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We also run a large range of classes and social groups, either of an evening or on Saturdays. See our Calendar for more info.

Come on in and see us for all your yarn and fibre needs!  We are open – Tuesday to Friday – 10am to 4pm and Saturday – 10am to 2pm.  EFTPOS available and plenty of free parking.

New Shop Display Project

If you run a small business, you will know how hard it is to get things done! I have been working on this crochet ruffle scarf for 4 years now and finally it is finished! You know how it is, life gets in the way, other projects and new yarns take precedence and older projects get shoved aside, right? This year I made a promise to myself to finish all of my WIPs. This one is the first cab off the rank – lol! And 2014 is almost over. :)

Anyway, the pattern is a free crochet one from Patons USA/Spinrite Yarns. The yarn is Patons Lace – and I used a plain cream one called Vintage along one side and the variegated/self-striping colour is Sachet – purples and greens with some white. It is surprisingly warm and very lightweight as the yarn is a blend of acrylic, wool and mohair. It also works up very quickly as you crochet in double-trebles for most of it.

Patons Lace also comes in a Sequin version if you prefer some bling and this would be great in this scarf too.

You can buy this yarn from our website online.

New 2014 Aunt Lydia’s Thread Catalogue

Coats and Clark, makers of Red Heart yarns and Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Threads, has just released a PDF catalogue of their latest threads and colours.

If you’d like to order anything, you can order Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread #10 on our website, but if you need anything else, you can order it over the phone: 07 3851 2608.

Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Catalogue 2014

Bobbiny T-Shirt Yarn – new in-store and How to Make Your Own T-Shirt Yarn!

New in store this week – Bobbiny T-Shirt Yarn from Poland!

This lovely soft yarn comes in 120 yard rolls and is a mix of 98% cotton and 5% lycra.

If you want to make a super-quick gift and have very little time to do it, then purchasing pre-made t-shirt yarn is the best way to go.

BUT if you’re a creative soul with a little more time on your hands, why not try making your own t-shirt yarn?

This super-helpful video from Naztazia.com shows you how to make your own t-shirt yarn using 2 methods:

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn

FREE Knitting Pattern – Waikiwi Sock Yarn

Do you love to knit socks? At Yarn Over, we carry a great range of Waikiwi sock yarn from New Zealand. Waikiwi is a lovely blend of merino, alpaca, possum and nylon. It gives great stitch definition and is long-lasting due to the nylon content. It makes a lovely warm sock that is beautifully soft on your feet.

You can purchase Waikiwi online at our store.

You will need two balls for an average pair of women’s socks, 3 if you’re knitting for a man.

To download your free cabled sock pattern, please click on the link below:

Free Pattern – Waikiwi cabled socks – N1181

Noro ‘Obi’ Cowl – Store Project

I just finished a super-quick knit in the new ‘Obi’ yarn from Noro.

Just 2 balls is all you need of this bulky/12 ply blend of wool, silk and mohair. I used Colourway 3 which is the same one used in the magazine.

The pattern is from the latest issue of the Noro magazine – we are out of stock until next week but have some more copies coming in soon!

New Customer Project – Sequin Lace Shawl

One of our regulars Jeannine brought in her second Boneyard Shawl for show and tell today.

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She knitted it in the silver colourway of the lovely and affordable Patons Lace Sequin yarn – it is a blend of wool, mohair and acrylic and has the sequins spun right into it.

She used 3 x 100g balls

Luscious One-Skein Cowl

Just finished a super-quick and fun crochet project called the “Luscious One-Skein Cowl

We used one x ball of colourway ‘Oceania’.

It’s a FREE Pattern from the talented crochet designer – Tamara Kelly. Check out her blog on the link above – she has LOTS of beautiful free patterns on her site and has been published in quite a few mags too!

For the Luscious One-Skein Cowl, she used a yarn called ‘Lion Brand – Unique’. It is a super-soft bulky acrylic and each ball is variegated/self-striping. There are patterns for it on the Lion Brand site too.

You can PRE-ORDER this yarn from Yarn Over now!

