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Yarn, yarn and a bit more Yarn….

I have a yarn website that you can get packs of yarn at great prices – less than retail! I’ve never had a poor quality yarn from Ice Yarns, some are a little thinner than the website states but the luxury yarns are gorgeous. The bulky alpaca is scrumptious, soft and squishy.

Alpaca Bulky in Black
Alpaca Bulky in Black

I made this Handkerchief Scarflette from it, you can get one in my etsy shop if you don’t want to make your own.

Alpaca Handkerchief Scarflette
Alpaca Handkerchief Scarflette

if you like self-striping yarns, there are hundreds on my site. One I plan on trying soon is this one – Primadonna, a 50% wool/50% acrylic yarn with a fabulous texture and great colour combos.

Primadonna Yarn
Primadonna Yarn

Cake yarns are also popular right now and there are several available, including some with 100% acrylic like this one, simply called Cakes There are 5 colours in each cake.

Cakes
Cakes

Take a peek and tell me which yarn you’d like to try!

Yarn, yarn and more yarn!

I really do have to talk more about my yarn webstore – great yarns at even better prices! Some of my patterns like the Waves Cowl, use yarn from my yarn website – this gorgeous Bamboo Classic – and some of it is on for as little as 77p each skein right now! The cream is currently out of stock, but the grey is gorgeous!

Waves Cowl
Waves Cowl
Doubled up Cowl
Doubled up Cowl

There are lots and lots of yarns – ladder, eyelash, mohair, alpaca, cotton… too many to list. There are basic yarns – acrylic, baby yarn, wool blends as well as luxurious yarns that would make the most gorgeous jumper/sweater, shawl or cardigan.

Cotton Blend yarn
Cotton Blend yarn
Mohair Yarn
Mohair Yarn

There are new yarns coming out every week – I want to try out this new cotton ribbon yarn, it looks like it will knit up very quickly! And even better, it’s 100% recycled too!

Pink Cotton Ribbon Yarn
Pink Cotton Ribbon Yarn

Waves Infinity Scarf

I’ve finally managed to write out a new pattern! It’s free, and for an Infinity Scarf, my first. It’s a warm and cosy cowl or scarf made from a lovely bamboo blend yarn. It’s long enough to wrap twice around you neck, but not so long when a single loop it won’t keep your front warm.

Waves Infinity Scarf
Waves Infinity Scarf ©Looking Glass Designs

It’s based on a simple 4 row repeat with only 3 stitches, so anyone can knit it up!

You can get the pattern from my Ravelry store – download here

You can get the yarn here in my yarn store.

Doubled up
Doubled up ©Looking Glass Designs
Width of Scarf
Width of Scarf ©Looking Glass Designs>

Here’s a photo of Susan wearing her version of this infinity scarf. She made it with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino from her stash and is narrower than the pattern calls for, as she didn’t have enough yarn to complete a larger size. It looks great on you, Susan!

Susan in her Waves Cowl!
Susan in her Waves Cowl!

Free Knitting Patterns….

If you visit here regularly, (Thanks!) you’ll notice that perhaps a few more people are ‘liking’ my posts and following my little blog.

I was approached a little while ago about letting my free knitting patterns get published on http://www.allfreeknitting.com. I did have to think about it; but decided that it would be a good idea to get a little more traffic on my blog, and as I get more patterns designed and written perhaps a few sales would come my way for the patterns I sell.

Summer Scarf
Summer Scarf

I certainly wasn’t expecting to log on about 2 weeks ago and see my stats page going mad! I had over 1,000 hits that day, and 260 the next. I usually average about 40. you see, so wasn’t expecting to see this huge spike in the graph. And that was just for 1 pattern – the Drop Stitch Chunky Scarf on the Patterns page.

Chunky Drop Stitch Scarf
Chunky Drop Stitch Scarf

I’ve added another one – the Simple Summer Scarf – to the website as well and am working on a cowl and handwarmer set – the cowl pattern will be free while the handwarmer pattern will be for sale. It’s in a lovely cream bamboo yarn – I just have to get them finished! Every time I think I can get them done, something else comes up, like an order, and I have to do that first. I hope in the next week they’ll get finished and posted.

I am also going to start selling other patterns – is there anything you’ve been looking for, or have seen in my shop and would like to have the pattern for?

Drop Stitch Ladder Scarf – Free Pattern!

I love playing with new toys, you know, yarn, fabric, new needles….. I saw this yarn and had to buy it. The yarn is a chain yarn – it looks like a crochet foundation chain creating bulk and warmth and is made from a 35% wool, 65% acrylic blend.

Then… I had to make something with it and came up with this pattern a while ago. The scarf is warmer than it looks, even with the open drop stitches. I just realised I never shared it on here! So, here you go, enjoy!

If you’d like to buy the yarn, I sell it here.

