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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Wildflower Hill Shawl

The Winners of the Arranmore Light sets from The Fibre Co for the Wildflower Hill KAL are Ravelry Names:

nextdoorknitter

and

Alenemazzuca

Please contact me here, by email or on Ravelry and I’ll post your prizes out to you!

We also have winners for our pattern giveaways from Anna Friberg of Yarnesty

Our five winners can each choose which pattern they would like of the Town Wall Socks or the Pedulia Callunae Socks

If your name is on the list please contact me with your Ravelry Name and your preferred pattern!

Amysue

Mary Klute

Lucy Bowen

tamaraab

Yarn Hoarder PodcastFree All The House Elves KAL

Amy Florence’s Festive Sockalong on the Stranded Podcast

Curl Purl Girl Knits PodcastMystery Monthly Sock KAL

The Tulle Shawl is our second pattern for Knitvent 2017!

Snowflakes, flowers, and fairies. The iconic ballerina’s tutu is the stuff of dreams. A foam of soft netting, magnificently embellished to emphasisethe dancer’s beauty and grace, it’s usually the first image we think of when we hear the word “ballet”. There’s something inherently magical about the floaty nature of tulle. Even in a little girl’s party dress, a few layers is enough to inspire hours of twirling, spinning and swooping.

The Tulle Shawl was inspired by an exquisite tutu, lovely enough for the Sugar Plum Fairy herself. The garter stitch base makes for relaxing knitting at a busy time of year, and while the elegant lace looks intricate and impressive, it’s actually straightforward to knit! This is a wonderful single-skein project in fingering weight yarn: perfect for a special skein from stash or a gentle speckle. Optional beads offer a chance for a little glitter: dazzling under the stage lights.

The Knitvent 2017 Collection

Land of Sweets Cowl

The Wool Kitchen

Circus Tonic Handmade

Ravelry 2017 Yarn Spoiler Thread

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

That wraps up our notes for this week! Happy knitting! xx197

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On today’s podcast I dive into the first week of Knitvent 2017 with our exciting first pattern, and I chat about what I’ve been up to, including my favourite current WIP, the Hay Pullover. I also announce the winners of our Surprise Party Shawl sets from Hue Loco and let you in on another pattern giveaway happening this week!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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The Land of Sweets Cowl is our first Knitvent pattern for 2017!!

 

 

In the Land of Sweets, more is more! Bon bons, peppermint sticks, and chocolate drops are just the beginning. The dances that make up this section of The Nutcracker are the most colourful and exciting of the whole ballet, and the Sugar Plum Fairy is the indulgent queen of this confectionery kingdom. For devoted knitters, yarn is sweeter than candy, and it’s just as difficult to restrain ourselves when faced with a world of choice. Who hasn’t stood in a yarn shop staring at piles of skeins in every colour of the rainbow, eyes shining like a child in a sweet shop?

The Land of Sweets Cowl was designed to showcase the knitter’s version of this wonderland…a perfect use for the mini skeins from one of the many delicious yarn Advent calendars around at this time of year. It’s also a brilliant way to use up the lovely leftovers that every avid knitter has stashed away. Stripes, simple lace, and an irrepressible sense of fun are at the heart of this cosy cowl, which will brighten up even the greyest winter day.

The Knitvent 2017 Collection

Norah George Yarn

Herbstblatt Regina Yarn

The Comfy Red Couch Podcast

A World of Imagination Blog

Hay Pullover by Clare Mountain

Laine Magazine

Sister Mountain Instagram

The Fibre Company Road to China Light

Copper Corgi Yarn

We have our two Surprise Party Sets Giveaway Winners!

Post # 8 –

Post # 47 –

Surprise Party Shawl

Hue Loco Yarns

Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

We have another giveaway coming up this week, this time for a copy of the Town Wall Socks or the Pedulia Callunae Socks, both by the lovely Anna Friberg

Box O’ Socks KAL by the Yarngasm Podcast

Sock Bash by The Grocery Girls

That wraps up our notes for this week! Happy Knitvent and happy knitting! xx

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This is a big, action-packed episode this week. Today I’m chatting about recent and upcoming designs, but most of all I deep-dive into my magical experience of Rhinebeck, where I met so many amazing people, had lots of lovely knitting time, and kept my yarn purchases to a bare minimum…mostly.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Season II of The Shawl Society is slowly drawing to a close after six months of close camaraderie and joyful knitting! The Familiar Shawl Mini KAL has just closed, but I still think this will make a wonderful gift knit this holiday season. Just grab the collection on Ravelry

Don’t forget to post a composite photo to the montage/collage thread for society members who have knit all the season 2 Shawls!

