Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 21 – Summer 2017

Can you believe that it’s been 5 years of Pom Pom Quarterly?! This issue 21 marks the 5 year anniversary of the independent East London publication, and we couldn’t be more pleased for them! They have loads of celebrations planned for the year, with lots of announcements still on their way, we can’t wait to hear about them all!

Their first celebration is of course Issue 21 – the summer issue! This jam packed with 16 patterns, more than ever before. Also a first for Pom Pom, this issue has 2 different covers,  both with rose gold foil detail.

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As usual we have paired up each project with a yarn you can find at Knit With Attitude. Pom Pom have their customary KAL running in their Ravelry group, and this time of course there are more prizes than ever if you want to join in with something from this issue or any past issue.

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We love the names for the patterns in this issue, they are all different words for celebrations. First up is Anniversaire, an all over cabled sweater by Veera Välimäki, knit in a DK weight. The cables on the body are asymmetrical leaving it a modern and interesting look. We love the idea of knitting it in a lush handdyed yarn like Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK, or something more simple like John Arbon’s Knit By Numbers.

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Bash is one of three colourwork hats in the issue, this one designed by Linda Dubec. It’s knit up in three colours of The Fibre Co’s Cumbria Fingering, a lovely blend of British wools. So many colour options to choose from! It would be fun to pick 2 neutrals and a bright pop colour, or all brights. The skeins are 100g and you wouldn’t need all of them, so there would probably be the possibility of knitting an extra hat if you swapped the colours around. The little pops of colour would be a brilliant use of leftovers as well.

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Bon Bon by Joji Locatelli is a pair of fingerless mittens with a lace textured panel and playful pompoms on the back of the hands. This pattern suits so many of our woolly DK weight yarns like Blacker Swan.

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Boum, by Kiyomi Burgin is a sleeveless tank, perfect for popping on with jeans or a skirt. The shape is simple and timeless, but the stripes make it playful and give lots of room for personalization. For summer wear, a drapey yarn like Stollen Stitches Nua with it’s merino, linen and yak blend would suit well.

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Ceilidh by Julia Farwell-Clay is an all season pullover sweater, knit in a cozy DK/worsted weight yarn. For a warm outerwear sweater this would be great for winter knit up in Léttlopi, or for a more warm weather version choose a cotton/wool blend like Spud and Chloë Sweater. 

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Next up is Festoon, a pair of socks by Rachel Coopey knit up in her own yarn, Socks Yeah! We love this yarn so much, so we love seeing even more inspiration for using it. It’s perfect for socks like this, with the subtle heathering in many of the colours you get visual interest without loosing any patterning and texture.

Fete by Bristol Ivy

Fête by Bristol Ivy is another pullover sweater, with a colourwork patterned collar. The contrast colour is repeated in stripes at the cuffs and hem. A simple yarn like Excelana 4ply lets the design shine through.

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Hoopla is the second hat in the issue, designed by Dianna Walla. This Scandi inspired colourwork hat would be quick to knit up in a thicker weight like Vivacious DK and has a lot of unisex appeal.

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Jamboree is a fine gauge sweater with an allover lace and stripes pattern that looks light as a feather. The sweater uses 3 shades together. It is knit side to side for a twist on construction and to keep the vertical stripes. We love the Purl Alpaca Fine for an all neutrals option, but for a pop of colour look no further than mix and matching with Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca Sport. We think the 2 yarns would work together brilliantly.

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Knees-Up is an answer to the UK’s difficult relationship with summer. It’s not always very warm, but you do want to wear those summer dresses, but no tights. So these legwarmer/knee-high socks are the solution! They are the perfect use of the 2 weights of Socks Yeah! in 4ply and DK.

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The design duo of Tincanknits are always favourites here at the shop, and their Rave scarf is what we’ve come to expect from them. It is simple in construction, but with modern details and visual interest that keeps a knitters attention. The combination of garter stitch and cables make for another pattern that would appeal to all ages and genders. With lots of colours in Spud and Chloë Sweater, there is something for everyone.

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Sevilla by Thea Coleman is a great summer wrap, and the delicate lace makes it attractive for casual and formal events. A wool/silk blend like Findley DK adds even more to the lush look of the wrap.

