Start the New Year with a Learn to Crochet One-Day Workshop

CrochetCrochet for Knitters – Taught by Karie Westermann, Saturday, 24 January 2015.  10.30am – 4.30pm with lunch included

Reserve your place or book online at www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Are you a knitter who is mystified by crochet? Fed up seeing knitting patterns that use crochet? Feeling slightly scared by using just a hook to create thing?

This one-day workshop will teach you the essential stitches, read a crochet pattern, understand crochet terminology and then show you just how crochet can be applied to your knitting.

The possibilities are endless: you can use crochet as a finishing technique, embellish your knits, lend structure to your knitted projects and secure steeks.

Two Handed Stranded Colourwork Knitting Techniques

One-Day Workshop with Karie Westermann, Knitwear Designer & Consultant

For Advanced Beginners  and Experienced Knitters

Sunday, 12th October 2014 – 10.30am – 4.30pm – Lunch included – Course Fee £53/£55, materials are not included, but there will be 10% discount on the day for purchases for the class

colourworkpromoPlaces are still available, reserve your  online at: www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibresLast opportunity to book!

What is two handed knitting?

There are many good reasons for wanting to use the Continental style of knitting: it is fast, it is efficient, and it is brilliant for colourwork!

This class focuses on knitting colourwork using both hands and two different knitting techniques at the same time!

You will learn how to knit and purl Continental style and we will also take a look at yarn dominance and colour theory. (Please note this is not a learn-to-knit workshop but rather a workshop for English/throwing-style knitters who are looking to expand their arsenal of techniques and also for those who already knit continental to practice using the English method.)

About the teacher: Born in Denmark and currently residing in Scotland, Karie Westermann is a creative and multi-talented knitwear designer, knitting and crochet tutor, and translator. Karie has an impressive portfolio of collaborators including Rowan Yarns, Old Maiden Aunt Yarns, the Island Wool Company and the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. She is thrilled to be sharing her passion for Nordic knitting traditions and modern aesthetics with local knitters.

Learn to create quick and last minute crochet projects.

Learn to Crochet a Motif Scarf in One Day with Carol Meldrum

crochet_flower_scarf_1Spaces are still available, you can book online at: www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres.

Suitable for complete beginners and refreshers

Sunday, 5th October 2014, 10.30am – 4.30pm – light lunch and wool included.  Cost – £53 / £55 pounds

Inspired by flowers of all shapes and sizes, learn how to create a variety of motifs and granny squares and how to join them together to create the perfect scarf or wrap.

On the day, you will learn how to do the basic crochet stitches, how to read from a crochet pattern, work in the round, change colour and how to join the shapes together. You will be totally amazed how quickly you will have a finished masterpiece!

About your tutor: Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, and workshop tutor and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles.  She is also the creative force behind the fashion accessories label Beatknit.

Since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, she has worked within the textile industry as a designer for many High Street fashion outlets as well as internationally renowned hand label Rowan.

New arrivals for Autumn

As the evenings are quickly getting darker and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, it definitely feels like it is time to get those needles and hooks out of the closet and start thinking about Christmas presents. Winter yarns have started to arrive in the shop, including a re-stock of Malabrigo Rastita (Sport weight / 285m, Single Ply, Merino ) – the shop now stocks 13 colours.

Malabrigo Rastita

Malabrigo Rastita

 Favourite Scarf Ever - one skein of Malabrigo Rastita in the Glitter colourway.

Favourite Scarf Ever – one skein of Malabrigo Rastita in the Glitter colourway.

It is very hard to resist Malabrigo’s very soft and beautiful hand dyed yarns, they are perfect for quick and last minute gifts. This is a free scarf pattern by Lisa Bruce on Ravelry, which is extremely easy to remember and very effective for highly variegated yarns. One skein of the Rastita is enough for a scarf measuring about 140cm.

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum in Marchmont – Sunday 22nd June

As knitting was always more accessible to me in the past, I never really managed to get into crochet, but having recently completed my first few crochet projects, which are not granny square blankets, but actual items and accessories I can wear, I am now totally hooked!

