What have you been knitting & crocheting?

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 24-03-2016

Tags: , , , , ,

0

I have gathered together quite a varied selection of projects that many of you, our talented customers, have been making. These have been collected and photographed over many weeks, so if you came in the shop a couple of months ago to share your makes with us, they may well be somewhere in amongst these treats today.

A customer called Hilary brightened up a dull winter’s day with her citrus shaded crochet blanket. Hilary has used a selection of Stylecraft Special Dk yarns to make this colourful delight.

hilary_yellow_blanket

Cathy who attends Knit & Natter brought in Jane Crowfoot’s Nordnorge Fair Isle bag she has knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Dk adorned with Debbie Abraham’s beads. Cathy opted for a slight variation on the shades suggested in the pattern and also chose a different bead colour.

cathy_fairisle_bag1

cathy_fairisle_bag2

A lady called Jane brought in a shawl knitted in Sirdar Montana Dk. The pattern is a design Jane came across on Ravlery ‘No-fuss shade loving shawl‘. The self striping effect of Montana Dk matches perfectly with the shawl design.

jane_montana_shawl

Susan knitted this hat for her grandson, he wore it to go and watch the new Star Wars film at the cinema. Apparently he had said it was ‘awesome’! When giving a knitted gift you couldn’t ask for much more. The pattern is a free pattern Susan found on Ravelry – The Force Awakens Hat.

susan_star_wars_hat

Ann has got creative with Sirdar Smiley Stripes making a rainbow blanket, with a mixture of one colour yarns added in too. This looks fantastic the multi-coloured border is such a good idea. A border like this would make a nice finishing touch to a plain blanket, adding a splash of rainbow.

smiley_blanket_ann

smiley_blanket_ann2

Sue brought in a mini mermaid tail she had knitted for her 6 month old grand-daughter. She followed Yvonne’s mermaid tail pattern exactly, using double knitting yarn rather than chunky. To make it extra special with sparkle Sue used King Cole Gltz Dk. The tail measures approximately 65cm in length.

sue_mermaid1

sue_mermaid2

Not only has Sue been making a mermaid tail, she has also been knitting the Rowan Shaun the Sheep blanket. Rather than using Rowan yarn Sue matched up shades in Stylecraft Special Dk.

sue_shaun_sheep

Jane is knitting a whole host of animals for a knitted Noah’s Ark. Her grand-children will love this, all of the animals two by two. Here are the ones she brought along with her to match up whilst shopping. Jane has used a variety of textured yarns including Sirdar Funky Fox. Some of the patterns can be found in Knitted Noah’s Ark book.

noahs_ark

Angela brought in a selection of baby knits – an all in one suit in James C Brett Flutterby and a teddy bear all in one suit in Sirdar Snowflake Chunky.

angela_snowflake

angela_flutterby

Last but not least Susan wearing a cardigan crocheted with two balls of James C Brett Marble Chunky. Susan made the pattern up, based on a large granny square.

susan_marble_chunky

Thank you to everyone who kindly shared their projects with us. If you have made anything recently with your purchases from Black Sheep Wools please email in a pic to social@blacksheepwools.com.

Spike the King Cole Tinsel Hedgehog

Posted by Amy | Posted in Knitting | Posted on 08-03-2016

Tags:

0

We received a very special delivery last week from Diane at King Cole – a super sized King Cole Tinsel hedgehog, named Spike. He is one gigantic chap who is made of a whopping 33 balls of Tinsel yarn, knitted five times bigger than the largest size hedgehog on the King Cole pattern. Now that is A LOT of yarn! Bearing in mind a small hedgehog (silver one in pic) takes one ball and measures 12cm x 20cm, Spike measures approximately 60cm x 125cm. Spike is here on his holidays for a week before he is moving on to pastures new.

Take a look at the size difference between Spike and the smaller King Cole Tinsel hedgehog.

spike_mini

He is so squishy, Lesley wanted to take a nap on him after a busy day!

spike_lesley

For a giggle pop on over to our Facebook page and watch a video of Spike doing a twirl.

A few staff projects

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 22-12-2015

Tags: , , ,

0

It has been a while since I showed off the talents of our wonderful staff. We have most crafts covered really with the number of different bits and bobs everyone enjoys doing in their spare time. Being surrounded by so much temptation on a daily basis could possibly have something to do with it.