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Shindig is a shawl from Sachiko Burgin in 2 colours of a wool silk blend with a striped body and lace edging. Can’t you just imagine wrapping up in a shawl of Manos Silk Blend DK?

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Cropped sweaters seem to be everywhere this summer, so Soirée by Emily Foden is right on trend. This pullover with cables running up the sides combines a 4ply wool and a mohair for a subtle fabric that softens the cables and stitches. A combination of Tamar and Sweet Georgia Silk Mist would be just divine.

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The last hat of the issue is Sparklers by Fiona Alice. This hat is knit in two colours of Kettle Yarn Co.’s lush merino/silk/yak blend Beyul, and there’s enough in the skeins to knit 2 hats if the second one has the reversed colours.

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Last but not least, Zazie by Anna Maltz is one of our favourites from the issue! This zig zag pattern has texture that you just want to wrap up in, and the colour combinations would be endless! How delicious would it be in 2 colours of Scrumptious Aran!

Which pattern is your favourite?

What Natalie Knits – Maude Sweater

I have recently been casting a critical eye over my wardrobe, especially my handmade wardrobe and have been thinking a lot on how it can be improved. I have a good stash of hand knit sweaters, and they do the job of keeping me warm, so I can’t complain too much in that department. However, I have slowly lost some weight over the last couple years with some healthier eating and being more active, so all of my sweaters are too big. Part of this stems from having knit them all a bit roomy originally, but something that is a little too big then quickly becomes quite a lot too big. So I’ve been feeling swamped by my sweaters, and not at all stylish or fashionable.

Maude1Luckily as a knitter this is a splendid excuse to knit more! First up was Maude by Caarin Fleischmann, from an old issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. I found 6 balls of Wool and the Gang Sheepaca in my stash, and with a bit of gauge wrestling I cast on over the Christmas holidays. The yarn is listed as an aran, but it’s really a DK, so swatches are absolutely necessary with this yarn. The pieces came together relatively quickly for a DK weight yarn as the cabled fronts and backs were perfect for loads of travel we did around Ireland visiting family. The sleeves zipped along when we got back as the knit and purl texture was perfect for my purse. After seaming it up last week, I haven’t taken it off!

Maude4The Sheepaca was surprisingly lovely to work with. I’ve struggled with wearing alpaca next to my skin before, especially near my neck, but I’ve had no problem with this yarn. The 50/50 wool and alpaca blend is just delicious. The wool evens it out and gives it a lovely stitch definition for the cables, and the alpaca ups the warmth a bit which is perfect for working at the shop which can get a bit drafty if the temperatures really dip.
Maude2Even better is that it fits and I feel like it’s upped my wardrobe! I’ve worn it with jeans and skirts and over dresses, and over collared shirts which is perfect. In classic white it’s done really well with transitioning from everyday casual to something a bit fancier. I made 2 changes to the design that I knew would make it fit into my wardrobe even more than if I left it as is. First off I lengthened the sleeves to full length, and secondly I did a more traditional crew neck. To do the neck I started the scoop about an inch earlier than the pattern. Then I picked up stitches and knit about an inch of ribbing before casting off, unlike the pattern which has you knit longer and then fold it over and sew it down, which causes the neckline to stick out a bit. I think it looks lovely in the pattern, but I knew I was looking for something a bit more traditional for this sweater.
Maude3 I’ll admit I’m totally hooked to this sweaters-that-fit concept and I’m motivated to keep going! I’m thinking that a Muna sweater in chocolate brown might be up next, or maybe Rocquaine in natural pale grey Plötulopi?

Also thanks to Maya who took these pictures of me when we went to Edinburgh Yarn Fest a few weeks ago!

Yarn Pairings for PomPom Issue 19 Winter 2016

pom-pom-issue-19-winter-2016Crispy leaves underfoot, a bite in the air, and there are mince pies for sale in the shops. Sounds like it’s time for the Autumn issue of PomPom! Issue 19 of the quarterly magazine is in the shop and online and once again it is a knockout. The 11 beautiful patterns include accessories and garments for cold weather, keeping you warm from head to toe. The theme is reflections, and all the knits feature interesting takes on symmetry, repeated patterns and colour play.

