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Friday Favourites

In celebration of Mothers Day this weekend my Friday Favourite is a little gift from Tangled Yarns to all Mothers…a little something extra!

Purchase a $20 gift voucher and receive a bonus $5 added to your voucher or purchase a $50 gift voucher and receive a bonus $10 added to your voucher. To qualify for the special, you need to check it out through the Friday Favourite products.

Stitches on needles and yarn on hooks

Bright woollen colours and new pattern books

Tangled Yarns bundles tied up with strings

These are a few of my favourite things!



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Many of you would know that I have two little girls under five. I find being a mum the most rewarding, yet at times the most challenging thing in my life but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am so lucky to have two strong, bright, happy and healthy little ones.

I am lucky enough to be not only a mother but also a daughter and granddaughter. I often get asked where my passion for knitting comes from. My desire to craft comes from many wonderful times spent with my grandmother who is now 84 and still knitting away. I felt that today would be an ideal time to share a picture with you.

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I hope that all daughters, mothers, grandmothers and nannys have a spectacular weekend and enjoy some special time on Sunday.

* Friday Favourite Conditions: special applies from launch of newsletter until 9am Monday.

Biggan Colourwork Workshop

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We only have a few spaces left in our Colourwork Workshop, being held next weekend over both Saturday and Sunday. Biggan Dups of Biggan Designs is a wealth of knowledge and is only in Australia for a limited time, don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

It seems the colourwork bug has bitten at Tangled Yarns, I had hope to create a little something special to gift to my mum this Sunday but it seems that time has caught up with me this week. It will be a little late but I’m sure much loved!

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And remember our lovely Lauren contemplating colours for her Endpaper Mitts? Well, here they are!

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Please phone the store on 07 3666 0276 or email tangled@tangledyarns.com.au to book your place!
Winter Warm & April Knit-A-Long

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This week we wrap up two Knit A Longs!

Fist up we have the Winter Warmth Blanket KAL, I am happy to report that we had an amazing number of people join us with our knitting and crocheting over February, March and April.
Lots of warm snugly blankets were completed and emailed in.

I am excited to announce that our random winner for this KAL is Kimley Vacher-Dring!!

Kimley put in a massive effort with her Alpaca Baby Shawl inspired “Big Enough Blanket”. The blanket ended up using just under 5 skeins of our wonderful Cascade Eco and from all reports is much loved by her little ones.

Our second KAL coming to an end today is the ever so sweet Sugar or Spice Bonnet by Amanda Keeys.

Again we have had many people join us in creating a little sweetness for their little ones.

I love finding projects that only use small amounts of yarn  and are quick to whip up for those last minute gifts.

Our random winner of the Sugar or Spice KAL is Maureen O’Connor!

Congratulations Kimley and Maureen!! You both have a gift certificate ready and waiting for you.

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May Knit-A-Long

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Our Rosamund’s Cardigan Knit-a-Long has generated a lot of activity both in store and online!

If you are interested in joining in, jump online and join our Ravelry discussions on gauge, needle size and modifications like adding long sleeves.

I managed to cast on last weekend and have been plodding away. I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked but I should have the sleeves separated this weekend.

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I am already thinking about buttons! So far I am torn between these two.

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We still have plenty of stock in many colours of the Cascade Eco. I am thoroughly enjoying working with it and am already planning another project with it very soon.

We have sold out of the magazine, but it is still available as an electronic issue through the Interweave Store.

It is an instantaneous download, so you won’t need to wait to cast on!

New Stock – KnitPro

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After an extremely successful Friday Favourite a fortnight ago, we needed to quickly replenish out KnitPro stock!

We have the popular Harmony Interchangeable Fine Tips set back in stock, along with our double point needles and interchangeable tips.

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Interweave Knits Summer 2010

The new Interweave Knits Summer 2010 has hit our shelves this week!
This issue explores open gauges and lace, reinvents and refines classics to knit now and wear forever, plays yarns and stitches off each other and celebrates quick and easy knits.
For knitters, buttonholes are facts of life. Should they be horizontal or vertical? Eyelot or bound off? How should they be spaced? The right buttonhole is attractive, sturdy and correctly oriented and sized for your button – a tall order! In this issue TECHknitter has covered all you need for A Better Buttonhole including, facts, tips and tricks.
Packed with 24 patterns including nine all new exclusive knitting patterns just for kids!
There are so many patterns this issue that are calling to me! Here are some of my favourites..

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Ambrosia Cardigan

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What an elegant little knit! Worked seamlessly from the top down, the dart-like ribbing at the waist and an intricate cable trim makes this such a cute cardigan. Delicate hook-and-eye closures and i-cord trim at the neckline add subtle grace notes.

This is sure to make it into my winter wardrobe this year!

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Nautilus Mitts by Zoe Scheffy

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These cute little mitts are worked in reversible hexagons from the centre out.


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Marigold Sweater Cardigan by Amy Polcyn

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Vintage aesthetics with modern wearability what more could you ask for! Inspired by photographs of the designer’s grandmother as a girl in the 1940s, the cardigan’s small lace repeat works up quickly, while deep waist ribbing creates a nipped silhouette without shaping. Puffed sleeves add a little drama. A dropped yarnover and a long wrapping stitch create a textured, open lace – in just four stitches and rows.

