September 20, 2018


Today we say a very Happy 215th Birthday to this man: Sir Titus Salt, one of Yorkshire's most important mill owners and the inspiration behind the name for our very first yarn

Sir Titus Salt was a Leeds born wool manufacturer who became tired of the smoke and pollution emanating from Yorkshire’s mills and factory chimneys. He built a new mill and housing with amenities for his workers on the outskirts of Bradford which opened on his 50th Birthday, the 20th September 1853. The village of Saltaire now has World Heritage status and the mill continues to be an inspiration for many artists, most notably David Hockney who has a gallery based there and who painted this wonderful image of the mill and village:

Sir Titus made his fortune by being one of the first mill owners to create the lustrous and subsequently hugely fashionable alpaca cloth, which contributed massively to his success as a manufacturer.  And it's the reason why 30 per cent of the finest, softest British Alpaca adds that little bit of magic to the blend of Wensleydale and Bluefaced Leicester in our wonderful Titus yarn

And what better way to celebrate Sir Titus' birthday than to treat you all with a gift....20% all of our Titus range from now until Sunday, both online and in store. Don't forget there's free delivery on all international orders over £70, all UK orders over £50 and any order at all if you use our click and collect service! Click here to view our full flash sale offerings.
(This offer is subject availability and will end at midnight on Sunday 23rd September BST)
September 12, 2018


As well as our brand new colourful edition of Learn to Knit at Home, this season also see the release of Alison Moreton's Landmark Collection as one booklet, bringing together 6 unique designs inspired by key Yorkshire landmarks. This week we've picked out the simple and versatile Bingley sweater, inspired by the infamous Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool canal:

Completed in 1774, the locks were a major engineering achievement at the time, forming a stair case that allowed the canal to rise 18 metre in the shortest possible length, making them the steepest flight of locks in the UK. Although the canal is no longer used for transport, it is well used by leisure boaters, walkers and gongoozlers (canal-speak for idle watchers!). Alison wanted to represent this icon of the canals in Yorkshire with a comfortable unisex sweater, knitted in the round with short row shaping a the neck. The five locks with six pairs of lock gates are represented in a subtle knit and purl pattern on the yoke of the sweater: 
Originally knitted in our Dovestone dk, the new Landmark Collection book shows it also works perfectly in our brand new Winterburn dk, using 5 to 9 hanks sized from a 30 to 52 inch chest. Fancy giving it a try? Buy 5 or more hanks of Winterburn dk from us either online or in store and we'll give you a copy of Bingley absolutely free! Just enter the code MRBINGLEY at the checkout. Offer lasts until the next edition of Field Notes so don't miss out.
And you you recognise the handsome chap modelling Bingley? Manu of you may remember Graeme Knowles-Miller (known to us as Our Graeme) from our Harrogate shop, as well as being a workshop tutor and designer for us. We're delighted to welcome Graeme fully back in to the baa ram ewe team, working with Rchel on our trade sales and helping out at shows and events. It's lovely to have you back Our Graeme!
 Size to fit chest (inches) No. of Winterburn dk hanks
30-32" 5
34-40" 6
42-44" 7
46-48" 8
50-52" 9
4mm/US 8 circular needle, 80cm / 32” length 4mm/US 8 DPNs (or work magic loop with circular needle)
Click here to buy full Landmark Collection Booklet
Click here to buy Bingley single pattern leaflet (free with 5 or more hanks of Winterburn dk)
Click here
to download Bingley pattern from Ravelry
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