The Latest Baby Blanket Patterns

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 20-03-2017

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Now you know I love a blanket and it appears I’m not the only one. Sirdar have launched some great new baby blanket designs for the Spring that make me want to find a baby to knit for! My absolute favourite is the Rabbit & the Bear Blanket (4759). Knitted in the smooch Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake DK, these are so great and they would make a perfect present.

There are always lots of designs for crocheted blankets but not so many knitted, well Sirdar are doing their best to change this. They have released one pattern with four completely different knitted baby blankets on them (4749). One features cables, the next is a leaf pattern another has a subtle diamond pattern on it, Last but not least is the square striped blanket, in fresh spring colours. A great design that would be perfect for a relatively new knitter too.

If you want a super easy blanket, take a look at pattern 4758. Knitted in the classic that is Sirdar Baby Crofter Dk, it shows off this yarn beautifully. It would be great to knit in the car (as long as you are not driving). No shaping, no counting – just perfect!

If these baby blanket patterns aren’t what you are looking for, then take a look at more of our latest arrivals from Sirdar.

Sara’s yarn review – Stylecraft Head over Heels

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 15-09-2016



Watch my latest video on our YouTube channel all about Stylecraft Head over Heels yarn. A brand new sock yarn from Stylecraft that comes in six variegated shades. I have knitted a beret in shade Eiger. Emily and Amy have also been having a play with the yarn, crochet and tunisan crochet.

Here is my hat in shade – Eiger of Head over Heels.

Stylecraft Head over Heels

Amy has been trying out tunisian crochet in shade – Eiger.

stylecraft head over heels

Emily has been crocheting a virus shawl in shade – Kilimanjaro.

stylecraft head over heels

Vinni’s Colour Nikkim yarn

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog, Yarn Reviews | Posted on 04-08-2016

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We have recently added a fabulous new yarn to our website – Vinni’s Colour Nikkim. There are 80 amazing shades to choose from! Watch my yarn review below on our YouTube channel.

Sara’s Project Update

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 20-05-2016

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Take a look at my latest video blog on our YouTube channel. Below are photographs of the projects up close.

Baby blanket in Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply


Stylecraft Special Dk granny square blanket


Debbie Bliss Lolli top


Juniper Moon Findley Dappled  and Debbie Abrahams beads


Yarn Shop Day 2016

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 06-05-2016


Saturday 30th May saw the third ever Yarn Shop Day come to life. Created by Let’s Knit magazine in 2014, Yarn Shop Day is a really important event in our calendar.
It is designed to showcase all that is amazing about your local yarn shop and encourage people to come in store rather than shop online. We are the proud recipients of ‘Yarn Shop Day Of The Year’ award 2014 & 2015 so the pressure was on to create a superb 2016 event.

Our ethos behind the day is to show people why shopping in your local yarn shop is different. Where else can you get expert advice, squish hundreds of beautiful yarns and ooh and ah over their beautiful colours? You certainly can’t do all of that online. No don’t get me wrong, I internet shop a lot and I’m sure you do too. It’s fantastic and a really important part of our business. But nothing beats buying yarn in person.

The day was incredible. We were lucky enough to entice a couple of our most loved bloggers to join us. Winwick Mum, a big Black Sheep favourite joined us in the morning. Her passion for socks is infectious and she drew a real crowd. We also played host to Crafternoon Treats, who has done for bags what Christine has done for socks. Her display of crocheted bags elicited lots of oohs and her patterns are so fresh and exciting.

Photo credit - Winwick Mum

Winwick Mum and her sock knitting clinic.


Crafternoon Treat – Kathryn Senior and her friend.

Photo credit - Captain Crochet

As well as bloggers we were also visited by top crochet designer Sue Pinner. Author of Granny Squares 1 & 2 and lead crochet designer for Stylecraft, Sue is a crochet genius and all round lovely lady. I came away from spending time with her with lots of ideas of future projects – obviously when I’ve finished some others!


Photo credit - Captain Crochet

Every Yarn Shop Day we try and feature something different in our workshop room. Previously we have done dying & spinning and this year weaving was the new skill to learn. Beryl, one of our regular workshop tutors, joined us for the day. She is an incredible teacher and produces lovely work. So many people had a go and enjoyed the experience. This is certainly something you couldn’t do online!


Photo credit - Winwick Mum


All in all we had a superb day, customers travelled far and wide to visit to us. Two girls even travelled down from Hull to spend the day with us. If you couldn’t make it to Black Sheep Wools I do hope you spent some time in your local yarn shop. Now to plan next year!

