Quite often someone will wander into my shop, attracted purely by the colours. They can be quite apologetic about the fact that they neither knit nor crochet. When I've pointed out the error of their ways in no uncertain terms (not really!), I'm quite happy to let them have as much of a colour fix as they'd like. Apparently sweet shops can have the same effect on even those with a strictly savoury tooth.
One day I'll write a blog post about a typical day as a yarn shop owner. I think you'll find it really interesting. I have the privilege of meeting some fabulous people, believe me.
Anyway, I digress. I'm currently working behind the scenes on my big girl's online shop. Amongst other things, I shall be selling yarn packs which I am thoroughly enjoying putting together. A lot of them will be based on my own previous makes. I do hope you'll like them. Some packs will include patterns, some won't. Some may include a little surprise extra, some won't. Just know that I will personally be packaging each with my love and care.
As a bit of a taster (and because I'm an impatient creature), I thought it might be fun to write a blog post introducing you to my eponymously named ...
Weight : Sport
Blend : 55% Extrafine Merino Wool, 33% Acrylic, 12% Cashmere
Length : 125m Per 50g Ball
Hook/Needle Size : 3.25mm
Washing Instructions : Cool Machine Wash
Doesn't that just fill your heart with joy?
I've always been very vocal about my love for Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. It's one of my favourite yarns. If you've followed my blog for any length of time you'll already know this. I've used it for many of my patterns and makes. I'm frequently asked which colours I use.
Why is it a favourite of mine? Quite simply, it's an absolute pleasure to work with; knitted or crocheted it creates a soft fabric with wonderful drape, and it comes in a wide range of beautiful colours (60 in total I think). Finished objects are easy to care for (machine washable on a cool temperature) and wear extremely well (no bobbling or fluffing).
The recommended hook/needle size is 3.25mm but I rarely opt for anything smaller than a 4mm. In fact, using a 5mm hook creates a lovely light fabric that puddles into soft folds.
My Pink Milk Palette is a pack containing my ten 'go to' favourites. They're the shades I visit time and time again. I love each colour individually but I especially love all the different delicious combinations of any two or more of them. For example, try and picture Peach Melba, Amber and Candy Pink together. How gorgeously striking is that? I have a huge soft spot for the pretty mix of Baby Pink, Duck Egg and Silver, and I'm currently a little bit fixated on seeing how Amber and Lilac stripes look.
What could you do with a Pink Milk Palette? You could make numerous pairs of mitts in an array of different colours for gifts, you could hook up (or knit) several cowls, you could make a couple of January Sucks Infinity Scarves or even a small blanket. Ooh, wouldn't a ripple in these colours look glorious? I't's the perfect paintbox for all those little projects like flowers and embellishments. Failing any of my suggestions, you could just arrange it prettily in your stash and allow your heart to skip a beat every time you catch a glimpse, until inspiration strikes.
I have an idea for a pattern floating around my head. It involves all ten of the colours and I'm itching to set-to with my crochet hook and see what happens. If it turns into fruition, I will, of course, share it with you. I've already chosen its name.
Whilst I always obtain proof, all postage rates are only standard. If you would prefer the more expensive traceable service, do send me an email prior to purchase.
Any customs charges will be your responsibility. I am afraid I am unable to mark parcels as 'gifts'.
I do hope you don't mind me doing the shameless self-promotion thing. I was excited! If nothing else, feel free to enjoy a colour fix with my pleasure. :-)