Favourite autumn / winter yarn 2015

Posted by Amy | Posted in New Products | Posted on 21-08-2015

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Sometimes a new yarn instantly catches your eye and that’s it, you can’t think of anything else, it’s love at first sight. Before you have even considered what you could make with it, you know it has to be yours. Whether it’s the colour that caught your eye, the texture or the fibre, there is definitely a place for it in your stash.

As you can imagine this happens on a regular basis here at Black Sheep Wools. We all tend to flitter and flutter from one yarn to the next. The arrival of new autumn / winter yarns is a particularly chaotic time for all of our wish lists. On a daily basis our new ‘yarn love’ can arrive. To share our excitement and give you a glimpse at what’s I asked some of the Black Sheep ladies what their favourite autumn / winter yarn was for 2015. For some it was extremely difficult to choose just one. No decisions have been made on projects, just purely the instant attraction to the yarn. Read below the reason why we have each selected our favourite yarn.

Lesley 

Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted
‘The shade selection is fresh, bright and juicy and the yarn feels so cosy and soft to touch.’

Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted

Stacey

Conway + Bliss for Debbie Bliss Elektra
The yarn is soft and as light as air! The colours are just delicious, add a splash of colour to brighten up in autumn. Ideal for quick, easy projects and one ball will go a long way.’

Conway + Bliss for Debbie Bliss Elektra

Sara

Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud Fingering
‘It’s an amazing and fascinating yarn, something so cattle like, yet so soft!’

Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud Fingering

Barbara

Araucania Huasco Dk
‘It feels gorgeous and I love the colour blends. I am thinking a cosy jumper to snuggle in for the autumn…..’

Araucania Huasco

Yvonne

Louisa Harding Amitola Grande
‘Not as bulky as some winter yarns, with a good meterage of 250m on the one ball. Made from silk and wool, no acrylic! The touch of silk gives a slight sheen and shows off the fantastic colour blends, from autumnal shades to brighter pinks and purple.’

Louisa Harding Amitola Grande

Amy

Anchor Artiste Metallic
‘Gorgeous selection of colours, in fact I am spoilt for choice. My initial favourite was the copper colour, but then that vivid purple is lovely too!’

Anchor Artiste Metallic

Emily 

Sirdar Bouffle
‘The texture and colour of the maroon shade jumped out me. It looks so cosy for the winter.’

Sirdar Bouffle

Emma

Rowan Super Fine Merino Dk
‘My favourite yarn usually is Rowan Wool Cotton; I think this could quite possibly take over. A great range of colours dark, pastel and bright, looks like it will give good stitch definition too. I want to knit something with the bright lime green shade ‘Zing’.’

Rowan Super Fine Merino Dk

New Year Projects Completed

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 19-01-2015

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We are now well into January and most members of staff have got the usual thoughts of completing those pesky WIP’s (Works In Progress). We all have at least one, or maybe five, ones we can think of at least. That’s before you have opened every cupboard, drawer or shelf in the house, where you are greeted with the forgotten knits. A little bit like some sort of pre-historic fossil, you know the projects! Many of these weren’t actually WIP’s, so if we all do have at least one WIP then watch space for more projects to follow soon.

I was very pleased to finish knitting a pair of snuggly bow slippers from Cute Little Knits by Jem Weston. They weren’t a WIP as such; they were actually an in between project so to speak. I am knitting a big cable jumper, which is quite fiddly and also leaves my arms aching. I try to knit only a few rows at a time and make sure I have a break for a stretch. This is what got me onto the idea of a smaller project that I could knit up quickly. Well, not so quickly in the end, but I was determined to finish them in time for Christmas. Which I managed with a day to spare!

cute little knits slippers

Yvonne has knitted a hooded jacket for her grandson in Noro Janome. The toggled buttons tone in nicely with the multi shaded Janome.

noro janome

Sara has knitted a Jeweled Cowl from Ravelry in Araucania Botany Lace, complete with Debbie Abrahams beads.

jeweled_cowl

Barbara has made this huge bag in Nel Whatmore Merry Go Round fabrics. The bag is called a ‘storage patchwork basket’ on the Coats Make It website, we think it would make a fabulous beach bag or even a good place to house your stash and those many WIP’s 😉

storage basket make it

Have you completed any projects recently? We would love to see them and share with everyone here on the blog. Email any photos in to amy@blacksheepwools.com.

