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Hello lovelies!

How are we all? Hasn't it been a strange month of weather! Last time I sent you all an email we had been experiencing extreme heat! I don't know about you, but over the past few weeks I've been wearing some of my winter wardrobe again, especially in the evenings! A far cry from the temperatures on the continent🌡

The Summer Holiday's have started (or at least they have in Yorkshire). If you are looking for ideas to keep those mini humans busy, we've got lots of ideas and projects to help.

Summer Wool Fest is nearly here and one of our favourite events. We will be there with lots of exciting things to show you, so do come and find us to say Hi 👋🏻
And talking of exciting things, we've got lots of summer project patterns to keep you occupied over the summer including some fab bags and hats.

So grab yourself a glass of something (wine is my choice!), find a comfortable spot to sit and let's look at all the squishy fabulousness!

Summer Holiday Projects

All around town summer crochet a long

Yarn Etc About Town Shawl crochet a long Summer 2023 starts on 28th July.
Are you joining us? Here are some of the colourways we have put together as suggestions for the project. There are loads more in store too!
In the pattern for the All Around Town shawl is also an over arm bag to knit - 2 projects in 1!
Click the link here to join the all around town summer make along private Facebook group. Post your colours and combos, and have a chat! All we ask is please don’t share the pattern!

Small Summer Project Patterns & Beach Bag Projects

We've got a whole host of patterns in store for you to choose from for your summer creative projects. I've popped a few below to give you an idea of the range.

Project Bags

Who’s off on holiday soon? Go on, treat yourself to a new project bag….carry those projects in style! We’ve got a huge range of Emma Ball bags and the gorgeous Janie Crow print ones too! Prices start from £11.95…

Things to keep the kids busy

We've got lots of ideas to keep the children busy this summer holidays. Kits for making Pompoms, Knitting dolls, and much more. Pop in and ask us - we can help you find the perfect summer project to do with your little ones.
Pompom kit
French Knitting Dolly
Knitting Doll
Summer holiday date - Children's Learn to Crochet Workshop - Friday 11th August - £25
Back by popular demand for the summer holidays!
Children’s mini workshop!- Learn to crochet or knit at the award winning Yarn Etc., on Knaresborough Road, Harrogate! Something rather fun for the smaller (and not so smaller people!)

Suitable for ages 7-16. There are 2 sessions, each are structured slightly differently due to age ranges. Find out more here.

Limited Edition... King Cole Homespun Prism!

We have the brand new range of King Cole Homespun Prism in store which is a lovely Merino wool/alpaca/viscose/acrylic blend yarn. Below are the fabulous range of colours and there are some great patterns too.
Its not online just yet but is available in store now at £3.79 a ball.

Fi's personal favourite is...

All the new colours of Schoppel Zauberball Crazy 4ply 75% wool/25% nylon sock yarn, which is perfect for socks, shawls & scarves too.

Also great for the Zick Zach free pattern on Ravelry.

Priced at £16.65 each, currently in store only, but coming to the website soon...

Here it is! 👆🏼 My completed WIP for this month!

Its the gorgeous shawl that we are doing for the Crochet A Long and I just love it in these colours. So vibrant and cheerful.

👈🏼 And just look at the AMAZING Crochet Amigurumi Bespoke Bride & Groom that one of our lovely customers made 🥰

We love seeing what you are working on and what you have finished too.

My top tip this month...

So my top tip for this month is..... drum roll please..... lifelines!!! Have you ever used them? Have you ever heard of them?

This is a great way of preserving your work if you are knitting something complicated like lacework and there is the possibility of making a mistake (or you are a beginner and we know how frustrating it can be to go wrong).

A lifeline is a strand of different coloured fine yarn which you can thread through the row of your knitting that's on the needle and leave it there for safe keeping - click here for an example from Sheep & Stitch.

The aim of the lifeline is that should you make an error in the next few rows you can take the knitting off your needles and then pull it back to the lifeline and then rethread the knitting back on to the needles without losing any stitches or having to undo the whole of your work.

There are tons of YouTube tutorials out there so go have a look and start using them, you will be so glad you did.
The Harrogate Yarn Company

The Harrogate Yarn Company is 1yr old!

Launched in 2022 at the summer wool fest, The Harrogate Yarn Company will be celebrating their 1st birthday at the wool fest again on 29th & 30th July.

Fi created The Harrogate Yarn Company and here is a little snippet of why and how it started.

The idea for having my own yarn spun just for Yarn Etc. came from wanting to be able to supply a lovely, natural, British Yarn that was special to our many local customers and the many visitors from around the country and the rest of the world.
I wanted a yarn that was the essence of Harrogate. Beautiful colours, lovely texture and spin and just lovely to work with. It's a proper yarn that is being very well received by everyone who uses it for their projects and we are very proud of it.

You can buy it from Yarn Etc's store in Harrogate where you can see all the samples and have a good feel and squish of the garments and accessories or you can buy it online here.

Pay it forward

We know and work with so many amazing small businesses, that we decided to have this section to share them with all of you 😊

Continuing the theme of local loves, this month we want to highlight another of our neighbours - the fabulous Yorkshire Cured Meats Shop in Harrogate.
Across the street from Yarn Etc Towers, Yorkshire Cured Meats has a range of delicious cured meats and cheeses, and many more yummy things. When you visit us and get peckish, we recommend popping in to try one of their Breakfast Sandwiches or pick up some tasty treats for later on when you head home to try out the new yarn you just bought 😜
There are lots of fabulous Yarn related dates coming up for all you Yarnistas out there. We thought we'd have a "Save the Date" section to share them with you so you can add them to your diaries. Do let us know if we are missing any!

Another jam-packed edition and lots to get excited about. Good luck with all your summer projects and do pop in the shop if you have any questions or want to squish some yarn! 😁

Speak soon and have fun.

Fi x

Fiona Burks - Yarn etc
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