Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Ravelry - HELP

Well I have been spending time while in the shop looking at Ravelry I am learning very slowly, I might add, I think I need Lucy to help me, or anyone who knows, eg what does blog posts from member projects mean and how do I get my blog posts on there.
When it say projects queued, stashed, fav,.....when I see a pattern that I like how do I get that up on my projects...or whatever,

Does anybody understand what I mean,
I think I am a lost cause.


Saturday, 20 December 2008

Feather and Fan Pattern

  • Well at last, I have got round to putting the Feather and Fan on the blog for all you Woolfish knitters.(This sample of the cashmere knitted in the feather and fan pattern was knitted by Margaret, who I might add knits the most amazing things and spins her own wool too!!!!)

    This pattern is courtesy of Lucy and Grace both members of the Woolfish Knitters and Stitchers.

    Here goes: if you want just one lace pattern (in the sample above there are 5repeats)
    Cast on 18 stitches

    Row 1 Knit

    Row 2 Knit

    Row 3
  • Knit 2 together (do this 3 times)
  • Yarn over, knit 1 (do this 6 times)
  • Knit 2 together (do this 3 times)

Row 4 Knit

Repeat these 4 rows until the desired length

-See video below for tecniques----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you would like to do 2 curves cast 36 stitches. Follow the pattern above, and in

Row 3 - Knit 2 together (do this 3 times)

Yarn over ,knit 1 (do this 6 times)

Knit 2 together (do this 6 times)

Yarn over, knit 1 (do this 6 times)

Knit 2 together (do this 3 times)

---see video for tecniques--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

for 3 curves cast on 54 sitches, follow the first pattern and on

Row 3 Knit 2 together(do this 3 times)

Yarn over, knit 1 (do this 6 times)

Knit 2 together (do this 6 times)

Yarn Over, Knit 1 (do this 6 times)

Knit 2 together(do this 6 times)

Yarn Over, knit 1(do this 6 times)

knit 2 together(do this 3 times)

I am trying to upload a video but doesn't seem to like coming onto my blog, thought I would post what I have written so far, I think I will have to give it another go tomorrow

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Felting workshop

There will be a felting workshop by Laura Britton on Friday the 20th February
It will be held in the Old Smiddy Caffee, St Abbs
The price for the day will be £40 per person, this includes materials and a light lunch and tea and coffee.
All of you who are interested in booking a place for the Felting Workshop please let me know by the end of January, limited spaces available.

Throws enquiries

As well as our Mohair throws we have some other wonderful throws(apart from our wonderful Cashmere Throws which goes without saying but if you would like some pics of the cashmere throws I can certainly do that for you)

This is a random throw, made in Selkirk, it is £39.95 plus P&P . The picture above shows the detail of the Random throw below.
This is a Johnstons Lambswool Throw, it is £79.95, we also have one with just a little detail down the side.
This Throw is Geelong Throw, It is 100%superfine lambswool and is £145.00

If you would like to see more of our throws please just ask and we will put up more photos or even better still if you can why not come in person and feel the quality

enquiries Scarves

Here are a few wonderful Lambswool scarves only £29.95 plus P&P

Sunday, 14 December 2008


Put Saturday 7th in your diaries, the next Wool Festival will be on the Saturday 7th March.
We will also be having workshops throughout the day ( by special request), these will be held in the Old Smiddy Cafe.

More info later but if you have any suggestions, please contact http://louise@woolfish.co.uk

We will still be having one in November but the dates will have to be confirmed.

I will be putting together a monthly(ish) News Letter. If you would like to be on our mailing list please contact me (Louise)

Mohair Throws

These are just an example of the mohair throws that we have in the shop and they are £95 each.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Busy Bees

Well, we had a great time in Dublin 2 weeks ago and met some more lovely knitters.

I mislaid my card from my camera so wasn't able to take any photos.

Then last Saturday we had the Wool Festival in St Abbs, which was a great success, We are planning a Wool Festival for next year, also by popular demand some knitting weekends and knitting days.
The Wool Festival would not have worked without the Woolfish Knitters and Stitches namely Dianne-who was working on her Proggy Rug and was helping out wherever she was needed, Linda - who had her own table filled with amazing things that I wanted to buy, Grace - who was serving coffee and scones in aid of the Vine Trust and knitting every spare minute she could, Romana - who has just moved house and just to get to St Abbs was great but did that stop her knitting -no- it was great to see her, Lucy - well, she had a table full of stash wool which apparently was just the tip of the iceberg, she did very well, will she set up in competition with me? we will have to wait and see, Irene- who was able to come even though she had visitors, and Maria who sat at the door and made everyone welcome, I tried to take her place but didn't do nearly as well, she is trying to get out of it next year but to replace her will be impossible.

