Stitch Solihull Blog Entries in March 2015 - Stitch Solihull

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New Season, New Look

Spring has arrived at the Garden Centre, I am treated to a glorious display of bulbs on my way into work every morning; a rainbow of inspirational colour. To coincide with this seasonal change, we have had a major revamp of our in store layout to allow for a wider range of stock.

revamped shop 1

The sofas have been moved in to the middle of the shop to make room for a new wall of yarn. This contains all the yarn we stock from lace to chunky all arranged in weight order with fibre at the end to entice all you spinners.

revamped shop 2

The view through the shop has been opened up making the place feel lighter and more spacious. The sofas are perfect for sitting to browse our extended range of patterns and will be put to good use during our regular Stitch and Sip sessions.

You can just see our new range of beads hanging from the central pillar. I’ve tested all of these with a 0.5mm crochet hook to ensure they are perfect for adding to your knitting. There are size 6 and 8 seed beads as well as some ultra sparkly crystal. If you’ve never added beads to your work before, why not ask us for advice on beginner friendly patterns?

The reshuffle has allowed us to more than double our range of buttons.

new buttons

Prices start from just 20p so these make the perfect finishing touch to a handmade garment or an affordable alteration to a shop bought one. There are also many that are suitable for the card makers among you, just add your own twist of creativity!

To tie in with the new look we have lots of exciting events and opportunities coming up to tempt you over the next few months so watch this space!

New Yarn - West Yorkshire Spinners

We are super excited to have started working with West Yorkshire Spinners. They are one of the few wool companies to work exclusively in Britain with the fibre coming exclusively from British sheep and the spinning taking place in their mill in Keighley. They are also award winning having won the Best British Yarn brand at the 2014 British Knitting Awards.

Reared, Sheared and Spun in Britain

The sourcing of local fibre means the yarn has a low carbon footprint and enables them to keep costs low making the yarn an affordable introduction to British knitting. All their yarns have a high wool content with some coming from specific sheep breeds such as Blue Faced Leicester allowing them to make the most of the unique features of each breed.

We are initially stocking 4 of their yarn ranges but are hoping to expand this in the future. I’m planning to talk about each range separately and today it’s the Aire Valley Aran Fusions. This yarn is a blend of 75% wool and 25% nylon and knits to a standard Aran tension of 24 rows x 18 stitches. It is also very affordable at £5 for a 100g ball with 200m on each ball.

Aran Fushions colours

It is available in 5 colours, each one containing a range of harmonious shades. These knit up in gently blended stripes keeping even plain stocking stitch knitting interesting. The colours are from left to right; Coffee and Cream, Autumn Mix, Moorland Mix, Autumn Forest and Grey Mix.

Aran Fusions scarf

There is a great scarf pattern that goes with the range priced at £2.40 featuring textured moss stitch and cables. This is a very effective and complex looking pattern however it only has an 8 row repeat making it relatively easy to memorise. I couldn’t resist casting one on myself! I’ll be sharing some photos on our Facebook page when it’s finished.