Stitch Solihull turns 4 at the end of March. I know, where has the time gone? We couldn’t let this milestone pass without some form of celebration and what better than one of our Stitch Up events?
A Stitch Up is a celebration of all things wonderful and woolly. We are joined by a selection of independent stall holders bringing a gorgeous array of hand dyed yarn, accessories and more. There is social stitching plus tea, coffee and of course cake. It wouldn’t be a party without cake!
If this sounds like your sort of thing, the date for your diary is Saturday April 1st 11-4. Tell your friends and family, share this post and shout if from the rafters to help us make the event a huge success.
We are being joined by:
The Knitting Goddess
The Knitting Goddess is a Harrogate based independent dyer of British knitting yarns. All yarns come from British flocks and many blends are custom spun and then dyed in small batches to make each skein unique.
Joy and Bobbi also produce fabulous mini skein colour wheels covering the whole rainbow spectrum plus screen printed project bags and so much more!
Coastal Colours are based in Fleetwood, Lancashire and hand dye a selection of luxurious yarns and fibres. The stunning variegated colours are enhanced by the use of high end fibres including silk, yak and cashmere. If you have a special project in mind, I’m sure they will have something to tempt you.
Birmingham based Yarnsitry produces quirky laser cut and 3D printed notions for knitting and crochet. Emma produces stitch markers featuring knitting and crochet abbreviations, gauge measurers, and needle size reminders. Plus, who could resist a needle gauge in the shape of Colin the Dachsund?
Let us know you’re coming by joining our Facebook event.
Last year I introduced you to Australian yarn brand Ella Rae and their great fun Cozy Soft Prints yarn. We have recently taken delivery of an extended range of Ella Rae yarns including:
- Solid colours in Cozy Soft Prints
- Superwash Merino DK
- Cozy Alpaca
- and Seasons which I’m going to introduce you to today
Seaons is a chunky weight yarn composed of 76% acrylic, 14% wool and 10% nylon priced at a bargain £5 per 100g ball. It has an unusual chainette construction which stops it feeling too warm and gives an incredbly generous yardage of 219 yards / 200m. It is self striping with the colours blending gently into one another and comes in both bright and neutral varieties.
There is great pattern support in the form of 2 books and 2 individual patterns. The individual patterns are a beginner friendly hat and scarf combo plus a sleevless ribbed vest. The vest uses between 4 and 6 balls meaning it costs just £20-£30 to knit. It is worked on 6mm needles so should knit up quickly too. The individual patterns cost £3 each.
Booklet 118 contains 6 designs for adults and children. There are 2 scarves, a ladies top plus a waistcoat, short sleeved cardigan and hooded jacket for children. I love Bree, the cabled jacket shown centre which is available in ages 5-12 years and uses just 3-4 balls. I also quite fancy knitting a less cropped version of Astrid, shown top left, for myself. The combination of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch gives great texture and I’ve never been able to resist a rainbow!
Booklet 128 also contains 6 designs, 5 children’s garments and a basket stitch cowl with an adult and child size. The patterns cover ages 1-10 which means the book can be used again and again as the child grows. The garments use between 2 and 5 balls of yarn which means even the most expensive can be knitted in the largest size for £25. The pattern booklets cost £6 each which is just £1/pattern!
I couldn’t resist casting on the Girls’ Poncho from Booklet 128. I adored the pinks and turquoises used on the sample for the book (shown above) but I chose a more muted palette of blues, teals and greys. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I think the Mondrian inspired buttons finish it perfectly. I knitted the 4-6 years size and it used 2 balls of one colour and one ball of another. I’ve got enough left over to knit a coordinating hat too. The central panel is worked using the intarsia technique. If you’ve never tried it before, don’t be afraid; it’s a great style of colour work because you only work with 1 colour at a time.
The latest fabric collection to arrive in store is Floral Splendor designed by Cathy Nordstrom for Andover Fabrics. These fresh modern florals and pretty coordinating designs will look super combined with a plain white solid.
We have the 8 fabrics that make up the Blue colour way. The range is built around a large floral design and is supported by smaller scale florals and ditsy all over supporting prints. The range has a cool and relaxed feel with blues, lilacs and pale pinks plus the occasional pop of orange to provide interest.
The 100% quilting cotton weight fabrics are 42-44” wide and cost £14/m or £3.50/ fat quarter. There are also bundles with one of each fat quarter for £28. They would be great for patchwork but are also suitable for dressmaking, home decor and whatever else takes your fancy!
The range is supported by a free quilt pattern also designed by Cathy Nordstrom. The design consists of 20 plus blocks against a white background. It finishes at a generous 62” x 78”, more than big enough to cover a single bed.
