Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 20-03-2017
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.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 14-09-2015
The start of Cherry Heart’s Spice of Life Crochet Along is fast approaching, I can’t wait to share all of the works in progress and finished blankets here on the blog. In the mean time I have a fairly mixed bag of crafty treats to share from our customers. It is good to see an increase in the number of fabric based projects being brought in store for a quick photo, keep them coming!
This first quilt was sewn on Stuart Hillard’s Quilt in a day workshop which we held here at the Craft Barn back in June.
The next project I have to share is another HUGE quilt from Quilt Grandeur by Kaffe Fassett. A customer called Linda made this incredible piece.
One more quilt from a lady called Alison, who attends our knit and natter group. Alison hadn’t attempted patchwork before, you wouldn’t know with this piece!
Baby George popped into the Craft Barn for some more yarn. Doesn’t he look so content wearing a hand knitted cardigan and hat, wrapped in a beautiful knitted lace shawl.
Although summer may be over for another year here in the UK, the sun will be shining somewhere in the world. How about knitting a lightweight top in Sirdar Beachcomber Dk. Susan has chosen the multi shade – 261 ‘Collecting Shells’, what a lovely name for a summer yarn!
Mary couldn’t wait to share her finished Stylecraft Lily Pond Crochet Along blanket in Stylecraft Special Dk.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Free Patterns | Posted on 01-06-2015
Carol may have had a broken leg, but it sure hasn’t stopped her knitting needles from clicking away. The good news is she is now on the mend and no longer has a plaster cast. All this enforced rest has re-ignited Carol’s thirst for knitting, and now, crochet too. Prior to breaking her leg she had done very little crochet and is now on the way to making her very first hexagon, crochet blanket.
In between making blankets Carol also knits yarn swatches for display in the Craft Barn. After being handed a ball of Hayfield Baby Sparkle Dk to knit a swatch Carol had an idea – with 2 balls I could probably make a baby blanket. Off she went with her needles and yarn in hand to give it a go……. a week or so later – et voila! One beautiful basket weave blanket, with a textured moss stitch border.
Download the pattern for free from our free patterns page.
The basket weave stitch is really easy to follow, just a mix of knit and purl stitches.
There are 7 shades to choose from in the Hayfield Baby Sparkle Dk range, including the 4 shown below. Which shade will you choose?
So after re-naming Tuesday blanket day, I am not sure what to call today? Maybe, ‘blanket day 2’? Blanket after blanket just seem to be popping up. It all started with Sara bringing in her completed crochet granny square blanket. A very pretty blanket, crocheted in Sublime Baby Kapok Dk, a lovely colour combination with a neutral base colour. This blanket would be good for a baby girl or boy.
Lesley has completed a rather lovely chevron blanket in Rico Baby So Soft Dk. This will be the perfect, pretty baby blanket for her friend’s new arrival. It is hard to believe Lesley only taught herself to crochet in summer! Now there is no stopping her, she has plans to make more crochet baby goodies. Watch this space!
Catherine has made this cosy, crochet blanket for her son in Sirdar Big Softie. It reminds me of lego! The stitch structure really lends itself to the texture of a lego brick, don’t you think? Catherine’s son loves his blanket, it kept him nice and warm on their recent camping trip. It is hard to tell from the photograph how big the blanket actually is, but it fits a single bed!
A customer called Jacqui brought in a fancy looking blanket to share with everyone in the Craft Barn. The blanket has been made using 2 yarns crocheted together, an unlikely pairing of Sirdar Crofter Chunky and Sirdar Funky Fur.
Take a look at the blanket close up, you can see the Crofter Chunky just peeping through. I would never have thought of putting these two yarns together. Having the confidence to just go for it is sometimes the best way. We do have some very creative customers!
This blanket was sent in on an email by a customer called Susan. She has used Sara’s granny stripe pattern and hand dyed yarn from America. The colours are so vibrant and summery!
All of these blankets are so different, yet all crocheted. It makes you realise there are endless options when it comes to making a simple blanket shape.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 06-08-2013
I feel like it has been a while since I have shared any customer projects here on the blog. I’ve been keeping all of the photos to myself, waiting patiently on the camera. Here are the delights of our Craft Barn customers in recent weeks.
I absolutely love this baby girls little dress. It has been knitted in Rowan Siena 4ply following a pattern the customer had in her stash. The lace deisgn is so feminine and delicate. A really pretty garment. The cotton weight gave the dress a lovely drape too.
This cosy jacket has been knitted by Liz, in the ‘purple’ shade of Hayfield Bonus Aran. The pattern is also Hayfield – 9468. It can be knitted either short – cardigan length or longer – jacket length. Sooo much work has gone into this garment, I have such admiration for the concentration and time that goes into knitting a heavily cabled piece. Liz has even added a knitted flower in a contrast yarn to finish.
Tricia, who is a regular customer here at the Craft Barn and loves crochet brought in a fab blanket she has just finished. Tricia has used a variety of double knitting yarns, all purchased from Black Sheep Wools. When you look at it for a while you may spot a yarn you recognise using, in amongst all the squares. This blanket is going to go along the bottom of a double bed.
