I love this time of year – the days a long & warm, the children are on holidays so our mornings are slower, and there is a whole year of new yarns & new projects ahead!

Lots of WIP (work in progress) busting has been flying off the needles & hooks and of course there has been a whole heap of project planning for the year ahead.

We hope you are all enjoying the Summer holidays as much as we are!!

Our current KAL / CAL is coming to an end later this month but it is not too late to join us.

To refresh your memory in case you missed the details in the lead up to the silly season….

Capturing the essence of Summer with Georgie Hallam’s Summer Memories pattern collection.

Summer Memories is a collection of four patterns in total: Summer Carnival, Summer Festival,
andSummer Ferris Wheel.


All of the patterns in Summer Memories call for a sport weight / 5ply yarn. So far our Cascade Ultra Pima Fine has been the most popular choice.

Other options could be our…

The Fibre Company Road to China Light,


Cascade Venezia Sport,


Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino


For our crocheters, we have a selection of patterns for you to hook along!!

You may recall Derrin’s amazingly beautiful Abuelita by Meghan Fernandes.


I was instantly smitten and may have started one in our Pierrot Irish Linen.


If laceweight yarn is a little too fine, perhaps our second CAL pattern may appeal.

Cather by Mary Beth Temple, matched with one of our most popular summer yarns, Cascade Ultra Pima Fine.


For the little ones we have two sweet options – Stradbroke by Deanne Ramsay or The Marley Halter Top by Naturally Nora. I think a slightly lighter weight version of The Marley Halter Top would be wonderful in our Cascade Ultra Pima.


If you are not confident working with a lighter yarn than the pattern suggests, our Pierrot Cotton Neat would be my pick.


Stradbroke is just made for our Cascade Ultra Pima but would also look great in one of the many colours of our Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece.


To be in the draw for the KAL prize (a fantastic prize pack of a selection of our favourite magazines!), you simply need to purchase your KAL yarn from Tangled Yarns and email in a photo of your finished project by Thursday 30th January.
(the winner will be selected randomly & announced in our Friday 31st January newsletter)


We believe ‘the more, the merrier’ and would love for you to join us as we knit along together, even if you are doing a little stash diving and aren’t eligible to enter the draw.

You don’t need to be a Brisbane local and able to pop into the store to join in the fun! We know that our newsletter reaches many Australia-wide and overseas.

Team Tangled Yarns at the Ravellenic Games

As many of you know, the Winter Olympics kick off in Sochi on February 7
th. For those of us blessed with top-notch crafting skills rather than athletic ability, there’s another option though – the Ravellenic Games 2014!

The Ravellenic Games 2014 is a global knit-a-long / crochet-a-long timed to coincide with the Winter Olympics.

And this year, we’ve decided to put together our own Team Tangled Yarns to join in the fun.

During the London Summer Olympics in 2012, over 12,000 Ravthletes participated in the Ravellenics, participating in events as varied as WIP Wrestling, Cowl Jump, Lace Longjump and Shawl Sailing, among others.

This year’s events are due to be announced this weekend, but but at previous games, events have centred around types of garments (ie hats, shawls, sweaters etc), techniques (such as entrelac or lace) or goals (such as WIP-busting or frogging).

What do you need to do to join us as we race to Ravellenic glory? In a nutshell, pick an event, create a project or projects using the special Ravellenics tags, and cast on together with the rest of Team Tangled Yarns and 1000s of other Ravthletes around the world on February 7th.

Finishing – or even hoping to finish – is not a prerequisite for participating. Challenge yourself, enjoy the sense of community here in the store and on our Ravelry group and, most importantly, have fun!

If you think you’d like to join us, or just want to find out more about it, check out the Team Thread in our Ravelry Group – our team captain, Anita (aka Purldragon on Ravelry), will be more than happy to answer any questions!


I think by now you all know just how much I love my buttons….

A lovely top up order of our buttons was delivered yesterday, including many of my favourites!


Blocking Wires

We know that no two knitters or crocheters are the same, so we like to be able to offer you several options, especially when it comes to knitting & crochet tools.

In addition to the new Knit Pro Blocking Wire Kits that arrived last week, we have just opened a second shipment of Blocking Wire Kits.

These ones are available in three great styles and are super flexible, ideal for curved / round shapes.

