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Test driving Jo Sharp New Era Merino dk Superwash.

Actually it is my wonderful Great Aunt Marji who is making this for me.  How could I respond any other way than “YES PLEASE.  This one!” when some wonderful person says “What can I knit for you Dear Heart, because I know just how busy you are?  Have chosen the 037 Striped T Shirt with shaping (that was originally in Knit 2 and is now available as a pamphlet) and substituted the Soho Summer Cotton with the New Era Merino DK Superwash.  They have the same number of stitches per 10cm so it is a relatively straightforward swap.

I did like the look of the mix of Russian from Jo’s Rare Comfort Infusion Kid Mohair and the Orient from New Era Merino dk Superwash but it is knitted on 9mm needles and I don’t like anything thicker than 6.5mm myself so I really couldn’t inflict it on my lovely favourite Great Aunt.

We have in stock all of the new printed patterns from Jo’s new look books Knit 11 and Knit 12.  We won’t be offering them as downloadable patterns, we have offered downloadable patterns in the past but they weren’t at all popular with our customers who informed us in no uncertain terms that while they like the option of printed leaflet patterns from us, they weren’t happy with the downloadable ones.  Go figure.   I won’t be listing the new patterns in the current online store but they will be appearing on the new one under construction.  Please feel free to phone or email us for what you are after.

Kerry has also bought some of the Dali in the New Era and is making a high collar cardigan.  It can get a little chilly in the shop during winter.  Will keep you posted on our thoughts, Kerry has already knitted up the swatch we have in store and was very impressed.  It appears our customers have been impressed.  We have had it in store for less than a month and we are already ordering more.  You can buy it from us here.

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Jo Sharp New Era Merino dk Superwash is here

This is a beautifully soft yarn, 100% merino and machine washable.  Call me old fashioned but this new fangled thing where you throw wool into your washing machine totally freaks me out.  But here we are and this is the second new yarn released by Jo Sharp in the last 6 months.

Kerry has knitted up our in store swatch and was very impressed with it.  It has a lovely stitch definition and provides a smooth knitted fabric.  It is an interesting palette that when broken down and mixing 2 or 3 colours together gives the colours an new hue.

We stock the entire available palette and you can see and order it here or come and see it in store.

Jo has also released new patterns to support this lovely new yarn.  Come in and see it soon.

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Bummer, … its gone!

Hope you got your copy of Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior.  It is now officially out of print!  For those of you who missed out, you will have to wait until people start flogging it on EBay second hand when Nanna “pops her clogs”.

Fear not, Loani has a new publication heading to the printers right now.  And just in case you missed it, How Tea Cosies Changed the World has been available for the past 12 months.

How Tea Cosies changed the World

We have it here in stock.  I have always loved Loani’s sense of humour and ability to be sooooo on trend.  Loving Beatrice and Eugenie and Betty the Burlesque Dancer (pictured below).

Tea cosy by Loani Prior

She has even lashed out and created a hand bag, scarf and beret here.

Make sure you don’t miss out on your copy of any more of her fabulous books.

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More yummy yarn from Jo Sharp

Jo Sharp has released a replacement for her beautiful Alpaca Silk Georgette, whose palette has been slowly diminishing of late.  Mulberry Silk Georgette is a beautifully fine yarn with 25% Mulberry Silk and 75% Merino.  It is ideal for baby and to wear close to the skin and is a hand wash fabric.  Mulberry Silk Georgette knits to a very similar tension to Alpaca Silk Georgette, therefore Alpaca Silk Georgette patterns may be used with this yarn. Resulting garments will be a little lighter and softer. Note that the following three Alpaca Silk Georgette shades are being replaced within this collection: Pebble, Devon, Woodland.

Mulberry Silk is the finest, smoothest and most lustrous silk available in the market. A premium is paid for Mulberry Silk, which was first developed in China and is made from the silkworms of the Bombyx Mori Moth. The moths are kept in a controlled environment, free from noise and strong odour and are fed exclusively on Mulberry leaves. Mulberry Silk is superior to other “wild silks” which are grown from a variety of feeds, and which tend to be rougher in texture, heavier and less lustrous.

Mulberry Silk Georgette ball of yarn from Jo Sharp

New 5ply yarn from Jo Sharp

Here is the stunning Watermelon, we currently have Acid, Doe, Evening, Fig, Watermelon and Woodland available.  As we sell out of our current stocks of Alpaca Silk Georgette we will completely replace it with the 11 colours available in Mulberry Silk Georgette.

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Great new Summer knits from Debbie Bliss

Totally loving Debbie Bliss’ new Magazine for Spring/Summer.  Very on trend with modern takes on vintage fashion.  The Workshop, this issue, features beading, pleating and rib eyelet instructions with great illustrations.  It has even come down in price to $13.50.  33 patterns in her great yarns, what’s not to love?  Get yours now.


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