For everyone feeling wistful about the end of The Shawl Society, good news! It’s Knitvent time again!

Knitvent 2017 is now available for pre-sale at a special Early Bird price until November 9th when the first pattern is released.

Immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of the holiday season with our very special Knitvent 2017 collection.

The unmistakable strains of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker conjures up dreamy images and heartfelt emotion for children and adults alike: the sparkle of the Sugar Plum Fairy, the boundless energy of the gallant Nutcracker, Clara’s wistful journey and final triumph. With so much romance and joy, I knew that this beloved holiday ballet was the perfect inspiration for Knitvent this year. Each of the six mystery patterns this season draw from the spirit of the Nutcracker’s enchanted dreamworld, dancing between the elegant beauty of a prima ballerina and the wide-eyed wonder of a child lost in the Land of Sweets.

Every year, the Curious Handmade community gathers together to celebrate Knitvent: a lovely mix between an advent calendar and a mystery knit along. Each week a surprise accessory pattern will appear in your Ravelry library. Each pattern has been designed to be ideal for gifting, but don’t forget to be good to yourself, too!

Along with the six designs, Knitvent brings with it a warm and bubbly community of warm-hearted knitters who love to share the anticipation, admire each other’s work, and offer a helping hand wherever it’s needed. We’ll have chatter and KALs and prizes and a very warm sense of holiday magic to make our needles fly.

Get your copy of Knitvent 2017 now!


The Brooklyn Denim Co.

GardenerByNight Instagram

Little Skein in the Big Wool

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

Duck Duck Wool

Needles Up

Le Bien Aimee

AndreSueKnits

Legacy Fiber Artz

Andre Sue Knits Podcast

LegacyKnitz Podcast

The Fat Squirrel

Sucre Sucre Miniatures

Opera Jo – Stitching the High Notes

ChileKnitz

Bundle Up Betty

Indie Untangled

Surprise Party Shawl

 

Hue Loco Yarn

The Grocery Girls are hosting a quick giveaway of the Hue Loco sets which ends on November 7th in their Ravelry Group, and I’ll be running one, too in the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group which will close on November 8th.

The Knitting Expat Podcast

The Spicy Homemaker Podcast

The Periscoping Sisters Podcast

Mason Dixon Knitting

Field Guides: Stripes and Fair Isle

Little Fox Yarn

Once Upon a Corgi

Blue Bee Studio

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Kitterly

Curious Handmade on Kitterly

Tobermory Shawl

Kelso Shawl

Raisin’ Cane Baskets

Naturally Inspired Baskets

Brooklyn Haberdashery

KZ Stevens

Pom Pom Quarterly

Bristol Ivy

Brooklyn KnitFolk

Voolenvine

Amulet Shawl

Handmade and Woolen (Formerly Tiny Paper Foxes) Podcast

Snowmelt Shawl

Rib Magazine

The Wooly Thistle

Ysolde

Clara Parkes

Whew! That’s everything for this episode. Until next week, happy knitting!

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Just a quick hello and catch up before I head off across the Atlantic for Rhinebeck! On today’s episode I fill you in on the special projects I have on the way, and try to formulate a yarn-buying strategy for my trip…

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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The Familiar Shawl Mini KAL will run from October 5th to November 2nd. The Shawl Society Season II Grand KAL will also end on November 2nd, so be sure to post photos of all your finishes TSS II shawls in the FO threads in the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group by then for your chance to win one of our delightful prizes. By the way if you still want to join The Shawl Society, just grab the collection on Ravelry…Familiar is such a quick knit you could easily whip it up before the Grand KAL for two chances to win!


Hay Pullover by Claire Mountain

Laine Magazine

Road to China Light by The Fibre Co

Jones Street Sport Copper Corgi

Surprise Party Shawl

Hue Loco Yarn

Indie Untangled

Voolenvine

Duck Duck Wool

Magpie Fibers

A Stash of One’s Own Clara Parkes

Susan B Anderson

Amy Herzog

Knit.fm episode with Hannah Fetig on Stash Control

That wraps it up for this week! If you’re at Indie Untangled or Rhinebeck, please say hello! In the meantime, happy knitting!

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On today’s episode I’m settling into those autumn feelings and daydreaming about everything I’d like to knit for my upcoming trip to Rhinebeck…some of them a little more realistic than others. I’m also announcing winners for our recent giveaway and the Wishmaker Mini KAL for The Shawl Society Season II.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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We have a winner for our Blacker Yarns Limited Edition Brushwork Yarn giveaway! Our winning comment is:

Brushwork looks and sounds amazing and I’d love to knit something with it. The pattern I’ve been hoping to try out for some time is the Rose Bowl beanie (and cowl!) by Veera Valimaki

Rose Bowl Beanie by Veera Välimäki

We also have a winner for the Wishmaker Shawl KAL!

