Based on my experience with Lopi (10 sweaters, many other mittens, slippers and shawls) I really shouldn’t be surprised by how much I love Plotulopi, but I am. Knit on its own, it’s a lighter Icelandic yarn and it has the beautiful colourwork properties of the Lett and Alafoss Lopi (the halo) that will also make it good for outerwear (snow and water will bead on top before getting absorbed into the fabric.) It is a very different yarn from most other yarns that we have in store, most similar to the Briggs and Little Country Roving in that it’s an unspun yarn, but unlike the Country Roving it’s a single ply. This can make it a little tricky to work with- I reccomend either knitting it from the outside of the plate, or pulling out a… Read more »
I love to fade colours. I think I may be a little obsessed with it. I knit the Find Your Fade, Free Your Fade, So Faded and What the Fade patterns by Andrea Mowry and then I looked around for more fading ideas. In between those projects I attempted the Starting Point Shawl by Joji Locatelli. I loved it but I kept getting distracted by yet another fade and I just couldn’t quite get it finished. Just before the retreat I finished my What the Fade and I was ready to start back on my Starting Point. Then another fade came along and it’s been put back in the basket for another little break. The Fading Point by Joji Locatelli is exactly what I was looking for. It has the creative construction of the Starting Point, but… Read more »
This year we celebrate 50 years! #manosdeluruguay #manos50 #fairtrade A post shared by Manos del Uruguay Yarns (@manosdeluruguayyarns) on Mar 19, 2018 at 7:44am PDT This year, Manos del Uruguay is celebrating 50 years of their cooperative and we’re celebrating! We’ve carried their yarns here at Wolseley Wool for years and are always so excited when a new box of their gorgeous yarns come in the store to ooh and ahh over! Not only do they make beautiful yarns, but there is a great story behind the yarn. We’re kicking off our Manos celebration on Friday May 11th with a big party! From 7-9 PM Friday evening we will be having a great time, with wine and food from the area provided by Txoko, games, prizes, knitting and more! All Manos yarns will be 15% off and for every skein… Read more »
We’re kicking off some new blog posts with some introductions to staff new and old so you can get to know us a little better. Today we’re introducing Clare, another newer member of the team here at Wolseley Wool. Clare brings such a fun energy every time she walks into the store and is great at helping people find the perfect yarn for their projects! Clare started knitting when she was in the 6th grade because she wanted to make leg warmers (they were rainbow!) Pictured above is her most recently finished project and her first sweater for herself is the Tin Can Knits Snowflake sweater. That pop of colour at the top is fantastic! Right now, Clare is busy working on a sample for a class she’s teaching at our annual retreat (more info on that… Read more »
We’re kicking off some new blog posts with some introductions to staff new and old so you can get to know us a little better. Today we’re introducing you to Sigrid, another newer member of the Wolseley Wool Team! Sigrid is busy both working in the store and teaching a couple of classes and bringing her wealth of yarn knowledge to both of those things. She’s been teaching the Next Stitch class and Introduction to Knitting and helping lots of new and experienced knitters get on their way. Sigrid’s favourite thing at the store is the friendly community atmosphere. Sigrid has been knitting for 11 years. She took up knitting when she was on maternity leave to keep busy in those quiet moments. She started knitting to make cloth diaper covers. Sigrid is currently finishing up a… Read more »
We’re kicking off some new blog posts with some introductions to staff new and old so you can get to know us a little better. Were starting with one of our newest staff members, Crystal, who’s calm disposition brings quiet to even the busiest day or most confusing pattern question. She’s a master at putting yarn away beautifully. Crystal started knitting about 4 years ago. She’s generally pretty crafty and wanted to try something new and get out of the house. Her favourite project she’s completed so far is an Om Shawl out of Cascade Longwood and her favourite yarn is Wollmeise Lace which she recently used for a gorgeous Yoga Shawl. She’s currently working on a cardigan for her son.
By now you all know how much I looooove mixing Shibui Silk Cloud into just about any and everything I’m knitting. It is so super soft and adds just a hint of fluff to any pattern. Our fall yarns are filling the shelves and I’ve been so excited about knitting with them. First on my list is the Rowan Valley Tweed which is a sport weight wool in gorgeous tweedy colours. Add a little Shibui Silk Cloud for some extra softness and you’ve got a winning combination. As much as we may not want to admit it, cooler weather (I dare not say that W word) is on it’s way and it’s time to start knitting all the warm cuddly things. I have always loved the Featherlite Hat pattern by Odessa and thought this combo would be a great… Read more »
We just got in an exciting new yarn – Magic Kette from Borgo dePazzi! While this yarn looks like a big bulky tape yarn it’s not. It’s actually a sock yarn! Dyed up in a tube you simply start unravelling to get knitting. That’s right, unravel. Pretty magical! Check the back for the start of the hank and just keep pulling. Perfect for shawls, scarves and of course socks!! With 420m/459y per hank there is plenty of yarn to go around. It comes in all sorts of colours and knits up into fun stripes as you go. Made of a superwash wool and nylon base it’s easy to care for and easy to wear. Come by to get magical with Magic Kette!
Hi! Odessa here talking about what she’s up to these days. Our gorgeous fall yarns are starting to come in and all I can think about is new sweaters. So of course I have two on the go now. The first is Riddari from Lopi. I’ve knit a few Lopi sweaters and wanted something with the same iconic yoke patterning but with a more relaxed fabric. I went all around the store looking at worsted and aran weight yarns from Malabrigo Rios to Cascade 220 Superwash Merino to Manos Alegria Grande but finally settled on Blue Sky Woolstok. It has lovely subtly heathered colours in a plump and lofty yarn. Perfect! I’ve knit with this yarn before and love the fabric it knits up into. I picked some of my favourite brights for the yoke and paired them with… Read more »
The first time I felt fabric knit with Rohrspatz & Wollmeise yarns, I knew I was onto something special. I couldn’t believe the stretch, spring and loft of these yarns. I wanted to know more. Like, what was the secret to the stretch? Apparently, it’s all in the twist! Company co-founder Claudia Holl-Wellmann wanted to create a more robust yarn, and spent a great deal of time determining the optimal twist for each yarn weight. Now I admit, I’m a little loopy about these yarns. I’ve purchased three hanks of Lacegarn, which is a lace weight superwash merino, and a hank of Twin, which is 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon in a fingering weight. I love the fact that one hank of Lacegarn is 300 grams, or 1738 yards (!!!), enough to complete a whole project,… Read more »