Steeking Fair Isle

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 15-06-2018

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Let’s talk about steeking! Steeking Fair Isle to be precise. Black Sheep Barbara has been working away on an amazing Fair Isle tank top for her husband in Baa Ram Ewe Titus 4ply. For those who haven’t heard of steeking before Barbara described it beautifully, “It’s like knitting a tube and cutting it to make it into a useable fabric”. The cutting is required to form armholes and the neckline. It is a very clever technique that creates a professional durable finish to a garment.

Steeking Fair Isle | Black Sheep Wools

Barbara is a team leader in the Craft Barn and an incredibly talented knitter. Well, knitting isn’t her only craft, she loves to do patchwork, embroidery and crochet too. If you visit the Craft Barn do chat to our staff about what they are making too, you will find that we all love having a few projects on the go just like you!

The Fair Isle tank top pattern is a design Barbara found on Ravelry – ‘Machrihanish‘, designed by Fair Isle designer extraordinaire Kate Davies. This Ravelry pattern is available to purchase from the Craft Barn via Ravelry. For her yarn choice Barbara couldn’t resist one of her favourite 4ply yarns, Baa Ram Ewe Titus. Having only ever done a steeked sample previously on a Fair Isle & Steeking workshop with Melanie Boocock (now our in store Rowan Consultant) a couple of years ago, Barbara decided to utilise her skills for a garment. As it is all knitted in the round she found the two handed Fair Isle technique really helpful to use. The beauty of knitting in the round is that there is no purl row when knitting stocking stitch. Barbara brought the tank top in at various stages of the knitting and steeking journey.

Steeking Fair Isle | Black Sheep Wools

Here you can see the reinforced stitches, ready to be cut.

Steeking Fair Isle | Black Sheep Wools

This is the front of the tank top. You can just about see that the armholes are still joined and you can see the reinforced V-neckline.

In this little video snippet you can see the reinforced crocheted edge that won’t be unravel. You can see how Barbara has picked up stitches to knit the ribbed edging. It’s crazy to think you can cut your knitting with scissors and it will stay intact, that is the magic of steeking!

Steeking Fair Isle | Black Sheep Wools

I just had to share a photo of the reverse side, it is so neat and visually pleasing.

Steeking Fair Isle | Black Sheep Wools

Here is Barbara’s husband modelling his new tank top. Isn’t it fabulous!

 

 

How to do Kitchener Stitch

Posted by Amy | Posted in Knitting Essentials | Posted on 07-06-2018

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Kitchener stitch is a simple grafting method used to invisibly join two pieces of knitting together. It is a very clever technique, as you are actually duplicating a row of knitted stitches with a sewing needle and yarn, rather than knitting needles. Now that’s something to get your head around! It is mainly used when sewing together the toe end of socks or where a seamless finish is required on shoulder seams of garments. It isn’t to be confused with mattress stitch, that is for a cast-off piece of knitting. Kitchener stitch is when the stitches are still fresh on your needles, ready to be joined with fellow stitches also on needles across the way to create a seam.

Kitchener Stitch Grafting Knitting | Black Sheep Wools

Carol Meldrum has kindly helped out with this video for our Knitting Essentials series. Carol is a knitting and crochet designer, who has been teaching workshops at the Craft Barn for many years. Carol will be back this autumn for two days of classes.

Hold both of your knitting needles in your left hand with the points facing in the same direction. Next, thread a sewing up needle with a separate piece of yarn and follow the instructions below. In this example Carol has used a contrasting shade of Rico Baby Classic DK so that it is easier to see what she is doing.

1) Front needle: Insert sewing up needle knit wise into 1st stitch and slip off
2) Front needle: Insert sewing up needle purl wise into next stitch and keep on
3) Back needle: Insert sewing up needle purl wise into next stitch and slip off
4) Back needle: Insert sewing up needle knit wise into next stitch and keep on

Repeat steps 1-4 until all stitches have been worked.
Be careful not to pull the piece of yarn you are sewing up with too tightly as you are going along. You don’t want to spoil your knitting at the final hurdle!

