27.06.14


After an almost constant flow of yarn over the past weeks, this week we have concentrated a little more on topping up our range of needles, hooks and tools.

Deliveries from two of our main needle / hook suppliers – Knit Pro & Clover – have all hit the shelves in record time.

MKAL

Last Sunday, those of us who are taking part in the Kelbourne Woolens May Day MKAL received our final clue.

It has been a great knit-a-long, with the girls at Kelbourne Woolens thoughtfully structuring the clues to lead us into ever more difficult techniques, while providing lots of tips and information to help us on our way.

Unfortunately life (and small people) sometimes get in the way of knitting time, so Anita and I have not got as far as we had hoped. I am up to clue 4, which begins the “true” lace knitting with patterning on both the right and wrong sides of the work and requires quite a lot more focus.
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As added security, I’ve added stitch markers after each repeat so I can pick up any small mistakes more quickly, and placed a lifeline just in case I need to rip back.

There has been a lot of discussion about lifelines as a result of this MKAL, so I thought I’d provide a quick tutorial on how to place a lifeline in your work.

Generally, it’s good to use waste yarn that is the same or a lighter weight than the yarn that you are working with, and in a contrasting colour.

Using a darning needle, thread the lifeline through the stitches on your needle, taking care not to pierce your working yarn.

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I like to place a lifeline after each vertical repeat, once I know that I have the correct stitch count.

Then, if I need to rip back, I can simply pull out my needles and rip – knowing that my work will not go back further than the lifeline and I will be starting the next section with a clean slate.

In the early hours of this coming Sunday, participants in the May Day MKAL will receive the final update – a complete PDF containing the entire shawl pattern.

In conjunction with the end of the MKAL, Kelbourne Woolens will be posting a round-up of finished shawls on their blog! So if yours is finished, blocked and photographed, head over to the official thread on Ravelry to find out how to get yours included.

Remember, we’d love to see your finished projects too, so don’t forget to post photos in the Tangled Yarns MKAL thread!

Noro

We can’t seem to keep Noro on our shelves, especially our newest addition, Kibou.

This week we have new stock of several colours of Kibou, as well as the colourful Taiyo Sock.

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To complement this bright splash of yarn, we have a small handful of Noro books to inspire you.


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Hooked on Noro
by Nicki Trench

The miraculous colours of Noro Yarns make it perfect for crochet. The colours trickle through your fingers and merge onto your crochet hook so subtly that you will be surprised to find stripes of perfectly blended colours appearing as you work.
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Hooked on Noro is full of elegant and useful projects for all levels of ability. There are projects for both home and fashion.

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Kibou
by Claudia Wersing

Noro has once again succeeded in capturing a rainbow of colours in its yarns which reflect the joy and sensuality of summer.

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Kibou is a collection of garments and accessories designed especially for Noro Kibou.


Another all time favourite is the spectacular Noro Magazine!


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The latest issue has arrived this week – Issue 4 (Spring / Summer 2014).


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Packed with patterns and features, including book reviews and a recap of the newest yarns.

Get crafty with chevrons, play with open spaces, mix knit & purl to make texture and crochet flower power…this issue, colour is making waves!

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 The designs include:

The art of the negative space – What can’t be seen sometimes has the biggest impact

Soft & light – Retro-chic shoulder wraps

Crochet into bloom – Flower motifs perk up a plethora of crocheted accessories

Get on the bright wavelength – Curves ahead: in a winding riot of colour, lacey summer looks are anything but dainty

Colour takes a walk on the wide side – Rich in tactile texture, these socks are made for walking

Instant gratification – Quick knits you can finish in a weekend (or two)


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Plus we have topped up with more copies of Issue 3 (Autumn / Winter 2013) as it is perfect for the cooler weather.

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Issue 3 features 35 bright and beautiful projects, including designs for coats, skirts, cowls, caps & hats.

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Knit Pro

We have filled the needle racks with new stock, topping up our extensive range of Knit Pro needles, plus adding a few new options to the collection.

