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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.

Field Notes: How to make the most of three skeins - with 10% off!

They say three is the magic number - and it certainly is at baa ram ewe this week. We're celebrating the brilliance of three skeins, because some of our favourite projects can be completed with three skeins (ore more!) of Dovestone dk.

Until midnight GMT on Sunday 26th February, we're offering a 10% discount when you buy three or more skeins of Dovestone dk in store or on the website - just use code "hoorayfordk" when you go to the checkout.

Click here to read this week's Field Notes.

Field Notes: Why we love Heart On My Sleeve

This week has seen the launch of a fantastic new collection by Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman - better known as the brilliant Tin Can Knits. Heart On My Sleeve features eight striking jersey designs from some brilliant knitting designers, all of which can be made for any size from babies upwards, each with a heart theme.

The patterns were launched on Valentine's Day on the Heart on My Sleeve website and they're seriously stunning. Even better, this is a charity project: Emily and Alexa are donating all of the proceeds of the ebook sales to the Against Malaria Foundation.

Click here to read this week's Field Notes.

January 27, 2017


baa ram ewe on the road

We will be out and about quite a bit in the coming few weeks visiting both trade and retail shows. We love taking our products around the country (and beyond), and meeting people who love yarn, knitting, crochet and the rest. If you would like to squish our yarn, see sample garments from our pattern collection, meet our friendly team or ask us a question we'd love to see you at any of the following shows:

SPRING FAIR - Brimingham NEC - 5th - 9th February Hall 5, Stand 5B92

UNRAVEL - Farnham Maltings, 17th-19th February The Tindle Studio, Stall 63

STITCHES - Birmingham NEC - 19th - 21st February Stand B14

EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL - 10th & 11th March, Stand K1.

H&H - Cologne - 31st March - 2nd April Hall 2.2 Aisle A No: 078

SPRING INTO WOOL - Grammar School at Leeds, 8th April

WONDERWOOL - Royal Welsh Showground 22nd & 23rd April, Hall 3 Stand W8