Some of the Livingstone Textiles staff had an exciting day out as we headed up to Birmingham at the weekend to look at all the new products being launched this year.
There are some superb new fabrics available from our Reps and we’ve chosen some bright and exciting designs to stock in the shop in the coming months.
We also have a very exciting announcement to make…………..
Many of you already know that we sell a great range of wool and knitting patterns plus all of the accessories at our Yeovil shop and its all proved to be very popular with our customers. We do frequently get asked for it in our Bridport shop as well and so we have listened to you and decided to stock some gorgeous knitting and crochet yarns in our Bridport shop now too!
The yarn we will be stocking comes in an array of beautiful colours and has a nice handle, being made from acrylic it will wash really well and its light twist means that is strong but still really soft and plump.
We’ve also chosen a range of excellent books with a very distinct ‘Bridport feel’ about them so here is a sneak preview.
We’ll be announcing the stock arrival on Facebook so watch this space…………………………
This lovely Easter bunny is really easy to make. We made ours by simply knitting a square with super chunky yarn, available from our Yeovil store, in garter stitch. Our square was made by casting on 30 stitches but you can make yours any size you like. You will want to vary the weight of the yarn if you are making a smaller bunny. Alternatively if you are not a knitter, why not try using the same principle with fabric? How about a hessian bunny for instance? (You can see at the end of the post how this turned out.)
Simply knit in garter stitch until your piece is square (you can check by folding into a triangle as shown) then cast off. Now you are going to create your rabbit shape. Find the middle of the top of your knitting and fold over both corners as shown. this shows where your stitching needs to go.
Leaving a tail, sew a running stitch along the lines shown in black in the picture, using one length of wool.
Pull on both ends of the wool to form the ears and the head. Your bunny will look a bit sad at this stage, so put some toy stuffing into the head to give a good shape and sew it closed at the back.
Next sew the back together down to the bottom edge. Fill the body with toy stuffing, then use a running stitch around the bottom edge and pull up to gather the base closed. Fasten off and sew in any loose ends.
Now use some black wool to embroider eyes and a nose, then give him a ribbon around his neck. Lastly make a pompom for his tail, or use one of our large white pompoms, sew this on and your rabbit is ready for Easter.
Here’s how our hessian experiment turned out, let us know if you tried anything else!
What a gorgeous pallette of colour. The Karisma double knit collection of Drops yarns come in a huge choice of colours and we stock 18 different ones in our Yeovil store. a beautiful yarn made from 100% wool that is fully machine washable
We also stock 4 ply Delight in great value balls of 100 grams for only £2.80 and with a 75% wool content. For a really soft project you can now get our 100 % pure Baby Merino wool produced from lambs and we have 19 different colours in stock at the Yeovil shop. Drops also issue free patterns for all of their yarns and they are easy to download from their website see https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=8295&cid=19 for a free cushion pattern and start a real bargain project this January.
Livingstone Textiles Yeovil have expanded their range of knitting yarns with the wonderful Drops range, including several alpaca yarn blends.
Even better news is that the Drops yarns which include alapaca are all on special offer until the end of December 2017 with an amazing 30% off the already stunning value prices. All the balls of wool in the picture were selected for a highly patterned jumper and cost less than £25 for everything you see here. The yarns which are on offer are the Puna, Nepal and Lima ranges.
Drops supply free patterns to print yourself at home, and you can browse the selection at the Garnstudio website before you visit so you know what to look for and how much you will need. If you need any more information about the Drops yarns or what colours are in stock please telephone on 01935 422631. Don’t miss out on stocking up with these lovely yarns for your winter projects!
With Christmas around the corner we have been busy at our Yeovil store making and gathering together some fun crafty project ideas for you to knit and crochet at home.
Cosy Christmas Bunting
What better way to count down to Christmas than with some wooly festive bunting, this is great fun and will keep your home looking cosy as the weather outside gets colder. This is great for beginners as the pieces are small so you can build up some of your knitting skills, or for the more experienced knitter this is a great way of using up some of the smaller pieces of wool you may have left over from other project.
Knitted tinsel caterpillar
All of these makes can be seen in our Yeovil store and the patterns for each of them can also be purchased there, along with loads of other funky ideas for Chrismas decorations and toys. if you are new to knitting and crochet, or would like to work on a project with other crafty people then why not come along to our knit and natter group on a Wednesday morning? More details from Yeovil on 01935 422631.
Livingstone Textiles Yeovil Somerset sells a different range of materials to Livingstone Textiles in Bridport Dorset, making both of them worth a visit. One of the items that Yeovil has that Bridport does not stock is knitting wool or Yarn. In their shop, they have a wide range of different types in so many colours and textures and they also stock a wide range of pattern books.
So whether you are an expert knitter, love crochet or are thinking of trying something new, Livingstone Textiles Yeovil is definitely an ideal destination and with its in-house knitting experts, you can be sure of all the help and advice you need to get started with a project.
What are the different types of Yarn or Knitting wool and what does it mean?
You may hear the term “ply” used when talking about knitting wool or yarn, and ply is the weight of the yarn or thickness. It really means strands of thinner yarn have been twisted together to produce that thicker yarn. So for example, 4 ply is where 4 strands of thinner wool have been twisted together to create a thicker or stronger piece. Another term that might be heard is double knit or DK. This is just another way to classify the weight of the wool, double knit is heavier than 4 ply, which again is heavier than 2 ply. Aran wool is another weight of knitting yarn and wool, it is sometimes known as 10 ply and is a great weight for garments like thick winter jumpers and accessories. It’s traditional to knit elaborate cables and knots into aran garments that add extra warmth and different areas of the UK all have their own unique designs. This important aspect of our British heritage also served a practical purpose as when a Fisherman was found drowned at sea, they could identify his home fishing village by the patterns knitted into his sweater and return him to his loved ones. Many patterns were spread down from the North by the women who would sit knitting on the quay waiting for the catch to come in. They would migrate down the East coast with the pilchard fishing and share their regional shapes and patterns with each other before helping land and gut the catch.
What does Livingstone Textiles sell?
We sell a big range of King Cole knitting Yarns in different weights and colours, ranging from 4 ply knitting yarn in a big section of colours, double knitting yarn also in a big range of colours and Aran knitting yarn. We also have some more specialist wools such as cuddle chunky, which is a super soft ideal yarn for teddies and soft toys, we have King Cole Riot which is a gorgeous multi coloured wool which adds a rainbow effect to your knitting and King Cole double knit Drifter yarn which is also a multi colour knitting wool with an unbelievably soft quality..
To complement your King Cole knitting yarn we also sell King Cole knitting patterns. We have 5 whole books of patterns for you to choose from, and these patterns will tell you what type of wool needs to be used to complete the pattern and which stitches. There are also craft books with projects to knit and sew from tiny to large.
And for those of you that are completely new to knitting, we also have a wide range of kntting acessories such as different size needles, counters and clips. And when you need to finish your project, we also have a massive range of buttons and trims for you to choose from.
If you would like any advice on anything metioned in this post please contact us or pop in and see us at our shop and we will be happy to help.
Our new shop in Yeovil is now stocking a wide range of knitting wool in a massive range of colours. If you would like more information on the knitting wool we stock please pop into our store in Yeovil and we will be happy to help.