Are there any other knitting techniques or handy tips you would like to see in a video? Email social@blacksheepwools.com with your suggestions.

Charity Knitting

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 01-06-2018

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Recently we had Helen, from Warrington & Halton Hospital charity in store, talking to our customers about the charity and showing the knitting and crochet projects they are currently collecting donations for. We have supported our local hospital – Warrington Hospital for quite a few years now, along with Liverpool Womens as part of our Premature Baby campaign. Three years on since Lesley set up the Black Sheep Prem Baby campaign and we are still receiving packages of hand knitted baby items generously knitted by our customers. If you do have any spare oddments of yarn and wonder what to make, then please do knit some teeny hats for prem babies or a small blanket and send them to us. Charity knitting is a great way to use up oddments whilst helping a worthy cause. Take a look at our Premature Baby page for a selection of free patterns and more information about what to make. We will post them on to either Warrington or Liverpool Womens who are always very grateful for donations in their neonatal units. Alternatively find out if your local hospital is looking for any hand knitted items and send them on.

Charity Knitting | Black Sheep Wools

Ventilator Hats

Back to Helen’s visit….she brought along an assortment of hand puppets for the Knit for Hal project. Hal is the name of the mini knitted mascot to be teamed up with young patients when they visit the hospital. Find the basic Hal pattern here.
“Knit4Hal appeal gains the support of knitters all over the country who have pledged to join our knitting & crochet team that create hand knitted puppets, our vision is to be able to provide our young patients with a little something special whilst within our care, which can also act as a pleasant distraction from what can sometimes be quite a stressful time. We have received some wonderful feedback from both patients and their families informing us that the puppets have been such a welcomed gift, what a lovely idea!” – quote from the Charity team.

Charity Knitting

Charity Knitting

Charity Knitting

Helen also brought along twiddle lap blankets. These are designed to comfort patients with dementia. You may have heard of twiddle muffs, well the idea of the blanket is the same but in blanket form. It helps to keep the patient warm as well as having textures and other bits and bobs attached to stimulate restless hands. The blankets Helen is holding are roughly 70cm x 30cm in size. All sewn on bits do need to be secure.

Charity Knitting

“Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity, ‘WHH Charity’, raises funds to provide additional comforts, care or experiences for the direct benefit of patients and their families beyond that which the NHS provides. With the support of our wonderful donors and fundraisers we raise money to improve patient environments, fund additional equipment/facilities and provide important complimentary services to enhance our patients’ overall experience.  We can only continue our work by gaining the support of our local communities and our mission is to create as many different ways as possible to forge new partnerships and involve our supporters in ways that best suit them.” – quote from the Charity team.

Find more information about Warrington and Halton Hospital Charity on their website.

 

New yarns for your stash

Posted by Amy | Posted in New Products | Posted on 25-05-2018

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Do you ever have a knitting or crochet lull? When you pick up a ball of yarn from your stash and just think, no, you’re not inspiring me today. Then you have a little route around your bespoke yarn cupboards (aka wardrobes and drawers where yarn fits into any available slither of space where clothes aren’t) to discover a bag of yarn that’s just not floating your boat either. It is time for a refresh. It’s not to say the yarn in your stash is redundant, far from it, it’s day will come, just not today.
If you are prepared to be tempted then do continue to read this blog post. We have had some scrumptious yarn arrivals at Black Sheep Wools over the past couple of months. Not only new spring summer launches from much loved brands, we have also taken in a new brand and yarns that we feel were missing from our selection.

Take a look at our snapshot of new yarns for your stash and tell us what you think. Share photos on social media if you have already started making something in these yarns. Either tag Black Sheep Wools in an image or use the hashtag #blacksheepwools they we can share your knitting or crochet journey with you.

Introducing CoopKnits Socks Yeah! in both 4ply and DK. CoopKnits is a yarn brand created in collaboration with the yarn company Fyberspates. Rachel Coopey is a knitwear designer who specialises in sock knitting. She worked with Fyberspates to produce a range of yarns suitable for sock knitting. Although they don’t have to be restricted to socks. So this is a new yarn for us, but quite possibly one you have been working with for a while. We are very excited to have all of these beautiful hanks at our finger tips!

