Firstly, have a look at these eerily beautiful photos of an abandoned mill in Wales. The mill near Aberystwyth closed in 1980 and everything was left exactly as it was inside, including machinery, tweeds and shelves of neatly stacked yarn.
You can almost smell the excitement here, as a brand new yarn shop opens in Glasgow on Saturday! The Queen of Purlsis having an opening party to welcome everyone and is located in such a lovely part of the city. And it has one of Saz’s favourite yarn shop names ever!
This week we announced the next Ysolda knit-a-long — wee Cria! It was released this week and going by the inquiries we’ve had over the last few months (ok, maybe years!…) we know it was one that lots of people were waiting for. And of course just because we’ve been testing the pattern doesn’t mean we’re not planning to joining in — Bex is planning a pair of wee Cria’s for her nieces and Saz is going to cast one on for her rapidly growing little one, Alana. Join us over in the Ravelry thread!
The lovely Susan Crawford launched a new yarn this week, Fenella. It comes in 16 lovely colours, all designed to reflect those used in knitted garments from the 1930s to 1950s. We love that its 100% British wool, expertly spun by John Arbon (the genius behind the yarn used for Ysolda’s original Coraline) and dyed in the Scottish borders.
One of our favourite publications brought out their newest issue this week. It’s now been around for two years (happy birthday!) and is always filled with lovely patterns, recipes and articles. This issue we especially love Seaside Sundae by Susanne Stallard, it makes us want to both knit a blanket in the summer, and eat ice cream!
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.