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I predict a Riot!

This week has seen a riot of colour exploding onto the shelves in our Hexham store. We have now got an extensive collection of King Cole Riot in stock in both Chunky and DK weights which is gorgeous for home interiors such as throws and cushions.

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There are so many lovely shades to choose from that I can’t decide which one to knit up first!  This week we has seen a flurry of activity in the store as we have introduced not one, not two but three new lines into our inventory and have been involved in the planning of a series of community events that will be taking place in Hexham in the coming weeks starting with Hexham Design Week which will showcase the best of what Hexham’s independent retailers have to offer.
As part of this extravaganza, Woolaballoo will be exhibiting  some of exclusive knit kits on the ground floor of Dickinson’s Interiors on Beaumont Street, Hexham and will be demonstrating some of the skills that will be taught on our extensive workshop programme.throughout the summer months.

Here is a sneak preview of our latest design – the Chain Reaction Cushion Kit using the Riot DK yarn featured above.  This comes with full instructions the yarn and buttons in a beautiful gift presentation pack. This will be featured alongside other gift ideas both online over the summer.  I feel a little revamp of our living room is now in order, a riot of colour is about to be injected.

Chain Reaction Cushion

 

Blue Sky Thinking?

Before you all start to roll your eyes and let out a deep groan having read the corporate “business speak” heading of my latest blog post, let me explain…

I stumbled upon this lovely little knitting idea whilst browsing the net and thought I would share it with you before February is upon us. The knitter who came up with this gem of an idea, has shared the conceptual knitting project on a site called Whipup today!

The end product is called Sky Scarf, which results from a whimsical adventure or process that you go through. To make a “sky scarf,” you first gather together skeins of blues and greys and white. I am going to use oddments of DK weight yarn. Each day, you pay attention to the sky and add a row to your scarf in colours that mirror the weather outside. The pattern turns 365 days of sky observations into a five-foot long scarf. Project participants around the world are making sky scarves and the conceptual knitting project documents the climate variations that emerge row by row.

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I posted this photo today on our Facebook page and some of our followers suggested lovely modifications to this design including a mood scarf using shades to reflect your mood on any given day or a sunset scarf to bring in the pink and red spectrum. I love this idea and may start mine on 1st February using up oddments of yarn that I have in my stash. I think it will need to have about 35 stitches cast on if it is a DK weight yarn.  I suspect given the Northumbrian climate I may have to look out several shades of grey however if the recent downpours and stormy skies are anything to go by!