The prize is also from Blacker Yarn

The winner is Knitsnpurls aka Carol with Post 31 in the Wishmaker FO Thread

Carol has a lovely video podcast: A Stitch in Time

Andre Sue Knits

Our beautiful Shawl Society enamel pins are now available! You can grab yours online at:

A Yarn Story in the UK

The Wooly Thistle in the US


Hay Pullover by Claire Mountain

Laine Magazine

Road to China Light by The Fibre Co

Jones Street Sport Copper Corgi

Avalanche Pullover by Heidi Kirrmaier

Plum Pullover by Junko Okamoto

Moeke Elena

That’s everything for this episode: short and sweet this week. I’ll talk to you again soon, and until then, Happy knitting! xx

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On today’s episode I’m introducing a shawl that might just be my favourite of this season’s Shawl Society, and reviewing the wonderful Berlin Knits festival and all the lovely classes I took there, along with a few announcements and some cameos from a few of my favourite knitters…

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Yesterday was the launch of our 6th and final pattern, the Familiar Shawl

 

Companions of wise women and magicians down the years, these helpful household beings took the form of a loyal animal: a black cat was the most traditional, but your familiar could be just about anything. A dog, an otter, a raven, a discreet little mouse or fleet brown hare.

Some say these magical animals could change shape to suit the task at hand. They could deliver messages, assist with magic, defend their human, but most of all they were company.

The life of a magic-maker can be a lonely one, and having someone by (and on) your side is important, even when it’s “just” an animal. Harry Potter’s beloved Hedwig, the beautiful snowy owl, is an updated interpretation of a familiar. More than just a pet or a mail carrier, she was one of his very best friends.

Anyone who has ever formed a bond with an animal knows that friendship is one of the strongest kinds of magic we have here in the real world.

Our sixth design for this season, the Familiar Shawl, taps into a little of that magic. Familiar will be a cosy companion on frosty days, offering warmth and comfort when the wind blows wild.

Texture plays a strong role in this design, which features unusual soft cables, inspired in part by Hedwig’s downy feathers. It has a “familiar” favourite shape: a crescent, and is finished with a simple ribbed border. The yarn, a fluffy, luxurious bulky weight, is soft enough that your first instinct is to stroke it affectionately.

Familiar knits up so quickly some people might suspect you’ve used a helpful household spell in its construction.

The Familiar shawl is a tribute to companionship and loyalty wherever we find it: furry or feathered friends, close human confidantes, or a tribe of like-minded makers scattered across the globe, connected by technology. As such, it seemed like a fitting end to this magical season of The Shawl Society.

Making, like magic, can be something of solitary pursuit. Familiar reminds us to reach outside ourselves into the rich world of camaraderie and connection that waits for us, closer to home than we might imagine.

I used a familiar friend of a yarn for this one, Tundra, from The Fibre Co, which was also our sample yarn for Sonder, last season’s final shawl. I’m such a fan of the amazing yarn that I really wanted to revisit it this year.

The Familiar Mini KAL will run from October 5th to November 2nd. The Shawl Society Season II Grand KAL will also be ending on November 2nd, so be sure to post photos of all your finishes TSS II shawls in the FO threads by then! I’ll be drawing winners for a range of wonderful prizes. By the way, it’s never too late to jump in to The Shawl Society…Familiar is such a quick knit you could easily whip it up before the Grand KAL!

LouLeigh Project Bags

Berlin Knits Yarn Festival

Kunibag Project Bags

Yarn Over Berlin

La Bien Aimee Yarn

Paris in Berlin Colourway La Bien Aimee

Paris in Berlin Cowl by Joji Locatelli

Laine Magazine

The Walk Collection Yarn

Nature’s Luxury Yarn

Joji Locatelli’s Website

Veera Välimäki’s Website

Confetti

Garn Stories Yarn

Tieke Garn

Norne Yarn

Hand Dyed Berlin

EvieandLily’s gorgeous Instagram

Hue Loco Yarn

And that wraps up our notes for today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend of knitting ahead of you and I will see you next week!

 

 

 

 

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On today’s podcast I’m chatting about all the many things coming up: trips to Berlin and Rhinebeck, a few KALs, and lots and lots of upcoming design work…including the return of our beloved Knitvent!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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We have our winners from last week’s giveaway!

