Handspun Alpaca Yarn

New into the shop today is this yummy handspun alpaca yarn, from a spinner in South West England.Picture 016

Available in natural creamy white or as a skein of natural chestnut brown.

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Here are the makers of the yarn – don’t they look cute?

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Alpaca fiber is strong and warm. Each fiber is hollow which makes it incredibly lightweight. Even the most delicate alpaca garments are warm for this reason. Perhaps alpaca’s greatest feature is that it can be worn next to the skin comfortably. The explanation for this is the behavior of the scales on the exterior of the fiber itself. They all lie flat in the same direction, making for a smooth surface.

I’ve knitted up a sample.  The yarn is between aran and chunky weight, and the thickness varies nicely to give a rustic look.  I used 6mm needles for this sample.

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I think it would be great for handwarmers, little neck wraps or other small luxury projects.

I only have a limited quantity available.  It is £8 for 75g, and you can buy it from the Made By Ewe shop.

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Summer Sunshine Sale!

We are having a Summer Sunshine Sale here at the shop in Broadwindsor.

There are lots of baagains to be had in store including Erika Knight British Blue yarn, down from £3.95 to just £2.49 a ball!  Beautiful Bluefaced Leicester supersoft yarn in dusky colours, perfect for baby knits.

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Grab yourself a few balls now in the online shop before it goes on sale in the Studio shop.

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VW Camper Cushion

I’ve been having fun recently knitting up one of these new VW Campervan cushions for the Made By Ewe shop in Broadwindsor.IMG_9098

It is a Wendy pattern, knitted in Serenity Super Chunky yarn.  The yarn is a blend of alpaca, wool and acrylic, which makes it lovely and soft and light.  As it is super chunky weight, it is knitted on big 9mm needles; it is like knitting with   rope!  IMG_9100

The cushion grows really quickly and I had it finished in a week.

A perfect cushion for Summer picnics or a great present for VW fans.IMG_9099

I have a kit for the cushion in slate blue or orange and it  can be ordered from the shop.

Happy Camping!

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Broadwindsor Craft Fair

We are holding a Summer Craft Fair here at the Craft Centre on Saturday 19 July.

The Fair is from 11am – 4pm, and the stall holders will be selling lovely handmade crafts and local produce.

In addition, all the new craft studios will be open, so you can shop for handmade glass, vintage clothes and personalised gifts, painted furniture, fabric, handmade dresses and bags, gemstones and OF COURSE  Wool!

There is plenty of free parking and a coffee shop on site too.  The fair is the same day as another popular local event, the Stoke Abbot street fair, so why not make a day of it in the lovely Dorset countryside?

If you would like a pitch, the cost is just £10 for and 8′ pitch.  Telephone 01308 867504 to book.

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My favourite cardigan

Crowberry FrontI have the pattern for this lovely cardigan in the shop.  It is from Woolyknit and it is called Crowberry.

I really like the drapey shape and unfinished edges on the sleeves and the bottom edge.  There is also that gorgeous  cable decoration on the front.  I’d also like to have hair like the model, but that is not part of the pattern!

The main body is knitted from the top down, with an i -cord cast off.  The sleeves are knit in the round onto the body – so no seaming to do afterwards.

It is designed for DK yarn,  either supersoft BlueFaced Leicester or rustic Diggle DK, which has an interesting nep in the yarn.

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I have some kits with the pattern and the yarn needed, at a discounted price at the moment.  There is also free postage for a limited period.  So why not treat yourself to a new project for the summer?

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Bluefaced Leicester yarn

The Bluefaced Leicester may not be the prettiest sheep, looking rather more noble than cute and cuddly. It gets its name from the blue skin under the white hair on that Roman nose.

However the yarn produced from the fleece is something special. Know as the cashmere of British yarn, the fibre is fine, silky and lustrous, and very soft.

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The wool is comfortable enough to be worn next to the skin, but also hardwearing.  Erika Knight uses BFL for her British Blue wool ,which is perfect for baby knits.

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It is comfortable next to the skin, and of course lovely and soft to knit with.  One ball would be enough for a cosy liittle cowl, to keep out the blowy little wind that keeps whistling around the corner at the moment.

There is a range of natural and dyed colours , availabe in the Made by Ewe shop.

And now, back to the squishing…..

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Learn to Crochet

On 4 June there will be a Beginner’s Crochet Workshop here at Made By Ewe in Broadwindsor, Dorset.

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We will cover the basic crochet techniques and stitches, and progress to making a cosy Cosy for a mobile phone, in British wool of course!

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Yarn, a crochet hook and plenty of tea and homemade cake will be provided, and you can book from the website or by calling into the shop.

The course is from 5pm – 7.30pm and costs £25.  If you can’t make that date, one-to-one classes are available at other times.  Contact me for details.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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British Aran yarn

New into the shop is this range of lovely British aran yarn.Picture 032

There are 8 colours, from bright cherry red to warm natural brown.Picture 034Picture 035

I use this yarn in the Barley tea cosy kit, and I can tell you that it is great to knit with, and makes a warm, cosy fabric.

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I have also been crocheting with it, in preparation for a Beginner’s Learn to Crochet class, which I am holding next month.Picture 036

It is smooth and non-splitty and I think it will be easy for the students to work with.Picture 037

It is also great value at £2.95 for a 5og ball, all made in Britain from British wool.  Enough to warm the heart, as well as the tea!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Knitting shop is Open!

At last the new shop at Broadwindsor Craft Centre is now open, and busily selling wool, needles and knitting kits to real customers. (As opposed to online customers that is!)

Let me take you on a tour…..Picture 009Lots of lovely wool of course from Woolyknit, Jillybean, Rosies Moments and Eden Cottage.

Picture 006Handmade super duper knitting bags, with lots of space for needles, and they stand up on their own too.

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Picture 011And, oh yes, did I mention, lots of lovely wool!

All the goodies will be going on the website in due course, (when I have finsihed ooohing and aaahing and touching stuff) but if you see anything you like in the meantime, do let me know!

Visitors, especially blog readers, very welcome!  I am based at a lovely craft centre with a good coffee shop, open 11ish to 4ish every day except Wed and Thursday.

 

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Knitting Shop Stock

Lots of boxes are arriving now, with stock for the new knitting shop.  Here is today’s delivery – new yarn from Woolyknit.Picture 001

Lovely summery ice-cream colours in supersoft merino 4ply.Picture 002

A new delivery of British aran yarn – I think the purple is my favourite colour.Picture 005

And all these lovely patterns.  Picture 003

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Unfortunately all those patterns have meant me spending the afternoon putting together another order for more yarn.  Hey ho – life is hard!!

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