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April 13, 2017


Field Notes: Join the baa ram ewe Dachs-Off!

Join the baa ram ewe Dachs-Off and make your own Dashing Dachshund!

With his characterful face and colourful coat, it's easy to see why our Dashing Dachshund has become something of a favourite with our customers. Over the next few weeks, we're updating the pattern and will be releasing a new version soon.

While Dashing Dachshund is having his make-over (we'll share the new version in Field Notes soon), we thought you might enjoy having a bit of fun with us, and him - and the shades of Titus.

Introducing the baa ram ewe Dachs-Off - a competition to put your creativity to the test and see who can create the most fun and striking dachshund. Our Jane has started the ball rolling by creating Heinz, above. She used White Rose, Rhubarb, Viking, Bishopthorpe and Lotherton.

So why not join the baa ram ewe Dachs-Off? This is your chance to create your own Dashing Dachshund using any shades of Titus you want, and send us a picture of the results. 

Click here to find out more...

Field Notes: New in: Stunning Colourwheel yarn

Sirdar Colourwheel is a stunning colour-changing yarn that works for all sorts of projects.

We're pleased to announce the arrival of the stunning Colourwheel yarn from Sirdar. This gorgeous double knit acrylic blend yarn comes in six colourways which, thanks to the way it's designed, can be seen in full rainbow effect in the wound ball.

The Colourwheel yarns are a great way to introduce colour to your knits. The six shades are all very different, from the striking Follow the Rainbow to the more subtle Nature's Palette, so you'll find one to suit whatever you're making and the results you want to achieve. The only difficulty will be deciding which of the six is your favourite!

We have some great suggestions of projects to put the Colourwheel yarn to good use. Read this week's Field Notes for more - click here.

March 23, 2017


Field Notes: Inspired by Sir Titus Salt - with 20% off

Caroline Ruffle Scarf pattern, named after Sir Titus Salt's wife

This week, we have a great offer for you - particularly if you're looking for a quick, easy project, or something suitable for a beginner, but you still want impressive results. It has very strong links to our woolly heritage too - click here to read Field Notes and find out more!

Field Notes: Knit Your Way to a happy Mother's Day

The learn to knit hat kit is a great gift for Mother's Day

When it comes to Mother's Day, at baa ram ewe we think it's the perfect opportunity to spoil our lovely mums, grannies, and frankly anyone else who has played a mum-like role in our lives. We also think it's a good opportunity for mums to get a bit of time to themselves to do something they enjoy.

Whether you want to make something yourself, or you want to give her the pleasure of a beautiful project to work on, at baa ram ewe we're here to help you. With Mother's Day just over a week away, we've got some ideas up our sleeves to make this Mother's Day extra special. 

Click here to read this week's Field Notes.

Mother's Day: How mums have influenced our love of knitting

As Mother's Day approaches, we've been thinking about how our mums and grandmothers have played a significant role in our knitting and crocheting. So many people's first experiences of creating something with yarn are linked to childhood memories of their families.

We want to celebrate the roles our mums, grandmothers, aunties and other family members play in our knitting, so the baa ram ewe team have been sharing their own experiences.

 

Verity:

Verity’s mum Rosemary was an avid knitter and when she passed away in 2005, Verity inherited all her yarn and needles which set her on a path of rediscovering her passion for knitting and sparked the idea to open a community wool shop in Leeds selling modern, beautiful yarns and inspirational designs. Verity used the small share of money from the sale of her mum’s house to buy the first batch of stock for the shop so without her baa ram ewe would not exist!

 

Alison:

"My granny was a great knitter until she had to stop because of arthritis. She gave me several knitting books when I got into knitting and one of them was a copy of the classic Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys and Arans by Gladys Thompson, which I used when working on Yorkshire Shores

 "My mum is an occasional knitter. She started an Icelandic yoked sweater kit before I was born and finished it a year or two ago - it only took her about 30 years! She did show me how to knit and particularly purl - which I forgot how to do at least once - but more recently it has been me teaching and advising her."

 

Rachel:

"I work for baa ram ewe because of my mum. She taught me to knit and I had a Saturday job in her wool shop as a teenager. She's been a fan of baa ram ewe since the shop first opened and it's because she has been an avid reader of Field Notes since day one that I ever found out there was a job to apply for here."

We've also asked our customers to share their stories on Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the responses...

Sue:

My Mum says the pupil has now surpassed the teacher! My Nan (Mum's Mum) was an outstanding knitter too, so it could be genetic...

Beverley:

Sadly my mum had MND but I knit Kildalton in her memory. Mum taught me k1p1 then she taught me cable knitting. I’m grateful.

Anne-Marie:

My lovely Bonne (which is what we called our Grandma) taught me how to knit. She always had so much patience and provided my large family of dolls with beautiful outfits. She knitted for all her 5 grandchildren and for many of the local shop girls if they were expecting. Many was the time she rescued my school knitting from disaster, notably a pair of royal blue socks we had to knit at age 8! Bonne passed away 44 years ago this month. Because of her I am a passionate knitter and I will be forever indebted to my dear Bonne for teaching me.

March 09, 2017


Field Notes: Brass Band: The inspiration behind our new shade

Why our Yorkshire knitting shop named a new yarn shade after brass bands

Nothing says spring more than spots of yellow bursting into sight. From beautiful crocuses and primroses blooming to the sun finally peeking out from behind the clouds, we're certainly seeing strong signs of the arrival of spring in Yorkshire.

There's no better sight on a spring day than a brass band striking up in a bandstand bathed in sunshine in a beautiful Yorkshire park. One of our new Spring Summer 2017 shades, Brass Band, was inspired by just that. Brass bands are a Yorkshire tradition dating back more than 200 years, often linked to coal mines and their employees. They were thought to keep workers out of trouble and became a focus for community pride - competitions for brass bands are still held regularly across the UK. Among the best-known and most long-standing brass bands are Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and Black Dyke Band (watch them in action here).

Brass bands are so closely linked to Yorkshire communities that we wanted to honour them with our new yarn shades. We chose a rich, mustardy yellow to reflect the shine of the instruments - but you can see from the pictures above that it has a different result in each of our yarns. The Titus Brass Band is a clear and bright yellow, while the Dovestone dk Brass Band has a slightly softer look because of the way the dark brown Masham in its blend takes the dye.

Find out more about the new shade and how you can use it with some brilliant patterns in the latest edition of Field Notes. Click here to read it.

Field Notes: Beautiful bags - including free pattern link

There's nothing we love better than the perfect hand-made accessory - and this week we're focusing on brilliant bags.

Use our free pattern links to make your own, or take advantage of our baa ram ewe tote bag rewards to earn lovely goodies in store!

Click here to read this week's Field Notes.