Dayboro Show Schedule

Hello Everyone!

If you like to crochet or knit and would like to enter your work in a local show, the Dayboro Show Society has kindly provided a copy of this year’s schedule. The show is in early July, so if you’d like to enter, you need to get moving! LOL! :)

Click on the link to download the schedule in Word Document format

Dayboro Show Needlework Schedule – Word Document

Introducing Namaste’s new BYOB – Build Your Own Binder – Product Review

We are very excited to have received a new product in the store this week – Namaste’s NEW needle and hook storage option called the BYOB – Build Your Own Binder.

BYOB Eggplant colour

It’s called that because the binder is sold as an empty ‘shell’ and the assorted pages are sold seperately so that you can ‘build your own’ – choose how many pages or combinations of pages you want to have.

There are three colours of Binders and Pages available:



Caribbean Blue

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The binder comes ‘empty’ but that is not strictly correct. It does have fixed mesh zippered panels on the front and back inside the binder. These mesh fixtures are the same material that Namaste uses for its’ Oh Snap! Pouches. It is a fine mesh so you could use these panels to store notions like stitch markers, sewing needles, scissors (with tips protected of course!), patterns, crochet hooks, buttons etc…

The BYOB Binder is zippered, so nothing falls out! It also has a handy detachable wrist-strap.

The beauty of the BYOB comes in its flexibility. With 3 page options to choose from – which are sold seperately – you can really customize your storage to your own needle/crochet hook collection.

Namaste states that you can fit 3 pages in with ease. That is true to a certain extent – 3 pages do fit in easily when these said pages are empty, but I think once you fill them up with needles and hooks and put things into the mesh pages inside the covers, you would be hard-pressed to fit more than TWO full pages in the binder.

So for that reason, I think the mesh page would be unnecessary – if you are buying two other pages at the same time – considering that you have the mesh pages inside the front and back walls of the binder itself. But of course this depends on what other pages you are using! See the end of this post where we recommend page combinations for different crafters’ needs.

Now, let’s look at the 3 different pages, which are sold seperately. Each page is the same on both sides, giving you double the storage space!:

Mesh Page

As you can see from the picture, the mesh page is divided in half so you can store things seperately, like long circulars, without them getting tangled. Or you could use each compartment to store the cables for your interchangeable needles.

Interchangeable Page

You would infer from the name that this page is for storing interchangeable needle tips, but I think interchangeable means that the options for this page are flexible and it can be interchangeable between knitting needles or crochet hooks or DPNs etc…

Long Straights Page:

This page gives you double-sided storage for needles up to 14 inches long. So if you use straights, more than circulars, I’d recommend this page.

So…what about combinations?

Well, there are of course, lots of different combinations, depending on your needs, but we’ve put together some ideas, based on the different types of knitters and crocheters that we meet in the shop!

For the Knitter who loves circulars…

I’d recommend buying the mesh page and 2 of the interchangeable pages to fill your binder. You have the extra slots for crochet hooks or DPNs if you don’t fill with with circulars or interchangeable circular tips!

For the crocheter…

I’d recommend buying the mesh page and 2 of the interchangeable pages to fill your binder. You then have lots of extra slots for your crochet hooks! If you’re into Tunisian Crochet, then simply swap one of the interchangeable pages for a long straights page – these will accommodate the much longer tunisian hooks.

For the Knitter who loves straight needles…

Well this is an easy one! We’d recommend that you purchase a mesh page and two of the long straights pages!

We hope you enjoyed our review!

Please feel free to leave your own comments. If you have a BYOB, how did you find it? How do you use your BYOB? Let us know – we’d love to hear about it!

Happy Knitting and Crocheting,

Gabrielle and the team @ YarnOver.com.au

Customer Project – Bernat Softee Baby – Strawberry Baby Cocoon

One of my lovely customers, Erica, came into the shop today to show me her Strawberry Baby Cocoon that she knitted up in Bernat Softee Baby using a free pattern from the Bernat Website:

I think she did a wonderful job, don’t you? :)

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