The blocks in the quilt top are simple enough for a first-time quiltmaker but the large amount of negative space allows those with more experience to add some really elegant and detailed quilting.
I would be tempted to echo quilt around each of the plus designs at regular intervals in a selection of Rayon threads but simple straight line quilting would also look amazing.
There are kits containing all the fabric for the quilt top and binding plus a printed copy of the pattern available for £60. Why not come and work on it during one of our Social Sewing Sundays? You will be able to use our large cutting mats and rotary cutters with advice available if needed.
It’s time for our Annual Winter SALE and this time it’s our biggest yet. We have yarn from £1/ball and fabric from £6/m. This is a great chance to grab a bargain. Stocks of everything are limited and once they’re gone, that’s it so get in quickly to get the best deals. The sale runs until January 13th or while stocks last.
Let me give you a quick tour of the bargains that are available.
We have 4 bargain boxes with odd balls of yarn priced at £1, £2, £5 and £10. There are yarns from Bergere de France, Sweet Georgia, EasyKnits, Juniper Moon Farm and many more. These yarns were orginally between £3 and £30 each so there are some really great deals available.
Working our way around, we come to kits with 50% off their original price. Many of these contain everything you need for the project from yarn to needles to patterns.
There are kits for accessories and some beautuful baby cardigans that would make great gifts for a mum to be. Or haw about knitting your own dog? Much less maintenance than the real thing!
Next up is fabric and ribbon. Our Christmas Ribbons all have 50% off the original retail price. They would be great for cards or pop them to one side for wrapping next years presents.
Sale fabric is £6/m or £1.50/fat quarter. There’s some Scandi inspired Christmas design to give you a head start on next years presents or stash them so you’re ready to go next winter. If you’ve had more than enough Christmas for one year, there’s lots of other designs too including rhinos, kitchenalia and birds.
Finally, we have several yarn ranges reduced to clear. First up is Milla Mia. This 100% merino yarn is available in sport and aran weight and is super soft. It was £5.50/50g ball and is reduced to £3.50. This is an absolute bargain! Stocks of this are very limited.
From Bergere de France we have the following ranges:
- Lima, a blend of 20% alpaca and 80% wool. This lightweight DK yarn is warm, soft and reduced to just £2.50 a ball!
- Berlaine which is 100% wool and also a lightweight DK. This is reduced from £4.40 to £3 a ball which is a great price for a pure wool yarn.
- Eclair is an aran weight blend of wool, mohair and acrylic with a hint of added sparkle. Great for blinged up accessories, it is also reduced to £3 a ball
- Plume is another wool, acrylic blend with an unusual brushed appearance. Perfect for adding texture to accessories, toys and twiddle muffs. Was £4.75, now £3.
- Merinos Alpaga is a chunky roving style yarn with 40% alpaca and 60% merino wool. This ultra luxurious yarn has a third off, making is just £4.
- Last but not least is Pure Douceur an aran weight yarn with 58% superkid mohair giving it a wonderful halo. There is an incredibly generous 250m/ball which means you don’t need many for a garment. It is reduced to £7/ball.
There are adult garment quantities available in selected colours in many of these yarns so you could knit a gorgeous, snuggly jumper in your choice of yarn for much less than normal.
The 9th Annual Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat-a-Long kicks off on Tuesday 1st November, that’s next week! If you aren’t familiar with Woolly Wormhead, she is is a hat architect and designer extrodinaire. Her hat patterns are individual works of art with styles to suit everyone whether you think you suit hats or not.
The Hat-a-Long is a mystery knit along released in three instalments on November 1st, 9th and 17th. There are three hat styes to choose from - a beret, a beanie and a slouchy so whatever style of hat you like, you can join in. Beyond that, it’s a secret! I have no idea what the final hat will look like but I do know that it will be fantastic.
One of the recommended yarns for this years event is the gorgeous Fyberspates Vivacious DK, a personal favourite of mine. All the hat styles in all sizes are designed to use 1 skein or less. With so many colours to choose from, it’s tempting to make 1 of each. The yarn is £17/115g skein and will make a lovely, cosy hat perfect for winter.
The patterns are available to buy in store, on Ravelry (beanie/slouchy, beret) or on Woolly’s website and are priced at £3.50 each or £5 for both. You will receive email updates when the new clues are published. If you buy your pattern in store, you will also be able to pick up a printed version of each clue when it is released.
You will also need a set of 3.75mm DPNs or an appropriate circular needle. We have these available in wood and metal and can offer advice on the best needles for you. We will also be able to offer help if you get stuck!
So who wants to join in? It should be great fun and we’d love to have you on board.
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