  The 200g ball has approximately 280 metres/306 yards and costs €6.95.

Included in this delivery there was also 4 shades of  the mohair yarn ‘Air’ from Wendy which is made up of 70% Kid Mohair, 30% Nylon  and knits to a tension of 18-24sts x 23-34 rows depending on your chosen pattern.  The 25g ball has approxamitley 200m in it and it’s €7.25 a ball.

It would be an ideal yarn to use for my Easy Lace Scarf 

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I’ve already started to knit a little communion bolero sample for the shop, it only takes 2 balls so I am aiming to have it finished by the end of the week.

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One last thing before I go, with all of the controversy surrounding all things charity at the moment I thought I’d share the receipts and card we received for money collected from the bags of buttons on sale in the shop for St. Vincent de Paul.  As promised the full price of the sale goes to the charity.  (sorry for the bad photo)

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Happy Knitting!



The Knitting Group ‘Summer’ Event

OK so it’s not summer, but on Sunday the 20th October 15 members of the shop’s various knitting groups all took part in our summer gathering.  The year has completely run away on us and between one thing and another we hadn’t gotten around to doing something earlier.  I think all involved will agree with me that it was definitely worth the wait.

Our felting queen arrived just after lunch to spend three hours teaching us how to get to grips with wet felting.  Our first project, and the one we all attempted, was a beautiful star that can be used as a hanging decoration for the tree or (as it stands by itself) sitting on a shelf/mantlepiece.  The star is hollow so it would also make a great receptacle to pop a piece of jewellery in to keep it safe for posting.

For our second project  we could choose from several different items.  The majority of us opted to have a go at making a robin whilst a few of us chose to make a boot or a Christmas pudding.

As you can see from our photos our efforts weren’t at all bad.  We’re hoping our felting queen will return soon to offer felting workshops in the shop.  if you’re interested please let us know and we’ll keep your contact details on file.

Happy Knitting!