Janet has been busy knitting for her baby grand-daughter. This little bundle of joy is going to be inundated with gorgeous gifts from a super proud Grandma. She is all kitted out for the festive season with a cute reindeer hat and a matching reindeer jumper.

king cole baby Christmas jumper

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer jumper pattern is designed by King Cole pattern number 3804 kc. You can even knit a reindeer tail on the reverse of the Christmas jumper. Janet decided to knit the red nose and sew it on rather than using a mini pompom.

Janet's reindeer baby hat

Janet has used a selection of oddments to knit this reindeer baby hat.

King Cole tinsel centipede

Janet couldn’t resist the King Cole Tinsel centipede. She chose colours to make him look like the Hungry Caterpillar.

King Cole Baby dress in Glitz

One more from Janet, a festive baby dress knitted in King Cole Glitz Dk.

Conway + Bliss Elektra jumper

Yvonne has knitted this cosy jumper by Conway + Bliss in Debbie Bliss Elektra.

Conway + Bliss Elektra

Look at the way the colours change so perfectly, creating an ombre effect.

teepee

Yvonne has also been sewing and doing some applique making tepees for her grandchildren.

Colette's Swarovski bead bracelets

Colette has been crocheting beaded bracelets using Swarovski crystals.

Lucy's bauble

Lucy has made a bauble as a gift for a crafty friend, following the Designer Yarns Bauble Along pattern. She has used a teeny circular needle to knit the bauble in the round.

Lucy's bauble

Topped off with a length of i-cord to fasten onto the tree.

Barbara Virus shawl

Barbara has crocheted a Virus shawl using Louisa Harding Amitola.

Barbara Virus shawl

What have our customer’s been making?

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 13-11-2015

Tags: , , , ,

0

I have accumulated quite a few customer projects recently that are just bursting to escape from the camera and make their way here, onto the blog. If you need that extra push to get a project finished you may well be inspired after reading this post. Seeing finished projects always makes me feel enthusiastic about digging out those unfinished projects. After completing a project you really do feel a fantastic sense of achievement. It is lovely when our customers bring them along to show us in the Craft Barn.

Young Alfie came to the Craft Barn with his mum for a shopping trip. His outfit of choice…..a beautifully knitted jumper, made in Sirdar Baby Crofter Dk. Alfie chose the shade himself – shade 185. The pattern for this snuggly jumper can be found in Sirdar book 377.

alfie_baby_crofter_jumper

This sweater is good to compare with the baby jumper above. Mary from Knit & Natter brought in a sweater she had knitted for herself in Sirdar Baby Crofter. The mock Fair Isle effect has been elongated and slightly distorted due to the width of the knitting. It has created an interesting stripe pattern.

mary_9133_crofter_jumper

Alison who attends Knit & Natter at the Craft Barn couldn’t wait to share her latest project. We hadn’t had Stylecraft Carnival Chunky in stock very long before Alison popped in with a finished waistcoat. She is looking forward to wearing the waistcoat with a long sleeved top this winter.

alison_carnival_chunky_cardigan

Although we don’t have a pattern for this Aran jumper (it was an old favourite from Jackie’s stash), it is still nice to share the hard work that has gone into knitting such a detailed cable, Aran jumper.

jackie_aran_jumper

Have you ever tried knitting mitred corner squares? Kym brought in a completed blanket that she had knitted using a variety of 4ply yarns; many of which she purchased at the Craft Barn including Regia Angora Merino. The squares are built up and joined as you knit.

kym_mitred_corner_blanket

Kym also had a second blanket which she is part way through. Knitted predominantly in Sirdar Heart & Sole Sock 4ply.

kym_mitred_blanket_heart_sole

Wendy came shopping wearing her latest project. She has crocheted a cardigan in King Cole Shine Dk.

wendy_shine_cardigan

wendy_shine_cardigan2

Cathy brought in her latest knitted project to Knit & Natter. When Cathy first started coming to Knit & Natter a couple of years ago she generally only crocheted. Since then she has made various knitted projects and recently brought in this cardigan to share. Her first ever project knitted in the round! Cathy enjoyed taking on the challenge of a cardigan knitted in the round. The best part of all, no seams. The pattern is called Frosty and can be found in Rowan Magazine 58, knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed.

