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Showing posts with label yarn. Show all posts

5-ply guernsey for sale.

Worsted spun in Yorkshire from 100% pure British wool. Hand-dyed using non-toxic dyes. Rich and complex shades of earthy greens and natural darks.


£14.00 per 100g skein - To benefit from the 10% discount (excl. postage), email me directly (contact.lestitch@gmail.com).

Approx. tension: 32 stitches x 36 rows = 10 cm (4 ins) square using 2.5 needles


Washing instructions:
Hand wash only at 40 degrees max. Use a mild detergent.
Reshape garments whilst damp. Dry flat away from direct sunlight and heat. Can be steam press.

Sustainable type of wool, meaning that the farms must ensure animals are well kept (e.g. no mulesing system) and the farming methods help protect the environment in the best possible manners.

I have recently hooked a basket for my ever-growing stash of wool, and wanted to share this tutorial with you.

Material :
- t-shirt yarn
- crochet hook (size 10 to 14, up to 15 according to the size of the yarn)
- stitch markers


I have bought the yarn from a Portuguese maker : Tek Tek, as I always to stay away from the big brand names. Besides the yarn is much nicer and also way cheaper :) 

The wooden hook was bought from Adzewoodcraft (Etsy). It's been made just for me, and it sure is a hook that is special to my heart.


After more than 8 failed attempt, I can honestly say that if your base is wonky, it means your tension is way too tight. 


I have found that Donna Wolfe's instructions and youtube videos were really helpful. 



The only changes I have made were:
- adding handles on the side.
- having a variations of stitches on the side from single to half-treble stitches. I have also stitched my singles on the outside to prevent the baskets to become a giant floppy frisbee. 


Note- Do not expect the basket to hold by itself. If it's not full with stuff inside, it will collapse as t.shirt yarn is flexible and elastic.


CLEARANCE - Only one 50g skein of dk sustainable merino wool.

£4.50 the skein. That's £2 off the usual price. 

To benefit from the 10% discount (excl. postage), email me directly (contact.lestitch@gmail.com).
Organic, extrafine, soft 100% merino yarn hand-dyed using non-toxic dyes. Variegated colour (cyan more greenish than blueish, purple going towards dark old pink). Perfect for kid or baby garments as the wool does not sting.



DK weight - A 50gm hank provides about 115m (125 yards) of yarn

Recommended needle size:
4 - 5mm (UK)
4 - 7mm (US)

Washing instructions:
Hand wash only at 40 degrees max. Use a mild detergent.
Reshape garments whilst damp. Dry flat.

Sustainable type of wool, meaning that the farms must ensure animals are well kept (e.g. no mulesing system) and the farming methods help protect the environment in the best possible manners.





SEVILLA

Mix of bright yellow and red colours reminiscent of the drizzling hot Spanish city of Sevilla.

£24.99 the lot of 3 skeins.

To benefit from the 10% discount (excl. postage), email me directly (contact.lestitch@gmail.com).

Three small skeins of luxury and soft fine yarn. I first dyed the tops which I then carded and spun smoothly using a wheel. The spun is slightly uneven making it a novelty yarn that surely will be the star of the your yarn basket. The resulting yarn is a fine 2-ply yarn.

Each skein is unique and made from different blends of wool:
- the smallest skein is made from a blend of mohair (red colour) and wool (yellow): 9 metres (9 yards) = 5 grammes
- the mostly yellow skein is made mixing wool and two-threaded cotton: 56 m (61 y) = 16 grammes
- the mostly red skein is made from corriedale wool: 33 m (36 y) = 19 grammes

These would be perfect to use as an accent yarn as they are quite small. The wool is a fine 2-ply type, requiring needles sized 2 or 3mm

Handwash only at room temperature with a mild detergent, otherwise the fibre will felt.
Ebooks are amazing (sorry if I sound biased here... of course I am, after all I work in the publishing industry).

You can carry your ebook reader everywhere without feeling the weight of your entire library in your hand-bag. It is very practical, but it is also a fragile device that needs looking after. So to avoid any damages done to it, Le Stitch has come up with her personalised Kindle case. Easy to make in a couple of hours; crochet stitches are quite basic.

The yarn used in this project is Soir de Paris in DK superfine sustainable new merino, available in the shop here.

Kindle case

The case is made up of one long piece of crocheted fabric that is sewn on the side to create the pouch shape. Note the pattern is given using UK crochet terms: 2 trebles stitches (tr), 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 3 tr, 2 bobbles, 2 tr. Adapt the number of stitches number to fit the size of your ebook reader.
trebles and bobbles stitches to hook an ebook reader case

The closing flap does not require any locking system as its length, plus the weight of the yarn, made it easy to close by itself.
Homemakery post order uncovered

About two years ago, when I started learning crochet, I looked to get yarn supplies in different shops and was never really happy 100%. Over months of intensive research, I finally set my heart on The Homemakery, an online (and independent) craft supplier.

Freebies: a card and some London riff-raff

And the reason for this is simple. I am terrible when it comes to choosing colour combinations for a crochet project. The Homemakery offers you packs of yarn with pre-selected colour combo and I love  every single one of them!

I got the Classic Cath - RICO creative cotton aran pack.

Classic Cath - RICO creative cotton aran pack

Granny square crochet made with the Classic Cath - RICO creative cotton aran pack

Other pluses to mention:
- the quality of the yarn is superior to any I saw in the shop for a very affordable price,
- your order comes with an unexpected little freebie
- you help an independent shop (rather than the megamen)

Go on... have a look at their website. It's a pleasure for the eye (and the wallet!)