September 2023 Shop Update September 28 2023
What a change in the weather! If you aren't in the UK we have gone from 30C plus temperatures which is hot for us and very hot for September, to proper wet and windy autumn in about 10 days. At least I can get my knitwear out again!
My kids are back at school and seem to be enjoying it. My son has just started his GCSE year and its my daughter's second year at secondary. School trips seem finally to be back on the timetable with one been camping already and the other one off on a geology field trip but its great these things happening again as I always loved school trips.
At SQHQ we are busy with wholesale orders and advent calendars. We will have to close orders for advents soon so if you are still wanting one please be quick. There may be one or two spare nearer the end of November as we always keep back ups in case any get lost in the post but its not guaranteed and they might not be with you in time for 1st December.
No more shows now for a while but we will have our Christmas Open Studio at the beginning of December. Look out for more details in the next few weeks. I'm also hoping to organise another workshop with Sharon, either Beginners Tunisian Crochet again or Socks - What do you think?
This is a big shop update this month as we dyed lots of yarn for Southern Wool Show and Unravel... Autumn. We have also put together some yarn bundles for the Westknits MKAL if you are still looking for yarn for that.
Most of the yarn is on line already but there is a little more still to go. Grab a cup of tea and read the rest of the newsletter for all the details or jump straight to the preview page if you prefer. Everything will be available at 8pm this evening.
We have Westknits MKAL bundles and yarn for An Caitin Beag's new sweater pattern, non repeatable colourways on Lustrous, Slinky Twist and Yaksino and lots of your favourites on Crush, Enchant, Floof and Selkino!
We have put together a few bundles if you would like to join in but don't have yarn yet. If the mystery aspect isn't for you then its always fun to see how different the same pattern can look in different colours. Sometimes switching a dark and a light shade can totally change the look!
This is a new Twin Peaks inspired pattern from Marna Gilligan of An Caitin Beag. Featuring a round colour work yolk, with cats of course, and hem and cuff details. We have yarn bundles for the red and natural which will cover all sizes from child to the largest adult size and black for the main colour. 1 to 3 skeins of the main colour is required depending on size. This is on Voluptuous our custom spun 100% British yarn.
Our kits have proven very popular at shows this year but we finally have stock on line as well. I am of course always happy to put different yarns or colours together but there are so many possibilities its easiest if you drop me an email to let me know what you are looking for and I will put something together just for you. They make great gifts and the two skein kits come packaged in a reusable cloth bag. Let me know if you want it for Christmas and I'll make sure its a festive bag!
Non Repeatable Yarns
These are colourways we don't write down. We can't dye them again and once they are gone that's it. Mostly on our extra special bases. These will make your projects super special!
A fabulously soft and smooth yarn made up of 50% Merino and 50% Silk! Its shiny and drapy and totally luscious! Ideal for shawls, scarves and garments. We have both 100g skeins and bundles of minis (5 x 20G) in this lovely base.
This is one of my favourite yarns for versatility. Its soft and shiny but the silk also adds strength if you want to make socks with it. It takes the dye really well so the colours just pop. Use for garments, shawls, socks or any other fingering weight pattern!Slinky Twist
Yaksino is a heady mix of bouncy merino and warm yak with the sheen of silk with a twist. This yarn arrives in the workshop in a natural grey base colour which results in deep, rich colourways when dyed.Yaksino
These are our carefully designed colourways we can dye time and time again. They may look slightly different on different bases as different fibres don't all take the dye the same but we can repeat them. If you are looking for a larger quantity of yarn than we usually have in stock then you can order any of our repeatable colourways on a variety of bases and we will dye that up for you. Ideal for larger projects such as garments or blankets.
Not one of our usual dye to order bases - this is a fluffy cloud-like yarn which results in a soft, hazy fabric. Use on its own or hold together with another yarn to produce an interesting texture.
One of our newer dye to order bases this is a dream combination of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere which makes this a super-soft yarn with a slight halo yet beautiful sheen. The most stroked at yarn shows by a mile! Also available as a DK weight too.
An absolute favourite. This is a super soft and lustrous yarn with a single ply structure. Its best reserved for low-abrasion, indulgent projects such as shawls, scarves and cowls. We dyed the Unravel... Autumn colourway on this base and there is just one skein left!
A big restock of our popular sock yarn including several semi solids. Although designed as a sock yarn Crush can be used for any fingering weight pattern and I have made shawls, garments, accessories as well as socks from it.
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Thank you for getting this far, very long newsletter this month and I'm sure I've still forgotten to mention something! Do hit reply if you would like to comment on anything or would like help choosing yarns We are always more than happy to help. Do take care and enjoy your crafting now the autumn weather has arrived.