July Sale now on

July 1, 2008

In our Ebay retail store we have 25% off all single cones of yarn during July! We are clearing space for our new Fall stock, and have slashed our already low prices. The sale lasts all July, and more cones will go up as the month progresses!

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Socks in Sydney

June 29, 2008

These socks were completed by Cyclomania (her Ebay identity), who also happens to be my sister.  They were knitted using Footscray and the Madder Ribbed Pattern (Ravelry link) from Knitting Vintage Socks; on our Addi knitting needles.  They were made for her 11 year old son, who is also the model.

Your creations – Lovely lace knitting in Killara

June 6, 2008

Sarcelle knitted in Killara

Abbenormal (her user name in Ravelry) is creating a beautiful stole using Killara, our smooth silk/wool blend laceweight. She is knitting up the pattern Sarcelle, which is available for download for $6. Here is a link to her project page on Ravelry (membership required).

Abbenormal will receive our “Your Creations” bonus of $10 off her next order. Please see our policies page for further details.

Yarns dyed with Easter Egg dye

May 22, 2008


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At Easter, I thought that dyeing yarn with Easter Egg dyes would be fun to do with my daughters. We mixed up the dye (including vinegar) in accordance with the instructions on the packet, and dip dyed the skeins.   

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I had wound one skein of Footscray into two 50 gram skeins, on a skein winder with a circumference of approximately 68″. The skeins were soaked in warm water with a little dish washing liquid prior to dyeing. We left them to absorb the dye for about half an hour, and then I placed them on a clean oven tray, and put them uncovered in a 100 degree celsius oven (200 degrees fahrenheit) for about a hour.  

Skeins prior to baking

I then placed the skeins into a lingerie bag, and put them on the machine wash wool cycle with some fabric softener.  The colours are surprisingly intense, and the striping is much liked by my small children. 

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If you would like single skeins of Footscray, please visit the Ebay Store. Of course, wholesale orders are also very welcome, and wholesale enquiries should be directed to ingrid at yarnworkshop.com (replace ” at ” with @).

Bomballa – 100% Bamboo

May 15, 2008

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Bomballa is our 100% Bamboo double knitting yarn that drapes beautifully, and is wonderfully cool, and ideal for summer knitting.  We are currently making a store sample from Kate Gilbert’s Camellia (swatches soon!), and will be interested to see how the excellent drape works with that pattern. Being 100% Bamboo, the yarn needs fiber reactive dyes to take well – we recommend Procion MX.

 

Addi Premium Needles now in stock

May 14, 2008

Addi Knitting Needles

We are very excited to announce that we will now be able to sell Addi Premium knitting needles.  These are fantastic quality, and make knitting a pleasure, especially if you use the Magic Loop technique. Shipping on the Addi premiums is free with any yarn purchase!

Merino worsted weight

May 9, 2008

Merimbula is our classic worsted weight superwash 100% merino yarn. The page fully describing it is here. For retail sales, please visit our Ebay store, but wholesale queries are very welcome. 

The hat below is knitted up in the Amanda hat pattern, available for free from here.
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Beautiful yarns from knotanotherknitter

May 4, 2008

At Yarn Workshop, we are always delighted to show the hand dyed yarns created with our base yarns. Knotanotherknitter is a client of ours who purchased Grafton, our yak/wool blend. The colourway above is Velvet, while the colourway below is Forest.

 

While Knotanotherknitter is based in the UK, she ships worldwide.  The yarns are really gorgeous!

Sock yarns back in stock

April 23, 2008

Our classic sock yarn (now named Footscray) is back in stock, as is our beautiful new Bamboo/Wool/Nylon sock yarn named Bambaroo. Bambaroo is featured in the photo above.  It has a lovely smooth hand, and will be perfect for summer or light weight socks. Like our basic sock yarn, Footscray, it comes in 100 gram hanks that should be sufficient for most pairs of socks.

The yarn above was a factory sample that was overdyed using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes according to the instructions here.  You can compare it with the sample below, which was kettle dyed with Ashford acid dyes in purple and blue. 

Ashford dyed Bambaroo

This skein of Footscray was dyed at the same time, and you can see how the the wool absorbs the colors very quickly.

 

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Samples of Killara and Grafton

March 24, 2008

Grafton

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This hat was knit from hand dyed Grafton (Yak/Wool blend), in my very own pattern. If there is any demand for a basic hat pattern, I’ll write it up for our customers.  The yarn was kettle dyed using Ashford acid dyes (brown and green), and plenty of vinegar.  The yak fiber does not take up the dye quite as quickly as the wool does, and seems to require more vinegar in the dyeing process to exhaust the dye. The colours are somewhat more muted than would be achieved with pure wool, and after a rinse with some fabric softener, my husband pronounces it to be “without itch”.

Here is a shot showing the fit of the hat.

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Killara

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The samples of the Killara (silk/wool blend) were dyed in the  same batch as the Grafton yarn above.  You will notice the gorgeous saturated colours, and the very silky hand.  Bigger swatches will be posted in the forthcoming days.  The Killara took the dye beautifully – I think that this colourway looks like a chocolate mint. I tried to balance the colours in this yarn to make the pale green more dominant than in the hat (which was intended to resemble camouflage).

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