New yarns for your stash | CoopKnits Socks Yeah!

CoopKnits Socks Yeah! 4ply

New yarns for your stash | CoopKnits Socks Yeah! 4ply

Stylecraft Linen Drape is next up with 8 muted summer shades to choose from. Linen has popped up in quite a few yarns for spring summer 2018. It is a fibre synonymous with summer, why not wear a knitted jumper with your favourite linen trousers or skirt.

New yarns for your stash | Stylecraft Linen Drape

Not one for warm summer days – Baa Ram Ewe Pip Colourwork is made from 100% British Wool. Even though it is the sunnier season in the UK, it is winter somewhere in the world. These handy 25g balls are ideal for knitting fair isle or intarsia projects.

New yarn for your stash | Baa Ram Ewe Pip Colourwork

For those who love to crochet with a fine cotton, Scheepjes Sweet Treat is a must. The range boasts a whopping 87 shades! This is a new yarn that we have added to our ever growing Scheepjes selection.

New yarns for your stash | Scheepjes Sweet Treat

West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep Luxury Baby DK and 4ply have made their way into our range of baby yarns. A yarn that is made up of the purest Falkland Island wool and the finest nylon. It washes too which is a huge bonus, especially for a luxury baby yarn.

West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep Dk

West Yorkshire Spinners Luxury Bo Peep 4ply

West Yorkshire Spinners Bo Peep 4ply

Rowan have come up with a fab new yarn as part of their Rowan Selects. The ‘Selects’ yarns are limited edition,  available for just one season, when they are gone, they are gone. Rowan Denim Lace is originally sourced from recycled denim. It is presented on cones, which makes this delight stand out on the shelves. Beautifully soft it knits up a treat. A customer recently popped in with a lace shawl knitted in the Harbour Fog shade. Take a look on our Instagram at the pics.

New yarn for your stash | Rowan Denim Lace

If you are looking for a silkier feel yarn, then take a look at Sirdar Summer Linen DK. New for this summer, the yarn is so silky soft (with no silk content) and has a magnificent sheen.

New yarns for your stash | Sirdar Summer Linen

One more yarn to share…..Rico Creative Melange Lace. A lovely colour effect on this yarn, it is so striking. When you spot this one, you instantly want to pick it up and take a closer look. Rico always have really nice colour palettes for their yarns. This shade range is no exception.

Rico Creative Melange Lace | Black Sheep Wools

Hopefully after taking a peek at some new yarns you will no longer feel in a yarny pickle. The answer may well lie within this very blog post 😉 Happy knitting and crocheting!

Keep up to date with all the latest yarns and goings on at Black Sheep Wools on our Facebook and Instagram, or why not sign up to our newsletter?

 

Black Sheep Craft Barn Sale

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 21-05-2018

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Do you want to know a secret? The Black Sheep Craft Barn famous 10 day SALE starts on Friday 25th May 2018 and is on until 3rd June 2018. We have some amazing treats in store, including super duper price drops on branded yarns, including – Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Sirdar and Stylecraft to name but a few. I can’t share any further details as I don’t even know yet! There will also be discount on all needlecraft and 25% off all fabric too. It is time to clear a date in your diary and gather your crafty friends for a day trip to Black Sheep Wools in Warrington. Every year we have new customers who have travelled from various parts of the UK, Dundee and Coventry are two that spring to mind. It is a sale not to be missed. If you are journeying a little further afield then don’t forget we are just 10 minutes from J22 M6 / J11 M62.
Take a look on our Craft Barn page for more details on what facilities we have to offer.

For those who won’t be able to visit our Craft Barn sale, there are always bargains to be snapped up in our clearance section online.

