01.04.11

Friday Favourites

With one season ending and another beginning I thought it would be an
ideal time to feature the luscious Jo Sharp Cottons and Cotton blends.

As the weather starts to cool we tend to think about
snuggling under woollens but there are still plenty of projects that
suit the lighter weight and cooler cottons.

This week I whipped up another Tea Mat & Coaster
set, this time as a birthday gift.

The colour combinations are endless!
Why not select a few colours of your own with our Friday
Favourite
.

10% Off

Jo Sharp SoHo Summer Cotton &
Desert Garden

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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 – No holds 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.


Interweave Crochet

Interweave Crochet Spring 2011

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Lacy loveliness and fabulous projects for children are the hallmarks of
this issue, with twenty-five bright designs for spring.

Learn left- and right-handed broomstick techniques as well as new Tunisian
techniques, then use your newfound skills to create beautiful
garments. Check out our new definition of twin sets: a single pattern
with different detailing for boys and girls; a girl and doll matching
set; and two playsets in compatible colors for sisters or BFFs.

Plus: Read about Dora Ohrenstein’s quest for the origin of
crochet. And Betsy Greer’s Craftivism column focuses on kids
crocheting for kids. And we have the final five reader-designed
squares for the Chain Reaction Afghan Project.

Many of the designs in this issue are light and lacy, ideal garments to
take us into the cooler months.

There is a special emphasis on
projects for children. These projects employ basic crochet techniques
so you can focus on colour and detail as well as the really important
goal of finishing the project while the child can still fit into it.


Dahlia Shawl by Lisa Naskrent

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Clarence
the Monkey by Brenda K. B. Anderson

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Hialeah Bag by Simona Merchant-Dest

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Interweave Spin Off

Interweave
Spin Off Spring 2011

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With a burst of colour the latest Interweave Spin Off has arrived!

Features include making self-striping yarn, a very interesting
article on art yarn (form or function?!) and an intriguing read by
Judith Mackenzie on spinning with paper.

Woolganics

Autumn is finally here and the odd cooler day has been making an appearance. We
have started to top up our winter yarns including the organic merino
range from WOOLganics.

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This is a popular yarn for children’s
knits as it is super soft and has a fabulous range of colours.
Perhaps a little vest like Milo
by Georgie Hallam to keeps their chest warm.

It is also very suitable for those next to the skin adult knits, I love the
look of
Swirling Gauntlets by Susanna IC.

In addition to the DK range of WOOLganics we have our first shipment of
the Head, Hands and Heart range. Head, Hands & Heart is a super bulky yarn or 16ply
and just perfect for the chunky accessories that are so popular this
season. Or perhaps the ultimate throw to snuggle under this winter!

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A few patterns to inspire –

Marian
by Jane Richmond

Ulmaro
by Jared Flood

Friida
by Eveli Kaur

Network Cowl
by Tanis Gray

Double Crochet Infinity Scarf
by Brooke Ann Dove

Elstar Capelet
by Erica Lynne


We have started with six stunning colours from the range and will expand
on these colours in the coming weeks. If there is a colour that you
would like to see please email and we will make sure that we order it for you.

Noro


We are excited to say that our Winter 2011 range of Noro has arrived!!!

I know many of your have been patiently waiting for our new
colours to hit the store and I can confirm the wait has certainly
been worth it with new colours across our whole range – Taiyo, Silk
Garden, Silk Garden Lite and Silk Garden Sock.

Taiyo

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I immediately fell in love with one of the new colours of Taiyo and
have started a simple round cushion cover.

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Other popular patterns for Taiyo are – Everyday Cowl by Jennifer Casa
and
Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf by Khebhin Gibbons.

This is a great beginner crochet project and only takes one skein of Noro Taiyo.

Silk Garden

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Silk Garden is certainly one of our most popular Noro yarns and with good
reason. Two simple and yet very effective patterns are
Noro Striped Scarf
and
Turn A Square both by Jared Flood.

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One of my first Noro purchases was back in 2006 when Knitty Winter was published with VyVyan Neel’s Argosy
scarf. I simply had to make one….

Another of my favourite Silk Garden Lite projects is Clapotis
by Kate Gilbert. I made this Clapotis for my mum several years ago.

