Total Whiteout

It’s been a funny old week up North – last weekend’s massive snowfall meant that we sadly had to postpone our first Learn to Crochet Workshop of 2013 but it has now been rescheduled for early February.

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In fact, the snow was so deep that on Monday with further downfalls forecast that we had to do the unthinkable and close the Hexham store for the day. Whilst, this was a disaster for those that had braved the elements to come and see us, it did afford me some much needed knitting time and I was able to crack on with a few of my numerous unfinished objects much to my husband’s delight.  For those of you that know me (and those who will get to know my knitting habits via this blog), I have a hundred and one things on the needles at any given moment and a stash of yarn to rival any store’s inventory. In all seriousness, the UFOs must be into double figures and one of my resolutions for 2013 is to complete as many as possible and remove them from their various unsuitable resting places around our home. One example, would be the gorgeous little Debbie Bliss Striped Baby Cardigan, which has been housed in a vase in our living room (don’t ask me why) for at least the last six months awaiting buttons to be stitched on to complete it!

I have used my time wisely and this week I have taught myself a new skill… the magic loop cast on which has truly changed my life.  Why have I not discovered this top tip before now? I have made a lovely beanie using the fabulous knitcol yarn and we are now hoping that the snow stays away tomorrow so that others can benefit from this new found knowledge at the Magic Loop Class that we are hosting at the shop. Here are a couple of snaps of my hat taking shape…

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All cast on and starting to take shape.  This hat was made with a child in mind and can be comfortably knitted with a single ball of self striping knitcol yarn. This is an aerial view of the finished article!

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In the weeks to come I will be sharing some of Woolaballoo‘s pattern ideas with you and helping you to master some new skills.  The Magic Loop Cast On is a great technique to have in your knitting bag of tricks, however, as with a little confidence you can even start to design your own patterns with a variety of yarns.  You will be able to confidently knit projects from the top down, knit fingerless mitts two at a time and even make garments with no stitching required!

So fingers crossed, tomorrow’s class will go ahead as planned and things may finally get back to somewhere near normal once this snow finally starts to melt away …

 

Genesis Chapter 3A?

A friend of mine passed this on to me the other day and I thought the blog would be a great place to share this long lost portion of the Adam and Eve narrative. It really is essential reading for all pet lovers…

 

Adam and Eve said, “Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you any more. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.”

And God said, “I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unloveable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.”

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And it was a good animal.

And God was pleased.

And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.  And Adam said, “Lord I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a new name for this new animal.”

And God said, “Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”

And dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.

And they were comforted.

And God was pleased.

And dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen themselves like peacocks and they believe that they are worthy of adoration.  Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.”

And God said, “I will create for them a companion who will be with them forever and who will see them as they are.  The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not worthy of adoration.”

And God created CAT to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And cat would not obey them.

And when Adam and Eve gazed into cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.

And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And they were greatly improved.

And God was pleased.

And Dog was happy.

And Cat was really not bothered one way or the other.

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Herdy Wool is here!

Check this out everyone! It had to happen sooner or later and now it’s in store at Woolaballoo. At long last Herdy has branched out into yarn. Being based in an area with a long wool tradition like the Lake District, it had to be 100% wool and it had to be British, so HerdyWool is blended wool from different breeds and is processed and spun entirely in Yorkshire. x

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All in a spin

One of my 2013 resolutions is to update our web presence and our blog with far more regularity than in days gone by. Things have been very hectic of late what with the major expansion and relocation, not forgetting the birth of Baby Alice right in the midst of it all. I just wanted to let all you felters and spinners know that we are now stocking 100% Merino Tops in our Hexham store in an enormous array of gorgeous solid shades and blends. They are now listed on our website with lots of great images to show them off to its best advantage. Do let me know if there is anything else that you would like to see added to our ever growing inventory as we are always looking for new items to tag onto the Woolaballoo wishlist.

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We are looking to run a series of needle felting, wet felting and spinning workshops in the New Year so do keep your eye out for the Spring Workshop Programme which will published shortly. In the meantime, why not pop in see the gorgeous new arrivals for yourself?! Happy crafting! x

Erika Knight Meet & Greet – Saturday 8 September

On Saturday 8 September, Erika Knight was in store at Woolaballoo, doing a meet and greet, book signing and showcasing her latest yarn collection. Well known in craft circles, Erika is a true inspiration and had us addicted to all things woolly in no time!

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Erika’s Knight’s new yarn collection is spun and dyed in Yorkshire from 100% British wool. The beautiful palette of muted shades have been specially selected by Erika. Among her designs are various quick knits with easy to follow patterns in Fat Fur Wool, Super Chunky Maxi WoolVintage Aran and British Blue DK Wool weights for beginners and advanced knitters alike.

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Erika was also signing copies of her best-selling book “Keep Calm and Cast On” which makes an ideal Christmas gift for the knitters in your life. This is a delightful pocket book full of quotes, quips and wit plus expert troubleshooting tips and techniques to keep the contemporary knitter calm in the face of a dropped stitch. The wise and often amusing quotes are compiled from a myriad of sources, including historical and contemporary essays, poems and fiction. Also included is a selection of previously unpublished quotes from contributors such as Kaffe Fassett, Jared Flood, Brandon Mably, Pip Lincolne and other luminaries of the knitting world.

Knitting’s calming properties are well documented, and interesting facts concerning the therapeutic benefits of practising this craft are interspersed amongst the quotes and technical tips, ensuring that this book is not just informative and humorous but also good for your well-being. Alongside the witticisms and fascinating facts is solid, practical advice designed to keep the knitter sane while all around them is unravelling. Erika Knight shares her foolproof tips for making sure you don’t get yourself into a tangle and that your knitting will go that much smoother.

 

Howay In

Alreet! Welcome to the new Woolaballoo blog page where we will be updating you on all our events, new arrivals and changes that are afoot at Woolaballoo HQ. We were delighted to relocate to 25/26 Market Place, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3PB at the start of the summer and have been so busy ever since that we haven’t had any time to post our news!

For those of you who knew me before the “big move”  I was 38 weeks pregnant when we opened the new store… completely crackers I know, but sometimes you just have to seize the opportunities when they present themselves and this was one opportunity that we couldn’t afford to pass us by. So now 2013 is here and we are open for business – Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm every day, we run workshops and events most Saturdays throughout the year and will be posting more information on this page as planning takes place.  In the meantime, if you haven’t discovered this Woolly Wonderland yet, plan yourself a day trip to the historic market town of Hexham, and “Howay In”…

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