This week’s yarn of the week comes to you a day late due to the bank holiday weekend, we hope you all had a lovely time in the sunshine if you had the day off! The weather has had a little freshness to it here in London, and it has us turning our minds to jumpers and cardigans for cooler days ahead. What better yarn to feature than Susan Crawford’s Excelana. It is available in a 4ply and DK weight in 50g balls, perfect for colourwork pieces.
Susan designed this yarn with a colour palette in mind for her books A Stitch in Time vol. 1 and 2. The muted tones work perfectly together for the vintage style patterns requiring more than one colour. The blend is a 100% British Exmoor Blueface, and it is spun and dyed in Devon by John Arbon Textiles, making this a truly British yarn from start to finish. We are also excited for the possible uses of this yarn in Susan’s upcoming book, The Vintage Shetland Project.
One of our favourite sweaters is Susan’s Bowland, which uses 6 colours of Excelana 4ply. The original shown was knit in Sweet Chestnut, Nile Green, Alabaster, Damson Wine, Land Army Green and Dark Mandarin, but the colour combinations are endless for more modern or traditional twists.
Use the code EXCEL15 online to get 15% off Excelana 4ply and/or DK until Sunday September 4th, while supplies last. Mention the sale in-store to receive the same offer.
What is there to say about Susan Crawford? She is in no need of an introduction, as her name is well known both within knitting, vintage and the fashion scene.
Vintage fashion and craft magazines from the 1930s to the 1950s has long been an obsession for her and this fascination is very clear in her bespoke designs. She is the author behind several publications on vintage knitting amongst them the Stitch in Time Vol 1 and Vol 2. At Knit with attitude we are over the moon thrilled about having Susan visiting us Saturday April 25th!
The lovely Maya at Knit With Attitude in Stoke Newington, has long been a stockist and supporter of all things Susan Crawford Vintage. In fact, when I announced the pre orders for for the republication of A Stitch in Time volume 1, Maya was one of the first retailers to get in touch and pre order the book.
Many emails have passed forwards and back but we have never managed to meet. However, on Saturday 25th April I will be presenting a talk at the shop, “Looking Back and Looking Ahead”. The talk begins at 1pm and is completely free, although booking is required as space is limited.
So what is the talk all about?
I will be looking at my career to date paying particular attention to the long life of A Stitch in Time volume 1 – now in its 7th year of publication. I will have a selection of samples, old and new, for people to look at and try on and I will also explain how I have approached the recreation of these garments.
Then we will be looking ahead to the forthcoming publication of The Vintage Shetland Project which in collaboration with The Shetland Museum, has taken over three years to date and will finally be published in October of this year. I will have with me a small and very secret selection of some of the items being knitted for the book and I will share an insight into the work that’s gone and is still going, into the project.
There will then be a general Susan Crawford Vintage trunk show celebrating the introduction of Fenella to the Knit With Attitude range of Susan Crawford yarns.