Vera, has crocheted a pair of cuffs in Rowan Kidsilk Haze Glamour. A gorgeous yarn that is light to wear, yet so warm. In between taking photos I tried them on too. Vera has made the pattern up herself and added a flower with a sparkle button centre for added glitz. They will be the perfect accessory come winter.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News, Knitting | Posted on 23-07-2013
We were all very excited waiting on the arrival of the Royal baby yesterday. It was great to hear the news last night that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a baby boy. Everyone is getting into the spirit here at Black Sheep Wools and going baby crazy! The girls in the Craft Barn have put up a lovely display featuring lots of baby knits. Including baby boy blues and Union Jack colours of red, white and blue.
Pretty crochet flowers! (pink flowers had been made too just in case)
For those of you who have your own little one or maybe know someone who is expecting, we have an exclusive FREE download from Sirdar. A pattern leaflet containing not one, but four baby hat patterns. These designs can be knitted in any standard Dk yarn. If you do like the look of the Sirdar Tiny Tots Dk be sure to check out the 9 shades currently on offer at £1.69 a ball. Adorable patterns which go from sizes 0 to 7 years.
How delicious do these ice – cream shades of Sublime Baby Kapok Dk look? I feel quite tempted to make something myself after seeing these scrumptious shades sitting side by side. It doesn’t just have to be for babies now does it? Be sure not to miss out on Baby Kapok Dk at £1.49 until midnight GMT 30/07/13.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 16-07-2013
It feels like a while since I shared the delights of ‘Yarn in the Barn’ group. There is always something beautiful being created. A recent project finished or a new one just begun. All of the ladies love to share, which is great because I get to take photos of all their fabulous things. I do enjoy popping in for a quick chat to see what they are up to each week, seeing a project grow into a wearable piece.
The projects are from June up until today, enjoy!
An adorable baby set knitted in Designer Yarns Baby Joy Dk
Vibrant crochet in Rowan All Seasons Cotton
A delicate knitted baby blanket in 2ply yarn.
‘Pretty Little London‘ cross stitch chart available from Etsy.
Pretty floral crochet.
Alison’s intricate crochet from past years of Jane Crowfoot’s ‘mystery blanket club‘.
Pretty vintage cross stitch
Barbara’s ‘Racing Track‘ rug kit.
Sparkley King Cole Galaxy DK
Beautiful cotton crochet from Attic24 pattern.
Amazing crochet tartan! You could have a picnic on this blanket.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 03-04-2013
Toni who works here in the Craft Barn and tea shop is expecting her first baby in summer. When we heard the news we were all very excited, as this is the first Black Sheep baby amongst staff. I imagine Toni will be showered with many knitted and crocheted gifts from everyone once her little one arrives. Every time I see a baby pattern I immediately think – maybe that one, Ooo or this one. Spoilt for choice I think!
A few days later Janet soon had a pair of super cute booties knitted. As Toni has decided to leave him/her as a surprise Janet chose good neutral shades of red and white in a soft double knit yarn. This pattern is one Janet had tucked away in her stash so I am unable to share the pattern with you. The good news is we do now stock a similar pattern from Rico, however it is crochet. Take a look at it here. Toni was thrilled with her early gift, aren’t they adorable!
Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 08-11-2012
Yesterday we had a little visitor to the Craft Barn. Yvonne came in with her grandson Gabriel to show off his fab Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran cardigan, she had knitted for his christening. I had been looking forward to seeing the cardigan for a while as Yvonne had spoken so highly of her experience with the Debbie Bliss yarn. A nice change to have a real life model, a very cute one too.
After knitting baby Gabriel all sorts of different little cardigans, sweaters and blankets Yvonne realised that he was coming out in a rash when wearing certain items, coming to the conclusion that he is allergic to acrylic fibres. Whilst looking for a pure wool yarn in a plum shade Yvonne came across the Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran and decided this was the one. Although the pattern is actually a Sublime dk pattern (one knitted previously here), Yvonne took a chance and knitted a smaller size with the aran. On this occasion it has turned out fine and needed no tweaking. It can be a bit risky choosing a pattern which is a different thickness to the yarn and more often than not will result in a disappointing outcome, be warned we have all tried it at some point!
Whilst he was here Gabriel also kindly modelled two hats Yvonne has knitted in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo dk (blue hat) and Sublime Oranic cotton dk (beige). The cardigan is from Sublime book 626 and Yvonne used a basic double knit baby hat pattern, adding her own designs for the hats.
Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 27-06-2012
In February Emma went on the Rowan Learn to Knit course here at the Black Sheep. Learning the basics she has since enjoyed knitting herself a scarf, hat and mittens. You can see a photograph of the mittens and scarf here on a past staff projects blog post.
Last week she brought in her very first knitted garment. A cute little baby cardigan knitted in Peter Pan Moondust dk daisy for her friends new baby. Emma has knitted and finished the garment all by herself. Tackling button holes and sewing up, which I find can sometimes be a challenge in its self. The cardigan has turned out great and Emma is really pleased with it. I can see more garments being made very soon.