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Alloy is a brioche stitch hat with a folded brim that uses 3 colours for a subtle shifting effect. Designed by Tatyana Scotce, we think that Sulka Legato would be a good match for the drape and softness of the pattern. While brioche is a more advanced skill, this hat is a good smaller project to practice working it in the round with ease.

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Alula is a 2 colour shawl designed by Clare Lakewood. The pattern ingeniously uses slipped stitches to create the illusion of a fair isle or stranded design. It may look complex but this means that you only use one colour at a time! We would knit it up in one of the endless combinations of Susan Crawford’s Fenella!

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Calder is another versatile scarf, this time from Sarah Shepherd. It is knit sideways, from tip to tip and features a scalloped edge on one side and a stocking stitch body. The drape of the merino/silk blend in Scrumptious 4ply would be well suited to wrapping up with this pattern.

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Cesium by Sachiko Bugin is one of 3 pullovers in the issue. It features textural cables up the front and sleeves against a stocking stitch background. With a slightly oversized silhouette this jumper is perfect for cozying up against the chill. A hearty yarn like Mondial’s Bio Lana would add to the effect.

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Love playing with colour? This Fragmentation hat by Kiyomi Burgin has endless possibilities! It could be knit in any number or combination of colours, you’ll never grow tired of it. We are dreaming of the colour combinations with Coopknits Socks Yeah! which has recently expanded to a total of 16 colours.

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Next up is Lemel, a delicate ruched turtleneck pullover from local London designer Francesca Hughes. The texture is made by increasing and decreasing within the stripes. We think that this would be stunning in the natural shades of Purl Alpaca Fine.

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Sometimes a sweater just won’t do, and what you really want is a jacket! Enter Ma’am by Linda Dubec. This oversized cardigan is knit in a chunky yarn on a smaller needle to create a dense and warm fabric. We think that Erika Knight Maxi Wool would be perfectly suited to this!

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Texture, winter and scarves just go together perfectly don’t they? This Ondeto by Solène Le Roux is full of twisted ribbed cables that make a squishy fabric. Knit up in Kettle Yarn’s Islington DK you’d have a hard time taking it off!

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It’s easy to get bogged down with layers this time of year, so it’s good to change things up with pieces that are light as a feather, but still create warmth. The Palindrome scarf by Julia Farwell-Clay ticks all those boxes. The stripes hold your attention while you are knitting and while you are wearing it. The Sweet Georgia Silk Mist would make it even more luxurious.

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The last sweater of the issue is Tallat by Justyna Lorkowska. This is a thuroughly modern sweater, with a split hem, dropped shoulder and fitted sleeves on a boxy silhouette. We love the touch of feminine lace on the turtleneck. This would be soft and cozy in Wool and the Gang’s Wool Me Tender.

vanishing-point-by-georgia-farrell-pom-pom-quarterly-issue-19-winter-2016-flatLast but not least, no winter issue would be complete without a pair of mittens. Vanishing Point features an all over texture stitch and twisted rib cuffs that are sure to catch anyone’s eye. They design would pop in Blacker Swan.

What’s your favourite pattern?

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 18 Autumn 2016

We may still be experiencing summer temperatures, but it can be hard for a knitter to not cast their eye ahead to the next season, when it may only be a few weeks away! What better time to get a head start on cooler weather garments and accessories than long summer days? Here at the shop we have the shade cards laid out and we are picking lots of new colours and yarns for the coming seasons, we can’t wait for you to see it all!

In the mean time, Pom Pom Quarterly are as ever filling us with inspiration with the 11 designs in their latest Autumn issue. We have the issue available online and in the shop. It was shot in Hampstead Heath by Rachel Hayton. The issue focuses on naturally dyed yarns, and features articles by notable natural dyers such as Kristine Vejar,Caitlin ffrench and Emma Price.

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We were all swooning over Asklöv by Nicolina Lindsten. This two colour hat has endless possibilities for customization with colours, and would be suitably unisex. The original was knit in a soft yellow and ivory white, but we can’t help but dream of more combinations. We are looking at Blacker Yarn’s Tamar for inspiration. Charcoal and pale blue? Berry pink and grey? Forest green and lime? Too many choices!

