Last year we offered a Yarn Advent calendar for the first time. Our calendar included 24 x 10g mini cakes with an optional 100g skein, choice of pattern and plenty of treats too! The photo above is of the Crochet Advent pattern for 2021 (the colours were the same for the crochet and knitting options)
This year we are adding the option of 20g mini cakes (the included pattern can be used for the 10g or 20g options – you will just make a wider wrap with 20g mini cakes). There is a choice of a knitting or crochet pattern (the colours will be the same for both options).
I haven’t decided on the exact colours yet but the dyeing style will be similar to last year’s calendar, with a mixture of variegated and semi-solid colours arranged in a fairly harmonious gradient-ish!
Here’s my finished Crochet Advent wrap from last year.
You will receive 24 individually wrapped packets. Here’s a few from last year’s calendar (wrapping may be slightly different this year)
Due to changes on July 1st 2021 which sees the end of the 22 euro VAT import exemption on goods sent from the U.K to the E.U, we have taken the decision to suspend shipping to all EU Countries. As there is currently no way for us to use the ‘One Stop Shop’ to collect VAT at the point of purchase (which would mean customers know up front how much they will pay in total for their parcel), this means that parcels sent using the existing method of attaching a CN22 customs declaration (which is still allowed) are very likely to result in extra handling charges.
We hope that there is a change in the near future which will enable us to collect the VAT at the point of purchase so that we can resume sending to EU Countries and we are looking at alternatives such as using Etsy for specials such as our Christmas self striping yarn.
Our September club parcel had an autumnal theme. We used our lovely Brecon Sock for this one, a blend of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Yak, 10% nylon. The Yak gives the base yarn a heathery grey undertone, perfect for creating autumnal shades. We tried something different this time by combining 2 solid stripes with a variegated stripe. I really like how my sample sock turned out and I think we’ll be trying more of this style.
My new Tunisian crochet pattern, ‘Fernham’, uses 2 skeins of our Sarum Sport 100% Superwash Merino. Worked sideways, I used a combination of increases, decreases and short rows to create the shape. The main body is worked in a honeycomb pattern which produces a gorgeous texture. The border is worked at the same time as the body.
The pattern includes full written instructions as well as charts. I recommend having some Tunisian crochet experience – please contact me if you have any questions.
The pattern is £3.50 OR free if you purchase 2 skeins of our Sarum Sport. Please enter ‘Fernham’ in the ‘order notes’ section at checkout and we will send you a download link.
Today we should have been packing up the van with lots of yarny goodies ready to drive up to Skipton tomorrow and set up our stand for Yarndale. Instead we have been dyeing yarn (which will hopefully be dry by Saturday so I can photograph it!) and later this evening we’ll be celebrating Andrew’s birthday with Whisky and cake 😉
Yarndale have put together a great programme of talks and other online events for this weekend so you can still take part from home.
Matt (from A Boy & Bunting) is hosting a series of interviews over the weekend – you do need to get tickets for these in advance so make sure you check them out and book up in time. You can find all the details here. All proceeds from ticket sales are going to Yarndale’s chosen charity.
And of course – lots of lovely exhibitors! You can find the exhibitors list here.
We will be updating our shop in time for Yarndale opening at 10am on Saturday and will be online over the weekend if you have any questions. You can find us on Instagram and Facebook, or you can contact us here.
I took this photograph last year on the Friday evening and I really wish we could all be there this weekend – we had a great time!
Our Christmas Special is in production! Much more ‘twinkly’ than it looks in the photograph, this is ‘Twinkling Lights’ 🙂 on Merino/nylon/gold sparkle and the dyeing is a joint effort too, with me in charge of the ‘twinkly lights’ stripe and Andrew taking care of the rest (he usually does alllll the dyeing!)
We will also have co-ordinating mini cakes available, in red or green (but no photos yet as Andrew has only started dyeing those today).
If you are in the U.K you can now pre-order 🙂 Sold out!
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The colour inspiration for the July parcels was our favourite summer treat – ice cream! I decided to make everyone a set of 3 stitch markers to match the colours and I also painted the image used for the stickers.
The yarn base for July was Bicton Sock, 100% superwash High Twist Bluefaced Leicester
Parcels included the main cake & a contrasting mini, a set of 3 handmade stitchmarkers, Eucalan sachet and a discount voucher for our Etsy shop.
The colour inspiration for the May parcels was based on the Summer Solstice. Andrew had some colours in mind and then we discovered some lovely soap made by Ruth of Haywood Botanicals and decided they would make the perfect extra gift and colour inspiration!
The yarn base for May was Sherborne Sock, 75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon.
Parcels included the main cake & a contrasting mini, Midsummer Eve handmade soap bar, Eucalan sachet and a discount voucher for our Etsy shop.
Our first club parcels were sent out last week. As it’s not long until Easter, we decided to use Cadbury’s creme egg as the colour inspiration (I think Andrew just wanted an excuse to eat some for ‘research’ purposes!)
Parcels included the main cake & a contrasting mini, a pack of Creme eggs (of course!), handwarmer pattern, a cute little sachet of Eucalan and a discount voucher for our Etsy shop.
The next parcels will be sent out in the last week of May. For more information and to sign up, please click here.
We had a lovely day at Waltham Abbey Wool show last Sunday – slightly more relaxing than last year as we decided to stay nearby the night before rather then getting up mega early to drive there on the day. That was a good choice!
Andrew dyed up a special ‘WAWS2020’ colourway (we do have a few of these left – I’ll be listing them over on our Etsy shop very soon).
We had a lot of interest in my Tunisian crochet samples and I spent quite a bit of time demonstrating the basics which is always fun. You can see my ‘Amplitude shawl’ in the photo below. The pattern is available to buy via Ravelry
Our next show is Unravel which starts on Friday 21st February and runs for 3 days. We will be launching our new DK weight self-striping yarn at the show and we are also dyeing a special colourway for the show (on our 4ply ‘Chepstow Sock’ base).
Self-striping sock yarn club coming soon!
On February 1st we are opening sign-ups for our new self-striping sock yarn club – you can find all the details here.
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