Win 20 balls of Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted yarn!

Posted by Amy | Posted in Company News | Posted on 18-03-2016

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Would you like to win 20 balls of gorgeous Sublime yarn? We have 20 balls of the soft and bouncy Sublime Extra Fine Merino Worsted yarn to give away to one lucky winner. All you need is an email address to enter the competition. Click on the box below and follow the details.

One lucky winner will be chosen on Monday 21st March 2016 at 10am GMT.

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My Sublime Favourites

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 09-12-2015

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So last week you had my blog post on some of my favourite Sirdar Hush & Denim Ultra patterns. Well this week it’s the turn of Sublime, the luxury yarn brand from Sir

I really enjoy doing these posts. It is all too easy to get bogged down in the admin and the other stuff I do and forget the magic of what we sell and all the inspiration that surrounds me on a daily basis. These blog posts give me a reason to take some time out and look at what I would really love to make – if only I had the time!

I have used a lot of Sublime yarns and patterns. The quality is always exceptional and the designs tend to be wearable but quirky. I hope that my selection reflects this but remember these are only my favourites, make sure you look for your own too!

First up, and a design I’ve wanted to make for ages, is from the Third Sublime Egyptian Cotton DK Book. I love the jacket on the cover of this collection. It would be prefect with my jeans in the summer. Goodness knows why I haven’t made it; it joins a long line of potential projects.

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My second selection is a digital pattern number 6095. I love digital patterns, you never lose it! But as well as being a digital pattern this pattern features one of the biggest trends in knitting right now, cushion covers. Easy to do and quick to knit, these would be gorgeous on any sofa.

Sublime luxurious aran cushion covers

My next pattern is one I would love to knit for one of the girls. ‘Dilly Does Snowflake’ a girl’s cardigan in Sublime Natural Aran book 682.  The design is big & bold and so wearable. Scarlett would love it.

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Finally the ‘Faithful Cardigan’ from The Second Superfine Alpaca Dk book 686. A stripy design you can throw on at the weekend. This has jumped to the top of my ‘To Make’ list so watch this space!

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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

What is your favourite yarn? – Part 1

Posted by Amy | Posted in Yarn Reviews | Posted on 03-06-2015

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Earlier this year we put out a series of questions on our Facebook page, asking our followers to choose their favourite yarns. Rather than leaving the question open ended we offered four options to choose from in each yarn category. It was interesting to see which yarns came out as the overall favourites, there were lots of positive comments too. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for similar posts popping up over the next couple of weeks.

We started with super chunky yarns, offering the the following options –

Super Chunky

super chunky yarns

The favourite is……….A – Rowan Tumble

Baby

baby yarns

The favourite is………..C – Sirdar Snuggly Dk

Lace

lace yarns

The favourite is………..Araucania Botany Lace

Aran

aran yarns

The favourite is………..Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran

Sublime Natural Aran Sweater – #tryittuesday

Posted by Amy | Posted in #TryitTuesday | Posted on 27-01-2015

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Tuesday is here again, which can only mean one thing it’s time for #tryittuesday! Trying on this week we have Jayne, Colette and Stacey. I can always rely on the lovely shop ladies to be ready at any moment for a quick trying on session. For today’s garment I went to our rails of sample garments and went with the first garment that caught my eye. This gorgeous sweater was hanging on the rail just crying out to be tried on. I was instantly drawn in by the teal shade, a simple shaped sweater with a decorative cable around the boat neck. I imagine the Sublime Natural Aran would be a real treat to knit. The stitch definition is so uniform and it feels divine.

Jayne was happy to shed a couple of layers for a photo in the soft Sublime sweater.

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Up next we have Colette.

Sublime Natural Aran sweater

Stacey tried the sweater on with a black long sleev top, this helps to show off the pretty cable neck line.

Sublime Natural Aran sweater

The pattern can be found in Sublime book 682. This sample garment is a size 34″ and can be knitted up with 8 balls of Sublime Natural Aran yarn. You can currently save a further 15% off all Sublime yarns and books until midnight on Friday 30th January.

Glitz, sparkle & dancing

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

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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

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

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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!