Chunky Drop Stitch Ladder Scarf

Chunky Drop Stitch Scarf
Chunky Drop Stitch Scarf ©Looking Glass Designs

This free pattern* is for a chunky winter scarf made from a superbulky chain yarn. I used 2 skeins of Ice Yarns Superbulky Chain yarn; you’ll need approx. 57M to make yours in another yarn of the same weight. The scarf is 4″ wide and approx. 64″ long.

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Let me know if you make this scarf – send me a photo and I’ll pop it on here!

*This pattern is Copyright to Looking Glass Designs (2013). You have permission to sell the finished item from this pattern but rewriting, reselling, distributing, or copying the pattern itself is prohibited. Please include a link back to my etsy shop or blog in all sales/listings of the item. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Yarn, Yarn and more Yarn

Mohair Yarn
Mohair Yarn

I sell yarn. On etsy it’s single skeins at retail and wholesale in my Yarnstore.

Perle Cotton 8
Perle Cotton 8

There is always new yarns added and right now there is embroidery and crochet cotton Perle 8 at special prices – from 16p – 40p each for 1 71yd/8g skein, in packs of 10. Check them out here.

Boucle Yarn
Boucle Yarn

If you’d like to see all the new yarns added in the last few months – look on this page . There are some gorgeous new mohair yarns and chenille as well as new fancy yarns like Boucle and Feather mixed yarns.

Cotton Blend yarn
Cotton Blend yarn

If there are any yarns that you’d like less than a pack of, just let me know which ones and I can order them and pop a listing on Etsy for you.

Burgundy Mini- chenille yarn
Burgundy Mini- chenille yarn

Busy, busy, busy!

I’ve been so busy! I decided to take the plunge and do a craft fair – so I’ll be at Burgess Hall in St.Ives, Cambridgeshire, on Dec. 9 for their Craft Fair! It’s open from 10AM til 4PM.

I’ll be selling the Father Christmas letters, Reindeer Food, Baby & Toddler Hats, Scarf Buttons, Burlap Bags, and Cotton Gift Bags, some scarves…. as much as I can get done, really! I have bought a lot of supplies and I hope I do well. If I don’t I suppose I have my stock for next year!

A few photos of what I’m taking:

Pixie Hat
Owl hat
Scarf Buttons
Wine Bottle Bag
Reindeer Food

(Both hats have been designed by Kat Goldin – http://www.slugsontherefrigerator.com/)

Toddler Cardigans

I was never planning on making cardigans when I decided to start selling knitted and crocheted items. They take hours to make and generally don’t sell for the time taken. I saw a simple one in a Debbie Bliss knitting book and decided to make it as it was for toddlers. It’s in a very fine cashmere yarn and still isn’t finished, but is getting there.

Kara from Chelsea Mamma who has bought from me before when I was Mrs. Dressup, asked on Twitter if anyone knew where she could get some cardigans for her 18 month old little girl. (Where has the time gone? The first thing I made for Kara was a 1 year sized Tutu for her!) and I asked her what she wanted. She looked on Ravelry.com and picked out 2 cardigans. Below is the first one.

Quilted Cross-stitch Cardigan Front
Back of Cardigan

And being modelled by the lovely Miss Chelsea Mamma –

Miss Chelsea Mamma in her new Cardigan

The other is almost half-done – it’s in navy blue and will be covered in crocheted flowers in yellow and white. No pink in sight….. 🙂 Photos of that one will show up soon….

Both will be in my Etsy Shop- I may as well, I’ve learned the patterns!

Coffee Cup Warmers

I meant to post this one last week and forgot!

I’ve had these made for a while now, but with having to paint 75% of my house in the last 2 weeks, declutter in 4 hours for photos to put the house up for sale, I haven’t had much time to list (well, any) and have almost kept up with the making.

So today, (well, last week) now that house photos are taken, I listed 2 more Cup Warmers on Etsy. They are a cable knit version in dark brown (one has a caramel stripe) and have a button and loop to hold them on the cup. They are only £3 – and are one of a kind as I don’t have any more of that yarn. Take a peek here.

Striped Cable knit Cup Warmer
Brown Cable knit Cup Warmer

I also listed some small Fimo Animal Magnets as well last week; 2 have already sold.

Animal Magnets

I hope to start to get a few more things listed in the next few weeks……

My Yarn Store

I know I’ve mentioned it before but I have set up a Yarnstore with ICE Yarns. Well, they did the setting up, really, and I still have to add some content when I get the chance.

It’s got all their yarns listed at great prices, and if you don’t want a full pack of a yarn then just let me know and I can buy the pack and list the yarn for you on Etsy. The scarf yarns are incredible – every one is unique and some make a scarf that could not be knitted or crocheted at all with standard yarns! Their colours are fabulous and I haven’t had a yarn yet that hasn’t been great quality and exactly what it’s supposed to be.

Some of their scarf yarns are pictured below, but take a look here for all sorts of yarns.

Scarf Yarns: