Thursday, 8 October 2009

Ally Pally, Updating shop and life ramblings

Firstly, if you are visiting Allypally, you can buy my yarns from 3 stands: RKM wools (they have all the scrumptious) Tall yarns & Tales have lace lace lace and sock and I think also Woolfish have some too.

Hey!!! What an absolutely stunning morning, I LOVE my drive to work at the moment, I have never really had to drive work before seeing as I always lived in a city, but I am right on the edge of the cotswolds and the scenery is Stunning at the moment, the trees are beautiful, and I am getting in the mood for dyeing some gorgeous autumn colours. Its making me think too about where to live and stuff, I have always dreamt about building my own house, and being kind of self sufficient, I am not nieve enough to think I could do it completely, but I would love to have a go, and I would like my own peice of land etc, and I think for the first time in years I am thinking I need to slowly work towards that goal, I am kind of past my whole life revolving around work, and I am feeling the need for balance in my life. So I am starting to think about a plan, and you know me, I never do anything by halves, but for now its all about research research research, I accept its a long term goal, but its never to early to start!!!! It also gives me inspiration to keep working hard to pay of debts and get myself into a more flexible position.

So in that vein hahaha, I have started updating the shop, and I have a long way to go, as I have boxes of blimin yarn to go on.

Also I am thinking about new yarns and things for the winter, and I was wondering, what kinds of yarns do you guys want?? Lace is still selling well, but I wonder if you guys like arans and wools, what thicknesses and fibres are you looking for, are you looking for multicoloured yarns, or semisolids all the time, I confess semi solids are easy for me at the moment while its busy, but I just want your thoughts really if you leave a comment I will reply with a 10% discount code for the shop for you to encourage you to leave a comment, it will last until Monday. hehe....

oh and keep an eye on the sale page, there are things still going on there to clear the shelves



  1. I love this post.
    I too think alot about the Autumn Colours and what I'd like to knit with at the moment, which would reflect these Autumn colours.
    I still have some DK weight from you in Robin colourway, which is always exciting to knit with around Christmas time.
    For me, the most lusted for yarns at the moment are DK weights in UK yarns (BFL) in semi-solids which refelct the following things (from the Cotswolds landscape where I am walking a lot at the moment!)I love the stitch-definition of semi-solids and am obsessed with knitting with UK sheep breed yarns...
    *the trunks of Beech trees in sunlight (olive grey... with sometimes like an orange wash...)
    *an autumn sky blue
    *the colour of golden leaves, on the turn before they go fully orange...
    *berry red... the hawthorn berry shade, so almost like a slightly wine colour...
    *murky green puddles! like a deep, brackish colour
    can you imagine colourwork designed with these shades?! Yum yum...

  2. i like arans in variegated colours, but also matching trim in a plain colour.
    But i've got enough yarn to last me a while, so dont go by what i say ;-]

  3. I'd be more likely to buy more semi-solid or solid colours in heavier weight yarns (DK or aran) in rich/deep colours than more variegated colours. I still use 4ply and heavier lace-weight yarns though too, as I prefer lighter scarfs and mittens and socks, again in nice warm rich colours, perhaps in warmer blends for winter! Some semi-solids would be good for colourwork too...
    Good luck towards being able to build your own house, that is my dream too!

  4. Yup, I'm with one or two already: I love the variegated on the skein, but I would rather have a more even colour when I knit something, so probably semi solids for me. Still very happy with Laceweight, although I'm starting to want to use the sockweights for lightweight winter shawlettes (not sure I altogether like that word, but you know what I mean!) that can keep you warm without being too bulky. Not sure how much I'd make in an Aran weight at the moment, but that's only because it doesn't fit with my current project list!
    Particularly looking for a Lichen green in 4ply at the moment, so I'm just off to the Fyberspates shop to check ...

  5. Like Jan, I'm also looking for arans in variegated colours with matching plain trim. These are perfect for knitting real nappy covers :-)
    I'm also interested in plain and variegated dk for baby knits and chunky wool for hats and scarves.
    At this time of year I think autumn colours would be great, as well as deep reds and warm plum, perhaps some icy blues, etc.
    I have just discovered your website and I love your products. I'm just trying to decide what to buy!

  6. Oooh, personally I'm lovin' the semi-solids and solids since they 'read' a lot better with cabled patterns (my particular addiction). I would love to see something like Brown Sheep Lamb's pride bulky or Cocoon - but with a twist! :)

  7. Hi all
    i do love laceweight but find i dont need to buy that much , one hank is going to last a loong time if you are knitting a shawl.
    Like the comment from Jane, I'm probably looking to knit more scarves/shawls from sockweight (am thinking Ene's shawl) but this would need a semi sold for sure.
    While i love knitting with the heavier weight yarns i am a little loathe to buy them on line as i never seem to be quite sure how much i will need and it seems like *such* an investment at one time
    (this from a woman who can spend £80 and not blink in a yarn shop recently)
    Weird logic but maybe helpful?
    What i really really really want is some of your sparkle sock yarn, particularly in a yummy purple shade i have seen in a mag recently but any jewel shade would do it for me.
    Lots and lots more thoughts if you are interested - what about maybe what people do with the yarn ? I see some on Rav but dont know how many people are on there and it would be nice to see in shop near the yarn to maybe fire people's imagination?
    I speak as a convert to your yarn , looked online for ever but found some scrumptipus in Get Knitted recently and could not believe how , well scrumptious it is .. am sure this is the same with more of your yarn but it can be hard to tell from pics...
    Anyway yarn, as always calls
    shout if more info wanted

  8. Hi Jeni, sock sock and more sock and 4 ply, deep intense colours, golds etas described so beautifully in the post above, semi solid or subtle colour changes - I think I have moved on from dramatic multi colours and prefer somthing that shows complex Cookie A type stitch patterns. I like a bit of silk with merino (rather than cashmere or alpaca)
    many thaks, Ruth G

  9. I know I am tooo late with the discount, I love the arans very much. Autumn is my most fave time of year, with the leaves turning from yellow to orange and red, just stunning. I would to see some more My pretties sparkle sock yarn cos I luve the colours. I made some lace gloves with picot eges, very pretty, in your sparkle yarn,.
    I lurve your varigated yarns the most cos I'm a colourful girl, the more colours the better, just like mr Kaffe.
    Wo I'm really after is some My Pretties in sparkle sock yarn or Aran or DK you choose.

  10. PS I forgot, I adore Alpaca, BFL, not too keen on a lot of silk with wool, havn't tried camel yet or yak, would not mind soya, corn fibre, or milk protein yarns. I guess I have strange tastes in yarn. Bamboo is nice but splits terribly so does cotton.

  11. I, too, prefer DK and heavier-weight yarn. :-)

  12. Are you eager to secure funds for that dream project of yours?