Summer Top KAL/CAL 2016

We are happy to announce that we are running our annual Summer Top KAL/CAL again! Just like last year we are encouraging everyone to knit or crochet a summer top. We’ve got lots of summer friendly yarns such as cotton, bamboo, linen and even wool to make something special to wear in the warmer months. Check out our blog series from last summer for more information about what makes each yarn blend perfect for summer wear. The KAL/CAL will run from April 30 – July 31. 

The rules are:

  1. Must be at least 50% KWA yarns, newly purchased or stashed.
  2. May include UFOs (perfect for those of you that may not have finished last summer!)
  3. Prizes will be chosen at random from tops posted in the FO thread on Ravelry by midnight on July 21, BST.

To help you get started we are offering a discount on Love Your Yarn Shop day, Saturday April 30. Just mention the KAL/CAL at the till at the time of purchase to receive 15% off a garments worth of yarn (200g minimum, enough for a size small top). We’ve added to our Pinterest board to help with your inspiration. 

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Asagi by Bristol Ivy from the Volume 10 issue of Amirisu.

For all of you that can’t make in in store but still want to join in on the KAL/CAL, we will be offering 10% off all yarns that contain cotton, linen, silk or bamboo in the online shop with the code SUMMERTOP. The promotion will run from Monday May 2 – Sunday May 8 at midnight British Summer Time. We can’t wait to see what you decide to make! 

Sceles by Anna Maltz.

Sceles by Anna Maltz.

For our YSD customers we will also have goodie bags available for the first 20 customers that spend over £30, and everyone is welcome to enter a draw to win 4 balls of rare breed yarns generously provided by Blacker Yarns. Just enter your name and email into the jar and we will draw a name at the end of the day. 

As a special treat we will also have a preview of the sample garments from the Summer Issue of Pom Pom Quarterly! The physical copies won’t even be ready from the printers yet, but we will take pre-orders on the day if you want to make sure you get your issue right away. This is a rare opportunity to see the garments in person before the issue is available. We have some advance information that the summer issue includes quite a few garments, so it may be just the inspiration that you need to pick your summer top, and with the discount it would be a perfect time to pick up your yarn as well. 

  

Interview with Beata Jezek of Hedgehog Fibres

We love getting new yarns in the shop, and having Hedgehog Fibre as a new brand is extra exciting! Their colourways are beautiful and speckled, from subtle neutrals to bright neons and everything in between. We currently have Twist Sock and Skinny Singles in the shop, but they are going quickly. Our first shipment sold out in two weeks!  We are going to do our best to keep this yarn in stock, but due to lead times of it being dyed in Ireland, we do expect some gaps of availability.

We were happily able to ask Beata Jezek some questions when Natalie visited their offices in Cork over the Christmas holidays. What a colourful office!

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How long have you been knitting?
About 8 years and I learned from YouTube tutorials.

What inspired you to get into dyeing yarn?
As soon as I got sucked into the knitting world I knew I wanted to create my own line of hand-dyed, soft, squishy yarns. I was always very visual and colour obsessive and I felt that none of the yarns on the market really offered what I was into at the time. I love creating new colours, changing things up and staying current. I think Hedgehog Fibres really reflects that as an extension of my personal style. 

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You have quite the operation going in Cork, Ireland, and it is exciting to hear that you are continuously growing as a company. What has been the most surprising thing about being a small business owner of a company like Hedgehog Fibres?How far you can get with the right product by word of mouth alone.

The colours of HF are stunning, and have unsurprisingly caught the eye of many knitters around the world, including designers such as Steven West. Do you see any particular trends in what knitters make with HF, or are they more universal?Our customer is not afraid of bold colours and interesting designs. Stephen West in particular is such an innovator and he has changed knitting so much in the past few years. I work quite closely with Stephen and I think together we are making knitting new and fresh again. We even have a few surprises up our sleeves!

How do you develop a new colour way? Do you start with a specific combination in mind, or is it happy accident?
Sometimes we come up with a great name and then create a colourway to match (like Teacup), sometimes I realise there’s something missing in the line and then get completely obsessed with a colour (I had to have lilac, so we have ‘Birthday Cake’) Some colourways were definitely happy accidents. Crybaby was such a good potluck that we added it to the line.

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Do you have a favourite colour way?
Yes! Always the newest ones 🙂 I’m really into speckles and brights with a good strong contrast like Graphite or Electric at the moment. 2016 will be a big year for pastels and mohair I think.

Are you a process or product knitter?
Product knitter all the way. I’m on a mission to knit faster and to knit all of the things.

What are you currently knitting?
I’m swatching for a new design of my own and I’m making a little brioche jumper for my doggie who likes to wear stuff.

Yarn Pairings for Amirisu Volume 10

Amirsu have knocked it out of the park with another fantastic issue. Spring/Summer can be a traditionally difficult season for a knitting magazine, but there is no concern for that here! There are three beautiful tops, two sweaters and two shawls. Each of the pieces are wearable and practical, but with little details that really make them stand out. The theme for the issue is Spring Vintage, and all the garments are named after flowers. There is also a craft city guide of Nashville. We have Volume 10 available in store and online.

This issue also comes out in perfect timing for this year’s spring top KAL. We had such a good time last year, we couldn’t help but do it again this year. Stay tuned for more information!

First up is Asagi, a v-neck t-shirt designed by Bristol Ivy. The raglan sleeves feature a leaf lace motif that adds a bit of visual interest but would still be quite simple to knit. We love the idea of knitting it up in one of our sock yarns, such as Vivacious 4ply. The simplicity of the design would really let a hand dyed yarn shine.KOD-15819_medium2

Next up we have Botan, by Helen Stewart. This triangle shawl is based on garter stitch and has little bobbles in the stripes. This is a great way to show off a special yarn such as Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles. The stripes could easily be done with a leftover ball or another contrast skein.KOD-15869_medium2

Camellia by Joji Locatelli is the first of the sweaters. It is a relatively simple pullover with minimal shaping. The central stripe panel is knit side to side in garter stitch, and it has matching garter stitch bands for the hem and cuffs in a solid colour. We would knit it in Susan Crawford’s Excelana 4ply.KOD-16065_medium2

Nadeshiko, designed by Leila Raabe is a beautiful and beginner lace friendly shawl. It begins with a crescent of stocking stitch and purl ridges before moving into the lace border. A yarn like The Fibre Co.’s Meadow would really let the lace pattern shine.KOD-16006_medium2

The next top is Sango, by Melissa LaBarre. This simple top has a zigzag border, and a sweet button detail at the shoulder. We would knit it up in one of the many beautiful colours of Debbie Bliss Eco-Baby.KOD-16086_2_medium2

Sumire is the last of the shawls, this one by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. It features a main colour for the body, and a small amount of yarn for the contrast border. This is a great pattern for both semi solid and solid hand dyed yarns. We have been dreaming of the fantastic colour combinations available with the Fyberspates Scrumptious 4plyKOD-16199_2_medium2

Last but not least is Wisteria by Amy Christoffers. This cardigcan features an allover lace pattern that makes it perfect for summer months. Knit up in Kettle Yarn Co. Islington DK it would be warm with a delicious shine! KOD-15947_medium2