My first crochet project - "Emma Lace Scarf" by Simona Merchant-Dest

My first crochet project – “Emma Lace Scarf” by Simona Merchant-Dest

I can now see the benefits of being able to crochet, as you only need to learn 4 basic stitches, and the possibilities are endless. It is great for last minute gifts, embellishments for garments, jewellery making, toys, home accessories and also for finishing off projects. I also find it is great for using up odds and ends of wool and also single skeins of yarns that I have been collecting over the years. The great thing about crochet is that once you learn the basics, you can really see results quickly and you start building up confidence fast.

So I am really delighted to be able to fit in Carol Meldrum’s Learn to Crochet workshop here in Marchmont, Edinburgh on Sunday, 22nd June, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Carol is a very experienced tutor and designer based in Scotland, but travels widely around the country and the world teaching. The course is aimed at complete beginners or people who would like to refresh their basic skills.

The workshop price £50 / £55 includes a light sandwich lunch and wool, but you will need to purchase or bring along a 3.75mm or 4.00mm hook. For further information and online booking please visit:http://bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum

Learn to Crochet with Carol Meldrum

New arrivals – Rico Essential Cottons

Rico Essential Cotton DK

Rico Essential Cotton DK

Currently stocking 16 colours of Rico Essential Cottons DK, (100% Mercerised Cotton) £3.00 per 50g / 130m per ball. This yarn is perfect for a wide range of knitting and crochet projects and perfect for toys, baby blankets and home accessories.

Rico Creative Cotton - Aran

Rico Creative Cotton – Aran

Also stocking Rico Creative Cotton (Aran), which is great for dish cloths, toys, bags and home accessories, each ball is £2.00 for 50g / 85m.

New arrivals

Crocuses in the Meadows

Crocuses in the Meadows

Winter in Edinburgh has been rather mild this year and I cannot believe that Spring is here already, what has happened to the snow this year?

The days have started to get longer and brighter, the crocuses have started appearing everywhere around the Meadows, very soon the tulips, the daffodils and the cherry blossoms will appear. Spring is definitely the time for anticipation!

For spring, I’ve just had a recent delivery from Holst Garn, a Danish independent brand which provides a very versatile range of 4 ply and lace weight yarn bases with the most amazing colour palette. The yarns complements the IT0-Yarns and Habu from Japan in the shop. I also love combining them with Icelandic wool, especially their 4ply/lace weight Einband (11 colours currently in stock), to give them an extra touch of softness and drape.

Holst Garn Supersoft - 25g

Holst Garn Supersoft – 25g

The Holst Garn range is great for the experimental and creative crocheters and knitters, who are not afraid to combine and play around with different textures, colours and weights. Swatching is absolutely essential, but the creative possibilities are endless and much more fun. The yarns are slightly greased, therefore, it is important to wash the knitted swatch to get the true gauge and to feel the actual texture and drape of the yarn once it has time to settle and bloom.

I’ve added many more colours to the versatile Supersoft 4 ply – 25g (100% pure wool ) range, which is a great yarn for colour stranded and fair isle knitting. I also have a small introductory stock of Holst Garn’s Samarkand – 50g / approx 287m (Wool/Silk blend), Coast – 50g / 350m (Wool/Cotton) and Titicaca – 50g / approx 400m (100% Pure Alpaca Lace).

Holst Garn Titicaca

Holst Garn Titicaca

Holst Garn's Coast - Wool / Cotton

Holst Garn’s Coast – Wool / Cotton

Holst Garn's Samarkand - Wool Silk Blend

Holst Garn’s Samarkand – Wool Silk Blend

The yarns are great for lace shawls, shrugs, airy cardigans and sweaters and suitable patterns can be found on Ravelry. I would recommend having a look at the patterns by Isabell Kraemer, Julie Weisenberger, Heidi Kirmaier, Olga Buraya Kefelian, Olga Rambell, La Maison Rillie and Ankestrick.

Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting in the Round

2 x 2 hour sessions on Sundays 19th January and 26th January 2014 – £36 / £ 40
Taught by Jo Kelly, Director of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival
2.30 – 4.30pm

There are only 2 places left and still enough time to book…

Introduction to Fair Isle in the Round

Introduction to Fair Isle in the Round

This course is aimed at beyond beginners and will provide an introduction to stranded colour knitting and knitting in the round at the same time. You will get started on a pair of fingerless mittens designed by Jo and practice colour work techniques, which are used in Fair Isle and Nordic knitting.