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Florence is a beautiful stole/wrap by the talented Bristol Ivy. It is knit modularly, with each section joined to the previous through picking up stitches or increases and decreases. It is sure to be an interesting knit! We would knit it in an ombre of the natural shades of Purl Alpaca Fine.

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Iara is a beautiful scarf is by local to us designer Renée Callahan. It features a stunning stripe and slipped stitch design to create a graphic mosaic pattern. The lush colours of Scrumptious 4ply would shine in this scarf.

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Kaali is a pair of simple fingerless mittens by Fiona Alice. The main yarn is accented by small amounts of contrast colours in the cuffs. These are great stash busters, or a perfect excuse to match up unusual combinations. It would be the perfect use of Susan Crawford’s Fenella, which could be matched up with Excelana DK.

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Next up is Rocquaine by Christina Danaee, which has made its way onto a few of our to-knit lists! This is a modern take on a classic gansey style, with split hems and a textured yoke. We think it would be so dreamy to any day of the week! The only trouble would be picking a shade of John Arbon Knit By Numbers DK to knit it in!

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Next up is Serafine by Camille Rosselle. This pullover is knit top down, with cables that extend to hide a Kangaroo pocket in the front! The design has appeal for knitters of all ages, and in an aran weight is sure to keep its wearer warm and cozy. Almerino Aran by Rooster Yarns would provide a snuggly fabric with a bit of drape that would match well with the design.

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Tannins is the last of the scarves for the issue. Designed by Sally Oakley, it features a broomstick lace pattern and a dramatic fringe. The crisp stitch pattern is perfectly suited to a yarn like Mondial’s Bio Lana.

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Tevara is another luscious sweater, designed by Paula Periera. This sweater is all business in the front, with gentle twisted rib cuffs, collar and hem. The back is all party, featuring a large statement twisted rib design panel. We would love to see it in the equally lush Terra from The Fibre Co. Tevara-by-Paula-Pereira.-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-18-Autumn-2016-1Hanna Maciejewska’s Thessaly is the only cardigan of the issue. It features an open front with textured cable panels creating the bands and collar. The body of the sweater is knit in reversed stocking stitch. A yarn like Almerino DK from Rooster yarns would provide the crispness for the textured stitches, with plenty of drape for on open sweater. Thessaly-by-Hanna-Maciejewska-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-18-Autumn-2016

Turion by Linda Dubec rounds out the accessories. These otherwise simple mittens have a leaf pattern made with a series of cables and bobbles. Vivacious DK would make those bobbles pop against the reverse stocking stitch fabric. Turion-by-Linda-Dubec-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-18-Autumn-2016

Last but not least, we have Vellamo, the cover girl! Francesca Hughes has created a beautiful striped sweater with an overall zigzag stitch pattern made with increases and decreases and alternating bands of garter stitch and stocking stitch. We thing the lovely shades of The Fibre Co.’s Cumbria would sing in this design. Vellamo-by-Francesca-Hughes-Pom-Pom-Quarterly-Issue-18-Autumn-2016

That’s it for our recap of the Autumn 2016 issue of Pom Pom. We can’t wait to see your knits from this issue.

Yarn of the Week: Serena

We would like to reintroduce an old favourite of ours, Yarn of the Week! We will highlight one yarn from the shop every week, with an offer and inspiration for projects.

Our first yarn is Serena, from Manos del Uruguay. This yarn is a 4ply/fingering weight blend of alpaca and cotton. It makes for a lightweight yarn with plenty of drape and movement, perfect for summer tops as well as shawls and accessories. It is kettle dyed for subtle semi-solids and carefully chosen variegated colour combinations with a stonewash finish.

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For patterns, we love this sweet summer top, Melo by Miriam L. Felton, available on Ravelry. It uses Serena as the main yarn, and then a worsted single such as Terra for the stripes. What a great combo!

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Melo by Miriam L. Felton. Image copyright Fairmount Fibers.

Manos del Uruguay is a registered Fair Trade yarn company from Uruguay, focusing on generating work for rural craftswomen. All of its yarns are manufactured according to Fair Trade regulations, generating fair and meaningful work for its employees.

