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Sad news about Colinette Yarns

I received a really sad email yesterday from Sam at Colinette yarns saying that they’d dyed their last hank and had closed their shop in Llanfair Caereinion. Colinette is the yarn company that hooked me into knitting back in 2001. I was on holiday in San Francisco and bought a copy of Interweave Knits magazine on impulse. I hadn’t knit since I was a child and couldn’t cast off or do the perl stitch but there was an amazing looking sweater on the cover of the mag that grabbed me. It was in Colinette’s famous Point 5.

At that point I didn’t even know that the company was based in Wales and dyed their yarn here. I loved reading how Colinette was an artist who had first turned her love of colour to yarn in the 1980s and had been coming up with new shades ever since. I loved her colours. I couldn’t find anything like them in Cardiff back in 2001, it sounds trite but those colours were life changing. You couldn’t buy anything knitted that was close to them back then.

When I got home from SF I ordered enough of Prism, I think…, in Fruit Coulis I think.., to make a sweater. At that time I was knitting really badly. I’ve since tried to unravel the sweater and I must have split the piles or something because it’s proven impossible to undo the work but I still loved the yarn. I’ve bought so much of it over the years back when it was impossible to find a lot of the American brands that I lusted over. While American friends were felting Lamb’s Pride Worsted I was horrifying them by felting Colinette’s Skye Aran. I made a fantastic pair of Theresa Vinson Stenersen’s Fuzzy Feet from Knitty in it that are worn out now.

I remember going to the Knitting and Stitching Show with Jeni from Fyberspates, the first year that she sold her own yarn on the Get Knitted Stall, and being blown over by the Colinette Stand. We went there at least twice over the weekend to buy bags of yarn. Of course I still have some of it unknit! When I was with Andy we made a few trips to the fantastic Colinette shop. It was a really amazing place. Although it closed its doors early this year you can go back in time and take a tour via the magic of YouTube.

There’s still plenty of yarn left in the online shop so if you’ve ever held off ordering from them this may be your final chance to do so.

Today I made what’s probably my last ever order from them – One skein of Jitterbug in one of my favourite shades – Alizarine. I don’t know if I’ll knit it up straight away – I have to tidy up my craft room first ha! – or if I’ll just gently place it with the other yarns of its brethren.

Colinette has held such affection in my heart as being the yarn company that swept me into the knitting world fifteen years ago and I will miss them so very much. I wish the best to Colinette and her team for the future.

Look what came in the post…

…from France yesterday.

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It’s the Robe Reglisse dress pattern from Deer And Doe. I’ve never used one of their patterns before but the design is similar to a lot of the dresses I wear so if it works out it’ll get a lot of use.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve sewn anything. Like everyone else I go through phases with crafts and haven’t been feeling a great deal of sewing energy recently. But hopefully it’ll rekindle in the next couple of months.

Making Monday – Knitting a Phone Case

A short post because I got a new phone today and after charging it, which took a few hours, I spent the rest of the time playing with it 🙂

It’s the HTC One X and sadly, it didn’t come with a case. To stop it getting scratched  I started knitting a phone sock for it tonight. I’m knitting it on 5mm needles so it shouldn’t take long to finish. The case is more form fitting than it appears in the photo.

 

Knitted One X case in self striping yarn

 

I may post the pattern here in case anyone wants to knit their own case for the One X. It’s knit in the round on two circular needles and I’m using an odd ball of Wendy Fusion that I had lying around.

Oh, I’m also finding the free cloud storage service Drop Box really useful. I now have all of my  knitting pattern pdfs and music etc. synced with the new phone and my mac and tablets. Drop Box provides 2gig of cloud storage fee of charge and if you click on the link here you’ll get an extra 500meg to add to that 🙂