Made from a super-elastic wire with seemingly magical flexibility, these blocking wires will not rust, tarnish, corrode, or easily kink. They will not stain your knitting, and will last for many, many, many years!

You can arch and curve these wires as you need and they will always return to straight.

This special property allows these wires to be used over and over again without weakening from repeated bending and straightening.

Ultra Fine Blocking Wires are designed especially for lace weight and light fingering weight lace work.
These are perfect for delicate lace pieces and are so flexible they can even handle a scalloped edge without damaging the wire!

Set contains: six 36″ wires with tip protectors, six 24″ wires with tip protectors, six 12″ wires with tip protectors and thirty nickel-plated T-pins

Super Long Ultra Fine Blocking Wires are designed especially for large pieces, such as circular shawls, scarves, blankets or anything with a really long edge.

Set contains: six 67″ wires with tip protectors and thirty nickel-plated T-pins

Deluxe Set Ultra Fine Blocking Wires are the best of both worlds! If you can’t decide between the previous two Blocking Wire Kits the Deluxe Set is the way to go.

Set contains: six 67″ wires with tip protectors, six 36″ wires with tip protectors, six 24″ wires with tip protectors, six 12″ wires with tip protectors and sixty nickel-plated T-pins

With these wires you’ll be blocking your hand knitted (and crocheted!) items more easily and faster than with traditional methods.

Mollie Makes


Bear hug hot water bottle, tea and a chat with Colette Bream, and projects a-plenty – it’s Mollie Makes 35.


Get ready for a New Year refresh: we’re adding pops of colour to our homes with some striking circular cushions, trying our hand at weaving, and raiding our attics to put together an upcycled bag.

It’s still chilly outside, we’re kind of pleased – it means we cancrochet a crimson snood and, once safely indoors, cuddle up with a polar bear hot water bottle cosy.

Mollie Makes 35 is packed full of hearty projects and crafty goodness.

Projects include – chunky woven wall art, colourful circle cushions, oversized knitted hair bow, vintage camera embroidery and sweet amigurumi toys.



Simply Crochet

Issue 13 of the delightful Simply Crochet is prolonging partying time with
colourful treats and chunky crochet.


When night falls, the stars appear and we’re ready to sparkle with a collection of glamorous, 1920s inspired makes.

If you have recently been bitten by the crochet bug, there is a great starter scarf pattern – using only chains and trebles.




Last week we launched our new class schedule for January & February!

Many of our classes, in particular our ‘Learn To’ courses have filled fast but we still have a few spaces left in the Learn To Knit course starting next Saturday 18th January.

If your New Year’s resolution was to learn something new and have some ‘me time’, these classes are a great option.

Our Technical Support Sessions are as popular as always, perfect for trouble shooting.

You can find our full 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 ustangled@tangledyarns.com.au if you have any further questions on our classes or to book in!

On the Needles at Tangled Yarns

Maureen has been as prolific as always and has two lovely projects to share with us this week.

First up we have a lovely summer weight top, Move by Ankestrick in our Berroco Linsey.


Also perfect for adding a pop of colour even during the heat at this time of year, a finished Strathcona by Jane Richmond in our Pierrot Tours.


It seems that Strathcona by Jane Richmond is super popular, with another popping up this week.

Julia has opted for a heavier weight version in our Cascade Ultra Pima.


Also in our Cascade Ultra Pima, Julia has finished this super sweet Ribbed Lace Bolero by Kelly Maher. I can certainly see one of these in my wardrobe, perfect for throwing over light summer dresses on those cooler days.


A little warm for right now, but I am sure it will come in handy when it cools down – Elysium by Jennifer Dassau. Julia has used some stash yarn from one of our previous winter shipment, Malabrigo Worsted.


Having missed out on learning to finger-knit as a child, Anita has been enjoying some time out from needles and hooks.

In a little over 10 minutes after learning how, she had already whipped up this cute, chunky bracelet.


With the enthusiasm of a new convert, she’s now busy passing on the skill – including to my own eldest little one who spent a couple of hours making an impressively long chain from Cascade 220.

Jersey Knit Bracelet from our Zpagetti Bracelet Yarn Packs

I have finished a couple of summer holiday projects….after being put aside for gift knitting, my Raffa Cloche by Pierrot in our Pierrot Amian is finally finished and is coming in handy!


Also off my needles, a Cap Sleeve Lattice Top by Purl Soho in Cascade Ultra Pima.


Inspiring your passion



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