Session One: – casting on for knitting in the round using circular needles, practice the magic loop technique – making perfect ribbing – reading a pattern and a colour chart – working with two colours

Session Two: – more advanced colour work techniques (weaving in long floats) – working a thumb gore – finishing and blocking – if time permits – an introduction to designing own patterns.

Bookings and payments can be made online at www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres or you may call the shop on 0131 629 2059 or email beinspiredfibres@gmail.com to reserve a place and pay in person by credit card, cheque or cash.

Materials are not included in the tuition fee, but there will be a 10% discount on all purchases for the classes.

Recent new products in the shop – part 1 – Sock Yarns

For a new yarn shop, there are just so many exciting brands and possibilities to choose from. In recent weeks, we have seen the arrival of Schoppel Wolle’s range of colourful Zauberballs, which have been a great hit with locals in the Marchmont area.

Zauberballs come in lace, sock and DK weights, a selection of each are currently available in the shop.

Crazy Zauberball

The Crazy Zauberballs are proving to be the most popular and as they are machine washable, they are not only great for socks but also for children’s clothing.

Brier Toque

Brier Toque

I couldn’t wait to knit up a ball and made a simple beanie to showcase the gentle and wonderful colour changes, there was enough yarn left over to make a pair of mittens.

Jawoll Sock Yarns

Jawoll Sock Yarns

Sock yarns are ever so popular and Jawoll Sock Yarns by the Swiss yarn company Lang include a reel of nylon to strengthen the toe and heel. The solid colours provide a contrast but also complement self striping and variegated socks well.  I will be adding more colours to this range in future, so watch this space!

IMG_1155 The Little Prince is German sock yarn manufacturer Opal’s latest theme.  These self striping variegated yarns are also great for children’s clothing and toys, not to mention mittens and hats.

LEARN TO KNIT using Modern Techniques

Be Inspired Fibres has now been opened for a month, and I want to thank all the lovely well wishers from both local Marchmont residents and visitors from afar, who have managed to find me and supported the shop. It is very quiet at the moment around Marchmont, since most families and students have gone away for the summer, but I have kept myself busy researching and planning classes and workshops for the autumn.

Tawny Owl

It is great to see that the yarn shop has re-awakened some people’s intentions to start knitting again. The shop aims to inspire people to be creative whether they have been mesmerized by the wonderful colours of the Crazy Zauberballs or seduced by the luxurious silky cashmere.

For those new knitters who prefer to learn in an informal, interactive and more social setting, rather than from youtube videos, Be Inspired Fibres will be hosting a series of designer-led knitting classes and workshops scheduled for September and October at the shop. You will also find a list of classes on another page, which I will update on a regular bases.

Barley hat

Oats Cowl

We start the season with Emily Wessel’s 3 x Monday evenings course – Learning to Knit using Modern Techniques based on the soon-to-be released patterns by Tin Can Knits.

You will also get to choose whether you want to knit a beautiful hat or a cowl using some Malabrigo worsted weight yarn.

Emily Wessel will guide students through a project from start to finish, knitting in the round and seamless, using circular needles and the magic loop technique or double pointed needles. When you have mastered these essential skills, they will be extremely useful for follow-on projects such as mittens, gloves, sweaters, fairisle and socks.

Immediate feedback from a teacher will help students gain confidence quickly and will help them spot and correct mistakes early. This course is highly recommended for either complete beginners, refreshers or improvers, who need some support to get them started. This class is scheduled for Monday evenings between 6.30 and 8.30 – Sept 2nd, 9th and 16th.

Introduction into Lace Knitting

As Emily will be away in October, we will try to fit in An Intro into Lace Knitting before she leaves. This course is a 2 week x 2hrs on Monday evenings, 23rd and 30th September, so if you are a confident beginner or improver, you may be interested in learning about basic lace knitting techniques, chart reading, life lines and blocking. If you book both Emily’s classes at the same time, you will get a 10% discount on the total amount.

PLEASE VIEW SCHEDULE & BOOK ONLINE http://www.bookwhen.com/beinspiredfibres

Please email me at beinspiredfibres@gmail.com or call me on 0131 629 2059 to register.