A very big thank you to everyone who has joined us so far in our new space at Chesterblade Hills. We are open every Saturday 10am - 4pm but it's worth keeping an eye out for extra meet-ups and events where you can come and join us.
On Saturday 7th May, we kicked things off with a lovely All About The Yarnies meet up. It was such a beautiful day for it and everyone seemed to have a great time. There was lots of laughter anyway! Our new studio is a great social space and it was such a delight to sit with friends and knit/crochet.
During the afternoon Janet ran a crocheted flowers course using a great new-to-us recycled cotton yarn, Kremke Soul Wool "Karma Cotton". We'll be using Karma Cotton for her upcoming Fruity Bunting course as well.
We've got more courses lined over the next couple of months including knitting, crochet, visible mending and needle felting. Take a look at our course listings for more information!
We've also had our first yarny event at Chesterblade. Last Wednesday evening we hosted a Trunk Show with Maria from West Yorkshire Spinners who had samples of the garments from the design collection for the new Elements DK yarn. We had a lovely time trying them all on and Janet's already started a new project in the yarn.
In the photo, I'm modelling the Lyra Feather Lace Yoke Jumper in Elements DK from the Timeless Summer collection released with the yarn. Janet had changed back into her own knitwear by this photo but it is in West Yorkshire Spinners yarn - The Croft DK (a lovely 100% Shetland wool). The pattern is the cover pattern from Autumn 2021 Pom Pom Quarterly, we still have a few copies available.
I've been swatching with the Elements DK and it feels really lovely to knit with. I wondered if with the high Tencel(TM) content it might feel super floppy (60% Tencel/40% Falkland Islands Wool) but it definitely has body and depth to it as well as being buttery soft. The Tencel adds a subtle sheen to the yarn and the way the fibres take the dye differently also means the finished fabric has a slightly heathered effect. Tencel definitely lends drape but there is enough wool for the fabric to feel like it has some structure. I'm definitely tempted to cast on a garment in the Elements asap but I'm trying to be strict and finish at least another two existing WIPS first!
Our next event will be Saturday 11th June when Rachel Moutrie of Skein Queen Hand-Dyed Yarns will be joining us for a Pop-Up Shop. We love the depth of colour Skein Queen achieve whether it is bright and zingy or soft and subtle. This is sure to be a popular event but luckily Rachel is with us all day so you have between 10am and 4pm to come and bagsie something special. It's a chance to see Skein Queen yarns you wouldn't usually find in shops.
If you need to contact us, please drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm still without a landline at Chesterblade but I have the BT engineer booked for 6th June so hopefully we won't be without a phone number for too much longer!
See you at Chesterblade Hills soon!