Shades of Cashmere closing down

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Hello Anne
I started Shades of Cashmere in August 1997, with about five kilos of Pure Cashmere, two kilos of Cashmere Blends stock and one pattern. All the stock was kept in a spare bedroom and it grew from there into a barn, which many times was full to the rafters with boxes of the most lovely yarns in almost every colour and blend available. Over twelve years later, my how it has grown. Now, after many thousands of kilos of Pure Cashmere and Cashmere Blends, many patterns and quite a few exhibitions, I’m ready for a rest, so it’s retirement for me! With two grandchildren this past two years and two more expected in January, I don’t suppose I’ll have much of a rest, but I will thoroughly enjoy helping out. At last I may get some time to myself to actually get my knitting machine out and use it more often!

I’ve enjoyed running this business, meeting new people and making several friends through the years and had quite a few good weekends away with either Diana, Iris (my mum) or Wendy. Special thanks to them all for the help and support they gave me through the good times and bad. I’ll miss the contact I’ve had with many knitters both machine and hand, plus all the conversations over the phone – ‘knit chats’ as I call them. However, now it’s time to move on. There’s still just a very small amount of yarn remaining and I’d advise a phone call or e-mail to check availability of yarn and postage options and prices before ordering. Some patterns also remain, not many and not all of which have been in Machine Knitting Monthly magazine – although past issues do contain many of them and I’m sure some of them are still available from you, Anne.

So after 12 years of successful trading, Shades of Cashmere is finally closing down. Thank you so much for all your custom during the last 12 years. I feel I’ve made many good friends with customers during that time and will miss the contact with everyone, but it’s time for me to take a break. I’ll continue to sell off the yarn until all of it is sold. So stock up now with some of the best quality yarns you can buy, ready for the coming months of knitting and perhaps for some lovely knitted presents. Happy knitting!
Jane Woodward

Sheepskin for babies

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As lambskin is hypoallergenic, it’s a ‘must have item’ for any baby with sensitive skin. There are also Merino clothes, booties and accessories all made in New Zealand. All ranges are designed specifically with babies and toddlers in mind and are completely handmade in rural New Zealand with all the materials ethically sourced and each piece made of natural fibres. For further information please contact Babies In Sheep’s Clothing, 102 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9LU E

Tel 020-7720 9159
Email them
Website

New Books from Busy Bee

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However there’s something extra in this book, which newer knitters especially will enjoy. Full instructions are given for multi-colour tuck stitch and partial pin tucks. Multi-colour tuck is a simple way to add both colour and texture to the fabric, whilst partial pin tucks can be used on any machine – even those that can only do plain knitting. It adds bands of texture, thickness and weight to the fabric easily and the price of Book 205 is just £4.

The second book is Making Cushion Covers and these quick and easy covers can be made on all machines with any yarn and stitch pattern from just one piece of fabric. What could be easier? Guides are given for making a ribbed cushion with a nautical theme, a summer meadow design plus Fair Isle and textured patterns. Another option is to use some of the textured designs from Book 205, Making A Textured Scarf, for a modern look. More experienced knitters can easily add trims and fastenings to complete their own designs. These cushion covers are not just for the living room. We can also use them for dining chair pads, a workroom chair or wheelchair cushion covers. Book 206 Making Cushion Covers costs £2. If you’d like more information about Busy Bee Basics 83 pattern books containing over 300 exclusive designs, please write to Hilary. Don’t forget to include your name and address and a large sae would be appreciated.

The second book is Making Cushion Covers and these quick and easy covers can be made on all machines with any yarn and stitch pattern from just one piece of fabric. What could be easier? Guides are given for making a ribbed cushion with a nautical theme, a summer meadow design plus Fair Isle and textured patterns. Another option is to use some of the textured designs from Book 205, Making A Textured Scarf, for a modern look. More experienced knitters can easily add trims and fastenings to complete their own designs.

These cushion covers are not just for the living room. We can also use them for dining chair pads, a workroom chair or wheelchair cushion covers. Book 206 Making Cushion Covers costs £2. If you’d like more information about Busy Bee Basics 83 pattern books containing over 300 exclusive designs, please write to Hilary. Don’t forget to include your name and address and a large sae would be appreciated.

Busy Bee Basics
9 Alpha Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 9JJ
Tel 0161-864 1191

9 Alpha Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 9JJ
Tel 0161-864 1191

Hi good post. I have been wondering about this issue so thanks for posting. I’ll definitely be coming back to your site.
KrisBelucci
2009-06-02 20:15:08

Shades of Luxury

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It’s Geelong Merino Lamb’s Wool Slub (Yarn reference GL17) and it’s a really lovely Australian Merino Lamb’s Wool. It knits as a fine double knitting and for machine knitting we’d recommend it’s used on chunky machines at around Tension 1 for stocking stitch, lace, Fair Isle and so on. It can also be used quite easily on standard gauge machines with the ribber as a lovely rib fabric. To support this yarn for machine knitters, Jane has a Wendy Piper Wrap Pattern for £3 for sale with yarn and if you can wait a month or two, there will be a number of patterns in MKM, so stock up now at bargain prices. For hand knitters, 20 to 22 stitches to 10 cm over stocking stitch is recommended and Jane has Wendy’s wrap pattern, a sweater pattern, a cable trimmed jacket and an Iris Hutchins Lace Jacket pattern. Each pattern costs £3 each when bought with the yarn.

SPECIAL MKM OFFER
Buy 1, get 1 free
The yarn is on 500 g cones at £15 per cone. In the following eight shades : Ceramic (soft pale blue), Pandora (soft magenta), Brown (burnt almond), Blue (denim), Bengal (burnt orange), Cinnabar (warm rust), Raspberry (deep pink) and Cygnet (very soft pale grey). Jane has reduced the price to buy two cones for the price of one. Postage and packing is £4.56 for the kilo so two cones will cost £19.56 (£15 plus £4.56 p&p). Don’t forget an additional £3 for each pattern, if required. You need to tell Jane which two colours you’d like and they don’t have to be the same. However, please give a second choice for each selection in case some of the shades sell out quickly.

Cheques should be made payable to Shades of Cashmere and sent to:

Jane Woodward
Shades of Cashmere, Grove Farm, Wolvey, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3LL
Tel/Fax 01455-220767

Hi
Just found your advert-have you still got cashmere yarn for sale??

Thankyou

Maureen Murray
2009-05-13 22:17:51

Kiss Me Quick

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In recent years, Texere has been the source of film and stage props for many blockbuster films and stage productions. Hundreds of balls of Texere Yarn plus knitting needles and patterns filled the make-believe shop for the set of a new Tom Hanks film City of Ember, due for release in October 2008. The company has also proved a useful source of yarn for the film Elizabeth, West End musical Mamma Mia, the Northern Ballet, Blackpool Ice Theatre and the makers of ‘kiss me quick’ hats on Blackpool’s Golden Mile.

Texere Yarns
College Mill, Barkerend Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 4AU Tel 01274-722191
E-mail enquiries@texere-yarns.co.uk
Website www.texere-yarns.co.uk

Hobbycraft 37

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First into the store were Jo Pay and 14-year-old Seleena from Wheatley, who were given a free crafty gift for being among he first 100 visitors on the day and £25 worth of complimentary HobbyCraft gift vouchers for being in pole position. For locations of HobbyCraft stores nationwide visit http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk or call free on 0800 027 2387