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Yarns Unspun

Where did summer go?

How are we all? Did you all have a lovely summer? It feels like a distant memory now we are regularly wearing 3+ layers and sipping hot chocolate instead of iced beverages.

We’ve had a few busy months here at Yarn Etc. and I can’t quite believe we’ve had daylight savings and are now in November!
So where has the summer gone? I had every intention of writing this newsletter at the beginning of September and showing off some of the wips I'd finished over the summer, but here we are at the beginning of November already.

September went past in an absolute blur, mainly because of the most fantastic time we had on the North Yorkshire Yarn Trail. We were one of 12 shops involved in the years' Yarn Trail which covered the whole of North Yorkshire and ran from Saturday 9th September, finishing on Sunday 24th September on Yarndale weekend. There was lots of fun to be had, including the goody bags, prize draws, Coffee mornings, sample sales, some amazing limited edition hand dyed yarns specially created for the Yarn Trail and lots of daily special offers.

Every one of the shops involved had the most amazing time and got to meet some fabulous customers and we were so pleased to see so many new faces amongst the familiar super customers that we already have.

The grand finale of the Yarn Trail was Yarndale weekend - what more could a yarnie person wish for!

Plans are in place for the next North Yorkshire Yarn Trail already, and we can't wait to fill you in with more details nearer the time, where once again, we will be enjoying a fabulous celebration of all things Yarn. 😊

Below are some of my favourite highlights of the past few months, along with new products, some WIPs etc. And now it’s full speed ahead to Christmas and all the cosy knits that brings!
Janie Crow & Yarn Etc
☝🏻 How amazing are these mushrooms! I love a fungus photo 😂🍄

👈🏻 I met up with old friend Janie Crow on the Stylecraft stand at the UKHKA Trade Yarn Show (whilst buying all the new ranges of yarn)
North Yorkshire Yarn Trail Limited Edition Hand Dyed Yarn

Sock knitting isn't just for Soctober...

Did you take part in sock knitting month? Well I'm here to remind you that sock knitting is an all year round project. It is the perfect one ball project to take with you anywhere and do your knitting wherever you are.

We have a huge selection of sock yarns including the Scheepjes Downtown and Scheepjes Metropolis along with some Lang Dipinto and Opal Pretty.

We've also got some fabulous sock pattern books, including the 52 weeks of Socks by Laine and a really cute Lang Sock Book. Great ideas for Autumn projects or stocking fillers for Christmas.
Scheepjes Stockist
Lang Stockist
Scheepjes Metropolis
Lang Dipinto
Opal Pretty
Yarn etc… Classes
We have loads of classes going on throughout the autumn and we still have places on some of the classes. Most of the crochet classes are full but we have some spaces on the Thursday classes and some on the December classes for Beginners Crochet.
As you will see there is a lot of crochet, beginners classes and an awful lot of them have been fully booked so far - check out the website for booking but don't leave it too long.

We also have Treblemakers' Christmas crochet classes, needle punching, crochet baubles and macramé. There's lots to choose from and all booked through the website here.

Why not come along and learn a new skill or improve on the skills that you already have with our resident tutor, Lucy, who can't wait to teach you some new skills whilst having some fun in a group environment.
So what's been on my needles this last few months? Well I've managed to finish quite a few different things over the summer/beginning of autumn.

I made up another sample of the Snow in May cowl, which is our ever popular pattern, a really easy knit, in the round cowl using Katia Concept Merino Cotton Tweed dk in two contrasting shades which gives a really subtle effect. Kits are available in store and shortly will be available online.
I've made the cutest little Dot Pebbles bunny - this is my second Dot Pebbles knit, as I've also made the most adorable duck. We've recently sold the knitted Fox along with the knitted iconic frog and we are running the knitted Robin workshop in the run up to Christmas - we still have spaces left and you can book here.
Snow in May cowl
Dot Pebbles Bunny
Festive Gnome
I have done the crochet festive Gnome in readiness for Lucy's upcoming class which is on Thursday 16th November at 12:30 (you can book here). He is as cute as anything. 😊
I've also done a cute crochet little bat by the same designer.
I have made a really simple chunky Cowl in the new Rico Pix which is as light as a feather and fabulously fluffy and has rather mad colours with it's neon shades! It takes just one ball and is easy-peasy to make and looks great in these on trend colours👇🏻.
Chunky Cowl in Rico Pix
I started and finished the Inovec sweater by Beautiful Knitters (what a great pattern - available on Ravelry) using Rico's wonderful Wonderball Aran. It was a brilliant quick knit and with just one ball I made this sweater in the largest size, which is up to 50inch chest, so a really good one ball project!
I produced this 👇🏻 A super simple cowl knit in Stylecraft Colour Twist. The pattern is on the ballband and the yarn costs £5.15. You can find it on our website here.
Stylecraft Stockist
SC Twist 7237 Green Lake
I've made a super sexy Sophie scarf in the Ella Rae Rustic Lace held double with a strand of Hjertegarn Mohair Silk Lace Yarn, so it's super soft with a very light halo of fuzz and a real depth to the colour, and it's going to be a really well used accessory this Winter.
We love seeing what you are working on and what you have finished too. Keep tagging us in photos online or sharing on our Facebook page.
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!

This is a new pattern we are working on using different yarns, it’s a sneak peak! More details to follow with this for the next newsletter...

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 the fabulous The Cone Exchange - "Harrogate based haven for crafters. Trash transformed into treasure. A Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate community project".
This gem of a place, hidden away near the Bettys distribution centre off Hookstone Chase, is a wonderful place to donate all your yarnie bits and pieces that you no longer need and also to pick up some amazing crafty supplies.
This is a charity which works closely with various sectors within the community and is worth its weight in gold. If you get to meet Chris you are in for a treat, he's a fountain of knowledge and such a brilliant chap. His staff work like trojans to keep us crafters supplied with an amazing array of products and bits and pieces to keep us crafting.

You can find out more about the Cone Exchange on their website here and follow what they are getting up to on their Instagram here.
Fiona Burks - Yarn etc
I hope you enjoyed this edition of Yarn Unspun and I promise another edition will be with you before Christmas with yet more scrumptious yarn for you to virtually squish.

You are of course always welcome to come squish in person in the shop 😂

Speak soon and have fun.

Fi x

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