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ARE YOU ASHAMED OF YOUR STASH?!
So, there have been a lot of stash posts buzzing around the knitisphere recently & It's highlighted to me just how much of a divide there is between those of us with Stash Shame Vs. Stash Pride - I just had to write about it!
I've been browsing Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest & there are many Proud Stashers, people who LOVE their yarn & want to share it with the world, YAY! But then, there are just as many posts which advocate stash shame & frankly, it shocked me.
Specifically, I was shocked by just how many posts stated specifically stated that they couldn't let their partner find out about the size of their stash. So much so that they didn't want to flash their stash to other knitters in close FB groups. There were also posts confessing embarrassment of their stash, or seeking reassurance that their stashes were an 'acceptable size'.
Honestly my reaction to these posts, these memes & GIFs was What The Actual Fuck?! Knitting & crochet is our hobby & yarn is kind of an important part of that hobby - why should we be ashamed of all our yarn beauties!
This really got me thinking; We need to change this culture and start advocating Yarn Stash Pride! I truly believe that we should all be SUPER proud of our stashes, whether yours is HUGE and has taken over your entire house, is tiny & fills just a couple of draws, is super neat & organised, or is one hot mess, it's YOUR stash & it's definitely something to be proud of & here are just a couple of my reasons why!
1. Your Stash encompasses all those creative light bulb moments where you spot a beautiful skein of yarn & think - OMG, that's that's the most beautiful thing i've ever seen - It would look AMAZING as a pair of socks/a shawl/ a jumper - you add it to your mental to do list & add the yarn to your stash so it's ready for that time!
2. Your Stash is like a photo album of all the amazing yarn shops & shows you've been to! I mean seriously, how many times have you picked up a yarn & gone - ooo I remember getting this, we got it on holiday. Or you've uploaded a picture of your haul from EYF or Yarndale?! So whether you stow them away, display them with pride, or stash them on Ravelry, be proud of your woolly souvenirs!
5. IT'S YOUR HOBBY, IT'S YOUR STASH! Fuck what anyone else thinks about how much you have or how much of a mess it it - it's yours & your choice to buy it!
As for your partners who think you buy way too much & that it's a waste of money - I bet they have hobbies too right? AND... I bet they spend just as much on it as you do on yarn. For example, my partner has a fondness for his Xbox One. Let's do some maths shall we?
Games: £40 each (he currently has 20 so that's £800) and he buys more, even though he hasn't finished playing his other ones - sound familiar?
Hard Drive: £50
So the grand total for his hobby, at the moment is £1190 & the likelyhood is that he'll start all over again when the Xbox One X comes out in November.
So, if we assume that you're buying hand dyed yarn at average of £16 per skein. I could get 74 skeins with the money he spent on his Xbox & that's before we get started on his Nintendo DS or his race bike!
Remember - it's your hobby & to do it you need yarn - be PROUD!
I'd love to hear your thoughts - are you ashamed, or incredibly proud of your stash?
Full of Stash pride, some knitters jumped on the opportunity to share their stashes & what an AMAZING lot of stashes they are!
To say a HUGE thank you to all you wonderfully marvellous people for the support you have given me, i'm offering these 2 delicious 4ply Skeins, a set of stitch markers & some secret goodies all for FREE to one lucky winner! All you need to do to enter, is fill the form out below, follow & share on social media!
The Give away closes on Tuesday 22nd August at 6pm. The winner will be announced on social media & informed by text & email on Wednesday 23rd August!
Prizes include 2, 100g skeins of 4ply 85% Superwash Merino, 15% coloured Neps in Message In a Bottle & Only You. A set of 5 stitch markers suitable for knitting an crochet with a crochet top tin to keep them in.
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It's less than a week till Alice Yarn hits the road for the The British Wool Show in Thirsk & we couldn't be more excited!
It's a two day wool extravaganza with a plethora of big name dyers such as Alice Yarn, Truly Hooked, Eden Cottage Yarns & Mothy & the Squid for all your yummy yarn needs. Not just that though, you'll find finished craft items lovingly hand crafted by UK makers and tools, accessories, and haberdashery for all manner of crafts. From knitting and crochet to spinning, weaving, embroidery & felt making, there will be something there to get everyone's heart racing!
We've Been Busy @ AYHQ!
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...