Use the code SERENA15 online to get 15% off Serena until Sunday August 14th, while supplies last. Mention the sale in-store to receive the same offer.

 

 

Fibre Fridays: Alpaca

This week we want to talk about Alpaca! Alpaca is a great fibre originally from South America. The alpaca animal comes from the camelid family. The fibre is long and lustrous, with no lanolin or barbs that wool has. Alpaca is known for having fantastic drape and a bit of shine as well. Alpaca fibre is very warm, but can still be used for summer items such as loose gauge and lacey cardigans that can be worn on cooler nights. English summers are perfect for this as it isn’t necessarily always that warm!

One question we frequently hear is “Is an alpaca the same as a llama?” The answer is that while they look very similar, they are quite different animals! Alpacas are actually a part of the Vicuna family, while llamas belong to the Lama family. The most obvious difference is that alpacas are about half the size as a llama, yet they produce significantly more fibre! Llamas have a double coat, which means that they have a rough outer coat and a soft inner coat. Alpacas have one soft coat. This means that alpaca fibre is easier to to turn into yarn as it doesn’t require separating. Overall this is one of the biggest reasons that alpaca fibre is so much more common than llama fibre. Llamas and alpacas have been selectively bred for hundreds of years, which has resulted in llamas being predominately a pack animal for carrying heavy loads, while alpacas have been bred for their fibre.

Alpacas can come in a variety of natural shades. There are 22 officially identified colours, ranging from creamy white and brown into grey and black, with every shade in between. This is one of the largest ranges of fibre producing animals!

The alpaca yarns at Knit With Attitude can be put into two categories. They are either locally produced in the UK, or ethically produced in South America.

Our locally produced yarn are from Purl Alpaca Designs – Fine, which we have in 6 natural shades. These 50g balls are undyed, showcasing the amazing colour range that is possible. Purl Alpaca have a farm in Oxfordshire where all the alpacas are raised. After sheering, the fleeces are spun into yarn in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Purl Alpaca have a fantastic range of patterns for adults and children to support their yarns as well.

Purl Alpaca Designs - The Maddie Leaf Dress

Purl Alpaca Designs – The Maddie Leaf Dress

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Purl Aplaca Designs Fine – Champagne

One of the largest ranges of yarns available in the shop is from Du Store Alpakka. We carry 4 different yarns, with up to 20 available colours! This Norwegian company were among the original founders of the Mirasol project, which has two aims. One is working directly with the farmers and producers of the yarn in Peru, and the other is to pledge a certain amount of the profits of the yarn to support a school for the children of those farmers. Du Store Alpakka has pledged 9% of their profits to the rural school, which was opened in 2006 and was able to expand in 2012 to hire more teachers and build more classrooms. This effort helps the local children get an education, but also provides meaningful employment for those who work at the school, therefore supporting the local community and economy. The long term plan for the school is to continue expanding to be able to provide education up to secondary and higher education.

We have two summer favourites from Du Store Alpakka. The first is Mirasol, which we have in 19 bright colours. This yarn has the same gauge as Purl Alpaca Designs Fine, meaning that the yarns can be used interchangeably, or together in colourwork or stripes.

Du Store Alpakka Mirasol - Acid Green

Du Store Alpakka Mirasol – Acid Green

The other yarn is Fin, an alpaca silk blend which we have in 18 colours. Alpaca and silk work together very well as they share many of the same characteristics of being soft, lustrous and drapey. When combined these features are multiplied! This is a perfect yarn for elegant and formal pieces that could be worn on nights out. The colour range means that you are sure to find the right colour to match your outfit!

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Du Store Alpakka Fin – Orange Coral

Another yarn to mention is Du Store Faerytale, a brushed alpaca that has a very fuzzy quality. Because of the fuzzy texture, the yarn can be knit to great effect at a very loose gauge. As with the other yarns, it comes in a fantastic range of 20 colours!