cathy_felted_tweed_cardigan

Pretty cable detailing around the neckline and button band.

cathy_felted_tweed_cardigan2

Eileen brought along her latest project especially to show Yvonne in the Craft Barn. Yvonne had helped her to cut the back piece of fabric, so that the butterfly design was precisely central with perfect symmetry either side of the zip.

tim holtz eclectic elements melange

Eileen has used a Butterick pattern and Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Melange fabric.

tim holtz eclectic elements melange

What is your favourite yarn? – Part 2

Posted by Amy | Posted in Yarn Reviews | Posted on 15-06-2015

Tags: , , , , ,

0

Last week I shared our Facebook followers yarn favourites – part 1. This week I am back with the round up for part 2. Four more yarn categories have been put up to the vote. Along with carefully counting numbers it has been interesting reading the comments people have left to support their choices. I have included some of this feedback below. To read more take a look on our Facebook page.

Fashion

fashion yarns

The favourite is………A – King Cole Opium Palette

Janine says – ‘I’ve just finished a wrap for my holidays and it looks stunning even though it’s only garter stitch!’

Lyndsay – ‘I’ve just started my first King Cole Opium project and I’m loving it!’

Chunky

chunky yarns

The favourite is……….B – Rico Creative Melange Glitz Chunky, closely followed by Sirdar Faroe Chunky.

Double Knitting

double knitting yarn

The favourite is……….Rowan Wool Cotton

Cotton

cotton yarns

The favourite is………King Cole Cottonsoft Dk

Lyn says – ‘Washes and tumble dries beautifully. Lovely and soft.’

Helen says – ‘King Cole Cottonsoft  I too am part of the wonderful Knitted Knockers UK group that make 100% cotton prosthesis for women who have had mastectomies …king Cole Cotton soft is the softest and comes in the prettiest colours.’

Spring cleaning

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 27-05-2015

Tags: , , , , ,

0

Is it too late for spring cleaning? We are still in May, and spring hasn’t really been in the air, too many chilly days and rain to suggest summer is here. So, let’s decide there is still time. I am not talking about the dusting and cleaning type of ‘spring cleaning’ though. More like a spring clean of the old project bag. What WIP’s do you have unfinished that could do with being moved off the needles to make way for a pretty summer knit? Here at Black Sheep Wools we have decided to have a little spring clean of our project bags to see what lies beneath. I have collected photos of a selection of projects finished by staff so far. Up to now there only seems to be one project that was started many moons ago, mine.

Janet was super organised for her holiday, she soon had two crisp white cardigans knitted. Her knitting is incredibly neat and it only took her a week to make one cardigan! Janet opted for white Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton Dk, following Sirdar pattern 7084. She was attracted to the diagonal, rib like, stitch detail on the side and back of the design. Not only does this detail look pretty it is also really flattering.

janet wendy supreme cotton dk

Take a look at the back panel detail too. Notice how the rib section extends from the waistband.

janet wensy supreme cotton dk cardigan

Janet’s second cardigan is a gorgeously soft cardigan knitted in Sirdar Raffaella Dk. The pattern is a Sirdar Soukie Dk pattern – 7090.

janet soukie dk cardigan knitted in Raffaella

Janet couldn’t resist adding a bit of sparkle with a scattering of beads delicately sewn along the cardigan edging. She has used Debbie Abrahams beads clear size 6.

janet sirdar raffaella dk

Emma has finished her knitted monkey from Cute Little Knits by Jem Weston, knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed. The fair isle scarf took nearly as long as the whole monkey body to make!

cute little knits monkey

I have eventually finished my crochet, chevron cushion in Rico Creative Cotton Aran. It has been one of those projects that I have picked up and done a couple of rows and then tucked away for months on end. I was so pleased to finally be crocheting it together!

crochet cushion in rico creative cotton aran

Yvonne’s grand-daughter loves to wear a hat to match every outfit. She recently got a new coat, so with this in mind Yvonne instantly got out her crochet hook. The hat below is crocheted in King Cole Smooth Multi Dk with the flowers made from yarn oddments.