Hand dyed yarn. It's something that is truly unique and is ever growing in popularity in the world of knitting and crochet. I've heard from a lot of you crafty folk recently that hand dyed yarn is also something that prompts a lot of questions and some reservations from people who haven't bought it before. This is something that, believe it or not, I completely understand and experienced before my first purchase.
Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks to see the ultimate guide to hand dyed yarn unfold. I want to answer the most common questions about hand dyed yarn and give you some tips, tricks and secrets of the trade so that you feel confident to go out and change the way you knit forever!
Your Guide to Buying Hand Dyed Yarn
The first instalment of your ultimate guide is all about buying hand dyed yarn, where to buy them, the advantages of buying hand dyed and the logistics of picking your yarns over the internet - So let's get started!
Where Can I Buy Hand Dyed Yarns?
At first glance 2016 appears to have been a year that many of us will be happy to leave behind, we have lost many, many great people this year and suffering across the world has been widespread. However, when I look just a little bit closer, I see that 2016 has been a year of personal triumph, a year of great things.
This post is a look back over the best 4 moments in 2016 and a look forwards to all the exciting things I have planned in 2017 - I can't wait to share all the amazing moments that are yet to come with you!
A year is a long time & when I look back, i'm so happy about so many things!
2016 - it's been an interesting year to say the least! Christmas has been and gone and it was the best time of year like always. But now, as the year draws to a close, I like to look back over the past 12 months and think about all the positive things that have happened, and all the things I have made! As creative makers we achieve the amazing everyday and I don't think that we always give ourselves credit for it. Each finished project is a creation to be proud of - it's something that wouldn't exist without your skill, your time, and commitment to your passion!
So, with this in mind I sat down and started looking through all the things I had made this year. I looked at how my skill had developed in just 12 months and I suddenly felt all warm and happy inside: I had made some lovely things that will be cherished by people for years to come (myself included)!
Picking 6 favourite projects was a really difficult thing to do as each project has it's own story & is important to me but I managed... eventually! So here you have it: my 6 favourite makes for 2016. Why don't you look through what you've made & think about which ones are your favourite? Share them with me on social media with the #6favouritemakes & don't forget to tag me!
My 6 Favourite Makes for 2016!
The Porthcawl Shawl
It's nearly the big day, the mince pies are bought, the advent calenders are half empty & im sure we have all already started on the Christmas films. Now, i'm sure that there are some people out there who have all their Christmas presents bought, wrapped, and ready to go but myself, I tend to start panicing at this point. Now don't get me wrong, I have definitely starting getting them, and I have finished a couple of makes too but I start to panic about whether I will get my last-minute makes finished, or if I have enough little stocking fillers & nice bits to open under the tree for everyone!
This week I wanted to share with you some small gift ideas for your knitting friends that are so useful that they will use them everyday. The best bit though - they're ALL under £10!
So, my first super useful present idea:
Trying Double Pointed Needles for the first time!
It seems that there is a big divide in the knitting world. It's almost as big as the Marmite divide. The big question here though is Double Pointed Needles: Love them or Hate them?
So, I tried DPNs for the first time at the weekend and I wanted to share my experience as it seems to be a discussion point alive with disucssion in the creativsphere. My sister came up for the weekend and as she is a little speedy DPN devil I thought it was the perfect time to try them. I had someone there who could guide me, and most importantly save me if things went catastrophically wrong.
I LOVE Christmas. It is by far my favourite time of year. I love the music, I love the traditions, I love the food & most of all, I love making things that fill the house with Christmasy cheer. We all know that crafters, whatever our chosen craft, always intend to 'make all of the Christmas decorations this year' but we also all know that despite our best intentions - we don't always get it done! So I have searched the creatisphere & rounded up some lovely, quick one day makes that will make you feel all jolly & Christmasy inside.
Make one a day between now & Christmas, or pick the ones you like most - you'll be in a winter wonderland in no time!
Eeek! I can’t quite articulate how excited I am to finally be posting the first ever Alice Yarn blog post and to finally be sharing my creations with you lovely Yarn loving folk!
In true first post style I wanted to introduce myself, and Alice Yarn & share with you how all this came to be. My yarn dying journey started on a beautiful, sunny Saturday in York, June 25th to be exact. My local craft store, The York Makery, was holding a class on yarn dying and a couple of my friends had signed up too so I knew it would be a great social afternoon of crafting. What I didn’t know was that it would inspire me to become the creativeprenuer I am now!