Du Store Alpakka Faerytale - Dark Magenta

Du Store Alpakka Faerytale – Dark Magenta

Last but not least we have Manos Del Uruguay’s Serena. This is a 60% Baby Alpaca/40% Pima Cotton from Uruguay. This yarn is certified Fair Trade and works with women’s collectives in rural areas to help bring economic and social opportunities to remote and isolated regions. We absolutely love the drape and softness of the alpaca/cotton combination. Another bonus of the cotton content is that it lowers the ‘warmth’ factor of the finished garment in comparison to a 100% alpaca yarn, making it even better for summer knits!

Manos del Uruguay Serena - Glacier

Manos del Uruguay Serena – Glacier

Also as a little reminder, we still have the Artesano Alpaca/Silk on sale for £5! The colours are starting to go out of stock, so get them soon!

 

 

 

Some news

Remember that nice and tidy workshop area I showed you in the “Welcome to my world’ post, well sometimes it looks like that, and sometimes it looks like this:

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As winter is on our door steps we’re trying to get everything sorted and stocked up for Christmas, and as you can see we’ve had deliveries, plenty of them. We are introducing
a lot, and I really mean a lot, of new qualities and brands at Knit with attitude this winter.
I’ll use the next few blog posts to show off some of the new yummy woolly treats we have in store for you, so prepare for some proper yarn porn to drool over, and we’ll kick off with the new gorgeous yarns from Fyberspates and The Mirasol Collection.

Paqu Pura 3101

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Paqu Pura from The Mirasol Collection is a delicate 4ply Alpaca yarn, suitable for light weight projects. It has an unique colour range of self-striping colours that floats into each other and blends perfectly. This subtle colour-changing effect looks great in both garments and accessories. Fyberspates Scrumptious DK High Twist is a crisp and firm, still lusciously soft, version of the bespoke Scrumptious DK which is exclusive to Fyberspates. The fibre content is 45% Silk and 55% Merino, which gives it the most amazing drape and sheen. Scrumptious DK High Twist is hand dyed which gives it a subtle colour variation throughout the skein.

Scrumptious DK Hight Twist Faeries

Scrumptious DK High Twist Charcoal

Scrumptious DK High Twist Cherry Pie

That’s it for now people, I hope you enjoyed the picture show, and rest assure there is more to come.

PS. As I’m publishing this post our workshop area is back to normal, pretty, nice and tidy.

News from Purl Alpaca Designs

The high season of knitting is finally here, and what better way to celebrate than to fill up our stock with lovely, delicate and luxurious knitting kits from Purl Alpaca Designs?

Allegro Shawl Top

Each of Purl Alpaca Designs’ kits includes the pattern, yarn, a postcard biography and image of the alpaca the design is named after. Purl’s 100% pure alpaca yarn is not dyed, all the colours are completely natural and the fibre is sourced from local breeders.

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Melody Legwarmers

Breeze Top

Purl Alpaca Designs specialise in fashionable knitting kits and are the Field-to-Fashion company that offers you an exclusive collection of garments to make from 100% pure British alpaca yarn. Their Field-to-Fashion approach means that Purl is involved in every step of the creation of their kits, following the Alpacas from birth, their first and later shearings, then paying attention to how the fibres are treated in the mill to make the wonderfully soft Purl yarn, and finally combining the yarn with a gorgeous design so that you can create your new favourite garment.

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A Hank of Art

Knit Night

Oh what a wonderful sunny week we’ve had in London, and it was in due time, the winter seemed to be going on forever. At Knit with attitude we have monthly knit nights, the second Thursday of every month, and this week we decided to move outside. After having spent the whole day at work inside, it was absolutely lovely to get to the park enjoying the last few hours of sunshine. And let me tell you; this is the stuff a proper knit night is made of!

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This week I’ve also had the pleasure of introducing a new and very exciting range of yarns. Sheep of Steel is a collective of spinners through the UK working collaboratively in showcasing and selling unique, contemporary handspun yarns!

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Bamboo Alpaca

Their mission is to promote the use of fibres and the craft of spinning through showcasing and selling experimental, contemporary ranges of handspun yarn.
Spinning is a valuable craft and art form worth conserving and promoting. Its process encourages investigation, understanding and appreciation of the raw materials, which are at the basis of every textile. Skillfully and sustainably produced, Sheep of Steel hope that their handspun yarns are edgy, thought-provoking purchases, which will excite and engage you.

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