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Yarn Over Coffee is the official blog of Yarn Over.  We sell a range of American-branded knitting yarns, needles, pattern books, crochet supplies, spinning wheels, weaving looms and equipment.  We have a store based in Brisbane – 1/265 Blaker Road, Keperra (behind the Grovely train station), Brisbane, Queensland, 4054.

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.

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:

Red

Eggplant

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? :)

New Store Projects and New Yarn

Wow – hasn’t it been a long time since my last post!

Lots of things have been happening – the usual new yarns etc… but I wanted to share something with you that is unique to Yarn Over – our very own yarn!

Yep – you heard right! We have teamed up with a local Alpaca grower who sold us some of her lovely fleece which we promptly had spun into some luscious yarn. We call it:

Local-Paca

Local-Paca is a 6-8 ply pure, undyed alpaca yarn. Each ball contains between 100 and 115 metres of yarn. It is Huacaya alpaca and is VERY soft and warm.

We had some shop samples made up for you to try:

1. Calm Cowl – crochet

This one takes 4 balls and is a Free pattern from Ravelry:

2. Candle Flame Scarf – knit

For all you knitters out there! :) This one takes 3 balls of Local-Paca and is also a FREE ravelry Pattern

We have just sent away another 5 kilos of fleece to be processed. It will be available in black, dark brown and cream – shortly before our Winter Season begins in March.

In the meantime, you can buy some Local-Paca online.

The Man Hat in Araucania Tepa

We have a lovely new Winter yarn in stock from Araucania this year – Tepa is a bulky weight, kettle-dyed yarn in a blend of wool, mohair and silk.

In the shop on display we have our Man Hat model – a free Ravelry pattern – and some lovely skeins to show you:

You can buy Araucania Tepa online here. :)

You only need one skein for the Man Hat! We made a small adjustment – we used 6mm needles (the pattern calls for 5mm) and cast on 72 stitches. It fits our model well but also fits my husband’s head too – and he has a large head! So I would recommend more stitches on a larger needle.

Customer Project – Jenny’s Crochet Mosaic Blanket

I thought I’d share with you all, this lovely project that Jenny, a customer of mine, brought in to show us!

It is a lovely crochet blanket – mostly her design – using our Bernat Mosaic yarn in the Calypso colourway:

She used about 10 balls and also some Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White to do the borders and edging.

Well done Jenny! Thanks for sharing! :)

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