A mixed bag of knitting and crochet

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 17-12-2014

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I am not sure where to begin with this blog post. We have so many fantastic projects knitted and crocheted by our lovely customers it may be difficult to fit them all onto one post. Seeing all of the creative ways you choose to use your yarn is always inspiring. It isn’t sat on the shelf for too long before it is transformed into something so beautiful.

Without further ado here are a selection (more to follow) of the latest projects to show off from our Black Sheep Wools customers.

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Angela brought in two cardigans, she has knitted one for her son and one for grandson. The pattern for the men’s cardigan is from Sublime book 655, knitted in the now discontinued yarn Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed. Angela has made matching Christmas cardigans before, you may remember her amazing interpretation of the Arthur Christmas sweater in cardigan form two years ago. She used a basic cardigan pattern and added her design having sketched it out on graph paper.

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The children’s version is knitted in SMC Extra Soft Merino, following Sirdar pattern 1275.

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There are reindeer on the reverse too.

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Carole, who regularly attends our knit and natter group is crocheting a shawl in Louisa Harding Amitola. The pattern is a free download, available from Ravelry – scalloped triangle shawl. The colour changes within the ball fit perfectly into the stitch change, creating a stripe effect. The shade used is 117 – wishes.

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Brenda has knitted a dress in Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply. Take a look at the lace detail in the skirt, so beautiful. If you do like the look of this pattern then there is good news, the pattern (Vali) is available as a free download from the Rowan website.

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Onto a crocheted character made by Jo. She has crochted the rabbit from a pattern in a crochet magazine, using up oddments of yarn.

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Ann popped in with her latest project. She has knitted the sweater in Sirdar Click Dk yarn, following King Cole pattern 3107. An easy to wear winter sweater with the detailed combination of cable and lace detail.

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Joan and Carole from our knit and natter group have been crocheting a gift for Jacky’s grand-daughter, an Olaf (from Frozen) hat. They found the pattern on Hopeful Honey‘s blog. For the main part, Peter Pan Moondust Dk has been used.

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Stocking Filler Alert!

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 12-12-2014

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If you are knitting or crocheting a Christmas present this year, then time is very much of the essence. Your needles and hooks are probably going at record speed and may even have a little steam coming from them (this will be me on Christmas Eve). I am not sure about you but I wouldn’t fancy taking on a Christmas jumper at this late stage, not if I wanted the recipient to be opening it on December 25th 2014 anyway! The theme of this blog post is stocking fillers. We all like to add an extra something in with a gift. Whether it is a crafter or non-crafter who you are looking for that little extra, we have something for everyone here.

To take a tiny bit of the stress away we have compiled a selection of our top 5 stocking fillers. Some require knitting or crocheting and others are simply lovely treats. In no particular order…..

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Ok, so this one won’t fit in a stocking, bu t it could make a nice bag to pop another gift in. Vanessa Bee Jute Bag – Friendsheep £5.99. There are other designs of Vanessa Bee bags too.

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Wool ball cosmetic bag £7.99. This could easily double up as a mini prject bag!

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These stacking pots are from Carol Meldrum’s 30 minute crochet book. This free pattern is available to download for free from our website and would make a great stash buster as well as a cute gift.

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Bright and ever so handy retractable owl tape measures. A must have item in any crafters tool kit. £3.49 each.

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Carol (founder of Black Sheep Wools) has designed this free scarf pattern. Knitted in the glitzy Sirdar Divine. The pattern is really easy to follow and creates a fancy twirl effect.

Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 14-03-2014

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Mother’s Day is only two weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to find the perfect gift for a crafty mum. There are so many different options whether you would like to make a gift (there’s still time!) or buy a gift for your mum to make herself. Here is a selection of ideas brought together from various members of staff. A gift they would like to receive as a mum or a gift they plan to give.

Lesley has crocheted a snood in Rowan All Seasons Chunky. This is a really easy to follow pattern that can be made in just one evening. The pattern is from the book – 10 Simple Crochet Projects by Sarah Hatton, it is the very snood featured on the front cover. The great thing about the book is there are 9 more tempting projects to discover too. Why not make your mum a bag for her birthday? If you are running out of time and your mum likes to crochet, then the book and yarn would make a great gift.

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Lesley would love to receive a set of KnitPro Waves crochet hooks for Mother’s Day and what a lovely gift they would be too.

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Emma plans to buy an Anchor rug kit for her mum – ‘Cats In a Row’.

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I’ve not knitted for a while so I am going to knit my mum a pretty chevron scarf using the FREE Debbie Bliss pattern. This will be a lovely scarf for spring in the Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK. I am currently trying to make a decision on a shade, either ‘Lavender’ or ‘Fruit Salad Print’? Sara has enjoyed knitting this scarf and says that it is a nice easy knit. This is good to know as I need something that won’t take too long.

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Catherine is hoping to receive a Maia cross stitch kit, a bright floral kit (Falling For You) that she plans to stitch in time for summer.

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Catherine is planning to knit a pair of ‘bow slippers’ for her mum in the gorgeous Rowan Felted Tweed. The pattern is featured in Jem Weston’s book Cute Little Knits.

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Although Maria’s stash is full to bursting, there is always a little space for just a few more balls of yarn aren’t there? A squish here and a poke there, et voila – at least one more pack of yarn can fit! With this is mind she would absolutely love to receive some of the new Sirdar Soukie DK complete with sparkly sequins. There are so many patterns that have caught her eye.

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Barbara’s ideal gift would be a set of the ever so beautiful Symfonie Wood knitting needles.

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If these Mother’s Day gift ideas haven’t tickled your fancy be sure to check out our website for even more ideas and inspiration.