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!

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Juliet Bernard Exclusive Hat Collection

Posted by Amy | Posted in Knitting | Posted on 20-12-2017

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Juliet Bernard has designed a collection of hat knitting kits exclusively for us, Black Sheep Wools. A super talented knitter, Juliet was taught as a child by her German grandmother. Juliet has worked in the knitting industry for many years and has been involved in many projects including Innocent Smoothie hats, designing a jumper Hugh Jackman (yes, THE Hugh Jackman) wore in Eddie the Eagle movie and being Editor of The Knitter. Juliet also teaches knitting workshops at the Craft Barn, they are always popular and book up very quickly. Keep an eye out for dates popping up later in the year.

Juliet has curated an exclusive hat collection that includes many different knitting techniques and skills including cable, bobbles and fair isle. Some are designed in the round and others flat with a seam. She has carefully chosen luxurious yarns for the kits. Whilst Juliet at the Craft Barn teaching in the autumn we videoed Sara chatting to Juliet all about the designs. Watch the video below.

Take a look below at the hats designed by Juliet Bernard. Which one will you choose?

Juliet Bernard exclusive hat collection

Diamond Cable Hat in Rowan Alpaca Soft Dk

Juliet Bernard exclusive hat collection

Zig Zag Children’s Hats in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Dk

Juliet Bernard exclusive hat collection

Torshavn Hat in Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran

Juliet Bernard exclusive hat collection

Diamond Cable Hat in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK 

Juliet Bernard exclusive hat collection

Twill Hat in Rowan Felted Tweed

Juliet Bernard exclusive hat collection

A Ride in the Forest Hat in Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK

We can’t wait to knit one or maybe even all of the Juliet Bernard exclusive hat collection. Which one will you choose?

Joji Locatelli Mystery Wrap – Colour Ideas

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Knitting, Sara's Blog | Posted on 04-05-2017

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I love a good CAL or Knitalong and I’m just about to do another one. This is by one of my favourite designers, Joji Locatelli. She is an Argentinian designer and if you haven’t looked at her work you really must. She has lots of patterns on Ravelry including the ‘Boxy’sweater, one of my favourite designs. Joji is also a master at shawl designing and this is where the mystery Knitalong comes in. Now I have never down a mystery project before so I’m really excited.

The project runs over 5 weeks and starts on the 12th May. As it is a mystery the designer does give you advice on colours, the size of the finished shawl and what type of knitting it involves. This shawl will contain a lot of garter stitch, some TV knitting and some more complicated stuff.

I love the community feel you get from a KAL and this one will be no exception. I’m a member of the group on Ravelry and it’s already got a lovely feel to it.

It’s done in a 4 ply yarn and I have picked five shades of the beautiful Titus from Baa Ram Ewe. I will be using Crucible, Goathland, Bramley Baths, Rose Window  & Chevin. I do hope they look as good together as I think they will.



If you are joining in this KAL then why don’t you post some photos to our facebook page of the colours and yarns you will be using. I’d love to see them!

We all love choosing colours at Black Sheep Wools, so between us we have come up with some more eye-catching combinations.

West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply – Brights
– Blackcurrant Bomb
– Poppy Seed
– Blue Raspberry
– Butterscotch
– Sarsaparilla

West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply – Pastels
– Milk Bottle
– Sherbet Fizz
– Candyfloss
– Pennyroyal
– Cinnamon Stick

West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply – Summer
– Kingfisher
– Blueberry Bonbon
– Spearmint
– Tumeric
– Milk Bottle

Baa ram ewe Titus 4ply – Fire
– Coal
– Viking
– Filey
– Parkin
– Wesley Bob

Baa ram ewe Titus 4ply – Heathery
– White Rose
– Yorkstone
– Heathcliff
– Goathland
– Bantam

 

Baa ram ewe Show & Tell

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 02-05-2017

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In February we held an afternoon Show & Tell with two of the lovely ladies from baa ram ewe – Verity and Rachel. Rachel is the Business Development Coordinator and Verity is the founder of baa ram ewe, originally setting up the baa ram ewe yarn shop in Leeds many years ago. From here Verity went on to create her own yarn brand – baa ram ewe, sharing the delights of British sheep breeds. The shop is still there today and continues to stock many brands alongside their own ever growing collection.

