04.05.12

The shop is so full of colour after all of last weeks deliveries!

We have seen new projects cast on left, right and centre.

Our social groups have been a buzz of activity and our classes overflowing with students.

We love that so many of our wonderful customers enjoy bringing their projects in to share with us!

 

Knit A Long / Crochet A Long


We are continuing along with our Short Row theme for our Knit A Long / Crochet A Long this month!

Some more pattern ideas that incorporate short rows into their design –

Issey Scarf by Olga Buraya-Kefelian (knit)

Marla byAnna Bell (knit)

Stowe by Fairmount Fibers Design Team (knit)

Super Simple Cowl by Lisa Gerber (knit)

Madeline Cardigan by Kate Oates (knit)

Rhadamanthys by Jennifer Dassau (knit)

Raspberry Layers by Carol Feller (knit)

Kombu Moebius Cowl & Hood by Kendra Nitta

Heartache by Lis Mutch (knit)


If you are new to short rows don’t forget that we have our Technical Support lessons on Tuesday and Thursday where we can assist you in learning any new technique.

Dates and times can be found on our class calendar 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 us tangled@tangledyarns.com.au
if you have any further questions on our classes or to book in!

Brown Sheep

As always our Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece is continuing to be a strong favourite right into the cooler weather.

Another delivery has arrived this afternoon!

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With its blend of 80% Cotton / 20% Wool and the stunning range of colours it makes for a great blanket and throw yarn.

Cotton Fleece works up wonderful in both Knit or Crochet, Kim’s Vintage Missoni Inspired Chevron Blanket is so gorgeous and on 4.5mm needles the fabric is delightful.

And of course, one of my favourite Cotton Fleece projects would have to be my Babette Blanket that was started all the way back in 2009!

It was a long term project that had a couple of hibernations until finally finishing it in early 2011 but my little girls just love the finished blanket.

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Some other great Cotton Fleece blanket ideas –

Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket by Purl Soho

Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Anne Shayne

OpArt by Melissa Dominguez

Super Easy Baby Blanket by Purl Soho

Neat Ripple Pattern by Lucy of Attic24

We have also experienced a seasonally unusual boom in our Brown Sheep Cotton Fine thanks to a little mini staff KAL.

I was after some stripe love and cast on Rayures by Amy Miller. Sadly I have been distracted by other pretty things and am yet to finish mine…whoops!

Our wonderful Derrin & Lauren have each whipped up an amazing version in our Cotton Fine!

Derrin has used – October Leaf, Putty, Spryte, Peridot, Banana, Lilac Haze & My Blue Heaven.


Lauren has used
– Putty, Cherry Moon, October Leaf, Sunflower Gold, Lime Light, Caribbean Sea & Majestic Orchid.


Kim has been keen to cast on since she first saw the pattern and decided to stick with a more subtle colour selection – Cotton Ball, Slate Charcoal, Deep Sea Fog, Spyrte, Rue, Putty and Terracotta Canyon.

We have 4 little kits of these colours made up and ready to go!

Rayures Kits

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*Please note – these kits are for the yarn only.
You must purchase your own copy of the Rayures pattern directly from Ravelry.
We love the pattern and
are so taken by the soft colours in the original Rayures scarf that it has inspired us to put together a cotton blend version with the Brown Sheep Cotton Fine.

If subtle isn’t your style we are placing another order with Brown Sheep on Monday and we are happy to take custom orders!!

My mum has already put in her order and if I didn’t already have one on the needles I’d be tempted to come up with another colour range.

You can view the shade card in store or on the Brown Sheep website here.

Please email the store – tangled@tangledyarns.com.au or phone (07) 3666 0276 to place your order.

Tangled Yarns Tutorials

It has been some time since our last TY Tutorial!

Things have been so busy that we haven’t had time to whip any up but at this time of year we often get the question – ‘How much yarn do I need for a blanket’!


This can be a tricky question as many factors come into play, pattern, yarn, tension…

I thought I would share how I work out my yarn requirements for blankets.

For this example I am using the ‘How to Hexagon’ pattern by Lucy of Attic 24, our Biggan Design DK Merino and a 4.00mm crochet hook.

Firstly I need to establish how many hexagons I need. To do this I recommend measuring a blanket or throw that is approximately the right size – lets work with 100cm x 100cm.

Now that I know my blanket size I need to measure a single hexagon.

My finished hexagons are 10cm in width so for a 100cm x 100cm I will need 100 hexagons.

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If you are planning on changing colours each round it is a good idea to work out how much yarn you need for each round.

The simplest way to do this is to crochet up a hexagon, changing colour each round and then pull it back out.

Biggan Design DK Merino has 105 meters per 50 gram ball or 10, 500cm.

Please keep in mind that this is with my tension, YOUR tension may work out with different calculations but this gives you a guide and my basic formula for working out requirements.

