It's that time of year again when things go bump in the night, and when mysterious and spooky looking beings wander the neighbourhood on the hunt for treats. I'm obviously referring to the long-held tradition of Halloween. There are several theories as to the origin of this annual event, possibly from a former Pagan festival called Samhain, or from an old Christian holiday, or even from an ancient Celtic harvest festival. Whatever it's origin Halloween has fast become one our most popular yearly events filled with elaborate costumes, trick or treating and ghoulish party games.
So, as this is Woolfull's first Halloween we decided to create a couple of little treats for you all.
Festivals are odd things. Loads of random people brought together by a single shared interest, which in a lot of cases is the only thing those people have in common. There's even a fireball throwing festival in Scotland once a year! You can keep your Glastonbury, V festival or whatever, we're just not bothered about all that hanging round in fields pretending to have a good time. When it comes to yarn though, count us in.
We all went to Yarndale last year and had a blast. So we were very excited to go back this year for a day of wool-fondling, and yarn related chatter, where everyone is there because they love wool as much as we do (almost!).
We got there right on time, and couldn't wait to get started.
Rosie started knitting socks recently, so she was very giddy about the massive range of sock wool available. It's fair to say we got a bit fan-girl about some of the designers (Truly Hooked, Devon Sun Yarns and Cuddlebums to name just a few).
We wandered round for a whole day, with only the briefest stop for lunch (the food area was much better than last year by the way). We talked about yarn, we talked about crochet and knitting, we gave unsolicited opinions on people's yarn purchases and we accepted unsolicited opinions on hours.
We went home a good 7 hours later tired but very happy, and then spent the rest of the evening staring at our yarn hauls and grinning. We thought we were pretty reserved considering!
If you've never been to Yarndale before we can't recommend it enough.
As we all are, Rosie is a sucker for new yarn. As soon as something unusual comes in she's sat there, plotting what she will make first with it.
When we got this new chainette yarn in, she pretty quickly decided on a crochet animal. So, meet Benji the Rabbit.
Crocheters love Stylecraft. They also love CAL's. It seems they also love Poldark. Put them all together and you have the Ross CAL from Stylecraft. This version is done in pastel shades, making it bright and airy whilst still looking intricate and detailed.
Prepare yourselves for a whole heap of firsts. This is my first blog, introducing my first crochet pattern, in a certain colour I'm using for the first time ever!
Since we opened we've been pleasantly surprised by how many of our younger visitors have shown an interest in yarn related crafts.
As a result we've introduced these Kids Craft Kits, a perfect way to get your little ones started with crafts. In the kit you get:
- Plastic canvas
- Children's Knitting Needles
- Crochet Hook
- Children's Scissors
- Animal Tape Measure
- Plastic Sewing Needle
- 3 x 10g balls of 100% cotton yarn
- Organza Project bag
We thought it might be helpful to provide a few links to easy patterns you can do with items from the kit, in the hope that it will mean you have hobbies to share with the kids for years to come.
If this pattern proves too tricky check out the Built By Boo patterns in our store here - , they're written in a much simpler way and should be easier to read.
3 Quick projects to knit
How To Cross-Stitch
When the young ones have finished their makes please do share pictures with us, either here, on Facebook, or using hashtag 'woolfull' on Instagram.
When we got Sirdar No 1 a few weeks ago both Rosie and I were keen to try it out. Softer and more luxurious than other yarns, we thought this was a great choice for modern baby items.
Almost immediately I decided to design a baby blanket. Those of you who follow us on Facebook or Instagram may have seen progress pictures as I went along.
When we first started looking at the yarns we would like to stock in the shop both Rosie and I were excited by Candy Swirl from Stylecraft. This is their take on the 'cake' yarns that are all the rage right now and Rosie and I both love it.
Check out our yarn review here, my blanket pattern here or the yarn here. Rosie decided to do a squares blanket with this yarn, using large squares to show off the length of the colour changes.
Sirdar No 1 is the new yarn from Sirdar. It comes in 18 great colours, and is wonderfully soft and smooth.
Getting new yarn is one of our very favourite things. We can't wait to show you new things, and we love thinking of all the projects we can make with new yarn when it comes out.
I love hexagons. Call me a wierdo if you like but there's something really pleasing about the shape. I've also been loving greys and greens together lately, so after some playing around with the wonderfully tactile woolly pegs we have in the shop I decided to make a hexagon blanket.
Mostly blogs will be posted by Mand, what with her being the technical one. Rest assured, the other two will have contributed their opinions along the way!
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