Winner of the Clark Socks Pattern:

Julian Brina

Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I love your patterns 🙂 The three things I am grateful for tday: 1) Listening to your podcast!; 2) A stranger smiling to me on the street early in the morning; 3) The book I am reading in the moment (The Vet’s Daughter, by Barbara Comyns). Lots of love from Germany! 🙂

Winner of the Oracle Shawl Pattern:

Alene Mazzuca 

1enjoyed my young grandson for an overnight visit and waffles this morning he’s a joy.
2finishing up the string “baby gift for the new grand due next week
3sitting outside a glorious day and knitting my granito

There is a KAL going on for Oracle right now, hosted by the Comfy Red Couch Podcast and the Little Bobbins Podcast: The Spirit of Autumn KAL is running on Instagram with the hashtag #SpiritofAutumnKAL

Curious Handmade Newsletter Sign Up

I’m running the Wildflower Hill Shawl KAL over on the Curious Handmade Ravelry Group!

The KAL is running now until the end of October!

The Wishmaker Shawl Mini KAL is running until October 5th, so don’t forget to post your finished shawls in the FO Thread

Arranmore Light from The Fibre Co.

Tundra from The Fibre Co.

Blacker Yarns Falklands Swan DK

Blacker Yarns Pure Gotland DK

We are having a giveaway of 3 balls of the fabulous Blacker Yarns Limited Edition Birthday Brushwork yarn so listen to the episode to find out how to enter!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

Kristy Glass Knits

Clio pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Indie Untangled

Needles Up

AndreSueKnits

Legacy Fiber Artz

Voolenvine Yarns

Hue Loco

Jill Draper Makes Stuff

Daughter of a Shepherd

That’s all of our links for this episode! Have a fantastic week, and happy knitting!

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On today’s show I fill you in on all the fun details of the Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, introduce the new retreat shawl design, and share a few beautiful new patterns I’ve been stalking, with information on how you can enter a giveaway to win a copy of one for yourself!

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Arranmore Light by The Fibre Company

Today I’m releasing the shawl pattern I created for the retreat, Wildflower Hill

The Wildflower Hill Shawl celebrates the beautiful flora of Cumbria’s countryside. Created for the fourth Curious Handmade Country House Retreat, Wildflower Hill was designed to showcase Arranmore Light, a gorgeous DK weight yarn from our retreat sponsor, The Fibre Co. From early spring into the last days of autumn, blossoming wildflowers and herbs are woven into the tapestry of Cumbrian hills. The tiny flecks of colour in this lovely yarn make me think of the scattering of flowers that adorn every corner of the country. Marsh orchids inhabit the peaty lowlands while delicate alpine species cling to the rocky outcrops at the peaks of the fells. Many of these flowers have ancient medical and magical uses, but mostly they are a feast for bees and butterflies, and a glorious sight for anyone with the time to slow down on a stroll and look.

This two-colour asymmetrical triangle shawl features bold colour-blocked stripes and a simple lace stitch pattern that recalls the rolling, flower-strewn hills of Cumbria. Warm and cosy but lightweight with a beautiful drape, it is a perfect companion for a windy hill walk at almost any time of year.

Norah George

Suffolk Socks

A Yarn Story

Bunkhouse Belle Socks by Julie Waters

Sew Sweet Violet

So Faded by Andrea Mowery

Confetti Pullover by Veera Välimäki

Starting Point Shawl by Joji Locatelli

Clark Socks by Jaclyn Salem

Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast

Malabrigo Sock

Oracle Shawl by Kristin Lehrer of Voolenvine

Yarngasm Podcast

Find out how to enter for a chance to win a gorgeous knitting pattern by listening to the Podcast!

That is everything for this episode…I’ll talk to you next week, and until then, happy knitting!

 

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Now that we’re back from our Australian holidays and have settled back at home in London, the autumn weather has arrived, bringing with it some ambitious daydreams about sweaters and cables and the wooliest of woolly projects. In today’s episode I chat about my visit to the Great London Yarn Crawl, my new fantasy knitting queue, some of the realities of constant design work, and more details about the exciting new retreat I’ll be hosting in May in the glorious city of Bath.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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I have drawn three winners from our Camp Curious Big Participation Thread!