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1st round (orange)
145cm
(approx 72 per 50g ball & minimum 2 balls round 1 colour)

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2nd round (green)
245cm
(approx 42 per 50g ball & minimum 3 balls round 2 colour)

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3rd round (yellow)
365cm
(approx 28 per 50g ball & minimum 4 balls round 3 colour)

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4th & 5th round (grey)
670m
(approx 15 per 50g ball & minimum 7 balls round 4 & 5 colour)

You will need to add extra balls of the round 4/5 colour to ‘join as you go’ or to seam you hexagons together and to border your blanket.

These measurements include 10cm tails to begin and end each round.


We will pop these notes up on our Tutorial Page on our blog over the weekend so you can refer to them.

We hope that this tutorial gives you the confidence to create your own blanket!

Classes


Classes are in high demand again this month, especially with the cooler weather we have been enjoying!

Last week we held our first Ravelry Technical Class where we opened up the world of Ravelry for a full class of students.

They had a great time as they covered how to use the Advanced Search feature, how to add their own projects, notes & photos and many of the other fantastic features that Ravelry offers.

If you missed out you can catch our next Ravelry Technical Class later this month.

Ravelry / Technical Class



During a two hour lesson we will cover how to utilise the Advanced Search system, the wealth of knowledge in the project pages and discussion boards.
We will also show you how to integrate your Apple products with your Ravelry library and how your portable devices can mean you will never be without your downloaded pattern again!

Saturday 19th May
9:30am – 11:30am

$25.00 per person (1 x 2 hour class)

Requirements– Yourself and a Ravelry account!



If you have been inspired by the amazing range of crochet blankets and throws available perhaps our next round of Learn to Crochet courses is just what you need.

Learn to Crochet

This is a beginners class where we introduce you to all the basics of crochet – how to chain, double crochet, treble crochet, increase, decrease and how to read a simple pattern.

Sunday 13th,20th & 27th May
12noon – 2:00pm

$75.00 per person (3 x 2 hour classes) plus supplies




Requirements – Please note that this is an beginners course. No prior experience is necessary.

Supplies – approx 100g of DK / 8ply or Worsted / 10ply cotton yarn (smooth, no novelty as you need to see your stitches), 4.00mm or 4.5mm hook (depending on your selected yarn and your gauge) and a wool darning needle.

This month we also have several more advanced classes on offer….

Fit Your Knits

This class is an intermediate class designed to take your knitting to new levels.
If you avoid knitting garments because you don’t know where to start with yarn selection, needle size, gauge and modifying sizes to fit this class is for you!

Saturday 12th May
1pm – 3pm
or
Thursday 24
th May
6pm – 8pm


$30.00 per person (1 x 2 hour class)

Requirements – Please note that this is an intermediate course. Basic knitting experience is required.




In the Round

Knitting seamlessly in the round is essential for this seasons hottest knitwear items – hats, cowls and of course socks!

During our Knitting In the Round course you will learn how to effortlessly join to knit in the round. We also touch on the various different methods of knitting in the round, circular needles, magic loop and double point needles.

We suggest a small project to get you used to the technique. We can supply you with two patterns or if you have a simple hat pattern that is knitted in the round, you are welcome to bring that a long too.

Fetchingby Cheryl Niamath is a pair of simple fingerless gloves with a basic cable detail.

This takes just one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran(or something of a similar weight), 4mm double pointed needles, split ring marker, cable needle, darning needle and a piece of smooth waste yarn in a contrasting colour (approx 30cm long).

Derrin’s Basic Hot Water Bottle cover will keep your hot water bottle toasty warm in the cooler months and would make a great gift too! This uses 150-200 metres of aran or bulky weight yarn and 6mm 40cm circulars OR 2 x 60cm circulars OR double pointed needles. You will also need a stitch marker OR split ring marker (depending on knitting method) and a darning needle.

Thursday 10
thof May & 17th of May
6pm – 8pm

$50.00 per person (2 x 2hr classes) plus supplies

Requirements – Please note that this is an intermediate course.

Prior knowledge of how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off is required.

 

Great Gift Ideas for Mothers Day
Are you looking for something for your creative Mum this Mothers Day? (or maybe yourself!)A few of our favourite picks would have to be….

Namaste Buddy Case, Namaste Circular Case, Namaste Skinny Mini, or just about anything Namaste!

Knit Pro Needle Sets

 

Knit Pro Chart Keeper
 

SOAK 

If in doubt – our Gift Vouchers are ideal, you can let your mum select her own gift!

Plus from now until Friday 11th May we are offering free gift wrapping with your Mothers Days purchases!

Please leave us a note in your online order so we know which item(s) you would like gift wrapped.

If you are still keen to make your mum something special for Mothers Day we have a few pattern suggestions idea for last minute projects!

