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  1. As lockdown 2 starts in England we wanted to take a quick minute to explain what will happen with The Knitting Goddess over the next 4 weeks. We're the only people in the workshop (and actually most days I'm the only person in the workshop as Bobbie works from home). In turn that means I can keep going to work.

    We're taking extra care packing parcels - so handwashing before we start packing and again if we get interrupted for anything. The only people near your yarn are Bobbie and I. We don't have visitors to the workshop.

    Our post is collected daily, so we can get orders out quickly. Right now Royal mail is doing an amazing job and most parcels are arriving in 1-2 days for the UK.  We've got goos atocl of our yarn bases, the mills we deal with are still open and as all of our suppliers are UK based we're not suffering from delays as stock has to clear customs.

    With all of that in mind we wanted to make sure that this weeks update was full of the neutral colours which work well with colours you might already have in your yarn stash.

    britsock coal 1 hand dyed British yarn with BFL Wensleydale alpaca and nylo

    britsock baby elephant 1 hand dyed British yarn with BFL Wensleydale alpaca

    britsock icicle hand dyed British yarn with BFL Wensleydale alpaca and nylo

    Our Britsock base is a real favourite- and it's the perfect yarn for many things. Strong enough for socks and soft enough to snuggle into this amazing yarn is spun by John Arbon. It's a blend of British BFL, Wensleydale, alpaca and nylon. 

    If you'd like lots of smaller amounts of colour then colourwheels are just the thing. We restcoked the Printer Ink Shades and added a new Hydrangea colourway too.

    britsock shades colour wheel hand dyed British yarn with BFL Wensleydale al

    britsock hydrangea colour wheel hand dyed British yarn with BFL Wensleydale

    Find all of the Britsock here

  2. We’re lucky enough to live fairly near ScrapStuff – a brilliant reclaim site which finds new homes for all kinds of things and stops them from becoming landfill. You’re never quite sure what’s going to be there when you go. Our last visit was because we wanted a mannequin, and while we were there we found sample books of upholstery fabrics.

    Bag 9 dots and lines yellow reclaimed fabric project bag wrist strap view 1

    These came home with us and have been turned into project bags. There are some gorgeous fabrics which have been embroidered. There are linens. There are silk blends. There’s a mix of more practical to utterly glamorous. As there’s only enough for one side of a bag you’ll get two colourways on most of the bags and that adds to their charm. Every bag is unique.  We’ve included fabric details with each listing so you’ll know what your fabric is made from.

    Bag 5 mushroom and yellow circles reclaimed fabric project bag wrist strap

    We’ve also restocked bags made with our screen printed designs. We used the last of our precious wool felt and also screen printed on linen. The bags are lined with linen too for an extra special touch.

    short but epic dachshund silver linen screen print project bag wrist strap

    One thing I want from a project bag is that it’s easy to use while I’m on the go – and to help make that easier each bag comes with both a shoulder and wrist strap. These straps can be clipped on and off so you can use whatever suits you best. I know that sometimes I want my hands free for a few moments and the shoulder strap is ideal for that.

    hanging bag good fingering wool felt sqaure

    Until midnight on the 1st of November we’ll be donating £10 for each bag sold to The Trussell Trust. They’re the people behind many of the food banks in the UK and right now we need them more than ever. We’re also donating £20 from each advent calendar sale so if you’re thinking of making a purchase now would be a great time to do so and help raise some money for a brilliant charity.

    2020 bfl silk alpaca advent wheel 3