February Offer of the Month

We are continuing our monthly special offer scheme throughout 2016 and we lots of great deals coming up to tempt you. February’s Special Offer is 20% off all Milla Mia yarn and printed patterns.

This includes both the original sport weight Naturally Soft Merino and the newer Naturally Soft Aran plus all the individual patterns and pattern books for adults and children. IMG_0253The yarn is normally £5.50 per 50g ball, but after discount it will be just £4.40. This is a great price for a stunning and soft pure wool yarn. Milla Mia is a beautiful yarn to knit with (it’s one of my absolute favourites) and there are lots of samples so you can see for yourself how it knits up.IMG_0255There is a wealth of patterns available in both books and as individual patterns. After discount, books will start from £6.40 and individual patterns from £3.20.
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This offer is only available while stocks last so I suggest getting in early if you want the full choice of colours and patterns.

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January-April Course Schedule

I am pleased to announce that the Stitch Solihull course schedule for January to April 2016 is now available. This sees the return of our popular beginners classes in knitting, crochet and sewing plus new classes in bag making and free machine embroidery.

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The full timetable can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking the highlighted text or you can pick up a printed copy in store.

Places can  be booked through our online store or over the phone on 0121 314 6888. We’d love to see you on a workshop soon. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Sale!

Our annual sale starts tomorrow, December 30th and I think it’s our biggest and best yet. There are some real bargains to be had but stock is limited and available on a first come, first served basis so get in early for the best deals.

YarnIMG_0135We have some end of line yarns at 50% off. This includes all our remaining Sweet Georgia starting from £10/skein. There’s also some gorgeous pure silk from Bergere de France at £7.25/ball.

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There’s a whole table of yarn at 1 ball for £2, 3 balls for £5 or 7 balls for £10. This includes discontinued colours in some of our most popular Bergere yarns. With some yarns originally priced at over £4, there’s some great deals to be had.

Fabric

All sale fabrics are just £6/m. There’s lots to choose from in both Christmas and our standard ranges. Fat quarters are £1.50 each. This is at least 50% off our normal prices.

Kits

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Finally we have a selection of kits with 50% off. There are introduction to knitting, sewing, cross stitch and crochet for children and needle felting and knitting for adults.

5 Great Gift Ideas

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day aimed at celebrating the 5 million independent businesses that help make the UK great. We are thanking you for supporting us by offering 10% off everything for one day only. If you’re looking for the perfect present for the crafter in your life, or a little treat for yourself, here are 5 great gift ideas to inspire you.

1.Needle Felting Kits by Hawthorn Handmade2eDeaAm1sBR_bxGh9nnFyt02q0Ndz9Jnw8yHt7yQKLs

Needle felting is a fun and accessible craft that requires no previous knowledge of any textile crafts. Hawthorn Handmade kits include detailed instructions and all the materials needed to complete the project. With designs from mice to rabbits and robins to sheep there’s bound to be one that appeals. Brooch kits are priced £8.50 and large animal kits £15.

2.  Weaving Kits by Juko Designsil_570xN.714612177_vr28

These child friendly kits are a great introduction to weaving. They are complete kits and come with instructions on re-warping the cardboard loom so it can be used again and again. Bracelet kits cost £10 and contain everything needed to make two bracelets. There are also bag making kits at £14 that are worked in the round so there’s no sewing up afterwards.

3. Knitting Bags by Vanessa Bee DesignsJB18-500x500.jpg

These fun knitting bags are available in red and blue and are designed to make transporting your projects easy. There’s a pocket on the front for your pattern and 3 internal pockets for needles and other bits and bobs.  Just £12.

4. Inspiration by the Book LoadIMG_0108.jpgBooks contain a wealth of useful information. Whether it’s learning a new technique or searching for a wider range of patterns, there’s bound to be a book that covers it. Just look at the selection we have on knitting socks alone!

5. Knitting Kits by Bergere de France IMG_0076We have a selection of beautifully presented knitting kits from Bergere de France that contain everything needed to complete the project from needles to yarn to buttons. These are great gifts for a knitter or why not whip up the project yourself and use the box to present it? There are a selection of baby garments, hats and cowls for difficult to knit for men and doll kits for the little ones. Prices start at £14.5o.

If all else fails, we also offer Gift Vouchers in values from £5. These have 6 months validity and will allow the lucky recipient to choose from any of our products or workshops. These can also be ordered by phone and posted to the recipient in a pretty card for an additional £1, perfect if you live too far away to visit yourself.

West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply

Last time I shared my love of sock yarn and it continues today with West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply. If you’re worried about yarn miles (like air miles for wool), then this may be the yarn for you. All West Yorkshire Spinners yarns are reared, sheared and spun in Britain so you might have seen the sheep that make up your yarn on your last trip to the countryside!

