30.09.11

Friday Favourites


One of my go-to yarns for gift knitting has always been Debbie Bliss’s Cashmerino Aran.

The blend of merino, microfiber and cashmere make it a luxurious yarn to work with and even the fussiest of wearers can’t fault how soft this yarn is – perfect for bubs and people with sensitive skin.

With the weeks to Christmas quickly slipping away, get a head start on your knitting with these great gift ideas in our Friday Favourite.

Teacher ideas

Fetching by Cheryl Niamath
Backyard Leaves by Annie Modesitt
Tudora by Cheryl Marling

Baby ideas

Ribbed Baby Jacket by Debbie Bliss
Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier

Guy ideas

A Hat Fit for a Boyfriend by Stephanie Nicole
Knotty by Nice by Natalie Larson
Windschief by Stephen West

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.

Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts

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Delight in holiday knitting with this year’s Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts. Timeless knits for me, women, children and the home fill this supersize issue.

Every page inspires with vibrant photography, well-chosen projects and unexpected extras that delight the crafter.

Over-flowing with a large collection of knits to suit everyone on your gift list, while also providing a timeless source of inspiration. This issue explores varies styles, from mature and sophisticated to fun and funky; from colourful kids’ projects to elegant home décor.

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Dabble in the rustic with Log Cabin Knits; get luminous sophistication with All Lit Up; play with toys in Plaything; try your hand at ornate detail in the Victorian-inspired A House With Gables; get folksy with the holiday décor of Folk Craft and finally, Made For Fun brings home those colourful, simple knits that make such great gifts.

Really Pink Purse

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Chivalry Mitts

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Forever Scarf

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Flamboyant Shawl

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Peace Street Hat

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First Friday Shrug

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Delancey Scarf

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Interweave Crochet Fall 2011
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In this issue of Interweave Crochet you will find twenty smart designs that offer both challenges and quick gratification. Combine broomstick lace with a shell pattern; turn Tunisian on its side in an entrelac pullover; twist tiny cables into hats; try a top-down raglan for a child. Begin your own Clones lace keepsake with Marie Treanor’s first two motifs in her series on Clones lace.

Pacific Wave Scarf

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Worked in luscious silk, this crochet scarf uses bead crochet to add a little extra sparkle. Additional beads add weight to the fringe.

Purple Smoothie Vest

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This easy Tunisian crochet vest is worked in one piece for minimal seaming. Crossed stitches create a textured, faux crocheted cable fabric. A short belt worked, onto the front, closes the front.

Green Chai Cardi

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Broomstick lace and shells combine in this short-sleeved cardigan. And the top down construction allows you to customize the length of this crocheted cardigan.

Betty’s Tunisian Tee

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Tunisian knit stitch, Tunisian purl stitch, and entrelac combine to create this geometric crocheted Tee.

Oak Wrap

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This season-spanning crocheted shrug has a stretchy stitch, tapered waist, and subtle cap sleeves, all pulled together with a flattering wrap tie

Birch Bark Scarf

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Lace ruffles add a bit of fun to this easy crocheted scarf. Three layers of mesh crochet are joined at the center with buttonholes that allow you to wear this festive scarf in a variety of ways.

Turtle Tracks Blanket

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Crocheted cables create an intricate pattern in this superwash wool blanket. A variety of size options makes this a versatile afghan.

Interweave Spin Off Fall 2011
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Interweave Spin Off Fall 2011 is all about the spinning wheel! Trace the history of the wheel to its possible origins by learning about Jonathan Bosworth’s reproduction of a Han Dynasty spinning wheel from a Chinese Stone Carving created 1,200 years before scholars believe the spinning wheel was invented.

Visit to the Ashford Handicarfts spinning wheel factor in Ashburton, New Zealand and lean how this business has thrived through two world wars and fire to provide the work with spinning wheels.

Beyond these fascinating articles you will find lots of tips to help you get to know your wheel better including trouble shooting tips for beginners.

Cascade

Our Cascade Ultra Pima has certainly taken the store by storm!

We have received our first top up shipment this week, replenishing our out of stock colours plus adding a few new colours to bring our growing range to 23 stunning colours.

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Some summery pattern ideas…

African Flower Hexagon by Lounette Fourie & Anita Rossouw

Eden’s Adam by Georgie Hallam

Lace Saddle Tee by Lisa S. Rowe

Watermelon by Alana Dakos

Morning Echo by Elizabeth Sullivan

Slouched Tuva Hat by Turvid

Otto by Ysolda Teague

Addi


Back in stock this week – our popular Addi Lace Click Set!

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With the flexible range of needles and five sets of cords from 40cm up to 100cm, you’ll be all set for many different knitting adventures!

Knit Pro

Our range of KnitPro needles have been replenished this week.

We find so many of our customers love the variety of choices that the KnitPro range offers in both needle size and the different materials – it means that you’re sure to find the right needle for your project.

Buttons

A small shipment of buttons has arrived this week.

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Our extensive range of buttons are hand picked to compliment your knitwear with many of them being perfect for those statement pieces.



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I have been a fan of Alana Dakos (of Never Not Knitting) and Hannah Fettig’s (of KnitBot) work for many years now and was excited to hear that they have come together to publish a book!

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Knitwear designers Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig are two friends living on opposite ends of the United States. They have come together to produce Coastal Knits, a compilation of ten fresh designs inspired by Alana’s California and Hannah’s Maine coastlines. Each design captures the essence of their favourite local destinations, and is accompanied by photographs and essays on the location’s special meaning to the designer. It is a personal, inspiration-based collection of sweaters and accessories that knitters of all levels will appreciate.

The preview of the book is beautiful and there are several patterns that I can’t wait to knit up! Some of these are perfect for our warmer weather in Queensland…

You might even spy some of our buttons used on the Cambrian Cowl!