Black Sheep Craft Barn Sale

 

Yarn Shop Day 2018

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 18-05-2018

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We had a magnificent day at the Craft Barn on Saturday for Let’s Knit Yarn Shop Day 2018. There was all sorts going on in store. Emma Varnam was surrounded by colourful crocheted delights teaching mini crochet classes, Christine Perry (Winwick Mum) shared her top tips on sock knitting, Melanie Boocock (our Rowan Consultant) taught customers to knit and Debbie Tomkies filled the workshop room with a rainbow of colour showcasing her dyeing skills. Thank you so much to all of our special guests for making the day so fabulous!

If you couldn’t make it to the Craft Barn, we hope you managed to visit your local yarn store. There aren’t as many of us around these days and that’s what is so good about Yarn Shop Day, showing the love for your local bricks and mortar yarn store.
There is something so wonderful about entering the Craft Barn full to the brim of irresistible squishy balls of yarn. Your creative juices are ignited and your yarn stash wish list begins to increase before your very eyes. It is a place to meet fellow knitters and crocheters, chat to our super talented staff who are able help out with planning your next project or solving a knit or crochet puzzle and generally immerse yourself with inspiration from every angle.

On the day Emma Varnam and Christine Perry took over our Instagram account to share Yarn Shop Day through their eyes. Here are some of the photos below. There was a glass of Prosecco for everyone, Stylecraft goody bags and fab raffle prizes too.

Yarn Shop Day 2018 | Black Sheep Craft Barn

Emma Varnam brought in all of her Cute Crocheted Animals to visit for the day.

Winwick Mum ready for sock knitting!

Debbie Tomkies brought an array of fabulous hand dyed hanks to showcase the incredible shades you can create.

Yarn Shop Day 2018

I hope you don’t mind Christine, but I have taken this shot from your blog. A great photo of Melanie in action teaching a group of ladies how to get started knitting.

Pop on over to Emma’s blog to read her run down of the day and Winwick Mum‘s too. They have both written lovely posts about their day.

We hope to see you again next year!

Knitting in the round

Posted by Amy | Posted in Knitting Essentials | Posted on 04-05-2018

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Knitting in the round – do you use a circular knitting needle or DPN’s (double pointed needles)? Very often a pattern will suggest one or the other but it is personal preference really. Although some projects are too large for DPN’s so a circular needle is required. Then on the flip side working with a teeny tiny number of stitches can only be worked on DPN’s. If you are new to knitting and are bamboozled by the thought of knitting in the round then fear not. Carol Meldrum is back with a helpful series of how to videos covering knitting in the round. Carol is a knitting and crochet designer alongside being a fabulous workshop tutor. She is demonstrating how to knit in the round with double pointed needles and how to knit in the round with a circular needle including the magic loop method.

There are a variety of different types of needles to use for circular knitting. In the photo below there are a selection of the different ones we stock. Find Milward fixed circulars in a variety of lengths, KnitPro Zings DPN’s, KnitPro Symfonie interchangeables

Knitting in the round | Black Sheep Wools

Knitting in the Round – Circular Needle with Magic Loop

 

The magic loop technique, is a method used to knit in the round with a circular needle, when the length of the wire between the needles is longer than the project.
When using the magic loop technique, you should always have half the stitches being worked on the wire of the circular needle, and half on the points of the circular needle. The loop created by the excess wire, helps you knit in the round more easily.

1) Cast on the required amount of stitches on to a circular needle.

2) With the working yarn to the right, slide the stitches down onto the circular needle wire.

3) Find the centre or halfway point of the stitches, bring the needle points together to the right hand side, and pull the wire through between the stitches to the left. Slide both sets of stitches  up on the needle points. The working yarn should be to the back on the upper needle point.

4) Draw the upper needle through the stitches, and lengthen the wire until you have enough flexibility to knit the stitches from the lower needle, and still have excess wire between the stitches on the left hand side.

5) Begin to work across the stitches on the lower needle, insert the upper needle – this is the right-hand needle –  to the first stitch on the lower needle – this is the left-hand needle, and knit the first stitch, pull the yarn tight to close the ‘gap’ between the upper and lower needles.