King Cole smoothie multi dk hat

Her second hat is crocheted in a cotton yarn, which Yvonne then adorned with pretty flowers.

crochet hat

The final project to be finished off in the ‘spring clean’ is Lesley’s giant granny square blanket, crocheted in Stylecraft Special Dk. The blanket pattern can be downloaded for free from our website.

giant granny square blanket

What have you been crocheting?

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 12-05-2015

Tags: , , , , , ,

0

Over the past few weeks I have collected photos of many different crochet projects from Black Sheep Wools customers. It is particularly exciting to see a project evolve from the initial yarn purchase. Have you crocheted anything you would like to share? Please send in photos through to amy@blacksheepwools.com.

To start off I have a couple of crocheted items from a customer called John. Whilst yarn shopping, he brought along his latest make for a photo – ‘Speedy the wonder turtle’.

crocheted turtle

John came back a couple of weeks later wearing his latest make, this time a fab jumper crocheted in James C Brett Chunky with Merino. The pattern is a free download from the Red Heart website.

Red Heart sweater in James C Brett Chunky with Merino

A lady called Alex was shopping with her baby son. He was all snug in his pram with a cosy blanket crocheted in a vibrant, rainbow shade of Stylecraft Merry Go Round Dk. I got chatting to Alex about the blanket and she said it took just 2 balls with a 4.5mm hook.

ripple blanket in stylecraft merry go round

Adding a decorative dging is a good idea on a ripple blanket to help neaten up the wavy ends.

ripple blanket in stylecraft merry go round

Jacky has been trying out King Cole Opium Palette crocheted. It is looking lovely so far. The texture of the yarn, along with the varying colour creates a really interesting combination. Jacky is going to make a triangular scarf, gradually increasing the stitches as she goes.

king cole opium palette crochet

A second project Jacky has just completed this week is a baby blanket in Stylecraft Malabar. The blanket is a free download on Ravelry called Rainbow Dash Baby Blanket by Beatrice Ryan Designs.

jacky's rainbow dash blanket

The colours look great worked together.

rainbow dash blanket in stylecraft malabar

Joan has nearly finished a waistcoat in Wendy Supreme Cotton Dk. The pattern for this summery design can be found in Sirdar book 458 – Cotton Crochet. It is hard to believe only 18 months ago Joan couldn’t crochet at all!

crochet wasitcoat 458

crochet waistcoat 458

This photo was one sent in by an online customer called Julie. A pretty lace detail top crocheted in DMC Natura cotton.

dmc natura cotton top

Glitz, sparkle & dancing

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 18-12-2014

Tags: , , ,

0

It’s the final of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and we are all getting very excited here at HQ. Every week there is a so much glitz and glamour to behold, not to mention impressive dance moves. We thought it would be nice to celebrate with our top ‘seven’ (or as Len Goodman would say, severrrrrrn) dance themed products. Take a look below and add a sprinkle of sparkle to your day with our strictly treats.

Let’s kick things off with the dazzling King Cole Cosmos

king cole cosmos

Could this be your favourite dance? A dancing cross stitch kit from Heritage by John Clayton – American Smooth

american_smooth

What glamourous dress would be without an elegant wrap? Knitted in the luxuriously soft Sublime Lace yarn the Heroine wrap will keep you warm.

sublime lace wrap

There’s lots of glitz in Louisa Harding Simonetta!

louisa harding simonetta

This looks like it could be a moody argentine tango, what do you think? Midnight Dance cross stitch kit by Dimensions.

midnight dance cross stitch

A lace skirt in Juniper Moon Farm Findley to whirl around while practicing your dance moves.

lace skirt

And finally a smattering of beads to add that finishing touch. Debbie Abrahams does the most exquisite selection.

debbie abrahams beads

The lastest projects from our customers

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 05-09-2014

Tags: , , ,

0

This blog post will be a mish mash (if that’s even a word!) of all the projects our customers have shared with us over the summer months. A bumper blog post of sorts sharing all of the delights you have created. Over the months I have accumulated quite a selection of photos. Without further ado here are the fabulous projects.

