21.10.11

Friday Favourites


With nine weeks until Christmas my Friday Favourite this week is our ever popular Envirosax range.

These handy little bags make for an ideal stocking stuffer or small gift for neighbours, teachers or work colleagues.

I love the SlingSax with their tie-together handles that allow them to be worn diagonally and their easy adjustably suiting all body shapes.

The sleek design is great for busy people who need their hands free.

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And don’t forget the Envirosax bags create beautiful,
eco friendly gift wrapping for all your festive season gifts!
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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 – 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.

Brown Sheep 


Yesterday we received a wonderful and rather large delivery from Brown Sheep.

More of our Cotton Fleece and Cotton Fine including many new colours!

With so much new stock our shelves are bursting at the seams and the Cotton Fleece has overflowed to the next shelf – a spectacular rainbow of colour.

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Our Cotton Fleece and Cotton Fine range are right up there as my favourite yarns for this time of year. The coolness of the cotton with just a touch of wool to avoid the finished garment loosing shape.

Below are just a few patterns that are on my to knit list for this summer!


Cotton Fleece

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Haltermelon by Alana Dakos

Jane by Georgie Hallam

Hip in Hemp by Gudrun Johnston

Anchored by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud

Cotton Fine

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Amiga by Mags Kandis

Top Down Gilet by Naganasu

Make Up Your Mind by KnittedblissJC

Floreal by Deanne Ramsay

October Knit-A-Long


Our second last week of October and our gift knitting KAL for our amazing Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and Sisters!

This week we have featured a great range of pattern and yarn combinations from light summer cotton socks through to beach or knitting bags.

Augustine Shawlette by Valdis Vrang in Perrot Beauty Cotton Silk

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Breeze by Jennifer L. Appleby in Cotton Fine

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Milkweed Shawl by Laura Chau in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light

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Medano Beach by Heidi Kirrmaier in Jo Sharp SoHo Summer DK Cotton

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Keep an eye out for our final October pattern suggestions next week before we move onto our mens pattern suggestions!

Classes


Anita is back on deck after her amazing trip to Sweden!

She has recovered from a dose of jet-lag and we have now resumed our Saturday morning Technical Support Classes.

Our Technical Support Classes move you beyond the basics. We can give you assistance with your current projects or the confidence to challenge yourself with something new.

Technical Support

Saturday 10am – 12 noon

22nd October or 29th October


Now is the ideal time to learn to knit socks, they are small, light and easy to work on while on the go.

We have another series of our very popular Learn To Knit Socks classes starting in early November.(LTKS is a series of 3 x 2 hour classes)

This leaves you with enough time to make a pair of socks for a lucky loved one for Christmas! Perhaps a pair of sweet summer socks, Fluttered by Michelle Hunter

Learn to Knit Socks

Saturday 1pm – 3pm

5th November, 12th November & 19th November.

Bookings are essential for all of our classes.

Please phone the store on 07 3666 0276 or email us tangled@tangledyarns.com.au
to book into any of our classes.

On the Needles at Tangled Yarns

I see many projects started at our social group days and love nothing more then when people pop back in to show me their finished projects!

This week two projects in particular have caught my eye.

Maureen brought her finished Pembroke Wrap by Andrea Rangel (Interweave Knits Fall 2011).

Maureen has used our WOOLganics Head Heart & Hands.

(The pattern specifies 400 yards / 366m but Maureen finished hers with a single skein!
Perhaps I need to make one, purely for research purposes of course! hahaa)

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One of these would certainly make a injection of colour into almost any wardrobe! I just adore chunky lace.

Rachel also popped in earlier this week a with a little stack of crocheted colour…

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The pattern is Tea Mat & Coasters by Etsuko Taniuchi and the yarn our Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton.

I made several of these earlier in the year for gifts and a couple for myself at home. They are quick to make and the colour combinations are almost endless!


Anita leapt straight into some summer knitting as soon as she arrived back from her trip away.

She was eyeing off many of our new summer yarns before leaving but managed to resist until last week.

In less then a week she had almost finished a Spring Garden Tee (Adult Size) by Alana Dakos in our Cascade Ultra Pima. (colour # 3721, Ginseng)

Just the sweet lace on the sleeves to cast off. (you can see the sleeves being held by waste yarn below)

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I was in need of some instant gratification this week as I have been working away on some larger projects. That and my wardrobe needed a little, lightweight, summer cardi to throw over the top of cotton dresses.

I decided to go with Liesl by Ysolda Teague, with some modifications.

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This is my third Liesl or forth if you count my Cloud Bolero back in 2007!
(The pattern Cloud Bolero is no longer available but it was the design starting point for Liesl)

I wore my first Liesl from last November constantly over the colder months but wanted something really cool for our hot summer.

I have used our Cascade Ultra Pima (colour #3740, Sprout) which has resulted in a silky, light cardi.

I used two skeins, the finished project only weighs 192grams!

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Because I have used a finer weight yarn (the original pattern calls for an Aran weight yarn) I cast on for a larger size – 42″ bust to yield 38″ bust, compensating for the gauge difference.

I used 8.00mm needles to cast on, instead of 7.00mm needles to give a wider neck width. I then knit 3 rows of stocking stitch to create a small amount of fabric that I used later to pick up and knit an applied i-cord to stabilise the neck opening.

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I slowly graded down the needle size, each lace repeat dropping from 8.00mm to 7.00mm, 6.5mm and then finally 6.00mm when separating for the sleeves.

The remainder of the garment was knit on 6.00mm needles and all cast offs were done with 8.00mm needles to maintain a flexible cast off.

I chose to drop down from the recommended 7.00mm to the 6.00mm needles as the Ultra Pima is lighter than the recommended yarn and would have been too open on the 7.00mm needles.
 

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In keeping with the simple look I was aiming for I eliminated all of the garter stitch in the pattern, both in the lace and the button bands. When casting on I added two extra stitches to what would become the front bands so that I would end up with a slightly rolled edge to compliment the i-cord neck opening.

Both the lower edge of the body and the sleeves have a simple finish of stocking stitch to maintain the minimalist look. The sleeves finish just on elbow length, just perfect!

I have given the finished cardi a light steam block to open the lace.

Taking only two nights to knit, I think a few more in different colours may pop up in my wardrobe very soon!

I am tempted by the sunny Buttercup (#3748) in our Cascade Ultra Pima or our Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece would work also work perfectly, perhaps in October Leaf (#865)…

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Made by Megan

Two delicious treats to tempt our taste-buds again this week….


Hedgehog Slice

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Orange Butter-cake

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Whats on in Brisbane

Looking to get out and about in our wonderful city this weekend?

Head to the Gallery of Modern Art at Southbank for their latest exhibition –

Threads: Contemporary Textiles & the Social Fabric

1 October 2011 – 5 February 2012 : Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Threads transformed through knitting, weaving, looping and stitching are the most flexible of materials. Often carrying significant personal and cultural narratives, they move across temporal and spatial boundaries, connecting old and new ideas, just as they provide important links between people, places and ways of life. Threads also have the capacity to unravel, opening up possibilities for innovation, discord and creative change.

Bringing together a diverse range of contemporary textiles from the gallery’s Australian, Asian and Pacific Collections, ‘Threads: Contemporary Textile and the Social Fabric’ celebrates the ways in which contemporary artist explore and extend the textile medium.
 
 
 
Inspiring your passion!
Kelly
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