6) Continue to knit across all the stitches on the lower needle – the first set of stitches have been worked.

7) To work the second half of the stitches, slide all the stitches from the wire, up onto the needle point, so you have both sets of stitches up on the needle points.

8) Then repeat steps 4 to 7 working across each needle in turn to the required length.

TIP – place a marker between the first and last stitch, to help keep track of your rounds.

 

Knitting in the Round – Double Pointed Needles (DPN’s)

 

Double pointed needles have a point at either end, and can be used to work stitches from either end and are used to work in the round. You can work on three working needles and a fourth to transfer stitches or on four working needles and a fifth to transfer depending on the project.

1) Cast on the required amount of stitches onto a double pionted needle ( DPN) – here we have used 30 stitches.

2) Divide the stitches evenly onto three needles as given by pattern – here we have 10 stitches on each needle.

3) With the right-side facing, and the working yarn to the right, slip the first 10 stitches from the right hand point of the needle purl-wise on to a DPN, then slip the last  10 sts from the left hand point of the needle purl-wise onto a DPN.

4) Make sure the cast on is not twisted, hold all the needles in left hand, with the working yarn and stitches to the back (this will be the third needle).

5) Hold the first needle to the front, insert the fourth DPN into the first stitch of the first needle and knit the first stitch, pull the yarn tight to close the ‘gap’ between the first and third needle.

6) Continue to knit across all the stitches on the first, then with the spare needle, knit across all the stitches on the second needle second and repeat for the third needle. The first round is completed.

7) Continue working as set, knitting across each needle in turn to the required length.

TIP – place a marker between the first and last stitch, to help keep track of your rounds.

Yarn used in examples is Scheepjes Softftun.

Three Crochet Borders

Posted by Amy | Posted in Crochet Essentials | Posted on 27-04-2018

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Finding a crochet border that is just right can be quite the task. Sometimes you might want to go bold with an elaborate, detailed edge or maybe let the blanket do the talking and keep it low key. Whatever the project may be that you are adding an edging to, a blanket, shawl or garment, the finished article must be considered.
To help narrow down your search we have three easy to follow edging ideas to add that finishing touch to your crochet or knitting for that matter. It can be nice to combine knitting and crochet by adding a delicate crochet border to a knitted item, this can look really effective on a knitted blanket.

We asked three Crochet Bloggers / Designers to share their go to crochet borders – Emma Varnam, Sandra Paul (Cherry Heart) and Lynne Rowe. Quite the bunch of talented crocheters with a string of books and must have designs between them.

All of the sample below are crocheted in Scheepjes Softfun yarn.

Emma Varnam – Crochet Border

 

Emma Varnam is a good friend of Black Sheep Wools. She has a selection of crochet books including Learn to Crochet for the complete beginner and has recently designed an amazing exclusive blanket design in Scheepjes River Washed & Stone Washed mini balls. Emma will also be with us for Yarn Shop day on 12th May sharing her crochet skills.

Emma says –
I can’t deny it, a shell edging is perhaps my most favourite and ultimately pretty finishing touch to any project. I have used it many times in my designs and it will provide a touch of finesse to your crochet blankets.
I used this technique in my new book; Granny Squares Home. A simple bathroom tidy is finished off with a shell edging, both practical and attractive. A shell is made by working several stitches into a single stitch. In order to keep the rest of your work flat, you need to miss one or more base stitches in the row below.
In the example I have made.

Shell Crochet Border Pattern

Make a slip stitch into the first stitch of your edge.
Miss 1 stitch.
Work 5 treble stitches into the next stitch
Miss 1 stitch.
Slip stitch in the next stitch to create the shell.
Repeat along the edge.
At the corner you can work 7 treble stitches to great effect.

 

Three Crochet Borders | Black Sheep Wools

 

Sandra Paul – Crochet Border

 

We have been working with Sandra for many years now. It all began with the celebrated Spice of Life crochet along blanket back in 2015. We then collaborated once again in autumn last year for a Spicier Life CAL. Sandra posts regular podcasts alongside writing for her blog. Follow her Instagram too she is always teasing something new!

