My first Christopher was back in early July for my Dad’s birthday. He has been wearing his hat most weekends when I visit which makes all of those colours changes worth it (I am still on the search for the perfect jogless stripe method!).
He has requested another, this time in a different colour theme….
I adore working with our Berroco Ultra Alpaca and it is the ideal yarn to whip up a hat for your dad in time Fathers Day next Sunday!
Grab some Ultra Alpaca this weekend while it is our Friday Favourite.
We’ve had a great time compiling suggestions and hope you find some inspiration!
Your dad might not mind waiting a few extra weeks for his present – maybe combine it as a Father’s Day/Christmas present and knit him Cobblestone by Jared Flood – a modern take on the classic pullover. Or your father might be more the vest-wearing type – Stephen West’s Caldwell is a great choice with the honeycomb cables up the front and a stylish striped pattern across the back.
Something for those cheeky monkey dads – Jerry the Musical Monkey by Rebecca Danger – what a cute present to give on behalf of your little one!
Is Dad the official dish washer in the household? Show your appreciation with his very own Fathers Day Dishcloth and make sure he knows that he is the #1 Dad!
For those techno-enthusiast fathers that always have the latest gadget, knit something that will protect their beloved gadgets. Perhaps a Cabled iPod Sock or a Ribbed iPod Sock. For those lucky dads with iPads have some fun with his favourite colours and a Simple iPad Cover or twist it up a bit with a Cabled iPad Sleeve.
Does your dad enjoy a good bottle of wine? This Winecozy will keep his wine at its optimum temperature at the dinner table or if you have time for a little felting whip up and then stick this Felted Wine Cozy in your washing machine for a quick felt.
Maybe coffee is the drink of choice for your dad. He would like of you every time he has a coffee with a striking Going Green Cup Cozy.
And for something that little bit different, Dad Style Bias Knit Tie!
|Cascade Ultra Pima|
20 deliciously popping spring colours!
Yardage: 201metres/220 yards per 100g
Gauge: 22-24 stitches per 4 inches / 10cm
Needle Size: US 5 – 6 / 3.75-4mm
Fibre Content: 100% Pima Cotton
Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier
Acacia by Georgie Hallam
Peggy-Sue by Linda Wilgus
Baby Confection Shrug by Tonya Wagner
Sunny Spread by Ellen Gormley
Summer Flies by Donna Griffin
Petrie by Beautia Dew
I feel a new cast on again this weekend!
It feels like it’s been on a whirlwind trip around the world and back again. There are some beautiful pieces in this collection – I could even see some of these working up in our Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece or new Cascade Ultra Pima for a light weight summer alternative.
|Knit A Long
Firstly, one of our customers, Emma, suggested this tutorial by Marie Grace Designs for seaming set-in sleeves. The clear photographs are very helpful, and she also touches on the importance of blocking the pieces before seaming.
We have also found this tutorial from Knitty Spring 2004 by Theresa Vinson Stenersen on Mattress Stitch, an invaluable resource. It’s amazing how Mattress Stitch give the appearance of continuous knitting!
We do have our final Knit-A-Long Technical Support class tomorrow afternoon from 1-3pm with Derrin. There are a few places left if you need some last minute help to be finished by Thursday!
Don’t forget to email in your finished project photograph by 9am Thursday 1st September to email@example.com to be in the draw to win your yarn purchase back as a gift voucher (up to $50.00).
The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter, along with the details of our new Knit-A-Long.
We have replenished our stock of our Gaywool Dyes. These dyes are perfect for any animal based fibre you have. You don’t need specific wool to dye any cream or white will do!
I have added some Dyeing Workshops to the calendar this week, beginning in October – you’ll find more details further in the newsletter.
Our next series of Learn to Knit classes starts next Thursday evening with a full class of students eager and ready to discover knitting!
We still have a few spots left in our Learn to Knit class beginning Sunday 4th September, and continuing the 11th and 18th September from 11am-1pm. If you’re eager to discover knitting, or know someone who is, book now!