Verity packing all sorts of goodies to bring to the Craft Barn

Moggy and the sheep preparing to leave Yorkshire with vital supplies!

All of the baa ram ewe yarns are made in Yorkshire, using Yorkshire sheep breeds, British sheep breeds and fibres. Which are spun in local mills before being wound into scrumptious hanks of irresistible yarn. The range includes three different yarns – Titus 4ply, Dovestone Dk and Dovestone Natural Aran.

New shades of baa ram ewe Titus & Dovestone DK

It was exciting to celebrate the launch of their spring collection with team in store. For spring baa ram ewe have launched new shades, a new pattern book and their Titus mini balls tubes.

I found it really interesting to hear Verity talk so passionately about yarn, talking about using British fibres, in particular Yorkshire sheep breeds, such as Wensleydale and Masham. All of their yarns contain a percentage of Wensleydale. See below a pic of this long haired sheep.

One of the snippets of information she shared that sent my creative mind into overdrive, was her staff ‘new shade idea’ meeting. What an exciting meeting that would be to be involved in! Verity said that all members of the team bring forward their suggestions and they discuss shade ideas and come up with names once decided too.

The latest book Titus Vintage Collection features one of their baa ram ewe customers, Alison, as the model. This reflects the inclusive welcoming nature of the brand. Their photographer also works in the shop and they use local Yorkshire hotspots for photoshoots. The brand is very much a Yorkshire brand. You will notice pattern names in Yorkshire Shores such as Robin Hood’s bay and Filey.
The Titus Vintage Collection is made up of vintage Sirdar patterns from the archives that have been re-worked in a modern format. This book introduces the gorgeous new palette of colours too, perfect shades for spring.

Sara couldn’t resist trying on one of the sweaters from the Vintage book.

Watch the video below of Sara chatting to Verity and you will see her warm, friendly nature shine through along with her passion for yarn. Thank you so much to both Verity and Rachel for a fun, relaxed afternoon at the Craft Barn. We really did enjoy having your energy and enthusiasm fill the shop on a Wednesday afternoon.

Baa ram ewe at the Craft Barn

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 30-01-2017

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A new year, and there is so much going on already. Now is the time for lots of dates to be added to your shiny new diary, making lots of crafty plans for the year ahead. We are doing our best to keep your diary filled at the moment, with all sorts of exciting events coming up at the Craft Barn.
Today it is all about the yarn brand ‘Baa ram ewe‘. Pull out your diary and pop in this date…..1st February | 12pm – 3.30pm at the Craft Barn. The Baa ram ewe team will be in store sharing the story of the Yorkshire yarn brand – Show & Tell with Baa ram ewe. They will have yarn samples to play with, garments to try on and lots of interesting facts to share.
Plus they will have new season shades of Titus and Dovestone Dk yarns and their new season patterns. All of which will be very much hot off of the press, as their new season products only launch at the end of January. I have had a little peek and already have new shades of Titus on my wish list. I can hear my knitting needles clicking in anticipation.

New shades of Baa ram ewe Titus & Baa ram ewe Dovestone Dk

The event is set to be an informal affair, with the baa ram ewe team in the Craft Barn where you can drop in and say hello or sit down for a natter and listen to their story. If you are very much an advocate of the yarn brand and have enjoyed making many projects previously, why not bring them in on the day to show everyone. If you can’t make it to the Craft Barn on 1st February you can feel like you are in store by following our Instagram. Baa ram ewe will be taking over our Instagram profile for the day. See behind the scenes of them prepping and then photos they take whilst at Black Sheep Wools. If you have a baa ram ewe garment that you would like them to see, post a photo on the day and tag Black Sheep Wools and baa ram ewe.