It was a very exciting day for us yesterday when the Stylecraft Special Candy Swirl arrived. Seriously, we placed an order for this two months ago, and have been looking forward to getting our hands on it ever since.
Without further ado, let's give you a look at it.
Last week we turned some of the flowers from week 1 into squares. This week we will join our squares into blocks of 4.
So, if you've followed along so far you should have nine squares that look like the one on the left. These will become Square 1 in each of the nine blocks of 4 that form our blanket.
Stylecraft Special DK is the staple of the Stylecraft range, and has formed a large part of our personal yarn stashes for some time.
It comes in a huge range of colours (84 to be exact) so whatever the project you're working on there's bound to be a colour available.
Rosie and I have both crocheted with Stylecraft Special DK for over a year, ranging from toy animals to huge blankets, and have loved it from the start.
It's fantastically versatile, and feels great whatever the project.
In week one, we made the flowers for the centre of the squares in our blanket. This week we'll turn those flowers into squares.
When we were looking to stock the store we wanted to make sure we had a couple of things that were a bit more unusual, and especially some yarns and patterns to make things young people would want to wear. Step forward Cleo by Conway + Bliss. Part of the Debbie Bliss range, this yarn is available in bright, modern colourways, and is really smooth and sleek.
When we first started toying with the idea of opening a yarn store we were very clear from the beginning that we wanted to be part of the community. Now we're open we actively encourage people to bring their knitting or crochet into the shop and sit and 'wool' with us.
To help people get involved Rosie and I decided to do our own kind of Crochet-A-Long, where we pick a pattern we both really want to do, make the yarn for it into a kit, have it on sale in store for a great price and invite people to join us with our project.
We now have a shiny new website, with a much cleaner look, much nicer images, and a better checkout process.
We now also have Online Gift Cards, so if you’re stuck for something to buy the knitters and crocheters in your life we can fix that for you!
It's no secret that we love yarns around here, from the ridiculous superhero blanket I made a couple of years ago, to the range of patterns my step-daughter Rosie has designed from scratch after learning to crochet and being frustrated that none of the toy patterns appealed.
The last year has been one of changes, and reflections, leading to Debbie leaving nursing, and careful consideration about her future. She has always wanted to run a shop, and many times over the last few years the three of us have had the 'if we had a yarn shop' conversation. And so, Woolfull was born.
We found some premises nearby, and got to work. We changed ceiling tiles, stripped walls, painted and built new furniture, all whilst ordering supplies, signs and umming and aahing over yarns.
I learned to crochet when I was a little kid, after my Nanna taught me to stop me being bored. I kept it up for a few years, then ditched the hobby for more 'exciting' ones when my teenage years came along. Fast forward 20 years, I have a teenager of my own now, and after being made redundant a couple of years ago I needed something to revive my creativity. Inspired by my step-daughters, erm, interesting approach to a crochet giraffe I decided to take the hobby back up, and headed off to my local craft store for hooks and yarn. My first project was a tiny blanket made of hastily (and badly) stitched together squares. My second project was this, with over 1000 tiny squares (anyone who knows me will know I am a person of extremes!).
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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