Spring is beginning to show it's face here in London. The flowers are starting to bloom, crocus and daffodils, and the trees are just starting to bud. Here in the shop we've got all sorts of new yarns and patterns to inspire your needles for the warmer months!

First up is an expansion of the cotton yarn from Debbie Bliss, Eco Baby, now in Eco Baby Prints! There are 6 different variegated colourways, ranging from bright to muted. These yarns will work well for a range of projects, and are certainly not limited to the under 5 set!

We do have the accompanying Eco Baby Prints book of patterns, which features yarns from both the Prints and Solids range of colours. There are twelve patterns for an age range of 3 months to 6 years. With the exception of a few dresses, the patterns are gender neutral. The classic shapes will work well on all kids for years to come.

[caption id="attachment_726" align="aligncenter" width="482"]Pleat Neck Top in Eco Baby Prints Pleat Neck Top in Eco Baby Prints[/caption]

We've got another great cotton line in as well, this time from Louisa Harding. Azalea is a DK weight 100% cotton. All of the colours are delightfully speckled, creating a variegated yarn that is still quite subtle. We can't wait to see it knit up!

The Azalea pattern book is full of 9 romantic, feminine summer pieces. Tops, shawls and sweaters all feature lace edgings, bell sleeves and ribbon accents that feel like they are straight out of a faerie world! The soft colour variations work perfectly with this mood.

[caption id="attachment_727" align="aligncenter" width="482"]Gobi Top in Azalea Gobi Top in Azalea[/caption]

Also from Louisa Harding, we have the Cassia Children's Collection, another book of twelve knitting patterns for children aged 1 to 5. This booklet features Cassia, a DK weight 100% superwash wool. This is a great yarn for hardworking kids (and their parents!) as it comes in a full range of bright colours, and is easy care as well. The strong possible colour combinations are highlighted in the book, with many of the projects calling for stripes or colour blocking.

[caption id="attachment_728" align="aligncenter" width="482"]Prince Jumper in Cassia Prince Jumper in Cassia[/caption]

Returning to adult knits, we have a new yarn and collection in from Noro! This new yarn from the Japanese company does not disappoint. We have 8 solid shades of Noro Tokonatsu, a 40% Cotton/30% Silk/30% Viscose. We love Noro because we know that they are directly involved with every step of their manufacturing process, from farm to knitting needles.The accompanying Jewels Pattern Collection has a range of garments and accessories that would all be perfect for the transition from cooler to warmer temperatures.

[caption id="attachment_729" align="aligncenter" width="482"]Noro Jewels Collection featuring Tokonatsu Noro Jewels Collection featuring Tokonatsu [/caption]

What's on your summer knitting wish list? Keep them in mind, we've got a big announcement about a summer KAL* coming for you in the next few days!

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