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

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

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

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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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Sublime Natural Aran Sweater – #TryitTuesday

Posted by Amy | Posted in #TryitTuesday | Posted on 09-12-2014

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Try it Tuesday has come whirling around again. With the countdown to Christmas underway and crisp winter weather in the air, we have gone for a slightly festive sweater this week, ‘Etoile’ from Sublime book 682. A cosy treat, knitted in Sublime Natural Aran. Knit a garment in the Sublime Natural Aran and you will want to wear it all winter. Made from 100% British wool, this yarn will be a pleasure to knit.

The design is a simple sweater, with a slash neck and garter stitch edging. The star motif is created using textured stitches giving a subtle relief effect. There are 8 shades to choose from in this fabulous new yarn and the book includes patterns for both women and girls.

Lesley was raring to go for trying on this week. I hope you like our Christmas tree too!

sublime natural aran

Beth popped on the sweater over her blouse.

sublime natural aran

Barbara loved the warm and snuggly feel of the Sublime Natural Aran yarn.

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Sirdar Showcase Day

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 01-10-2014

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Firstly my apologies for not writing this blog post sooner. I’m afraid I don’t even have a great excuse; I’m just not quite sure what has happened to the last few weeks!
So let me cast my mind back and tell you all about our Sirdar Showcase event that we hosted in our Craft Barn on Saturday 13th September.

The idea for the showcase event came from Sirdar’s Sales Director, Emma Mychajlowskyj. Twice a year retailers are invited to Sirdar’s Showroom at their offices in Wakefield. The room always looks amazing, the mannequins are dressed beautifully and it is a great way to show off their new yarns. Emma wanted to take this out on the road and show their customers their new collections in the best possible way, and I’m pleased to say her idea worked.

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The display arrived by van on the Friday afternoon, we cleared out lots of space in the shop and set up the mannequins. The same yarns were put side by side, showcasing the colours and designs perfectly. The new Autumn Winter collection is one of the strongest collections I’ve seen and their was a huge amount of inspiration for any knitter or crocheter. By the time we all went home on Friday night the shop looked fantastic. We had a quick curry (it’s always a curry when Sirdar come over to Warrington) and then an early night in preparation for a busy day.

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Saturday dawned and it was a bright & sunny day, not the best weather to sell yarn in it must be said. However the customers mustn’t have taken any notice of this and were queuing outside at 9am. They weren’t disappointed they had super service from Russell, Sirdar’s Managing Director, Emma & Jan our Sales Rep. These guys really know their yarns. The new Sirdar ‘Wool Rich Aran’ was the hit of the day. It comes in the most beautiful jewel colours and has a gorgeous shine to it. My favourite though is the Sublime Superfine Alpaca Dk, there is a blue jumper on the front of the book that has my name all over it!

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To ensure everyone had a super day we had a raffle for every customer to take part in with three prizes. The first was enough Sublime Alpaca, & Sirdar Wool Rich Aran to knit two garments. Second & third prize was their new hat yarn, ‘Heads Up’ and sock yarn ‘Heart & Sole’. That’s Sirdar from your head to your toes! We also gave away goody bags to every customer who spent over £25, and with yarn & needles in every bag they were certainly well received.

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All in all it was super day. The customers loved the new yarns and designs and more than that they loved meeting the Sirdar team. Now come on Emma what event are we doing next year!

Sublime Luxurious Tweed Dk – #TryitTuesday

Posted by Amy | Posted in #TryitTuesday | Posted on 26-08-2014

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The Black Sheep ladies were raring to go for #TryitTuesday. A new model has been added to the mix this week – Jayne, who works in the tea shop. As soon as I mentioned it Jayne was happy enough to strike a pose. Jayne always has a funny story to tell, and will enjoy having a chat whilst serving you delicious cakes and sandwiches in Tea Bags Full. If you are visiting the Craft Barn the tea shop is a great place to enjoy coffee and cake whilst making a decision on your next project.

The garment of choice this week is a Sublime Luxurious Tweed Dk cardigan from the Sublime pattern book 673. Whilst autumn is creeping in I thought a slightly autumnal shade and yarn would be good to ease us all in slowly.

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Here is Jayne in the tea shop with her sheep mug in hand.

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On to Lesley who tried the cardigan on outside when there was a little bit of sunshine. The cardigan features a diamond lace pattern on the bottom half of the design.

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Stacey also opted for a sat down pose this week on the sofa in the Craft Barn.

What do you think of the cardigan? Will this be one to add to your knitting wish list? If you have knitted it then be sure to send a photo to amy@blacksheepwools.com or share away on our social media.