Sara’s Video Blog – Part 7

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 29-03-2016


Cologne 2016

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 21-03-2016


I’ve been lucky enough to have just spent the weekend at the H&H exhibition in Cologne. This is the international trade fair for the craft industry and regular readers of our blog will know that Stephen & I go to this event every year.

It’s absolutely huge, this year was the biggest yet and it was in four different halls. Thanks goodness I packed comfortable shoes!

The flight was much more entertaining than usual as I was sat next to the lovely Amanda from ‘Little Box of Crochet’. I’ve met Amanda before and she is such great company and her boxes are divine. She made sure the journey went in a flash.

We landed in good time and headed over to the show. We only had an hour or two but it was good to say a few quick hellos and get a feel for what was in store for us. Then it was a quick change and out for dinner with Sirdar & James C Brett. These guys are good friends and great company. I shared a metre of sausage with Sarah from Sirdar (you can only begin to imagine the innuendo’s) and a few small beers.

Cologne 2016

After all that sausage it was time for Papa Joe’s Jazz Bar. I love this place; it’s absolutely tiny but always packed. So busy that we only stayed for one and then made our way to a Flamenco Bar. Thankfully there are no photos of me tripping the light fantastic with a nimble footed, and very dapper, gentleman.

We were up early on Saturday morning to make the most of the show.

The first thing that caught my eye was the Knitted Butchers shop. It was incredible and as you would expect in Germany there was huge amount of knitted bratwurst!

knitted butchers

knitted butchers

Look who we bumped into as we were wandering around, the lovely Debbie Bliss and her daughter Nell from Conway & Bliss. It was so great to have a quick catch up with them.


It was a bit of star spotting moment as next we were greeted by the Norwegian design duo Arne and Carlos. Those of you who have read the recent newsletter will know how much I love these two, I think I’m almost a stalker!


New Arne & Carlos double knitting yarn, coming soon.


We had a meeting in the afternoon with Rico. Their stand was beautiful, full of great design in beautiful spring time colours.



Our final meeting of the day was with Designer Yarns. They had one particular yarn that blew me away, Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran. It’s already on my shopping list for autumn!

The wonderful Designer Yarns team also took us for dinner that night. Again there was lots of beer and bizarrely a cigar. I know I promise I won’t do it again!


On Sunday Stephen & I decided to sneak a couple of hours to ourselves and had a wander around Cologne. It was Palm Sunday and it was incredible how many people were carrying huge palms through the city centre. There was also a great range of buskers, from classical music to dancing puppets we saw them all.


As you can tell the weekend was huge fun but incredibly tiring. It was lovely to get in my own bed last night. Even if I did have to share it with Poppy the puppy!

Sara’s Video Blog – Part 6

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 05-02-2016


Spice of Life inspired baby blanket

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 11-01-2016



I have a bit of a thing. If a friend or relation has a baby I have to make a blanket. My cousin’s new baby, Emily was no exception.

Thankfully I knew it was a girl so colour choice was quite easy. I’m not particularly a traditionalist and I’m not mad on the colour pink so I used 9 different shades which I thought looked a bit vintagey (if that’s a word!). Two of these are pink but they do blend well with the greys and duck egg.

I’ve been so inspired by our Spice of life CAL, and learnt so much, that I knew I had to use stitches from this.

Sara's SOL CAL inspired baby blanket

The main body of the blanket is in v stitch. I love this stitch. It grows so fast and is really economical with yarn. Something I needed to bear in mind as I was using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. This is one of my favourite yarns but doesn’t go very far so I needed to get the most out of it.

Sara's SOL inspired baby blanket

The border is a row of double crochet, to provide a foundation. Again this is the same as the Spice of Life (SOL) CAL.

I then used the shell stitch to finish off. I loved this stitch and it finished the blanket perfectly.

Sara's SOL inspired baby blanket

I’m delighted with the way it looks. The yarn feels beautiful and I think my cousin will love the colours. Fingers crossed!

I’ve got so many other ideas of blankets I can make with the stitches I learnt from the SOL CAL. If you’ve been left inspired too don’t forget our competition. We are looking for projects that have been inspired by Sandra Paul’s Spice of Life crochet along blanket. That could be anything from a mug hug to a cushion cover! Take a look at our competition blog post for more information.

Project Update

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 16-12-2015


Just a few of my latest projects that I am making……