Lacy Crochet Border Pattern

Sandra says –
I quite like this one because it’s a really simple little pattern but it works with lots of projects because the stitch repeat is so small and even though it’s a nice easy, it still looks really pretty and lacy.

I like to use it on smaller blanket projects, it works well on small baby blankets, or for potholders and mandala edgings.  It makes a really pretty edging on fabric too, like table cloths and clothes.

 

This will work with a standard or solid granny square or any motif with a st count which is a multiple of 2 +1 along each side.
Round 1: Starting in a corner space: 3 dc in each corner, 1dc in each st and side sp.
Round 2: sl st to middle dc of 3corner dc’s, *3ch, skip 1, sl st in next st, repeat from * around to 1 stitch from start, 1ch, skip 1, 1htr in starting st.
Round 3: *3ch, sl st into next ch sp, repeat from * around to start, end with sl st into top of htr from the round below.
Three Crochet Borders | Black Sheep Wools

Lynne Rowe – Crochet Border

Lynne Rowe has her own knitting and crochet books, is a pattern tech editor and teaches workshops. She will be at the Craft Barn on 21st July teaching ‘Writing the perfect pattern’ for anyone who fancies writing their own knitting or crochet patterns.

Lynne says –
Sometimes, less is more, and when you’ve crocheted a simple granny square blanket, the best way to finish it off is to add a simple edging that complements both the colours and stitch patterns used.

One of my favourite edgings to finish off a cosy blanket, is this pretty scalloped edging which uses basic crochet stitches, including treble crochet, half treble crochet, double crochet, slip stitch and chains.

Scalloped Crochet Border Pattern

Abbreviations:
ch, chain; sl st, slip stitch; dc, double crochet, htr, half treble crochet; tr, treble crochet.

Step 1: Make your Granny Square blanket, in either a single colour, or multi-colours.
Step 2: After working the final round of your blanket, fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Step 3: Round 1 of edging: Join Yarn A with a sl st to any corner, ch3 (counts as first tr), 4tr in same corner space, *work 1tr in every tr and 1tr in every space between groups of 3tr, to the next corner space, 5tr in corner space*; repeat from * to * twice more, then work 1tr in every tr and 1tr in every space between groups of 3tr, to end, sl st to the top of beginning 3ch to join. Cut yarn and fasten off.
You will now have 1 tr in every stitch, 1 tr in the gaps between the groups of 3tr, plus 5 tr in each corner.
Step 4: Round 2 of edging: Join Yarn B with a sl st, to any tr that was worked in the space between groups of 3tr, *5ch, skip next 3 tr, sl st in next tr; repeat from * to last 3 tr, 5ch, skip next 3 tr, sl st in base of beginning 5ch. Cut yarn and fasten off.
After working Round 2 of edging you will have a series of 5ch loops all around your blanket, with a 5ch loop sitting neatly across each corner.
Step 5: Round 3 of edging: Join Yarn A with a sl st to any 5ch space, 1ch (not counted as a st) *work [1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 2ch, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc] all in 5ch space (working over the 5ch loop and not into any individual sts); repeat from *, in every 5ch space to the end, sl st in first dc. Cut yarn and fasten off.
After working Round 3 of edging, you will have a scallop in each 5ch loop.

To finish:
Weave in all ends and if desired, block your blanket as follows: spray with cold water until damp, pin
out flat to measurements required and keeping edging flat. Leave to dry completely.

Three Crochet Borders | Black Sheep Wools

 

Scheepjes Stone Washed & River Washed XL Mini Pack

Posted by Amy | Posted in Knitting | Posted on 19-04-2018

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Carol is knitting a blanket in Scheepjes Stone Washed XL and River Washed XL 15g mini balls. The pack contains 50 balls, one of each shade and it comes in a fabulous box, complete with handle. There is also a slightly finer 4ply alternative to the aran weight XL, Stone Washed and River Washed colour pack. Sara and Stacey had fun strutting up and down the Craft Barn showing off the latest must have from Scheepjes. Take a look below.