Let’s start with knitting first. A silky cardigan knitted by a lady called Kay. She dropped into the Craft Barn on the hunt for some buttons to add the finishing touches. The cardigan has been knitted in Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk dk, Kay chose a Louisa Harding Noema pattern – Azurine. Although the yarns aren’t necessarily a like for like match Kay decided to go for it anyway. Hasn’t it turned out so pretty!

kay_lux_silk_noema

Mary had a new WIP on her needles. She is one speedy knitted, and more often than not has one or two new projects to share in our knit and natter group – Yarn in the Barn. She had chosen a fruity shade of Sirdar Smiley Stripes dk to knit a baby cardigan following pattern 1443. Doesn’t the shade remind you of fruit salad sweets or dolly mixtures? This pattern is now discontinued but worry not, there are so many other gorgeous patterns to choose from in the Sirdar range.

mary_smiley_stripes1443

Chris who attends Yarn in the Barn on Tuesday’s was busy knitting a sweater in Rowan Revive when I popped in with the camera. Each stripe blends so effortlessly into the next due to the tonal earthy colour palette, like pebbly rocks moving through to a blue stream. Rowan Revive is a tweedy yarn that comes in plain mottled shades. The stripes have been created with the change of a ball.

chris_revive_mag55

A couple of weeks later and Chris brought in a finished sweater! The pattern is a men’s design called ‘Guido’ and can be found in Rowan Magazine 55. Chris enjoyed knitting with the Revive yarn and would not hesitate to use it again.

chris_revive_magg55_2

Mary dropped into the Craft Barn with a cardigan she had recently knitted in King Cole Shine Dk. She has followed a Sirdar Montana Dk pattern.

mary_shine_cardigan

Brenda is knitting luxurious longline cardigan in Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply. The pattern is from Rowan Studio Knits book.

brenda_studio_knits

King Cole Tinsel Chunky was a new yarn last winter. This year King Cole have brought out the most amazing pattern (9015) – a hedgehog! Along with the new pattern they have also launched a selection of new shades including the perfect hedgehog shade of brown. Once the pattern arrived in store the ladies from knitting group were soon snapping it up.

Joan was sewing up her hedgehog ready for stuffing. Since taking this photo she has since made 7 more!

joan_hedgehog

Edna has also made a hedgehog. Her plan was to make a blue one next.

edna_hedgehog

Anne – Marie likes to share her latest projects with the ladies in the Craft Barn. This one was a WIP when I took the photo. She loved the Noro Kibou tunic we had on display but fancied the challenge of doing a crocheted version instead. Here it is lined up with the knitted Noro garment. Looking good so far.

ann_marie_noro

Now to crochet projects………..

Cathy is an avid crocheter and enjoys making all sorts of accessories. Over the summer she has made two lovely bags. The first is crocheted in bright shades of cotton yarn complete with wooden handles.

cathy_crochet_bag

The second is a design she has adapted slightly from a recent issue of Inside Crochet magazine. The pattern is designed by Emma Varnam and the yarn is Rico Fashion Summer Print.

cathy_beach_bag

Cathy also had a delicate crochet shawl to share. She has added Debbie Abrahams beads along the edging. This pattern is a free Ravelry download called ‘Elise‘ designed by Evan Pevinski.

cathy_elise_shawl

Jacky has also been crocheting an ‘Elise‘ shawl.

jacky_elise_beads

jacky_elise_beads2

Finally Mary has crocheted doillies in fine cotton 4ply yarn.

mary_doillies

Phew, that was a lot of crocheting and knitting. I think it might take me a good few years to make all of these items! If you have any projects you would like to share then please email your photos to amy@blacksheepwools.com.

King Cole Opium Cardigan – #TryitTuesday

Posted by Amy | Posted in #TryitTuesday | Posted on 12-08-2014

Tags:

0

It is the turn of King Cole for this weeks #TryitTuesday. Three of the Black Sheep ladies have been trying on a cardigan knitted in the ever so popular King Cole Opium yarn. The shade shown in the photos is 194 pebble, a nice cover up for summer. Many customers have given excellent feedback after using this yarn and have gone on to knit further garments. What do you think? Would you knit this cardigan? There are many other patterns to choose from knitted in the King Cole Opium including different cardigans, tops and a wrap.

Lesley was first up to try the cardigan on.

opium_lesley

Followed by Sophie.

opium_sophie

And Ellie.

opium_ellie