Cable Braided Necklace by Olga Buraya-Kefelian (knit)

Blooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic24 (crochet)

Tea Mat & Coasters by Etsuko Taniuchi (谷内悦子) (crochet)

JustRight and BigTime Dishcloths by Deborah Ellis (crochet)

Infinite Ways Ballet Slipper by Dawn Gillis (crochet)

Bevy of Bangles by Mags Kandis (knit)

Homespun Lavender Filled Pear by Carrie Strine (knit)

Naalepuder by Liselotte Weller (crochet)

Filigree Bowl by Linda Permann (crochet)

Fetching by Cheryl Niamath (knit)

Felted Wine Cozy by Lydia McNeil (knit)

Whats on the Needles at Tangled Yarns

Lauren finished her Rayures by Amy Miller earlier in April….ahhhh the dangers of working in the store over the weekend and a little enabling help from Derrin!

The colours of the Brown Sheep Cotton Fine are just stunning and so very Lauren. She has used the Putty as the constant base and worked her way through the rainbow.

An instant splash of colour to cheer up any grey day this winter.

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Anita finished her Shellseeker by Heidi Kirrmaier in our Cascade Yarns Ultra Pimaand has been inspiring all of her Technical Support students by wearing it along to class!
 

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Although it is now May, Derrin seems to still be on her accessories kick.

She is working on September Stole by Paula Ladd in our Malabrigo Lace…so light and delicate.

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Also on the needles is A List of Things by Robyn Grauer in our Malabrigo Sock.

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Derring has been using these socks as an example for her Learn To Knit Socks students.

(for those how are keen to get their hands on some more Malabrigo, we hope to hear very soon that our order is complete and ready for shipping!)

Just in time for the cool snap that started last week!

I must have known that it was coming as I cast off the evening before the first really cold day here in Brisbane.

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This is my eldest ‘little miss’ in her Jane by Georgie Hallam.

I have used our Biggan Design DK Merino in Raspberry so I know that it will hold up to the wear and tear of being a school cardi.

Isn’t she just the cheekiest!

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I have had a few cast ons this week, the temptation of all this new yarn simply made it impossible not to cast on.

The lure of Noro is always strong, the way the colour play out as you knit is irresistable.

Earlier in the week I cast on a simple Instant Gratification Scarf by Cyn with our Noro Taiyo and 8.0mm needles.

The Taiyo is so soft and light yet surprisingly warm.

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BrisStyle Craft Caravan

The crew over at BrisStyle are taking craft on the road with their Craft Caravan Creative Networking Nights!
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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Tangled Yarns would like to ask for your help in raising vital funds for the Cancer Council through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

With your support, we can make this year the biggest yet!

We invite you to join us between 4pm & 6pm on Wednesday 23rd May with yarn, needles & hooks in hand to support those who have been affected by Cancer.

Some may think that knitting & crochet is a little ‘retro’ (although we all know better!) so we thought it only fitting to theme our event Retro-Tea!

We would love you to re-create a popular morning tea dish from a past era.
Bring along your plate to share on the day and go in the the draw for a fantastic surprise!

We are all about creating here at Tangled Yarns, so to share the handmade happiness we have decided to offer several giveaways for our Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Many customers have commented during the past week on our latest finished tea cosy in store – The Official Biggest Morning Tea Daffodil Tea Cosy designed by the Tea Cosy Queen herself, Loani Prior.

The lovely Loani has given her blessing and my tea cosy will be one of them many items available as a giveaway pack for our ABMT!

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Our Daffy has been worked up in Cascade 220, we will also have a giveaway pack that includes all the yarn required for making your very own Daffy!

If you have never knitted a tea cosy before there will be plenty of knitters in store during the afternoon who will be able to get you started.

Lavender by Georgie Hallam was designed especially as a chemo hat – beautiful warm yarn in a soft stitch keeping a sensitive scalp protected from the elements.

This giveaway pack will include yarn and the lovely Lavender pattern, donated by the gorgeous Georgie!

These giveaways are just the start of the excitement that we are planning….

We understand that not everyone can make it in store and we wanted to make our event open to everyone so you can all be part of our fundraising efforts.

Our ABMT giveaways are open to everyone no matter where you live (we will cover postage if required)!

To enter the giveaways, simply donate to our  Tangled Yarns ABMT page (or in-store).

For every $5.00 that you donate, you will receive one entry into the draw.

 

After you have donated online, please email a copy of your receipt to tangled@tangledyarns.com.au 

Entries for the giveaways will close Wednesday 23rd May at 4:30pm, with the drawing to take place at 5:30pm.

Our donation page is open now and you can donate as many times as you like right up until the end of May.

Our goal is to reach $1000 and with your help, I’m sure we will make it!

Thanks for your support!

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Long Weekend!
Tangled Yarns will be open on the long weekend for all your creative needs!! 

We will be open as normal on Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 11am-3pm and then on Monday 7th May 10am-3pm

Inspiring your passion!
Kelly

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