We have also released our spring schedule, with classes for October, November and December ready to go. We are adding a few new classes, and making sure there are plenty of Technical Support sessions for all that Christmas crafting.
Our Blocking class will be a one hour informative class where I will be showing you the best methods on blocking, and giving you tips and tricks on how blocking will give you the professional look you strive for.
Please note, this is not a practical class – you don’t need to bring anything other than a notepad and pen.
$15.00 per class
10:30am – 11:30am
Tuesday 20th September
Saturday 24th September
Tuesday 11th October
Tuesday 25th October
Saturday 29th October
Tuesday 8th November
Saturday 12th November
Tuesday 22nd November
Saturday 26th November
Even though the weather is beginning to warm up we still have people wanting assistance with assembling blankets. I love inspiring so many people and with all the beautiful cotton yarns we stock you can achieve the perfect weight blanket that will take the chill off the cooler evenings in summer.
This class is aimed at intermediate students who want to a professional look to their blankets. This class is not designed to teach you how to crochet. This can be covered in our Learn to Crochet classes.
Please make sure you bring the blanket you are working on for this class.
$25.00 per class
Saturday 1st October
Tuesday 18th October
Saturday 22nd October
Tuesday 1st November
Saturday 5th November
Tuesday 15th November
Saturday 19th November
I have add some Dyeing Workshop classes to the calendar as well! These workshops are always extremely popular and are fantastic way to learn how to create your own unique hand dyed yarns!
This year I have both Beginner and Intermediate Dyeing Workshops.
The Beginner Workshops are aimed at students who have not dyed yarn before. During the workshop you will learn two different techniques on how to dye wool. This includes access to the extensive range of Gaywool Dyes plus 2 x 100g skeins of yarn.
The Intermediate Workshops are intended for students who have attended one of my dyeing workshops previously and would like to extend their knowledge further. The aim of the workshop is to dye yarn specifically for a Dipped Infinity Scarf by Laura Chau which requires a specific tonal group.
Beginner Dyeing Workshop
Wednesday 19th October
Sunday 23rd October
Wednesday 16th November
Intermediate Dyeing Workshop
Wednesday 2nd November
Sunday 20th November
Wednesday 30th November
Sunday 4th December
A 50% deposit is required to secure your place with the remainder to be paid one week before the workshop begins. The workshop will be capped to only six students per day and in the past have filled very quickly, so it is wise to book early.
To see our full calendar, you can download a copy here.
If you are interested in any of these classes, are taking bookings now! Call the store on 07 3666 0276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
|On the Needles at Tangled Yarns
Naomi has also been feeling the Cascade 220 Superwash Sport love as well and has cast on Still Light Tunic by Veera Valimaki. She’s added a splash of Noro Silk Garden Sock to add some interest throughout the garment,and I think it will look stunning.
Anita is continuing her overseas knitting marathon and cast off her Rosamund’s Cardigan by Andrea Pomerantz in Malabrigo Rios finished this week! She wasn’t able to squeak out the longer sleeves like she had hoped to but it will be a fabulous layering piece both here and in Sweden.
I made a few modifications, mainly changing the waist shaping and sleeve shaping to suit. I also went with my favourite ¾ length sleeves and added 8 buttons, slightly closer together to avoid any bust poppage.
I used a 3.0mm needles for all of the garter stitch, 3.25mm needles for the stocking stitch and 4.00mm needles for the i-cord bind off
I carried the yarn for the contrast stripes in the body up the side of the piece, catching the float every two rows to secure it. (way less ends to weave in!) For the sleeve stripes I used this method of jogless stripes.
Since the Cascade 220 Sport is a superwash I couldn’t slice my yarn when I was joining in a new ball, instead I used a russian join. (again, no ends to weave in!)
|Made by Megan
Flourless Hazelnut Chocolate Cake (gluten free)
|Inspiring your passion!