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If you are looking for something a little lighter in weight you can’t go
past our Silk Garden Sock. Add a splash of colour to your winter wardrobe with
Gaia Shoulder Hug
by Anne Carroll Gilmour or for an accessory Asami Kawa’s
Sunflowers Satchel.

March Colourwork KAL

It has been such a busy month with the launch of our Biggan Colourwork
Workshops and our March Colourwork KAL. We have seen some amazing examples of stripes, stranded and fair isle.

Our randomly selected winner this month is Kimley Vacher-Dring. Congratulations
Kimley! Please email me and we will arrange your gift voucher.

April Lace KAL

If the latest Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine (Spring / Summer 2011) is any indication there appears to be
a resurgence of lace knitting!

The airy, lightweight almost butterfly like fabric that can be created is divine for this time of
year when you simply need an extra layer.

I am also very taken with what I like to call ‘chunky lace’ – lace patterns knit up in a
heavier weight yarn. With the arrival of some fabulous heavier weight
yarns in the past two weeks I have managed to cast on two chunky lace project.

Below is the start of a Umaro Throw in our new Head Hands & Heart bulky.

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Lace knitting certainly requires concentration, in fact this may be its only downside….not the best
project to work on while chatting!

Our April Knit A Long is all about expanding our skills, lace knitting is an excellent way to learn to
‘read’ your knitting and to understand charts.

Over the next month we will feature many lace knitting patterns from simple scaves
to complex shawls.

To support those new to knitting lace
we have schedule KAL Support Lessons on Saturday afternoons throughout April.

As always we invite you all to join in the fun as we slip, slip, knit,
yarn over and knit two together our way through April. Even if you
are not entering the KAL draw we would love you to share you plans,
patterns and projects with us in store and via our Ravelry group.

To go in the draw and win your purchase price of yarn back as a gift
voucher*
will close at midnight 2nd May 2011
and the winner will be announced in our newsletter on 6
th of May 2011.

For those who are not sure where to start here are a selection of
patterns to inspire –

Annis by Susanna IC

Every Last Yard by Amy Swenson

Spring Beret by Natalie Larson

*up to the amount of $50, yarn must be purchased from Tangled Yarns during April.


Friday Dyeday


There hasn’t been a great deal of dyeing time this month, one quick dye session yielded 700g of DK Superwash Merino.

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April, May & June Classes

With the demand for our classes on the rise as the temperature drops we
have refined standard classes plus added a few new ones.

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Technical Support

Our additional Tuesday Technical Support class is here to stay, 12noon – 2pm.

Thursday Technical Support has changed times, 10am – 12noon.

Join Anita on a Tuesday afternoon or Thursday morning
and receive support with projects that may be challenging your
skills. Bring along your current project or we will help you select something new.


Blanket Techniques

My Saturday afternoon Blanket Techniques class is proving to be popular.
So that I can spend enough time with each
student I have increased the class from one hour to two hours, 1pm – 3pm.


Blocking Class

One technique I am often asked about is blocking.
I am an avid blocker and believe that most, if not all
projects can benefit from some form of blocking. If the process of
blocking your finished projects seems daunting this the class for you, Saturday 1pm – 3pm.


Learn to Knit Socks

There is nothing like wearing a pair of hand knit socks to keep your feet
warm! They are also a great project for trying your hand a stitch
patterns, lace or cables. We have two Learn To Knit Socks series
starting in June. These are intermediate classes as basic knitting in the round skills are required.

To view all dates and times for our current workshops and classes please
visit the classes page on our website or click this direct link.

Social Groups


Our amazing baker, Megan has been whipping up a storm and has freshly
delivered a batch of Blueberry Boy Bait and Pecan Brownies to tempt the taste buds this weekend.
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We have also just received a delivery of Keep Cups including the extra
large 16oz size for the true coffee addicts.

Why not join our lively social group this Saturday and enjoy some great tea, coffee,
treats and knitty company!

Easter Trading Hours

Easter and Anzac Day both fall at the end of April this year. Our shopfront
will be closed on several of the public holidays as below. Our online
store will remain open and all orders will be processed on the first
available trading day. Please see the website for our Easter Trading Hours.

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Inspiring your passion!

Kelly

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