Archive for August, 2008

Published by admin on 31 Aug 2008

Introducing Buttersoft DK

“Your stuff’s lovely, but it’s all very thin”   Well, thin no longer!

Buttersoft DK  is 100% Superwash Extra Fine Merino, and it is…welll butter soft!  This means yes, you can chuck in in the washing machine at 40 degrees on the wool cycle.  Need I say, perfect for kiddie stuff!  There’ll be 5 or 10 of each colour, but as it’s a double knit and therefore suitable for any DK project big or small, then the custom dye option is there for you to order as many skeins as you like.  Just email with your colour requirements, and the batch will be dyed specially.  No extra cost!

Here’s a little bit!

This hat and gloves takes 3 skeins, and here is a close up.  Lovely to knit with, and smooth stitch definition

And here it is ably modelled by DD


Published by admin on 31 Aug 2008

Sweet Baby too!

Sweet Feet is a great standard 4ply, and the soft merino bamboo mix makes it ideal for baby clothes.  Pattern is from Patons Little Babies, vol 2, design six in size c, premature, with added pretty bits.  One skein and still plenty for the bootees

Published by admin on 25 Aug 2008

One down, many more to go!

Well, we did it!  Our first craft market stall!

When we arrived and were shown our table, all 12 foot of it, we thought we’d manage about half a table at the most, but amazingly we managed expanded to all 12 feet without it being overspread at all. In fact, much less wouldnt have been quite enough!

We had a lovely day in all, and we managed to cover all our costs, which was our goal, seeing as nobody really knows we are there.  Lots of people took away our details, but the best bit was talking to the customers.  I’m usually plagued with shyness, but just a ‘Do you knit?’ here and there resulted in some lovely and interesting conversations, and they were all really happy to talk about their knitting, past and present, proving that knitters really are some of the nicest people around (as if it needed proving!).  We had really positive comments about the stall, the colours and even the name!  We went home tired but positive, and looking forward to the next one…..which is…13th September.

Almost set up.  The place is an almost derelict hotel which is the markets temporary home until the Corn Hall next door, it’s usual place, has been refurbished.  And here is a picture of what’s opposite:

A bit of Cirencester Parish Church.  Lovely, n’est pas?

That’s all for now xx

Published by admin on 19 Aug 2008

Ahh, that’s better

You know when you lose confidence in what you are doing, and get wracked with doubt that you are doing the right thing?  Well that was me today, and the last few days, if truth be known.  Really down in the dumps.  But two things have changed that. 

Firstly the lovely ladies, my new friends, at the knit and natter, where the conversations rolled gently round and ebbed and flowed in a way I haven’t experienced anywhere else.  I’m glad I went. I so nearly didn’t. 

Secondly, I received a new delivery of yarn and fibre, a huge boxful, and I am really excited about a couple of new yarns I’ll be trying.  One is an aran weight in baby alpaca, merino and bamboo for you guys who fancy something a bit thicker.  I am going to bag some of this one because I have been itching to do Ysolda’s Liesl cardigan.  I don’t usually try and knit bigger things for myself-I never finish them-but I can see this in a semi solid deep rose, or perhaps a lavendery blue.

So, thankyou all.  This may just work out. xx

Published by admin on 19 Aug 2008

Insy winsy update

So there’s a little more Tiptoe going up today, and some bigger Bluefaced Leicester rovings.  More driying on the line. Here’s a nice piccie to get you looking!

Tiptoe in a semi solid red/deepest rose,

and a Bluefaced Leicester swirl in cheery colours to brighten up a very grey mid August day!

Published by admin on 17 Aug 2008

To the craft market we shall go… plus 10% off!!!!!!!!

It’s confirmed!  We shall be at the Cotswold Craft Market in the very pretty Cirencester THIS SATURDAY!! We’ll also be there on the 13th and 27th of September.  We shall have our full range there for stroking, sniffing, squidging and generally admiring.  Oh, and you can buy it too!

Blog readers, yes, that’s you ;-) will qualify for a 10%  discount.  So , come on, what more of an incentive do you need!

See you there xx

Published by admin on 11 Aug 2008

Just when you thought you were safe………

I want to introduce you to a new level of yarny loveliness.  It’s called Tiptoe, and its a heavyish 4ply/fingering.  The best bit is it’s made from 80% superfine alpaca and 20% silk, and it really is to die for. It’s super soft, and has the cool, smooth feel that you get with really good alpaca, and a kind of drapyness and weight from the silk.  There’s 262 metres per 100g which makes it almost a light DK.  It would make the most luxurious socks, probably on 2.75-3mm.  Haven’t test knitted it yet, but will soon. I just HAVE to knit with this one!

Two colours in the shop now, and more on the way-swinging in the sunshine!

If only you could put you hand into the picture and give it a squish!  Ahhhhhhhh.

I’ve got more to tell you, so stay right where you are!!

I’m sure you’ll agree there is no substitute for seeing, feeling and sniffing yarny goodness.  The internet is a great place, but………. . Well, now you can.  If you want to squidge the sock yarn, just pop along to The Knitting Parlour in Malvern.  And if you want to see the whole range, I will be having a stall about once a month at The Cotswold Craft Market in Cirencester, Glos. Dates yet to be confirmed, but as soon as I know, you’ll know!

And another thing…….

We at APYarns are a compassionate pair.  We also don’t like to see anything going to waste, so we’ve decided to launch a line alongside our luxury yarns which we’re calling ‘Rescue Yarn’.  We acquire yarn that is no longer loved, saving it from an eternity in lofts and long forgotted backs of cupboards, and give it an Artist’s Palette makeover.  The yarn becomes once again happy and desirable!  So far, the yarns we have acquired are all thicker than our standard range, and are robust fellows.  With a rougher feel than the new yarns, these would be great for accessories.  Bags spring to mind, and as they are not superwash treated, they should felt fabulously.  They’re under New Products, but here’s a quick peek…

Not bad, huh?

Off to stir the porridge and stop the kids killing each other! xx

Published by admin on 07 Aug 2008

Family Introductions

I’d like to introduce you to our newest family member.  She’s called Meg, and I am sure you’ll agree she is rather lovely.

Isn’t she pretty.  For those of you who cant tell, she’s an Ashford Traveller.  I got her from a friend of my aunt-in-law (hello to both - waves), complete with a big bag of dyed mohair, partially spun.  I’ve been practicing and have filled the bobbin that was started and have got halfway through a second bobbin.  Got lots of fluff up my nose though!  I’ve never spun mohair, and I think I can see why its usually spun commercially with nylon or silk. It’s VERY slippery!  Nice to spin though when you get the feel.  I just hope it will hold together when the plying begins.  We shall see, and so will you ;-p.

News of a yarny nature to come soon, so stay tuned folks.

Published by admin on 07 Aug 2008

handspun mittens anyone?

Here’s my very first project from white fluff to finished product!  APY merino roving spun with a lot of unintentional character — well, twas my first proper go!