I am a big fan of Game of Thrones and pleased that series Three of the hit HBO series is now being aired . I asked Anna Richardson (OneHandKnits) whether she would be able to design a series of fingerless mittens for me inspired by Game of Thrones Houses. The mitts have been designed with custom dyed yarn (Beautiful DK) from Karen Literally Yarn.
Anna has come up with a series of ten designs and yarn combinations that can be bought for £15 a kit. The kits are exclusive to The Yarn Cafe and able to be purchased at the website . The mitts can be knitted in 4 different sizes from child to large adult and the kits contain 50g of main colour yarn and 20g of contrast colour yarn. The yarn is part of the Beautiful DK range and consists of 100% Blue Faced Leicester giving excellent stitch definition. Which is your favourite?
House Arryn – As High as Honor
The motif is a white falcon volant and a crescent moon on a blue field.
House Baratheon – Ours is the Fury
The motif is a crowned black stag rampant on a gold field.
House Greyjoy – We do not Sow
The motif is a golden kraken on a black field.
House Lannister – Hear me Roar!
The motif is a golden lion rampant on a crimson field.
House Mormont – Here we Stand
The motif is a black bear in a green wood.
Night’s Watch – Sword in the Darkness
The motif is a black falcon.
House Stark – Winter is Coming
The motif is a grey dire wolf on a dark grey background.
House Targaryen – Fire and Blood
The motif is a red, three-headed dragon on a black field.
House Tully – Family, Duty, Honor
The motif is a silver trout naiant on a red and blue background.
House Tyrrel – Growing Strong
The motif is a golden rose on a green field.
We have added a number of items to the site to celebrate all things British including the Diamond Jubilee, British summer and London 2012 Olympics. DyeSpinKnit have created some lovely red, white and blue mini skeins for us (some are plain and some are striped). We are also stocking Wendy’s Jubilee DK yarn and Celebrate pattern book (which gives you an opportunity to create your own bunting, bags, cushions with a British theme. We are also stocking the lovely British Bear from Gift Horse Knit Kits and London Themed Bags from Undercover Owl.
Unfortunately, Royal Mail have put up their prices for postage as from 30 April, 2012. This means that the cost of a first class stamp for a letter sent within the UK rises from 46p to 60p. The price for a Second Class stamp for a standard letter will increase from 36p to 50p. The cost of a Large Letter stamp up to 100 grams will rise from 75p to 90p for First Class and from 58p to 69p for Second Class. (Other products, including packet also have increases in prices.) The postage costs for items ordered from The Yarn Cafe are calculated automatically and based on the size and weight of a package and apply prices from Royal Mail. Customers (in the UK) may want to consider having items delivered second class.
In view of the increases, we are offering a 10% discount on yarns ordered throughout May, Please use the code of “May2012″ on check out.
It is a little ironic that as a Statistician, I can get different numbers of stitches whenever I count them . Many lace knitting projects require the need for hundreds of stitches and a pattern can be dependent upon having the correct number.
I wondered if there was some sort of stitch counter that existed, where numbers could be clipped on to a needle, so I approached Atomic Knitting. Emma has created this great kit of notions in a tin, which allow you to count a large number of stitches.
The notions consist of the following:
- counting marker of “10″ – 5 of these
- counting marker of “20″ – 5 of these
- counting marker of “50″ – 3 of these
- Atomic Knitting marker
- 6 halo rings in assorted colours
Each marker is made using a silver plated clasp and charm and fit up to size 6mm needles. We now have them in stock at The Yarn Cafe. May you never lose count again!
If you are a fan of the Danish series “The Killing”, then the jumpers worn by Sarah Lund will not have gone unnoticed. We are now stocking Hjertegarn’s Lima yarn which was used to create the famous Snowflake jumper and can be used for the red jumper (pattern available at The Radio Times website).
The lovely snowflake jumper has motif on the yoke, sleeve and body and is made using Lima yarn (which we also stock). The jumper is knitted in the round for the following sizes:
Sizes: S(M)L (XL)
Garment bust measurement: 89 (97) 106 (115) cm
Length: 60 (61)62 (63) cm
and you will need
Main colour 100 (natural)/ or alternatively 211 ( brown): 9 (9) 10(11) x 50g balls
Motif colour 409 (dark brown)/ or alternatively 100 (natural): 2(2) 2 (3) x 50g balls.
The very talented OneHandKnits has designed a matching beret, cowl and mittens for us and this is now available on our site here. The patterns can be purchased as a collection or separately and have been created with Rooster Almerino and Fyberspates Scrumptious DK/Worsted yarns in mind, in fashionable mustard, blue and cherry colours.
The exclusive patterns feature cabled and plaited designs and are suitable for beginners to experienced knitters. The beret is a slouchy design and can be knitted in small or large sizes. The mittens have a flip top design which means that they can be worn as full mittens or open. The cowl has a beautiful and flattering design.
Welcome to the blog for The Yarn Cafe. Here, we will give details about The Yarn Cafe site as well as some more general items and news. The Yarn Cafe was launched on 1 July, 2011, and provides luxury yarns, notions, needles, patterns and bags. We support independent dyers and British yarns and bring you a number of items that can only be bought at the site.
If there are any brands or colour ways that you would like us to stock, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to get those for you.
Tracie and Simon