04.11.11

Friday Favourites

This month we are focusing on gifts for our boys and men.

To kick off November our Friday Favourite is our Berroco Ultra Alpaca!

I love this yarn not only for its softness but also for the vast range of colours. It can be hard to find good masculine mens colours.

Two of my favourite projects in our Berroco Ultra Alpaca have been –

Windschief by Stephen West

Christopher by Jane Richmond


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.

Knit A Long
It can be a tricky thing knitting for men…I am always on the lookout for patterns that will keep me interested enough to finish them but tame enough to be actually worn!

Some stand out patterns –

Man by fallmasche


in Berroco Ultra Alpaca

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Riff Socks by Lise Brackbill

in Biggan Design 4ply

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Corbin by Vanessa Smith


in
Eki Riva Supreme

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Knitscene Winter 2011


Knitscene’s first-ever Winter issue delights with a collection of 22 must-have knits.

From gypsy sweaters in the highlands to bobbled knits along the river; London-inspired cardigans for the grey days of winter; angora yarns; and the work on indie designer Alexis Winslow, this issue packs a wintery mix of inspiration, fun and information.

Although this is the wrong season for us just now I am bookmarking several patterns for next winter!!

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Beatriz Dress by Sarah Wilson

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Nora Dress by Alexis Winslow

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Pomes Beret by Kerrie James

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Stanmore Cardigan by Connie Chan Chinchio

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Nevis Cardigan Stefanie Japel

Noro


A new shipment of
Noro has arrived in store this week – with the ever popular Taiyo and Silk Garden filling up our shelves!

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We also have a small top up of Silk Garden Sock.


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Noro continues to be astoundingly popular and is it any wonder with the simple stunning colours and it’s many uses!

Debbie Bliss


Our first shipment of
Debbie Bliss Eco Cotton yarn for the summer season has arrived!

We have beautiful fresh colours in both the Eco Baby (sportweight/5ply) and Eco Cotton (aran/10ply), perfect for summer knits.

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I love the Eco Baby – it’s a perfect substitute for the many baby patterns in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino but with the added goodness of being100% organic cotton – so soft on both baby’s and adult’s skin.

Some pattern ideas –

Baby Kina by Muriela

Orangina by Stefanie Japel

Autumn Leaves by Nikki Van De Car

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As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, I can’t go past a hand made wash cloth and the colours in the Eco Cotton range are great for adding a splash to your sink or shower. It’s superb for accessories and garments too – nice and cool for those warmer days.


Some pattern ideas –

Spring Beret by Natalie Larson

Hey, Teach! by Helene Rush

Emmaline by Jennifer Wood

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We’ve also received a small top up of our Baby Cashmerino range.

Many of our customers have been recently inspired by Lucy of Attic24 and her gorgeous, bright Baby Cashmerino Ripple Blanket.

It is certainly caused a flurry of crochet hooks and yarn!

Several of the colours Lucy is using are unfortunately discontinued but we are happy to help you choose colours from our range to make it your own.

Look out in our What’s on the Needles section for a little rippling action of my own….

Friday DyeDay


Something a little different out of the pot this week – a co-ordinated set of mini skeins for the
Dipped Infinity Scarf by Laura Chau.

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I am so smitten by this set that I’m hanging onto it so that I can create something special for a loved one this Christmas but I had so much fun dyeing the colours that I will be creating some kits for the shop very soon!

If you have a particular colour combination in mind you can always shoot me an email, no guarantees I will be able to create your vision but you never know…
 
 
Classes


I have enjoyed working on my
Blooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic24 and have had so many wonderful comments and requests for more information.

I have been in contact with Lucy and she has given me permission to run some workshops to help you create your very own Blooming Flower Cushion.

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The workshop will run over 2 hours and cost $110. This price includes five balls of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, selected on the day and the cushion insert to bring your cushion to life!

The workshop is aimed at intermediate crocheters – it is a requirement that you already know how to crochet.

The workshop will run on Saturday 19th November and Wednesday 22nd November.

Places are limited, and bookings will be required. Please phone the shop on 07 3666 0276 or email tangled@tangledyarns.com.au to secure your place now!

Social Groups


Our lovely cool store has been a sort-after refuge from the humidity.

Our social groups are thriving with new faces, both local and from interstate. We’ve even had a knitter from Chicago join us for both our Saturday & Thursday evening social group!

We’ve enjoyed listening to everyone’s stories, sharing in their projects and hopefully they have felt like Tangled Yarns was their own local yarn store, even if it was only for the day.

Our social groups are free to attend and we welcome everyone! It’s a great opportunity to be inspired by knitters and crocheters from a wide variety of backgrounds.

If you can’t make it in store, we always have a flurry of activity on our Facebook page! Join in on a virtual knit night and share your little piece of the crafting world.

 
On the Needles at Tangled Yarns


Kim has been stash busting this week and has finally used some of her cherished Malabrigo Sock yarn from our last shipment.

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This is Scalene by Carina Spencer in Malabrigo Sock (eggplant & archangel)

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Scalene is an asymmetrically shaped, triangular scarf that features both horizontal and vertical keyholes for several styles of wear.

