October 24, 2018




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PARKIN & PUMPKINS- FREE PATTERNS!

Every year at baa ram ewe we look back at the end of October and think 'why didn't we share a free pumpkin pattern with everyone?'! It's taken 9 years and we have finally managed to get our act together with not one but two patterns for you to stitch up a squash, be it in knitted or crocheted guise.
Our Jess has crocheted two pumpkins using the 'Clove Pumpkin Pattern' by Hannah Maier which you can download for free on Ravelry here. For the cute diddy one she's used our lovely new Winterburn dk in shade Viking and for the gigantic one she's used an old favourite, Cygnet's Seriously Chunky in Burnt Orange. Loving your work Jess! 
The knitted pumpkin in the top is made and designed by our Graeme Knowles-Miller, who's kindly posted the pattern here for free on Ravelry too. Graeme says "My pumpkin pattern has instructions for 4 weights of yarn both knit flat and in the round. It's great for a beginner knitter wanting to try something a bit different for Halloween".

Like Jess, Graeme's knitted his autumnal masterpiece in Winterburn dk, but we've also discovered 30 final hanks of Dovestone dk leftover in shade Parkin which is available (until it's gone!) here with 50% off.

Parkin is an important part of Halloween and Bonfire celebrations here in Yorkshire. Ginger and treacle are the rich ingredients of this distinctive cake, baked to secret recipes handed down through generations of local families. For centuries it’s been enjoyed at the start of November, usually on ‘Parkin Sunday’. Parkin is also popular 'over the border' in Lancashire but the recipe used on the other side of the Pennines has something vital missing – the sticky black treacle that makes our Yorkshire Parkin so wonderfully moist and comforting on dark November evenings.