06.01.12

Welcome to the first Tangled Yarns Newsletter for 2012!

I’m looking forward to spending another yarn filled year with you all – inspiring your knitting and crocheting with beautiful yarns, accessories and sharing new patterns that we just have to cast on…

 

Keeping it Simple KAL/CAL

What is it about January?!

It brings a fresh start to everything, a new year and in many cases new projects!

It seems to be an annual struggle that I have – a keen desire to suddenly finish all of my current projects so that I can start lots of new ones guilt-free…

I spent some of my time off reacquainting myself with the works in progress I’ve accumulated over the past twelve months. I made some hard decisions and some things were ripped but I mostly decided to continue working on them.

One project I am enjoying working on in the warmer weather is a simple scarf – something that I can easily pick up and put down plus the bonus of being cool on my lap…

I began my Claudia Scarf by Rebecca Jackson late last year but it was sadly neglected during the silly season.

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It seems that this has been a common theme for Lauren, Kim and Anita as well – as they’ve been working on scarves during the holiday break!

I thought it would be nice to share some scarf ideas with you.

We would love you to join along with a relaxed summer scarf Knit / Crochet A Long!

Horai Scarf by Fukatsu (lace weight, knit)

Claudia Scarf by Rebecca Jackson (fingering weight, crochet)

Villeray by Ariane Caron-Lacoste (fingering weight, knit)

Moiraine by Arlenes World of Lace (fingering weight, knit)

Augustine Shawlette by Valdis Vrang (fingering weight, knit)

Bias by Helena Bristow by Helena Bristow (fingering weight, knit)

Rill Scarf by Miriam L. Felton (lace weight, knit)

Kozue by Kirsten Johnstone (lace weight, knit)

Cockleshells Scarf by Kelly McClure (lace weight, knit)

Skinny Grey Scarf (fingering weight, crochet)

Fling by Cheryl Niamath (lace weight, knit)

Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick (fingering, crochet)

Montego Bay Scarf by Amy R Singer (lace weight, knit)

Songbird Shawlette by May Cheang (fingering weight, crochet)

Kelly Scarf by Kate Dixon (fingering weight, crochet)

Our yarns of choice for these summer scarves would have to be our Malabrigo Lace Merino Baby, Pierrot Yarns Soft Silk Ramie, Pierrot Yarns Beauty Cotton Silk , Brown Sheep Cotton Fine and our Malabrigo Sock.

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We will update with our progress on our Facebook page and blog during the month.

Please don’t forget to share your projects with us on Facebook, Ravelry or pop into one of our Social Knitting Days!

 

Knit Pro

We’ve received a small replenishment of our KnitPro needles during the break, with all of our popular sizes back in stock – ready for the new year!

 

Brown Sheep

OurBrown Sheep Cotton Fine shipment arrived between Christmas and New Year with lots of beautiful colours – just perfect for the Summer Scarf KAL.

We have another order due to arrive in the next week or so filled with Cotton Fleece, so keep an eye out on the newsletter for that.

 

Namaste

Namaste have brought out a new product in the past few months – Skinny Mini!

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The Skinny Mini is the perfect accessory for storing your double pointed needles, crochet hooks and other notions. The case expands open, so you can easily find everything, and comes in six co-ordinated colours so you can mix and match with the other items in the Namaste range.

We also have more stock of the ever popular Buddy Cases, Circular Cases and Mini Cozies for all your notion and needle storage needs.

Our Namaste range has been a popular holiday purchase and has been disappearing fast. We have another order full of goodness on its way!

 

Interweave Spin Off Winter 2011
Just arrived – Interweave Spin Off Winter 2011
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In this issue, we’re looking at fibre close-up by examining crimp and diameter in detail to understand why fibre does what it does. Beth Smith has written a great article about spinning to the crimp, Deb Robson has written a really fascinating article about fibre diameter and Judith MacKenzie examines the difference between hair and fibre with her wonderful ability to ask big questions and then answer them in lyrical ways.

Our fibre basic focus is on yaks. And our developing your skills department takes a look at purchasing and sorting a fleece. This issue also includes our largest ever special pull out Natural Fibre Directory full of suppliers and mills from across the United States and around the world.

Interweave Crochet Winter 2011
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Who says lace is just for summer? In this issue, we explore lace for winter with several big, bold winter lace designs and a handful of fine lace designs, to add a light touch of lace to your burly winter garb. And socks! We have three ways to make socks, including fabulous Pamir slip-stitch socks. Maire Treanor’s series on Clones lace continues with two shamrock designs. Add some jackets and vests, as well as a blanket, and it all adds up to 22 projects to cheer you through winter.

A preview of patterns –

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Classes

With a new year comes a fresh start to our classes!

One of our new classes this year focuses on cast on / cast off techniques. Different techniques will yield different results, and this class will show you a few of the most used methods and the reasons why we use them.

This class is aimed at knitters who want to go beyond the basics, or would like to expand past the one or two techniques they know.

Cast on/off Techniques

Thursday 6-8pm

19th January

$25.00

Please bring 4mm knitting needles, 4mm crochet hook and a smooth yarn as you will be using this yarn for the different techniques.

