October is nearly here, and with it comes British Wool Week (October 10 – 16). We’re always on the lookout for an excuse to celebrate the wonderful produce of Britain’s sheep farming industry – not to mention its goats, alpacas and rabbits – so we’re making the most of Wool Week.
For starters we’re very excited to have our first ever guest yarns. Ovis Yarns are a small independent dyers based just down the road from us in Litherland. These lovely people have just celebrated their first birthday in business and we wish them many more. They use only British wool and bring a magical touch to the dyeing process, so we’re really looking forward to having their richly coloured skeins adorning our counter. There’s even word of a new line being launched, but I won’t spoil the surprise! On Friday 14th Becky from Ovis Yarns is giving a talk about how they choose their blends and the process of hand-dyeing, exploring and using the theory of colour to create bright contemporary yarns. This will be at 2.30 at Holy Trinity Church Lounge, there will be cups of tea on offer and admission is free.
We’ll be holding our Knit and Natter sessions as usual on Tuesday evening at 8 and Thursday afternoon at 2.30. On the Tuesday I’ll be offering help and counselling to anyone who’s been scared off from knitting in the round – 4 needles or circulars, we’ll debunk the myths and get you going round and round.
Sunday 16th will see our first ever “Fleece to Fibre” workshop, giving us the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and get to grips with wool in the raw! The talented Siobhan Beaudin will be guiding us through the processes involved in transforming fleece from the sheep’s back into fibre ready for spinning, felting or dyeing. As usual this workshop will be held at the United Reformed Church from 2 – 5pm, and costs £30 for the afternoon including home-baked refreshments.
And last but not least, all through Wool Week we’ll be offering 10% off all our British wool ranges – perfect for stocking up for your Christmas knitting projects!