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Friday Favourites
Buying gifts for other crafters can be difficult at times – especially if you have different tastes in fibres and colours! But you can go past the various tools that we are always using (and losing!) as great stocking stuffer this festive season.

I know I can never find enough stitch markers or a darning needle when I need one!

My pick for the crafter who has everything would be the Knit Kits – these house all the things that migrate into the bottom of your bag, so they’re all in a safe place. The Knit Kit includes a tape measure, row counter, thread cutter, mini crochet hook, scissors, stitch markers and point protectors.


Grab yourself or someone special some handy tools this weekend while our great range of tools are our Friday Favourite.

Stitches on needles and yarn on hooks
Bright cotton colours and new pattern books
Tangled Yarns bundles tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things!

Friday Favourite Conditions – Applies to in stock items only. No custom orders or lay-by. 10% Off does not apply to kits as they are already reduced. Special prices apply from launch of newsletter until 9am Monday.


Our much awaited shipment of Malabrigo has arrived this week!

We have added some new stunning colours to both the lace and sock range that just scream summer.

The buttery soft pure merino laceweight is ideal for that lightweight shawl, only one skein is needed for the sweet little shawl Citron by Hilary Smith Callis. I can just see two of our new colours Terracotta and Impressionist Sky together in Tempest by Anne Weaver, spectacular!


There are several new spring/summer weight cardi’s that have been tempting me and would be ideal for the sock Mythos by Laura Nelkin, Candelia by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnston are all potential projects…


Shawl Pins
Back by popular demand, I have new stock of our Shawl Pins! We have a new range with six different designs.


These stunning aluminium shawl pins are light enough that they won’t wear down your knitwear, along with smoothed edges so they won’t catch. Also now available in beautiful copper.


Shawl pins make a lovely gift to include with a lovely hand knit shawl or perhaps on their own for that special shawl loving friend.

Interweave Knits Winter 2010

The latest issue of Interweave Knits arrived this week – Winter 2010.


Packed full with 27 knits, this issue is all about yarn. Each of the projects featured showcases a particular yarn and fibre: plump cables worked in lofty wool for deep, yielding texutre, slinky garter-stitch in silk for heavy drape; simple knit and purl textures workin in alpaca and wool for subtle, blurry definition.

Plus fantastic articles on recycling yarn, successful bloggers who have made the leap from blog to book and the x, y, z of zippers.

A taste of knits that we adore from IWK Winter 2010…

Kinetic Cowl by Amy Polcyn


Kinetic Cowl combines bias knitting, a quick chain join, and a self striping yarns for a cowl that flashes bands of colour as it drapes. This cowl is easily customisable, for a deeper cowl, work a longer strip before joining or vary the strip width by casting on more stitches. Or try changing the yarn weight – sock yarn for a light drapey cowl or bulky yarn for a super warm version.

Our new delivery of Noro would be ideal!

Tuckernuck Cardigan by Elinor Brown


Braided cables, rib and seed stitch adorn the simpler-than-it-looks Tuckernuck Cardigan. Working in one piece, knitting in the round, picking up stitches and using three needle bind offs whereever possible results in just two seams in the finished sweater.

Ginevra’s Pullow by Amy Polcyn


Inspired by the fichus and chemisettes of the Regency period, Amy Polcyn fills in the deep neckline of Ginevra’s Pullover with a soft, floaty collar of laceweight yarn. Raglan shaping and simple stockinette in the round create subtle, understated drama.

This clever design combines both a worsted and laceweight yarn.

Thandie Funnel Neck by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark


Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark’s Thandie Funnel Neck combines a laceweight strand and a worsted weight strand for a two sided fabric with subtly shifting stripes.

Art Deco Argyle Stockings by Lisa D. Jacobs


Get ut your intarsia bonnins! Rich colour, precise geometry, and unexpected whisy evoke 1920’s stle in Lisa D. Jacobs Art Deco Argyle Stockings. As the young women of the Roaring Tweentis began enjoying active sports, such as gold, the adopted long argyle stockings. The Art Deco Argyle Stockings project celebrates these modern women and their love for colours, motion and geometry of the 1920’s Art Deoc Design.

Alpha Stockins by Jenna Hurry


Jenna Hurry creates cleverly stacked bands of texture out of four different stitched stitch lattices in the Alpha Stockings. Working cables in the round can be tricky when the pattern crosses the beginning of the round. Tech Tips on the best solution for this are included giving you a parely noticable jog where the cables meet up.