Now I have set the scene with these pretty snazzy colour packs, it’s back to Carol’s blanket. Carol is making an easy knit garter stitch blanket, picking out each shade in colour order and knitting as she goes. Some of the balls do run out mid-way across the blanket, but that adds to the overall colour effect of the blanket. As long as you don’t mind sewing in a few ends this blanket is a must knit. Watch Carol’s video below, where she talks you through her project.

The blanket so far with roughly half of the mini balls used.

Scheepjes Stone Washed XL and River Washed XL Colour Pack

Yarn Shop Day 2018

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 12-04-2018

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Yarn Shop Day 2018 is only a month away and we can’t wait to tell you about what we have planned. This year we have knitting, crochet and yarn dyeing on the agenda. If you haven’t visited us at the Craft Barn on Let’s Knit Yarn Shop Day before then make sure that you mark Saturday 12th May in your diary as busy. There is always an extra buzz of excitement in the air with lots going on, a mix of customers old and new discovering their local yarn shop. If you don’t live nearby then do find out what your local Yarn Shop have planned. I’m sure they will have something fun up their sleeve. Stay up to date on the day via our Instagram. Winwick Mum and Emma Varnam will be doing an Instagram take over, showing you Yarn Shop Day 2018 through their eyes. Take a look on our Craft Barn page to find your way to us.

Yarn Shop Day 2018

Yarn Shop Day 2018

What is happening at the Craft Barn?

 

Emma Varnam – Crochet
Crochet expert Emma Varnam will be sharing her skills doing mini drop in sessions throughout the day. Learn how to master amigurumi crochet in the morning and then discover how to do a crocheted granny ripple in the afternoon. The ripple effect is fabulously displayed in Emma’s latest pattern, exclusive to Black Sheep Wools. Find the Scheepjes River Washed and Stone Washed blanket pack here. Emma will also be surrounded by copies of all four of her crochet books. There is something for the beginner through to the well seasoned crocheter.

Amigurumi Crochet Technique – 10am – 12pm | Crochet Ripple Effect – 1pm – 3pm

Emma says – “Every year I love being part of Yarn Shop Day. It is lovely to meet so many lovely people and share our passion for yarn – the cake at Black Sheep Wools is also fabulous!”

Winwick Mum – Sock Knitting
Christine Perry is the blogger behind Winwick Mum. She is your go to lady when it comes to sock knitting! On Yarn Shop Day Christine will be on hand to offer advice with knitting socks. She will be holding two drop-in sessions, one in the morning and then one in the afternoon.

Winwick Mum (Christine Perry) 9.30 – 12pm | 1pm – 2pm

Christine says – “I’m delighted to be a Yarn Shop Day Ambassador for this year’s Yarn Shop Day, and also to be back at Black Sheep Wools – is there anything better than a local yarn shop that has fabulous cake as well as fabulous yarn?!

I’ll be around to answer any questions you might have on sock knitting, whether you want to get started or you’re well on the way to filling your sock drawer with lots of gorgeous hand-knits.  There will be an opportunity for you to try out different sock needles to find the one that’s just right for you, and to squish lots of yarns – Black Sheep Wools has a great range of sock yarns – so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice!  I’ll also be signing copies of my book, Super Socks, so there’s no excuse to not have some socks on your needles!

It’ll be great to see you on Yarn Shop Day – do come and say hello and show me your socks – even if they’re on your feet!”

Debbie Tomkies – Yarn Dyeing
Debbie will be set up in our large workshop room doing yarn dyeing demonstrations. Enjoy watching the magic happen as she plays with colour and creates amazing yarns.

Debbie Tomkies 10.30am – 12.30pm | 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Melanie Boocok – Beginners Knitting
Our in store Rowan Consultant, Melanie Boocock will be holding learn to knit drop in sessions throughout the day. Melanie will be on hand to teach the complete beginner how to get started knitting using Rowan Big Wool and chunky needles.

Melanie Boocock 9.30am – 2.30pm