Just before the Wool Festival we started renting the Old Smiddy for the winter and opened it that weekend with lots of help from Helen, Ryan my sister Alison who helped out at the last minute, and last but not least my right hand girl, my lovely daughter Trudi who was running about like a headless chicken during the time of the Wool Festival, how would I manage without her.

Now we/ Trudi are trying to get things together for the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate, we have got wonderful cashmere and other wonderful wool.

I will try and get my camera put right and then I can take lots of photos of not only the show but also all the wonderful yarn.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Wonderful New Yarns

We have had a few boxes of wonderful yarns. here are a few photos:

Self Patterning Sock Yarn.

Felted Wool
We have had some of this felted yarn in before but these colours are just amazing, This yarn is Pure Merino Wool and is NOT spun, it is felted and is an amazing texture.

Fun Wool
This yarn is made up of 90% Wool 10% Acrylic and is such fun to knit with and can also be felted after you have knitted it,
Just a few new yarns we have just got in and I want to knit with them all.

Dorothy's Waistcoat

Well, at last I have finished Dorothy's Waistcoat and before I send it off thought I would take one or two (or three) photos with Trudi wearing it.

Dorothy I hope you like it.

Noro Blossom waistcoat

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Wool free yarn

For those of you looking for a yarn without wool I have picked out these following 3 pictures

The above is Debbie Bliss Stella and is 60%silk 20%rayon 20%cotton and I think the colours are just lovely.The suggested needle size for this yarn is 5mm so to be treated as Aran, we do have pattern books for this yarn and the Araucania but why splash out on more books when you might have the perfect one in your own pattern collection.

If you would like to see one or two pictures of things knitted up in these lovely yarns i could post them here.

These 2 pictures show the hand dyed Araucania, it is 100%pima cotton and calls for 6mm needles so look out patterns that are a good Aran weight or slightly chunky.

Now this Da Masi does have wool in it, it is great for knitting scarves but you do need two or three balls. I have used it for knitting my dropped stitch scarf pattern, If anyone would like the pattern, please just ask.

It is just the best yarn to use though with an embellisher, you can see that it is like flat cut felt which, as you can imagine is ideal.

Hope this is of some help to those who were wanting to see colours and types of these particular yarns.

If I can be of any help in any way just ask. Thanks

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Woolfish Festival


remember remember the 8th of November
Put it in your diaries, 'wool festival' at St Abbs on the 8th of November.

If you would like to buy the finished product weather its socks or throws or cashmere shawls or wonderful hand woven silk or felt hand bags or corsages or knitted jewelry or.. or.. or.....

Or are interested in
workshops, demonstrations
or stocking up on luxurious yarns ie hand spun local wool, cashmere,other peoples stash, and other surprises.

Or why not take a stand yourself contact louise@woolfish.co.uk or phone 01890 771133

Dianne's Cardi

On Thursday, Dianne came to the knitting group wearing her wonderful cardi,What do you think?
Isn't it fantastic?

Thursday, 25 September 2008

John, the number one knitter

Yesterday John came into the shop with his wife and it was a joy to have a man come into the shop who didn't do an about turn and walk out of the shop.-- what is it about men (most men)that when they get a glimpse of wool they come over all a tremble and are sooooooo uncomfortable they work out what is the quickest way out of the shop.

Anyway John proceeded to tell me he wins allot of first prizes with his lace weight shawls and just loves knitting.

So today, in he walks and he brought some of the work that he had with him(he is on holiday)
See what you think, isn't he clever

Isn't that great, I need to keep practicing to be able to get to that level.