We also have a new series of Learn to Knit classes beginning on Saturdays in January. This is the perfect time of year to learn how to knit, so you are all ready for the cooler months. The three lessons will cover how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off and are the ideal class for the beginner knitter.

Learn to Knit

Saturday 1-3pm

14th, 21st & 28th January

$25 per lesson

We received some fabulous feedback at the end of last year about the classes you wanted to see on our calendar.

We have two new classes launching in February – Learn to Lace and Japanese Crochet Symbols.

Learn to Lace is a two lesson series which will find you creating a sample piece of lace in the first lesson, forming the foundation of the different stitches used in lace knitting. The second lesson will focus on any problems you’ve had over the week with your homework, and beginning your first shawl.

Learn to Lace

Sunday 12-2pm

5th & 12th February

$60.00

When looking through crochet patterns, you may have found that some patterns use symbols and charts to display the pattern instead of being written out. The Japanese use this method for the majority of their patterns, but it is an international method. This class will show you how to decipher these charts and show you how easy it is to follow this format.

Japanese Crochet Symbols

Thursday 6-8pm

23rd February

$25.00

We also continue our very popular Technical Support classes on Tuesday afternoons, Thursday mornings and Saturday mornings, with other times sporadically through the weeks.

You can find our full calendar for January and February on our website or click here.

Bookings and deposits are essential for all of our classes.

Please phone the store on 07 3666 0276 or email ustangled@tangledyarns.com.au if you have any further questions on our classes, or to book in!

On the Needles at Tangled Yarns


We have a bumper edition of What’s On The Needles this week!
Full of some finished Christmas presents and some holiday break cast ons.

I also managed to snap a few pictures of some of our customer’s projects during the Christmas/New Year break – some absolutely stunning stitches!

The lovely Louise popped in to share a few finished baby blankets in our Cotton Fine (Granny Square & Summer Garden Granny Square by Attic24.

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They are simply the sweetest things I have seen and my fingers just itch to start one….

Amanda amazed us all and finished five, that’s right five!! Acacia’s by Georgie Hallam during December. They are a rainbow of delight in our Cascade Ultra Pima.

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We are lucky to have some modelled shots of Anita’s Very Cherry by Alana Dakos in our Cascade Ultra Pima (wine) for her young miss for Christmas!

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Anita also finished two massive Hogwarts Scarf(s) in Biggan Design DK (Sunflower & Crimson) for her two little ones for Christmas gifts.

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Her holiday knitting has been working on her Tidal in our Cascade Ultra Pima.

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After a little help from me Anita found some very special yarn under her tree from her wonderful husband….how could she not cast on Audrey in Unst in our Madelinetosh Pashmina (silver fox).

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Lauren had two Christmas presents in the works – one for her sister and one for her mother. She’s had to be a bit quiet on the one for her mother, as she is a dedicated reader of our newsletter!!

Lauren made another Liesl for her sister in Cascade Ultra Pima (turquoise).

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This was such an economical knit with only needing one skein of the Ultra Pima for the 34″ size (which, seeing it was a thinner yarn than called for in the pattern, yielded around a 32″ size). She crocheted around the armholes to firm up the openings.

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A perfect pop of colour!

Her other, secret project was a set of cushion covers based on theAfrican Flower motif for her mother in the Cascade Ultra Pima (magenta, periwinkle, lavender, armada and natural).

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These will look lovely on Lauren’s mother’s couch – the colours tie in beautifully with a Ripple Blanket her mother made in Cotton Fleece.

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There has also been a Summer Scarf cast on with the Horai Scarf by Fukatsu in Malabrigo Lace Merino Baby (Frank orche).

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Nice to be able to pick up and put down.

Finished just in time for filling by Santa….

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My girls adored their Christmas Stockings with Stripes by Erssie

I used one ball each ofBiggan Design DK Merino in 080 – White, 290 – Bright Orange, 405 – Lime & 955 – Hot Pink.

I made a last minute decision on the Saturday a week before Christmas that I would make a little cardi for each of my little ones to wear on Christmas day.

Of course my pattern choice was the super sweet Jane by Georgie Hallam!

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I used super popular Cascade Ultra Pima in Pink Sapphire (3702) for miss 6 and Periwinkle (3726) for miss 3.

Each cardi took under two skeins and were cast off on Christmas eve….talk about cutting it fine!

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Some easy holiday knitting – again in our Cascade Ultra Pima, a Cable Braided Necklace by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.

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These were an ideal last minute gift and we saw many of our customers whipping them up in no time, including our wonderful Suz who managed to make four while she was back home in Brisbane on holidays.

My first real finished project for 2012 is my Adrift by Carol Feller.

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I am totally in love with this cardi! I will admit that the endless stocking stitch was a hard slog but the finished project is so worth it.

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Made by Megan
 

Megan is taking a very well deserved break.

In the meantime we are enjoying delicious baked treats from several of our favourite places like Jocelyn’s Provisions….including this tempting butter cake with passionfruit icing!

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New Trading Hours
 

From this Sunday 8th January, our Sunday trading hours will be changing slightly to 11-3pm.

This will give you time to have a relaxed Sunday breakfast, leaving you plenty of time to pick up your yarn supplies on the way home.

 

Inspiring your passion!
Kelly
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