We at Spun feel that Christmas is a time for family and friends and as such we are now closed till Wednesday 4th January, any orders placed between now and when we reopen will be dispatched on the Wednesday if possible, if not we intend to have them picked and dispatched by the end of the week. From all of us at Spun we wish a Merry Christmas to you all and a wool full year to come :)
Since it was Baby Day on Monday, I though this week's Product Showcase should be for a baby yarn. Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.
Baby Cashmerino is one of Debbie Bliss's most popular yarns. Soft and gentle against the skin but machine washable, it is the perfect fibre for babies and children.
There are 6 pattern books, so you'll be sure to find a design to knit! Just click on the image to see all the patterns in the book.
You can find Debbie Bliss patterns and other yarns here
I have also started a Pinterest Board all about Baby Cashmerino...
Thank you for reading and Happy Knitting!
This is our first Product Showcase. After our New Season Launch, I thought it would be a good idea to show off our new yarns and patterns. This week is Kidsilk Haze.
Kidsilk Haze is a beautiful and delicate lace mohair yarn. It contains 30% silk, which gives it softness. It comes in 25g but because it's so light you don't need many balls for a project. We now stock 10 of their many shades here at Spun, both online and in store.
Although Kidsilk Haze is new to us, it is not a new Rowan yarn, this means that there is a lot of pattern support. Simple Shapes has 8 beautiful designs by Marie Wallin and the latest Rowan magazine has several patterns that use Kidsilk Haze. You can view both of these by clicking on the image.
There are also FREE patterns available to download. Just click on the image to download the pattern.
I really hope you have enjoyed this showcase, I have also started a Pinterest board all about Kidsilk Haze...
Thank you for reading and Happy Knitting!
After so much planning, today is finally here. I am so excited to show you all the new yarns we are now stocking here at Spun.
Firstly I'll share with you what is new from a couple of existing brands.
We have to cotton yarns all the way from Adriafil in Italy.
Memphis is a smooth mercerized Egyptian cotton and it comes in a bright range of colours.
Setasilk is a soft cotton and silk mix. It has a lovely handle and we have 5 colours for you to see.
Next we have a very local hand-dyer and friend, Mill House Designs. Steph has been very busy and has brought us more fantastic colours in her hand-dyed tops plus two brand new yarns.
Baby Alpaca / Silk Laceweight is a real treat for any knitter who loves the soft fibres of the squishy alpaca! Steph has dyed a mix of semi-solids and multi-colour skeins so you have plenty to choose from.
Sock Twin is a beautiful striping sock yarn with a difference! To allow you to knit identical socks, Steph has dyed two 50g skeins next to each other so you get socks that match!Now for our new brands!
In Debbie Bliss we have one of the most asked for baby yarns, Baby Cashmerino plus Debbie's new sock yarn Rialto Luxury Sock! Plus all of here Baby Cashmerino pattern books. You can find everything here.
I hope you can make it into the shop today, so you can get hands on with all the yarns and garments, but if not please feel free to get in touch with any questions or just to let us know what you think to our new collection.
When: Saturday 16th April, 10am until 5pm
Where: Spun Yarn Shop, Ground Floor, Byram Arcade.
Come along to our New Season Launch and be the first to see our brand new yarns ideal for your Summer knitting projects.
Need inspiration? We will have plenty of that - there will be lots of fantastic knits and crochet garments, plus lots of new patterns and project ideas.
Need advice? Feel free to ask!
So bring a friend, bring two, and have some fun squishing new yarns in the shop.
See you then,
You can let us know that you are coming by joining the event on Facebook here.
Thank you to everyone who baked and helped out. We raised £200 to help Macmillan continue to support people dealing with cancer.
I'm constantly adding beautiful and colourful crochet patterns to my Pinterest board. It's like an addiction! I thought I would share a few of my favorites at the moment.
Lets start off with blankets...there is something about taking on a large project in small bite sized pieces and I think that is why I love granny square blankets. You can take a few small balls of yarn and your crochet hook with you anywhere are get a couple of squares done. If you do want something a bit different though, here are four brilliant alternatives.
The first is Lucy aka Attic24's Neat Ripple blanket. A simple design but when made well with colours that work together, this would be a very treasured blanket. I recommend using Wendy Merino DK for this one, as there is a good range of colours and is soft to work with. Lucy has become quite famous for her inspiring blog about crochet. There are many designs and helpful tutorials on there plus you get an insight into her other interests. You can find her patterns here and her blog here.
The one on the right is Sophie's Garden by Dedri Uys. I think we can all agree that this is an impressive crochet block! Many colours have been used to make this one but you could have a play with different shades of one colour. If you want to explore amazing crochet blocks or crochet animals then Dedri is for you! You can find her patterns here. For more crochet blocks see here.
The one on the left is Spice of Life Blanket by Sandra Paul. This pattern has a good use of different stitches. It's a kind of sampler really. Sandra's designs are colourful, often floral and fun. There are a wide range of blocks, mittens, and other projects for you to explore on her patterns page here.
The one on the right is Flowers in the snow by Solveig Grimstad. As well as a couple of floral designs, Solveig has some impressive geometric designs for the home that are quite brilliant. You can find all of her patterns here. For more granny square variations see here.
Of course crochet isn't just about blankets. Just to show you can crochet yourself up a stylist top too, here are three simple ideas.
The first one is Kayla Sweater by Katy Petersen. Katy has so many beautiful designs both for adults and children, plus a fab selection of accessories and items for around the home.
The last one is Unique Lace Poncho by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite aka Cre8tion Crochet. Lorene's patterns are perfect if you are just starting out with crochet. There is a great selection of garments for both adults and children. You can find all her patterns here.
You can also find crochet books and patterns here.
I really hope that you are inspired by these projects and you all take up your hooks to make some fantastic things. If you do, I would love to see them and feature them on a later blog, so please do share. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don't yet know how to crochet, but you would like to give it a go, our crochet workshops are listed here.
We all know that when you are a fan of something or someone, you love to tell people about it and incorporate it into your knits. There are many groups on Ravelry of knitters and crocheters who love to craft their love into fantastic projects.
Yesterday I was amazed to see a fantastic knit from a mystery knitter, who obviously loves Taylor Swift, Just look at this...
Taylor Swift posted in on her Instagram.
Good job, whoever you are!
Have you ever knitted or crocheted for someone in the spotlight? We would love to hear about it.
It's September and there is lots of change!
Autumn is on its way and with the change of season we have had some pretty big changes at Spun. I write this short post for Spun's new website from our new shop on the ground floor.
If you haven't seen our new shop, here is a little video showing the transformation...
I really hope that you like our website. It allows you to find what you need even when we are not open! There is more to come to the site so watch this space.