Winner of the Maria Elena Bliss project bag, a skein of Australis Sock from Skein Yarn in the Sterling colourway and a Shawl Society enamel pin is

Madeline’s new podcast is Kingfisher Knits Podcast
Winner of the Prairie Bag Works project bag, a skein of Jumbuck base by Dingo Dyeworks in the Catherine colourway and a Shawl Society enamel pin is

Winner of the Danica Studio project bag, a skein of Phyllis Sock by Hue Loco  in the Wood Sprite colourway and a Shawl Society enamel pin is

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Hue Loco Podcast

The Yarn in The City Great London Yarn Crawl

Erika Knight

Fireflies Rising Shawl

The Wool Kitchen

Travel Knitter

Refuge

Knit for Peace

Clio pullover by Elizabeth Doherty

Rhapsody in Cables by Joji Locatelli

Arranmore Light by The Fibre Company

Fruity Knitting Podcast interview with Daphne from the Fibre Co

Right now I’m deep in the thrilling details of planning our new luxury knitting retreat in Bath, which will go on sale tomorrow. You can read about all the details and get on the VIP mailing list here!

That’s all our notes for this week. Happy knitting and I’ll talk to you again soon!

 

 

 

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I am finally back from my family holiday in Australia, and in this episode I catch you up on all the fun we had, and all the yarn I brought home with me. We’re also chatting about the latest pattern release for The Shawl Society Season II, and I reveal a bit more about the spectacular luxury knitting retreat I’m planning right now.

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Alongside an eclectic yarn range, which includes Hazel Knits, Icelandic Lopi & CoopKnits, we stock a carefully chosen selection of needles and notions. We’ve also recently launched ‘hand dyed by meadowyarn’, our very own in-house, hand-dyed yarn range. Working in our tiny dye studio, nestled in the Suffolk countryside, we are able to indulge our love of colour, producing complex tonal, kettle-dyed shades across a range of weights and bases. With regular updates our collections evolve and grow, inspired by the landscape and people around us.

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. You’ll always find a well curated collection of yarns and colors on the shelves and a friendly knowledgeable staff on hand. Some of our favorite brands include Hedgehog Fibres, SweetGeorgia Yarn, Julie Asselin, Shibui Knits and The Fibre Co. You can find A Yarn Story on Walcot Street in Bath or online at www.ayarnstory.com

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Maria Elena Bliss

Prairie Bag Works

Dingo Dyeworks

Skein Yarn

It’s not too late to join in with the Camp Curious The Big Participation Thread for your chance to win some great prizes before I draw next week.

The Yarn in The City Great London Yarn Crawl

Firelflies Rising

The Wool Kitchen

Travel Knitter

Refuge

Knit for Peace

Skein Sisters

Hedgehog Fibres

Wren and Ollie 

One Tree Hill Collection Yarn

Rune Shawl

Circus Tonic Handmade

 

Yesterday I released the 5th pattern of Season II: The Wishmaker Shawl

Hidden deep in a forest in Yorkshire, not far from a tumbling waterfall, sits a mysterious shelter known as “The Hermitage.” The hollowed out cave is just big enough for one very shy dweller to live tucked away from the rest of the world, surrounded by the whispering of trees and the scurrying of little woodland lives. It must have taken enormous effort to carve a tiny house out of a gigantic boulder in 1790, but someone did it. This astonishing home is mysterious enough, but another surprise awaits. Climb up to the roof and you’ll find two curious chairs hewn from the same rock. Legend says that these are the Wishmaker’s chairs, which will grant your heart’s desire if you take a seat and make a wish in one, and then hop over to sit in the other. It is a beautiful bit of magic concealed in an enchanted corner of the English countryside.

Our 5th shawl shares something of the character of the Wishmaker’s chairs: the marriage of work and whimsy, a break from the busy world, and a reminder that wishing and dreaming is an important part of even the quietest existence. Wishmaker is an asymmetrical triangle shawl knit from cosy DK weight yarn. Its rustic textures of garter and eyelet borrow from the natural world, while deep stripes of three colours keep the eye moving across the shawl. It’s the perfect accessory to wrap around yourself for a peaceful wander through the woods in your own company.

There is something beautiful and poignant about a hermit’s retreat which features not one, but two Wishmaker’s chairs. Perhaps the maker of the Wishmaker’s chairs wished for something more than solitude. To withdraw from the world in the hopes of being alone, and then carve out a place for a companion to sit may seem strange, but it reminds us of the balance we seek in our own creativity. We create first and foremost for ourselves, but the sharing of the things we make is where the true magic resides.

I used two amazing DK weight yarns from Blacker Yarns to create the samples for Wishmaker.

Blacker Yarns Gotland DK

Blacker Yarns Swan Falklands Merino Blend DK

The Wishmaker Shawl KAL will run from September 9th to October 5th. For a chance to win a prize, just post your finished shawl in the FO thread by the deadline.

The winner of the Rune Shawl Mini KAL is ThePeekoCrafter with post number 115.

I am planning a super-special luxury knitter’s getaway for May 2018. You can learn more (and get a spot on the retreat mailing list for exclusive early registration) here: Curious Handmade Retreat Bath