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Buttercream Jacket by Deborah Newton

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Worked in the beautiful Brown Sheep Serendipity Tweed, the Buttercream Jacket is a lovely, wear everywhere piece. The deep ribbing, garter stitch button bands and a gorgeous cabled shawl collar makes it a very relaxed knit.

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Lace Saddle Tee by Lisa S. Rowe

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The Lace Saddle Tee informs modern styling with traditional techniques – the combination of a saddle shoulder worked seamlessly between front and back. This, along with the pretty leafy lace pattern reimages Aran sweater construction.

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Beach House Pullover by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

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A relaxed fitting pullover with a rich staghorn cable texture, deep waist ribbing and a large-scale shawl collar. Saddle shoulders worked off set-in sleeves nod to vintage inspiration without sacrificing the beautiful tailored knit.

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Essential Cardigan by Laura Grutzeck

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A smooth stockinette cardigan with deep, broken-rib bands, this is definitely an essential piece for the wardrobe. A gentle asymmetrical front gives the cardigan an interesting feature.

Persephone Shell by Lien Ngo

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A structured, fitted shell, worked in the round, the bust panel can be custom-fitted as it is knit. Short-row shaping and hemmed edges add a clean-finished, tailored look. An excellent choice for those who have trouble finding tops to fit, especially with the flattering scoop neckline.

Interweave Knits CDs

Need to down-size or de-clutter? Instead of hanging onto all of those previous issues of Interweave Knits just in case you need to go back to one for a pattern why not invest in a set of the Interweave Knits CDs!

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We have just received a new shipment of 2005, 2006 and 2007. 2002, 2003 and 2004 will be on their way in the coming weeks.

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SOAK

Just in time for Mothers Day and the season of washing our winter woollies, SOAK is back in stock!

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Baby Cashmerino
I always struggle at this time of year. My little ones always take a few weeks to progress from their summer wardrobe to the winter one. I have found the ideal solution to the cool mornings that turn into warmer days is leggings! And what could be better than some fun, brightly coloured leggings!!

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The first five orders of two or more balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashermino will receive a free printed copy of Never Not Knitting’s Legwarmies pattern – a perfect pattern for a funky pair of little leggings.

ruby&sage

Last week saw me posting of many, many parcels with my lovingly dyed TY Silky Linen to our ruby&sage club members.

I had so much fun coming up with the colourway, dyeing the yarn and coming up with the little extra to include!

For those of you that missed out this is the April instalment of yarn…

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And my extra for the month was a specifically designed pattern called Dew Drop Cowl.

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Our delightful Derrin made the beautiful Milkweed Shawl by CosmicPluto with her March installment of ruby&sage – this was Elissa’s 100% merino fingering weight in Sea.

I was lucky enough to see and photograph the stunning finished product!


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Ecobaby

Don’t forget our amazing Eco Baby promotion that finishes at the end of May. Purchase any of our lovely Eco Baby colours and send in pictures of your finished project to go into the draw to win a entire bag of Eco Baby Cotton.

Saviours of the Lost Arts

Over the past few months I have lent a helping hand to a wonderful project called Saviours of the Lost Arts. You may recognise the little mascot for the program, my version of Attic24’s Little Birdie!

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Saviours of the Lost Arts is a celebration of making and creating for everyone, from masters to starters to lovers of craft.

Craft is back! Communities worldwide are turning their focus to local products and local relationships to improve their quality of life, health and to live sustainably. This has seen a resurgence in craft across the globe, with a new generation embracing age old traditions in an effort to live simply and well.

Saviours of the Lost Arts will also develop networks and business skills to assist the growth of social enterprises within the city. Our forums, panels and social networking opportunities will evoke a new sense of craft-love in Brisbane. Seniors, the custodians of the ‘lost arts’, will have the opportunity to share their skills and engage in the intergenerational phenomenon that is developing around craft. We also recognise the significant success in passing these skills to younger generations by celebrating the work of younger artisans and craftspeople.

Workshop program – Registrations open TODAY, Friday 7 May.

Call: 3403 8698

Everyone is invited to get crafty! You don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to get involved in a new craft adventure. Workshop types include:

Make and Take – make a crafty item and take it away with you

Discovery Demonstration – marvel at the masters in a craft demonstration

Talking Heads – forums and panels on a range of craft and social enterprise topics.

Daily, after hours and weekend workshops are all on offer.

When: Mon 24 May – Sat 5 June

Where: Bleeding Heart, 166 Ann St, City + various suburban venues

Cost: Free, however places are limited so bookings essential

Workshop program – Registrations open TODAY, Friday 7 May. Call: 3403 8698

Detailed information on all the workshops is available on the Bleeding Heart website, simply click on the Saviours of the Lost Arts box from the front page www.bleedingheart.com.au

I will be part of the panel discussion being held on Monday 24th of May 12noon-1:30pm; Making It Big: Turning a passion for craft into a viable business.

I would love to see you there!

Inspiring your passion!

Kelly
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