Strapline.jpgTheir Signature 4ply yarn is 75% wool, 25% nylon giving it the durability needed for socks and items that will get lots of wear. At least 35% of the wool is lovely Bluefaced Leicester making it super soft and with a slight sheen, a real luxury. All this for only £7.20 for a 100g ball. What more could you ask for?HollySocks-45.jpgThey have just launched a range of new colours. First up, the Fabulously Festive Holly Berry which draws together a range of Christmas colours in a pretty self patterning parcel. This is joined by the accent colour, Cherry Drop, perfect for contrasting heels and toes.Holly_Berry_Social_.jpgThere is a free pattern to accompany this yarn designed by Emma Wright. One ball of each colour is more than enough for a pair of socks and might even leave you enough for a coordinating pair of fingerless gloves. Holly Berry is a Limited Edition so buy it while you can!
Signature 4ply- New colours-06_Fotor_Collage.jpgThere are also 3 new additions to the popular self patterning Country Birds range – Goldfinch, Kingfisher and Peacock, each with two accompanying solid accent colours. Goldfinch goes with Cherry Drop and Cinnamon Stick, Kingfisher with Spearmint and Turmeric,and Peacock with Chocolate Lime and Blue Raspberry. All these colours are available now. Why not come and have a look?

New Yarn: Socks Yeah! by CoopKnits

You can never have enough sock yarn! Whether you knit socks or not, this is a yarn that should be a staple of your stash. You can knit socks, shawls and even garments. Sock yarn is another name for 4ply and so can be used in any pattern that calls for it.

Last week we took delivery of a gorgeous new sock yarn, Socks Yeah! by CoopKnits. I’ve long been a fan of Rachel’s sock designs and when I heard she was doing a yarn, I couldn’t resist getting some in for you all. There are 10 subtly marled colours named after the minerals the colours are inspired by.Socks Yeah ColoursSocks Yeah comes in 50g skeins with a generous 212m per skein which means you’ll need 2 for an average pair of adult socks and is priced at £5.45. The small skein size means it is also perfect for colourwork or perhaps a stunning stripey shawl. All the colours go together perfectly so whatever combination you choose, it’s bound to look great.

I think my favourites are Ammolite and Sphene. I’ve always been a pink girl and who can resist a bit of sunshine yellow on a grey autumn day? Which are your favourites?

COOPKNITS_SOCKS_cover_Fotor_CollageWe also have both volumes of Rachel’s sock knitting book. These feature an array of cleverly constructed and beautifully designed socks all of which would look great in Socks Yeah. Plus during November we will have 15% off all books! This will make Volume 1 £12.75 (normally £15) and Volume 2 £15.30 (normally £18).

A book and a couple of skeins of yarn would make a great present for the knitter in your life. I know they’ll be on my Christmas wish list.

Christmas Fabric

As October is drawing to an end already, I thought I’d take a minute to talk you through our Festive fabric offerings while there is still plenty of time to get your makes stitched up. Plus, all our fabric has 10% off during October so there’s still time to grab a bargain. All our Christmas fabrics are £12/m with panels priced at £8. This means that you can currently pick up a Festive Fat Quarter for just £2.70!1476_R_reindeer_Fotor_Collage From Makower’s Scandi inspired Christmas range we have a selection of stylish prints plus a 60cm panel which ties them together. There is a free quilt and table runner pattern available to download from the Makower website. I have also designed a mini quilt which can be used as a table runner or a wall hanging which I will be teaching as an all day workshop.IMG_0124The workshop costs £45 which includes all materials and you will learn a variety of patchwork and appliqué techniques. You can find more details and book a place via our online shop.

Sticking with the Scandi style, we have a new range of linen look cottons.8464-1_Fotor_CollageI am in love with the look and feel of these, the linen effect perfectly suits the colour and style of the designs. They would be perfect for a coordinated table service or we have a customer using some for a tree skirt which I think is a great idea.

If your prefer your Christmas a bit brighter, we can help with that too.1494_1_stars_Fotor_CollageThese bright, eye catching fabrics include a 60cm panel to make large stockings. Why not make one for each of your children or grandchildren and start a new family tradition?

On the subject of stockings, how about making some festive advent bunting with each day represented by a mini stocking with enough room for sweets or a small gift?

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We have two styles in this, the Scandi pictured above and a more traditional red and green design both priced at £8. To make up the stockings you also need 0.5m of backing fabric and 1m of lining fabric plus ribbon for hanging. If you would like to make this but don’t feel confident enough to tackle it on your own, I am also running a workshop to make these. The class costs £45 but includes materials worth over £20! You can book online or give us a call on 0121 314 6888.