Find me online as @owlaboutyarn on Instagram and Twitter, at http://www.owlaboutyarn.com or http://owlaboutyarn.etsy.com to see what I sell or in the Owl About Yarn Ravelry group for chat. I also mentioned the Knit-Tea Retreat – our podcast can be found on YouTube or via our website at theknittearetreat.wordpress.com. You can find details of our KAL in our Ravelry group (http:// http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-knit-tea-retreat) and we’d love it if you came and joined in! West Wales Wool Show can be found at http://westwaleswoolshow.weebly.com as well as on social media, and I was at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. http://www.PlasHyfrydHotel.com
So I’ve finally figured out the whole newsletter thing, and I’ve got a sign up form for you to use! Click the link and you can sign up for a lovely chatty email every fortnight or so full of my latest shop news and yarny happenings! Plus, get 15% discount in my shop when you sign up!
So, just in case you missed the link at the top of the blog post, here it is again!
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Did I mention the discount code? Bargain yarn, what’s not to love?!
There is an Owl About Yarn group on Ravelry. Did you know that? I always post a new thread for each podcast, and also post first there with shop news including discounts and giveaways.
At the moment we have an ongoing KAL. It is called “Socks and Shawls, oh my!” and, as suggested by the name, we are making things to go around our necks or to put on our feet! It started when my friend Marie offered to design and knit five beaded lace shawls for a wedding. I had already decided to knit socks all summer and I thought that maybe if other people crafted along with us, it might encourage us to reach our goals!
At the time of writing there are 97 completed projects from 21 people taking part! With just a couple of weeks remaining until the end of August deadline, I have started to think about prizes.
So far, there is a small drawstring project bag, a gorgeous hand made card from my friend Pam at Roath Crafts Market, a notions pouch sized tin of balm (great for dry hands for knitters!) from Nature’s Little Helpers (also at Roath Market) and a little random orange knit pouch that I made.
So why not come and join us? It’s a friendly group and I’d love to get to know more of you better. Plus, it’s the best way to make sure you don’t miss any exciting Owl About Yarn developments!
I wanted to share my latest new product range with you. For Yarningham I made a stack of quilted spindle bags, and now all the ones I brought home are in the shop! There’s a fun range of fabrics, but as ever, if you are after this design in a different fabric just get in touch and we’ll see what I can do for you!
They are a good size, being more than roomy enough to fit my regular spindle and fluff, but also big enough that I could carry my big Ashford plying spindle if I wanted (that’s the larger, untreated wood one). Fully lined and quilted, they should protect your spindle from bumps and scratches. And the fun fabric prints will bring a smile to your face whenever you use it!
Don’t forget to enter my Instagram giveaway draw if you haven’t already – it ends tonight at midnight, and the winner will be announced tomorrow! Good luck!
New podcast is up, shownotes will follow (as ever!) eventually!
I’m sure most crafters have them. A go-to project or pattern that is almost like comfort crafting. What is yours? Is it a vanilla sock pattern, or a hat, or maybe a shawl or scarf? Or maybe your default crafting is to crochet amigurumi?
I tend to binge on one sort of project until I’ve really had enough, and then I’ll move onto the next sort. This year, I’ve made lots of pairs of socks.
And they’re still coming! I’ve got three pairs on the needles at the moment. I have one sock done of a pair of Butterblümchen socks (pattern by Christa Hartmann and it’s free on Ravelry), one and a bit of Fork in the Road socks by Lana Neel (also free on Ravelry) and one and seven eighths of a pair of Froot Loop socks (by Kristi Gelaci and guess what, the pattern is free on Ravelry, and also on knitty.com).
I feel the end of my sock phase approaching. But what will be next? Knitted toys?
Or jumpers? Hmm. I’m thinking it might be shawl time. I’m feeling the call of the shawl!!
I’ve not knitted any for a while, but I think it’s time I brushed up my shawl skills as I’ve got a couple of design ideas blowing about in my head.
At Yarningham I bought some lovely yarn from Little Boo Yarns. Two complimenting colourways on a sparkle base. I’m thinking that they will become a Duchess of Devonshire shawl. But first I’ve got to finish all those pesky socks!
This is an unapologetically picture heavy, word light blog post, but I’m going to leave it as it is. With the gorgeous things in these pictures, I really do think that a picture is worth a thousand words! Although there are captions…well, imagine I’m showing you my Yarningham photo album!