Tomorrow I will try my best to show you some of the things I have got on the go.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

I am so excited, I have managed to do a new look web site which will take over from the present Woolfish website.click HERE to access the site,for the mo, which is now active,when I have worked out how to change the site over, I will let you all know, it will take a few days

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Woolfishers Knitters and Stitchers

Just a 'wee' taster about what goes on at Woolfish Knitters and Stitchers,

Diane finished this after a few years on the frame and is a bit loathed to take it off the frame, this is what she said :-

'This cross stitch languished on the frame for 16 years - growing slowly - a stitch here, a stitch there. Then Woolfishers!! and it grew and grew, almost without me realizing while I stitched and ..................with fellow Woolfishers'

Lucy has recently managed to come(thanks to her husband), and is a fan of circular knitting, here she is putting her best foot forward. It is good having her along.
Irene, who is a little gem in the group, is knitting all sorts of things with a passion as well as patch working and crocheting
This is a little sample of what goes on, and that's not mentioning Grace who is an inspiration to us all with alllllllllllll her socks, and Romana (who is the oldest member in the group) just knits and knits and knits and keeps us all in check, and Linda who is such a fast knitter and will knit anything I would like her to, and Maria who is knitting the longest scarf?imaginable (is it a scarf or .. - we will just have to wait and see) .........

We will be putting lots more pictures and members on our new look web site coming up soon.

Thursday, 14 August 2008

New Look Web Site Comming Up *

We Have had a busy couple of weeks,
Trudi looked after a stand we had at the Kelso Show,
and last weekend I looked after the stand at the Ayr Flower Show,

We Both had a good time, and met very interesting people who were interested in knitting.

*I would like to let you know that I am in the throws of up dating our website, and hopefully you will be able to click on images and buy on line.
I just need to take lots of photos of individual products.

We will be putting together a Woolfish Festival which will be held in the St Abbs village hall, and lots of other nice little bits, I just need to get on with it

Thursday, 31 July 2008

tea cozy?hat?

Well, after borrowing a tea pot from Muriel,I took these photos,

It has been admired and a few people have asked to try it on, I don't know if that says something , may be I should start knitting.
I was pleased with the way it felted,quite a different look.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Retro Yarn

Before I start going on about yarn, I must just mention a lady who came into the shop today,her name is Joan, she is an amazing elderly lady, anyway she asked if I had some cheaper wool because she crochets hats for an orphanage in Romania, she has made about 180 so far and her goal is to make 800 , one for each child in the orphanage/s she crochets for.
she likes oddments and because of trying to get change I just didn't think to give her some wool that I have tucked away,please if her grand daughter who was with her is reading this please tell her I have some more yarn for her hats.
Anyway we have just got this yarn in, it is Retro by Adriafil, I knitted one ball up and it is amazing, I would like to make a tea cozy and then felt it, I know I am mad because it is wonderful as it is but it is made up of 96%wool so I am just interested in how it will turn out

Wonderful isn't it, I am hopefully going to felt it tonight if I just get on and knit the other half of the tea cozy, Hopefully you will see the finished product tomorrow.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

More Wool

We have so many new yarns in stock and now that my camera is working again I can let you see some of the photos.

Trudi has organized them so well.

Also lots of new sock yarn and some of the old favourites.

This Manos yarn is wonderful, a mixture of silk and Merino wool.

This (Noro Yarn) is what Maria has knitted and is at this moment felting it to then cut it and stitch it up to make a baby's cot blanket/cover. It is at the moment 18' long so we will just have to wait and see what happens, I will try and keep you posted if she lets me see it or even talks to me ever again as it was my suggestion, I sit here trembling.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Golden Wedding

We have got lots of new sock yarn just in. Come and have a look

I know this has nothing to do with knitting but I thought I would just share these few pictures with you.This was the Golden Wedding of my parents,
The reception was in a marque at my Christels (my sisters) house, the marque was put up by my nephews Martin, Richard and Ross. It was pouring with rain on the day but everything was lovely. Having the day off I enjoyed doing the flowers and having the time to do it

My parent with their half a dozen grand children -Sheryl, Ross, Trudi, Richard, Rachel, and Martin

This wonderful cake came all the way from Germany and was made by my cousine Jeanette

Monday, 9 June 2008


It was around last September that Frances Gardener and another Frances came into the shop an each of them bought 2ply cashmere, and this is the result...............
This is 2ply 100%pure cashmere and it just feels like a cloud, wonderful..pure luxury.

The Cashmere shawl is hanging next to 2 beautiful Cashmere throws from Johnstons of Elgin
I just want you to feel this, it is just amazing!!!!!!!!!
We are now going up into the rafters with this lovely felted Jacket

This is an Aran jumper knitted with the lovely Aran from New Lanark wool Museum