Alice Yarn Blog
The friendly ramblings of a knit addict who craves beautiful yarn
I'm super excited to announce that Alice Yarn will be at The York Maker's Spring Fair on the 20th May 2017 along with a collection of other lovely local makers! Get yourself down to Clements Hall & treat yourself to some handmade lovliness.
Spend a Saturday exploring the hidden creative talent of the lovely York locals! We really do have a treasure trove of creatives within our small walls & this event is your opportunity to discover them all! Look below for a sneak peak at just some of the amazing makers who'll be at the event!
What better way to celebrate Star Wars day than share with you what is, in my opinion, the BEST Star Wars themed knitting and crochet patterns that the craft world has to offer! So tonight, when you're having your Star Wars Film Fest (Starting with Episode 4 OBVS) you can stitch away at one of these patterns!
#1 This Amazing Jumper!
Well... that’s about to change: this post will provide you with a list of 14 box sets that you can watch with the comfort of knowing that all of them have been tried and tested for you, and by a knitter non-the-less.
I’ve worked out that all in, the total knitting time you’d get if you watched every episode of each box set on the list would be 898.4 hours, that's every christmas present for the next 10 years sorted! You may have seen some of these already, in fact you probably have, but I can guarantee that you’ll either find your next Netflix addiction, or you’ll re-discover an old friend and fall in love all over again!
So... In no particular order (that would have been way too difficult)...
How can I binge? DVD is best for this!
How Many: 12 Seasons so far (44 minutes per episode)
With a total of 12 seasons so far, it’s not hard to imagine how good this programme really is. The show follows the Behavioral Analyst Unit of the FBI as they analyse the most prolific and dangerous serial killers in the US. What I like about this show though is that it focuses on what makes a serial killer act the way they do, rather than focusing on the crime itself. My favourite part though: Derek Morgan, Penelope Garcia and Spencer Reid. Watch it – you’ll know what I mean!
How to Enter!
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning the free entrance ticket & 10% off ALL Alice Yarn products at Spring Into Wool is sign up to get Alice Yarn Blog Notifications below! For those who have already subscribed - you're already entered! The competition closes at 5pm on Monday 20th March & two winners will be drawn randomly from those who have entered.
Please only enter if you are able to get to Leeds on 8th April.
If you have any questions, just get in touch.
A Little More about Spring Into Wool
Spring Into Wool promises to be an amazing event & I can't wait to see you all there! Get ready for a day full of yarn with plenty of activities to keep you busy, so grab your best knitted items, your favourite travel project and get on down to Leeds to enjoy all this new show has to offer!
Welcome to the third and final instalment of my Hand Dyed Yarns Demystified blog series! This post will run through exactly how to look after your beautiful finished item, or the yarn which you're waiting to use. There can be a lot of conflicting information about caring for your creations so I really want to make you see how simple it can be!
You might have read them already but there are two other blog posts in this series, written to help demystify hand dyed yarns and for you to see how wonderful using them can be! The first covers buying hand dyed yarns, and the second, using your wonderful skeins, if you haven't seen them, why not pop over & give them a look?
Washing your Wonderful Items
So, down to business! You've bought your hand dyed yarns & you've made them into something wonderful. You're so happy with your creation that you've worn it every day and now, let's face it, it needs a little wash. I've spoken to loads of people who say that they are scared to wash their items through fear that they will fall apart - but FEAR NOT - it's not as hard as you think!
The most important thing to remember is that hand wash is always best. It doesn't have to be as fiddly and time consuming as you think though - it's really easy! Rather than waffle on for ages though, I thought I'd film myself hand washing one of my favourite items, the Porthcawl Shawl, to show you just how easy it is!
Welcome to the second part in my Hand Dyed Yarns Demystified blog series. This post is going to guide you through using the beautiful hand dyed yarns that you've bought. If you missed the first instalment, all about how to buy hand dyed yarns, don't worry - head over and read it now!
So, you've been to a yarn festival, or you've found the perfect skein online & you're ready to make something beautiful. You may have questions about what to make with your purchase, or how you are meant to knit from this long, twisty thing called a skein. Not to worry - it's all demystified here!
Preparing your Skein!
If you can't use your knees, or you just don't want to you can also use someone else's arms. Get them to hold the skein out whilst you wind it into a ball. Team work always wins! If this doesn't appeal either - try this...
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