It seems we have landed ourselves with a few more weeks of needing all the hand knits! With temperatures staying barely above freezing, this is the perfect opportunity to get out all the lovely woollen hats, scarves, socks, jumpers, mitts, basically anything that we can use to build ourselves little cocoons of warmth every time we go outside! In fact, I'm sure you could whip up a nice chunky or super chunky scarf or hat this weekend really for the really cold spell next week!
Sharon is preparing by crocheting herself a Virus shawl (scroll halfway down for the virus shawl pattern).
She is using the new Batik Swirl in the colour Stargazer, and using 2 swirls to make it really big and cozy. Even with one swirl it still comes up at a good size, with a wingspan of 137cm so you could have a very nice shawl for less than £10! You could of course use any yarn, and any of the yarn cakes we have instore to great effect with this shawl. Even if you're not a confident crocheter, there are tutorials on YouTube to show you from start to finish how to crochet this lovely shawl, and of course we're always happy to help our customers if they get stuck, we'll do our best to get you back on track!
Stay warm and happy crocheting!
Things have been fairly busy in the shop this week. Bird production for the spring window is still going on, but more excitingly deliveries have been coming in and new lines have been making their way to the shelves. The eagle eyed among you may have noticed in the "new in" section of the website, I introduced 2 new yarns, Stylecraft Head over Heels Boho and Stylecraft Bambino. Sharon is knitting the little hooded pixie jacket to keep in the shop to showcase it, and I have bought some to knit a little jumper for an imminent arrival in the family (my childrens' first cousin, they are 15 and 13 and have wanted a cousin for a long long time, so it deserves all the hand knitted things!) It's really nice to work with, gives beautiful stitch definition and is so soft and squishy, especially in garter stitch! It's been a pleasure to work with so far, and I think it will wash beautifully too - lets face it, that's a must for babies!
We have also received 2 shades of James C Brett's version of a yarn cake, called Northern Lights.
Northern Lights is a DK weight gradual colour changing yarn with white tweedy flecks. You can see its entry in the "New In" section of the website here. I would love to make a cowl from this, I think the gradual change would make it really striking. It's very soft too, which is a must for something worn next to the neck!
We also got a delivery which contained great Clover Pompom makers in a variety of sizes, from 2cm to a whopping 11.5cm! The jumbo size makes such a tactile ball that it's hard to put it down, especially when its made from chunky yarn.
My name is Sharon the Sheep, the owner of Avicraft Wool Shop in Bromley Kent..