Baby Knits

We’ve been busy here at the Made By Ewe Shop in Broadwindsor, knitting baby jumpers to showcase some of our yarn.

This little jacket is made from lovely British wool, Diggle DK, It is a lovely tweedy yarn, 97% wool, and the jacket is just right for a country outing.

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For Mums who prefer a machine washable knit, we have these 3 sample tops, knitted in Rico Baby Classic, an easy care acrylic blend yarn, which can be washed at 40 degrees.

A pretty bolero for a party dress…

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A cosy hooded top for the beach…

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and a fun, stripey jumper with stripey buttons to match.

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We have also knitted this deliciously soft little jacket with some of our new yarn from King Cole.  I love the teddy buttons!

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Finally this useful little gilet has been knitted in one of our popular Wendy yarns, Festival Chunky.  The colours are lovely and it has a very nice feel to it too.

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New Yarn from Fox and Forest

I’m really excited to now be stocking yarn from Fox and Forest, a local company based near Newton Abbot in Devon . Look at this lovely pile of gorgeousness.

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The yarn in sourced from John Arbon in Devon and it is all British yarn.  Some skeins are a blend of alpaca, merino and nylon, some organically farmed merino.  The skeins are all hand dyed by Tamsyn using natural dyes, some of which are gathered from the Devon countryside.  The labels have intriguing combinations  – rhubarb, logwood and cochineal and weld and cochineal for example.

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And the skeins have lovely names – yellow nectarine, Aurora and this one, Icebergs, which is actually 4 mini skeins of different shades of blue.

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I had a go at dyeing with natural ingredients years ago – great fun, but not very successful. My wool coloured with onion skins turned out rather a dazzling yellow and the blackberries turned the wool a rather disappointing muddy blue, though it did smell good!  Tamsyn’s colours are all beautiful, soft and no smells!

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I have a selection of DK and 4ply skeins, and I will be listing them on the website shortly, if they don’t sell out first!

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Rico Melange Chunky

Look what one of my lovely customers has made herself!

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She is only a beginner knitter too!  The yarn is the gorgeous Rico Melange chunky, supersoft and gorgeous colours. It is 50% wool and a roving style yarn, lovely to knit with and quick too as it is chunky weight. (£3.49 a 50g ball at the Made By Ewe shop in Broadwindsor.)

Well done Rosa!

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Wovember Words: Wool from stuffing to stitches

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Some warm woolly thoughts for a cold rainy day – the inspiration behind the Made By Ewe Sheep Knitting Kits!

Originally posted on Wovember:

At WOVEMBER we love to hear exactly why people love to work with wool.  Louise interviewed Linda Regel – owner of Made By Ewe – last year for KnitBritish: her knitting kits are illustrative of her love for British wool and here she explains her inspiration for her Knit Your Own Sheep kits.

Knit Your Own Gotland Sheep kit

“It is absolutely essential to me that all of the yarn in the kits is British. There is so much lovely yarn in this country, as you know, so why would you want to use anything else? I like to know that the yarn I buy is supporting British farmers. I also try to use as many other British things as possible – the stuffing is fleece from British sheep and the new tube packaging is made in Britain. The knitting needles are purchased from a British maker too.

The kits contain…

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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.

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110m/119 yds

20sts and 28rows to 10cm

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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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