New Year Super Sale!

Posted by Amy | Posted in New Products | Posted on 16-01-2015

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We are all always on the hunt for the latest bargain and that is no exception when it comes to yarn. Here at Black Sheep Wools all of our yarns are at least 10% below RRP and that is just standard stock. Have you ever delved into our clearance section? Well, well, well, you will find some yarns with a ridiculous 59% off RRP, plus they are all of the brands you know and love. There is often the added bonus of discovering that long lost yarn, or shade, that you thought you could no longer find. It could well be sitting, waiting for you in our clearance yarns. We have everything from baby yarns such as Sirdar Baby Snowball to the textured Debbie Bliss Milano. New lines are added regularly so be sure to take a look over there when you fancy snapping up a bargain. It is our way of sharing a virtual yarn dive*, be it in individual balls. However, we do have a packets section, where you will find a limited number of various clearance yarns being sold by the packet.

*A huge pile of packets and packets of yarn. You can find this when we are retailing at the shows up and down the country.

Today we have selected 5 our favourite sale yarns. There could quite possibly be more shades in some of the yarns shown. Once they are gone, they are gone!

baby_speckle_dk

 

Sirdar Baby Speckle Dk is cotton rich baby yarn. These shades tone in so beautifully.

RRP £4.12 NOW £1.69

katia fiesta

Katia Fiesta is a fashion yarn with extra glitz.

RRP £3.30 NOW £1.49

araucania ranco

Araucania Ranco is a delightful lace weight yarn with a wool content of 25%, ideal for lightweight winter shawls. Nearly forgot to mention it comes in 100g hanks!

RRP £7.99 NOW £4.99

debbie bliss paloma

Debbie Bliss Paloma has got to be one of the most soft and squishy super chunky yarns. It is made from the softest combination of baby alpaca and merino wool.

RRP £6.99 NOW £3.99

debbie bliss rialto aran

These shades of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran are so zesty and warm. Oooo the possibilities…..

RRP £5.50 NOW £3.50

There are sooooo many more yarns in our clearance section pop on over and take a look.

Sara’s ‘Citron’ scarf

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 26-02-2013

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Those of you who read the Black Sheep Wools newsletters will have read about Sara’s latest in between project. A ‘Citron’ shawl – this is a free pattern from Ravelry which Sara has had her eye on for a while now. I say in between as she is currently knitting a gorgeous fair isle sweater in the Rowan Tweed Aran. At the moment she has come to a bit of a stand still as she has reached the fair isle yoke. Help is at hand though, the lovely people at Rowan’s helpline are hopefully now steering her in the right direction.

Sara has knitted this pretty shawl using the beautifully shaded Araucania Botany Lace. Seeing the yarn on the needles the other day, I was mesmerized by the way each individual stitch on the needle looked like a multi coloured bead or something. I do wish I had taken a photograph now because it is hard to explain how the hundreds of tiny stitches gathered together looked so pretty and delicate. The hand dyed nature of the yarn creates a fantastic effect when knitted. It is one of those yarns that you don’t really know how it is going to look until you have started knitting. I imagine this yarn would also be a treat to crochet with too. Below you can see the finished shawl. Sara hasn’t blocked it yet but I think it looks lovely with the wavy edge as it echoes the design of the shawl perfectly.

citron_shawl1

citron_shawl2

citron_shawl3

Knitted using Araucania Botany Lace – pt1796 and pattern ‘Citron’ shawl from Ravelry.