Saturday, 26 September 2009

The New Wool Stock Just Keeps Coming!!

Another huge delivery of wool has descended on Create and we are very busy trying to fit it in!! This time its the Sirdar and Sublime! We have ordered loads of the new colours plus some new lines. Lots of new colours in Sirdar's Baby Bamboo, Escape Dk, Crofter DK and Big Softie as well as the new line Crofter Chunky. Crofter is a self patterning yarn which gives a look of fairisle without the work! The DK range has been really successful so am sure the Chunky is going to go down a storm. And in Sublime we have new colours in the Organic DK wool, Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK and the Extra Fine 4 Ply Merino. They look sooo beautiful. We have also brought in the Sublime Luxurious Woolly Merino - a gorgeously soft, subtly textured yarn that creates the most exquisitely luxurious knits to wrap yourself in natural, gentle warmth. Made from extra ordinarily soft Australian merino wool and has been created in the most beautiful palette of velvety winter shades AND is machine washable!!! I have already been modelling (well wearing!!) a jumper in this wool and have had loads of great comments about it - some from non knitters asking where I bought it from and could I knit it for them.
Anyway better go and dig Charlotte out from under the wool - she has been sorting it out all morning!!


Tuesday, 15 September 2009

We just love Debbie Abrahams' Courses!!!

Well Debbie Abrahams was back into Create yesterday to teach a full quota of eager students "Professional Finishing Techniques". You can see a few of them on the photo working very hard before Debbie allowed them to break for lunch!! Apologies this course hasn't been advertised on our website its just that it has been full for ages. Anyway everyone seemed to get a lot out of the course and were in fact asking us to run Professional Finishing part two as soon as possible!! Debbie brought in one of her lovely blankets (picture above). It was gorgeous. Its out of her book More Blankets and Throws. We have Debbie back in a couple of weeks to teach Fairisle and Intarsia which again am afraid is fully booked! BUT we do still have a couple of places left on Design your own knits (details on our website but I really would get in fast. Managed to get 4 more dates in the diary for 2010! but will post details as soon as we have fixed what we are going to run on those days. It was more a matter of getting in quick as Debbie seems sooooooooo busy.
We have Anne Makepeace back in next Monday to run Learn to Crochet - we were so over subscribed for the last one that we put this one in to satisfy the reserve list! However there are still some spaces left so let us know if you want to come along. Can highly recommend it as have taken this one myself and loved it. Have knitted for ages but never crocheted and really felt I had got the hang of it (well the basics!) after the day. Miranda had to run around doing all the coffee making and lunch preparation that day as hardly left my chair or put down my crochet hook - I was that hooked!!!!!!!!
Well not long now and I mean very very soon we will be announcing the launch of - so exciting. Anyway more to follow.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Gorgeous Cardigan in KidSilk Haze

I just love this cardigan!!!! Carol who is an amazing knitter and knits a lot of our samples at Create brought this in for us last week. The pattern is in the new Rowan Magazine (Number 46) and is called Wentworth. As you can probably tell it is a Kaffe Fassett design. Don't think the photos do it justice as it really is beautiful, a wonderful mix of colours! Ours is slightly adapted to the one in the book just to incorporate all the colours we have in Create - a vast array I can assure you!!
Pretty much as soon as Carol brought it in I whisked it away with me on a trip down south to visit friends (including a wedding and a 40th Birthday party - very hectic!). It got a lot of admiring comments. One of the days I took my daughter into London. We spent the majority of the time in Hamley's but we did make it to Trafalgar Square and saw the famous plinth where Anne Makepeace (a Rowan Consultant who takes some of our knitting and crochet courses in Create) stood with her knitting. Can't say there was anyone quite so interesting when we were there. We also went into the National Gallery and I can quite honestly say my cardigan did not look out of place amongst the Masterpieces!!! Anyway it is now proudly displayed in Create for you all to see.

Summer holidays are pretty much over. I find it sad when all the kids go back. The weather has certainly turned as well just to remind us that the summer has gone. Well at least I can get out my warm knits, put our new wood burning stove on and settle down with my knitting!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Ba T'at Wool Names

This is a blog particularly for MerrySusan who has been asking for the names of the beautiful Ba T'at sock yarn featured on Emma's blog in August - apologies for the slowness in our reply but I think I have managed to work out the names of the skeins shown, but I will get another photo taken with them all in a row and named since the colours have not come out brilliantly. Bottom left skein (Reddy/browns) is Cranberry; The bluey/green one next to that is Wharfe; the reddy/brown one above Wharfe is Cranberry again; on bottom row next to Cranberry is Fun Fair (Blues/greens/ reds); Green/pink one is Rhubarb; Blue/red/pink one on right hand side is Watercolour and the Dark red/purple is Bilberry Crush. Hope that helps a bit! Will get camera in today and will post new photo as soon as possible.