Burnham Wood Capelet by Rosemary (Romi) Hill


Raglan shaping draws paths for looped cables in Rosemary (Romi) Hill’s Burnham Wood Capelet. A high collar of the same cables keeps throats toasty: deep box pleats allow for warmth and free movement at the same time.

Interweave Spin Off Winter 2010

The Winter 2010 issue of Spin-Off magazine is so full of fibre that if you snuggled up next to it, it would keep you warm!


Open the pages and you’ll find angora, giviut, alpaca, and sheep’s wool tucked into every available space, plus lots of great tips on how to spin these fibres.

The pattern for the half-gloves shown on the cover is included in the handspun gallery, along with six versions of the half-gloves showing just the tip-of-the-iceberg of what can be done with a pattern if you cary the fibre colour and/or grist of the yarn you use.

Interweave Knits and KnitScene CD’s

We have received more stock of the full range of Interweave Knits (2002 to 2008) and KnitScene (2005-2009) CDs!


If you’ve been thinking of condensing your magazine stash, or missed a few when the magazines were originally released, these CDs are a great way to keep your clutter down.

Knitting from the Top Down DVD

Along with our other Interweave Knits goodies we have received a small delivery of Knitting from the Top Down with well know knitwear designer Wendy Bernard.

In this workshop video, Wendy shares her expertise for knitting top-down sweaters. Knit along with her as she demonstrates a top-down raglan pullover and a set-in sleeve cardigan pattern. With the tips and techniques you’ll learn from this step-by-step approach, you become an expert on knitting from the top down.

Plus included with the DVD is access to the two sweater patterns used throughout the dvd – Wendy’s Riverstone Boatneck pullover and Cerulean Cardigan.


With only four weeks to go, hopefully you all have your big gifts well under way! It’s time to start thinking of those smaller gifts… gifts for workmates, teachers and friends that deserve something special.

Homespun Lavender Filled Pear by Carrie Strine

I had a lovely skein of handspun sitting in my stash that needed to become something special.


When I came across this pattern it seemed like the perfect fit!. These adorable little pears, filled with lavender are going to become special gifts for some special friends on mine this Christmas.


If you don’t have any handspun in your stash I think they would also look fantastic in Noro Silk Garden.

Lace Jewelry Frames by Stitch Diva Studios

This jewellery frame is both stunning and functional – no more tangled dangly earrings! With both knit and crochet versions of simple lacy stitches and versatile enough to fit any size frame.

I think I need one of these myself!!


Yarn Suggestions

Tosh lace

Malabrigo lace

Eki Riva Supreme

Sundance Make Up Bag by Joelle Meier Rioux

A cute little carry all for make up or knitting tools. Using only a small amount of yarn and a sweet button this makes for a quick last minute gift.


Yarn Suggestions

Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton

Debbie Bliss Eco Aran Cotton

Grandma Twinkle by Michelle Kludas

Last year I made a batch of crochet stars and snowflakes that were hanging in the shop window as christmas decorations, I wanted to grow the collection this year and I couldn’t go past these adorable little ‘granny’ stars.

I was busy churning out a few the other night and one of my little ones asked if she could help me knit (yes…I still have a long way to go teaching the differences between knitting and crochet to my 5yr old).


She picked up the pile of finished stars and started weaving the tails in and out of the holes – she was so excited to be ‘knitting’!

When she had finished her little pile she decided that they would make the perfect gift for her Kindy teachers. Looks like I am making some extras…I just adore that she loves my handmade gifts.


These stars make great Christmas Decorations but I can also see them as unique gift tags on gifts.


After playing with the Lace Click Set this week, I’m in love!


We have received more sets after the stock that we had last week sold out in record time – I think these might be a very popular gift this season… make sure you send in your significant other quick, otherwise they might all be gone!
Friday DyeDay

With the final weeks of the year getting busier and busier this might be one of the last of my dye sessions until the New Year…

On my super squishy superwash DK Merino….



Ocean Green




Spring Meadow




I have plenty of un-dyed yarn skeined and ready to go plus more exciting bases coming, watch out for more Friday DyeDay action and DyeDay Workshops soon!
Inspiring your passion!

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