Do you sometimes find the 40cm length cable a tad too short and the 60cm length cable that teensy bit too long? We have the solution – a new 50cm cable!

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Designed to go with the regular length tips, the 50cm cables are a perfect addition to your cable collection.

The response to our addition of the super special Karbonz needles has been fantastic, with many people now favouring these over the Symfonie and Nova options.

To round out our Knit Pro Interchangeable needle collection we have added theshorter Karbonz tips, which are designed to work with the 40cm cables.

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A recent addition to our shelves has been these nifty Knit Pro pompom makers. With the school holidays upon us they have been flying out the door, with one final set left.
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Luckily more stock will be arriving next week!

Some pompom possibilities…

Pom Pom Peds by Purl Soho {knit}

I Heart Cables by Justyna Lorkowska {knit}

Party Girl Tea Cosy by Loani Prior {knit}

Crochet Slouchy Pom Pom Beanie by Jessica Lee {crochet}

Toorie by Carina Spencer {knit}

I heart pompoms hat by Karen Borrel {knit}

Mosey by Susan Power {knit}

Snawheid by Kate Davies {knit}

Classes

Last Friday we released our most recent selection of classes & workshops, which turned out to be perfect timing for the nice cool weather that has just kicked in.

Over the next couple of weeks we have several workshops that would be ideal for some instant gratification plus the acquisition of some new skills!

Each of these workshops is $45 per person for a three-hour session, plus supplies
(which may be purchased in store).

Saturday 5th July ~ Mapleton by Deanne Ramsay (Crochet)

Basic introduction to reading both written and charted crochet instructions, shaping and finishing.

Intermediate Level: Must have a confident level of basic crochet skills (chain, double crochet, treble crochet).


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Sunday 6th July ~ Milo by Georgie Hallam (Knit)

Basic introduction to the technique of knitting in the round, ideal first garment project, many helpful techniques, basic cables.

Intermediate Level: must have competent knitting skills (cast on, knit, purl).

Sunday 13th July ~ Uwland by Georgie Hallam (Knit)

Basic introduction to the technique of knitting in the round, many helpful techniques, basic lace.

Intermediate Level: must have competent knitting skills (cast on, knit, purl).


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Saturday 19th July ~ Color Me Pretty Hat by Elena Nodel (Knit)

Basic introduction to colourwork / stranded knitting.

Intermediate/Advanced Level: must have highly competent knitting skills (cast on, knitting in the round, decreasing).

Thanks to the lovely designers for giving us permission to teach our workshops based on their designs!

(Please note – all patterns for workshops are to be purchased by the students from the designers’ Ravelry stores prior to each workshop)

You can find our full class calendar on our website.

Bookings and deposits are essential for all of our classes.

Please book in with via phone with the store on 07 3666 0276 or email us tangled@tangledyarns.com.au

On the Needles at Tangled Yarns

When her brother-in-law requested a cowl that could double as a beanie, Rachel found the perfect solution – I heart pompoms hat by Karen Borrel. Worked in two suitably masculine shades of The Fibre Company’s Organik, and with manly tassels instead of pompoms, we’re sure it will be a hit.


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Liz’s new cowl showcases beautifully the perfect match of the long colour changes in Noro Silk Garden and the entrelac technique – the colours weave back and forth to create a patchwork effect that is just stunning.

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The pattern is the Entrelac Scarf used in our popular Introduction to Entrelac workshops, but Liz has grafted the ends together to form a seamless loop – a truly amazing piece of finishing!!

One of our Thursday evening regulars, Christine finished the slouchy, stripey BlueSand Cardigan in a palette of complementary blues and greens from our Biggan Design DK range.


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I’ve long been after a warm worsted-weight cardigan for cool mornings and winter days out at the park with the girls and after concentrating most of this month on just one project I’ve finally got one!

Linney by Amy Christoffers fit the bill perfectly, delivering both warmth and style, particularly in this cheery yellow shade of Berroco Ultra Alpaca.
 
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Inspiring your passion

Kelly


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