-and a woolly new year to you!
So it's back to work for me - although I have been using my time wisely - perusing Ravelry- it's amazing the range of free patterns on there and the talent. I now know how to search properly so my time is better spent. I've also been tracking down Debbie Bliss pattern books (for my personal library) from the 90s- pure classic, gorgeous children's garments. I've also been knitting up some shop samples -including Kate Davies' Ottar wrap.
I'm restocking my favourites and have managed to get a small supply of Linda's, magical. hand dyed dk - as you may know I tend to keep the 4ply, the dk and the lace weight from Strathearn Fleece and Fibre increases the choice - or makes choosing harder - not sure! It feels good to have local wool in my little shop. - still not enthusiastic about stocking imported yarns - still 'allergic' to acrylic!
I continue to love WYS and all they do, the bfl being my personal favourite.
Jamieson and Smith have sent me the natural colours in the 'Heritage' yarn - soft and lovely sometimes the colourful Fair Isle designs look wonderful using the natural tones (a tip from a customer this - she'd worked the Hamnavoe Socks in the naturals - magic!) There's lots of Sock wool - WYS and the firm favourite Opal - sparkly and a lighter weight yarn - a 3 ply now in. I have never crocheted socks so that's something I'll be trying this year.
As you're probably aware the Debbie Bliss yarns are getting more and more rare. I'm keeping my stock and the baby cash and cash merino aran will stay at £5 a ball. I'm running out of books so first come, first served for that range - please make sure you have enough for your projects.
By March time there's be some new additions to CraicnYarn but more about that later!
Outwith the shop - remember there's a Knit and Natter in the library 10.30 -12.30 - last Monday of the month. Lots of natter AND knit - we have a cuppa and exchange brilliant ideas/tips etc.