The third day of winter and it is now quite cold and the mist doesn’t seem to clear from the nearby hills at all. On these winter days I try to do outside chores through the middle of the day and then by mid afternoon when it starts getting colder I retire inside to a nice cuppa and a bit of knitting before dinner. The winter yarns are well and truly here and are better than ever. Lana knitted a gorgeous slouchy hat in Cleckheaton’s Merino/Silk and was wearing it yesterday in the shop because it was too cold (she said) to take off. It certainly is one of those yarns that feels much warmer than it’s thickness would allow and it is light too which is an added bonus. Another yarn which has been a roaring success so far this season is Perfect Day also by Cleckheaton. There is a pattern available called “the Boyfriend” and it uses Perfect Day doubled so it is a quick knit despite it’s Aran-style pattern and this has been particularly popular. Despite it being knitted as a 16ply it is very light because of the Alpaca content of the yarn. There is a new pattern book coming soon for this yarn which will feature knits for the whole family.
There has been new shipments of ribbon Scarf yarn arrive in the past week as well as more colours in the Noro Sock Wool and the Noro Silk Sock wool and some new books from Noro and Debbie Bliss. Our knitters are booked solid now until September although finishing of garments is still available for those people who hate knitting neckbands and sewing up. If you need help with a garment the best time to come in is during the week after 2pm as at the moment this seems to be the quietest time of the day. All those people who adore Knit Pro needles will be pleased to know that an extensive range of those needles is now available and last week a large quantity of Art Viva needles arrived so there are plenty of gorgeous needles to choose from. For those “hard to buy for” people Woolybutt has a Gift Card service and we are happy to send gift cards through the mail to people as well. If you live in the country or interstate we also offer a mail order service as long as the amount is over $10 so if you know what you want give the shop a call and we will post it out to you as quickly as possible.
Current Projects: a 12ply jumper for Granddaughter (pink of course), and a dark brown jumper in Perfect Day for Husband, I’ve been waiting on the Perfect Day Family Pattern Book but I’m about to give up and knit it in a Cleckheaton Merino Silk pattern instead, note to self: must check the tension to see if it’s the same before starting otherwise I’ll just have to wait – sigh…….
Happy Winter Kntting