Anita just can’t stop working with our Cascade Ultra Pima! After finishing her Spring Garden Tee, she has cast on another Alana Dakos pattern – the oh so cute Very Cherry (in Wine) for her little miss.

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A beautiful cherry-red summer dress with exquisite detailing. The cotton is ideal for summer outings.
 

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The picot cast on took her a few days to master, and almost broke her, but she is very proud and I’m sure she’ll have it finished in no time! 

Derrin has embraced the warm weather knitting and has whipped up a Clapo-Ktus by Loredana Gianferri in our Pierrot Yarns Soft Silk Ramie ( #06 Green).
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A hybrid between Clapotis by Kate Gilbert and Baktus Scarf by Stikkelise, this shawl lets you use the exact amount of yarn that you have.
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Derrin has used a single cone of the Soft Silk Ramie and the finished shawl is the ideal size to wear scrunched up as a scarf or opened to show its full beauty.

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I have been working hard to finish of my two Summer Granny Blankets, especially with the nights heating up.

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I am on the home stretch now with only a few more of the Noro Taiyo granny squares to go. I have started joining the squares with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (#100 Cotton Ball).

Both of my girls have been trying to steal the not quite finished blankets so best I get crocheting!

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Still on the hook and extremely enjoyable is my Claudia Scarf by Rebecca Jackson. The Pierrot Yarns Beauty Silk Cotton is the idea yarn for the warm weather.

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The launch of our three
“Missoni Inspired” patterns last week was overwhelming! So much wonderful feedback.

My Baby Missoni Inspired Chevron Blanket has been hanging out in-store for those that want a closer look and to feel how divine the Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima is.

I had a little of the Ultra Pima colours left over and it is simple to nice to end up sitting in my stash. I added a couple of the colours that I didn’t have and had them sitting on my kitchen counter so that I could play with the colour combinations.

I turned around to see my Miss J re-arranging the colours. She had put them in a spectacular gradient rainbow! How could I not use them in that order!!

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Here they are, all lined up and ready to become a Neat Ripple Blanket by Lucy of Attic 24.

Much like Lucy’s current blanket, I am combining one row and two row stripes. I am working in colour families – (red / orange / yellow), (greens), (blues), (purples) and then (pinks).

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This is a great project to use up odd amounts of yarn as I will just keep working in one colour family until I am almost out of yarn and then gradually start to blend into the next colour family.

Christmas Decorations


I love the festive season!

Each year we set up our beautiful timber tree and add to it our handmade decorations. I try to add a few new decorations each year.

We have even been adding some extra links to our Knitted Paper Chains in Biggan Design DK Merino.

This year we have the most adorable little reindeer that will soon grace the shop! But they are lacking something…something knitted of course!

I have cast on a tiny red and white scarf, each one will be different – some stripes, some fair-isle. So much fun….

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Last year I crocheted up a bundle of
star decorations in Debbie Bliss Eco Cotton (Grandma Twinkle by Michelle Kludas) as teachers gifts. I love the idea that the teachers will hopefully remember my girls each time they pull out the decorations.

If you would like to add some handmade happiness to your tree this year now is the time to start!

Here are a few ideas –

Last Minute Stockings by Ysolda Teague

Hexagons are my Stars (tutorial) by Daniela Herbertz

Garter Stitch Apple Ornament by Leanne of Prairlesque

Each week between now and Christmas I will share with you the changes in store and more decoration inspiration.

Made by Megan


Megan’s baking is slowly moving us into the festive season!

Spiced Fruit Cake

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Walnut Cocoa Brownies

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These are sure to be a hit in-store this weekend with our many social knitters and students!

BrisStyle Twilight Markets

Get ready to give the earth a big handmade hug as the BrisStyle Indie Eco Market returns to Hamilton!

 
I am excited to announce that Tangled Yarns has been invited to get knitty at the up-coming BrisStyle Eco Markets!

We will have a stand full of our luscious yarns and needles including our Debbie Bliss Eco range, my hand dyed yarns and our bamboo needles.

I will have some packs made up ready for purchase and will be running hands on demonstrations throughout the day.

We will be in great company along with the Brisbane Bowl Owls who will be hosting a range of demonstrations during the day.

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Sponsored by local eco fashion Mag, Peppermint and supported by Reverse Garbage and the Brisbane City Council, this niche event will showcase the wares of the BrisStyle members who live; craft; stitch and dye by the mantra of reduce, reuse and recycle.

Along with amazing handmade wares, there will also be a selection of vintage, collectibles and crafty de-stash items all from the collections of the BrisStyle members.

Back by popular demand will be the Indie Eco Workshops and demonstrations where participants will be able to export their creative sides and “make & take” Eco items as well as newfound skills. In particular three of these workshops form part of the Brisbane City Council’s free Art Bites program which aims to provide opportunities which enrich the lives of the participants through arts and cultural experiences.

This will be a day to be enjoyed by young and old so come along and shop ethically and see first hand why these markets are renowned for being Brisbane’s HOTtest destination for everything handmade with an eco edge.

BrisStyle Indie Eco Market

Saturday November 12, 2011

9am – 2pm

St Augustine’s Church Hall and grounds

Racecourse Road, Hamilton

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Hope to see you there Saturday!!

Trading will remain as normal in store on Saturday.

Inspiring your passion!
Kelly
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