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(All Coastal Knits images used with permission from Alana & Hannah)


Sadly, these particular blue buttons have been discontinued by our button supplier but we do have some other new beautiful buttons from the same range that would be just perfect.

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Alana and Hannah were lovely and sent me an advanced copy of the Cambrian Cowl pattern so I can knit up a store sample…I cast on immediately with our Cascade Eco Alpaca (double stranded) and I am utterly smitten…

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Coastal Knits is due to hit stores in mid October. If you would like to reserve your copy of Coastal Knits, you can email tangled@tangledyarns.com.au and we will contact you as soon as the books arrive.

September Knit-A-Long

We have received great feedback from many of you who have participated in this month’s Knit-A-Long.

With the help of our tutorials, classes and pattern suggestions, projects have been finished and new skills have been learnt.

Hopefully we have given you a few different ideas on the application of short rows and how they can impact on your knitted projects!

This month’s winner, randomly selected from the random number generator is Fiona Henderson!

Fiona was certainly busy this month with two short row projects completed, Spectra by Stephen West and Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf.

Congratulations! Please contact us so we can organise your gift voucher.

October Knit-A-Long

Today marks just on twelve weeks until Christmas!

If you are planning on a handmade Christmas now is a great time to get started to avoid the Christmas Eve Cast Off.

I love giving my friends and family handmade gifts during the festive season.

In previous years many of you have enjoyed the encouragement and inspiration that our Gift-A-Long has offered.

Each newsletter until Christmas will give you a helping hand with pattern suggestions and inspiration on crafting for your loved ones.

We will start with our wonderful grandmothers, mothers and sisters during October, the fantastic men in our lives during November and some last minute gifts for friends, neighbours and children in December.


To start off the inspiration…

Worked double stranded, these cosy slippers will keep your tootsies warm on those cool nights. And done in the soft Biggan Design DK Merino, they’ll be super soft and easy to wash.

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Toesties Garter Rib Slippers by Megan Mills

A pretty splash of colour over summer dresses, this short sleeved cardigan is a perfect choice for that young and fashionable woman. With a beautiful range of colours, Cascade 220 Superwash Sport is an ideal choice!

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Goodale by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

The sister pattern for Summer Flies, this sweet little number has two sizes – a shawlette with a picot edging, or a full sized shawl with a stunning pleated edge. The silk in our Cascade Heritage Silk is going to give this the drape it deserves!

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Autumn Flutters by Donna Griffin

We will have a thread in our Ravelry Group to keep track of our gift idea pattern suggestions, feel free to drop in and add your ideas and share your progress.

Classes

Our classes are as busy as ever!

We have a new series of Learn to Knit beginning on Saturday 8th October and continuing 15th and 22rd, from 1-3pm.

During this class you’ll learn all the basics of knitting – cast on, knit and purl, cast off, increasing and decreasing. We start with some scrummy cotton washcloths, which are just perfect for the gift giving season.

We do have a couple of spaces left in our next intermediate class of Learn to Knit Socks starting this Sunday!

Phone the store on 07 3666 0276 to book your place now!

Our Blanket Technique classes are aimed at showing you how to put together your blankets with a professional flair and to show you other useful techniques that will translate through to other parts of your crafting life.

This class is aimed at intermediate students – it is not designed to teach you how to knit or crochet.

Please make sure you bring the blanket you need help with!

Blanket Techniques

$25.00 per class

10am-12pm

Tuesday 18th October

Saturday 22nd October

Tuesday 1st November

Saturday 5th November


Tuesday 15th November

Saturday 19th November

If you have any questions about any of our classes or if you have suggestions on a class you’d like to see us offer you can email tangled@tangledyarns.com.au or phone 07 3666 0276.

On the Needles at Tangled Yarns


Lauren is on the Sleeve Stretch this week with her
Soay by Gudrun Johnston. The Cascade 220 Superwash Sport is knitting up a dream and this is going to be a great midseason cardigan!

She made the difficult decisions of buttons earlier this week.

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Fingers crossed we’ll see a finished cardigan in the next week or so but she does tell me that she is getting distracted by the pretty, prettyUltra Pima for a cotton cardi…


Derrin couldn’t resist the lure of our new Cascade Heritage Silk last Saturday and immediately cast on Breezy by Hannah Fettig in Marine Blue and Grey.

This will become a stunning spring weight cardi idea for layering during the warmer months.

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With only 12 grams left of yellow I was cutting it fine finishing my Stripe Study Shawl.

I cast off last night and gave it a short soak and gentle blocking. I had just enough yellow left to cast off in it, creating a great feature edge.

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I can’t wait to wear this, it will be the perfect accessory for several of my summer dresses.

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The Heritage Silk was divine to both hand-dye and knit.

I wasn’t the only one taken by the silky sheen and bright spring colours from my DyeDay Friday last week as the hand-dyed Heritage Silk sold out in a couple of days!

I have more un-dyed yarns on the way and colours swirling around in my head so watch out for more DyeDay yarns very soon.

With cotton cardi fever still strong I have cast on Honeybee Cardigan by Laura Chau in our Brown Sheep Cotton Fine. The lace requires a little more concentration as it is patterned on both sides, no ‘purl row’ rest in between.

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I’m enjoying working with the Cotton Fine again, the high cotton content (80% Cotton & 20% Merino) makes for a nice and cool knit, not to mention a light and delicate fabric.

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For those joining us in-store this weekend…

Bursting with fruit – LemonBlueberry Yogurt Loaf
(which totally counts as breakfast with all that fruit!)

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Temptation at its best –
Walnut Cocoa Brownies

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Inspiring your passion!
Kelly



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