Sheepy Giveaway!

I almost forgot to tell you that there is a Giveaway for a Herdwick Sheep Gift Set running on the Let’s Knit blog .

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The knitting kit includes British yarn, fleece stuffing and cute Sheep Knitting Needles.  A perfect present for a knitting friend, or maybe an extra present for you to sneak under the tree!

You have until Friday to enter so be quick! Good Luck!

Now back to packing orders…..

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Christmas shopping opportunities!

If you live near Barrow-in-Furness, the Dock Museum stock some of my British wool knitting kits and they are having a Very Vintage fair this Sunday.

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It looks lovely – I wish I could go, but it’s a bit too far from the South West of England.  I hope that some of my lovely readers can make it though!

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New British chunky wool from Somerset

I’m very excited today to be unpacking a new range of wool and knitted accessories from over the border in Somerset.

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Woolcake yarn is produced by 2 sisters, Debbie and Julie, from flocks of local Mendip sheep.  We are stocking lovely chunky Shetland and Zwartbles, perfect for quick winter knits.  The Shetland is a lovely light brown and the label shows the name of the farmer.

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The Zwartble is naturally dark and chocolately and from rare breed sheep.

If you can’t decide what to knit with it, buy 7 hanks and receive a  free pattern for a one size fits all garter stitch cardigan.

Debbie and Julie also design and make a lovely range of accessories with the wool -

cheeky bobble hats and handwarmers

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hotwater bottles

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and cushions.

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The wool is available from the Made By Ewe shop, but the accessories are in short supply, so I haven’t added them to the website.  Message me if you see something you like!

Happy Wovember!

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Dorset Yarn from Dorset Sheep!

We are passionate about British Wool here at Made By Ewe, and we have recently tracked down some lovely local yarn from a farm just down the road from us here in Dorset.

Wite’s Wool is produced in the heart of the Marshwood Vale, at Whitchurch Canonicorum – what a great sounding place to live!  The yarn is produced by Hilary Joyce from Dorset Poll  ewes.  The sheep have distinctive white wool fleeces and a woolly face.

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The sheep are an old breed and a  cross with merino sheep.  Hilary told me that their merino ancestors were thought to be survivors from the Spanish Armada, which swam ashore to the Dorset Coast. They can lamb at any time of the year and, when I visited the farm in the late summer, these lambs had just been born.

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The yarn is named after St Wite, a medieval saint and woman of great wisdom and bravery, who walked the meadows on which the sheep graze.  The land, and  yarn,  is certified organic by the Soil Association

Dorset Poll yarn is well regarded for its high quality, and pure colour, which takes dye very well.  Although it is not exceptionally soft to the touch, it is very dense.  This means it will soften with wear and be hard wearing and durable.

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It is available in natural white, soft grey, nut brown and raspberry pink colours.  Vegetable dyes are used and the beautiful colours are nice and clear.  For a limited time, it is at the special offer price of £5.95 for 50g, from the Made By Ewe shop.

50g

110m/119 yds

20sts and 28rows to 10cm

4mm needles

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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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