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  1. I’ve finally chosen the colours for my Halvis sweater. Or at the least the colours for the first version of my Halvis sweater as I see at least a couple of these being wardrobe staples.

    Halvis by Anna Maltz. Image Copyright Jeni Reid.

    It’s fair to say that this sweater has been on my wish list for a while, and the pattern was released just before Yarndale. The sweater is one of those designs that knitters love because the details are beautiful – and the way the ribs at the bottom and the neck match the stripes makes me ever so happy.

    Halvis Sweater by Anna Maltz. Image Copyright Anna Maltz.

    The original sweater is knitted in our BFL, silk and alpaca. Anna chose silver and denim, and the result is gorgeous.

    I’ve been considering yarn colours for a while. Moving everything in the workshop meant I had a chance to put lots of combinations together.

    In the end I went with something very simple.

    BFL, silk and alpaca in Wheat and Silver

    Perfectly neutral and calm.

    My lovely friend and sample knitter Scully has also decided on colours, so today I’ll be putting the finishing touches to a batch of Goldfinch Splodge which she’ll be pairing with black. I’ll post photos of the skeins for that once they’re dry – and I suspect that sweater will be finished before mine is!

    If you’d like to make your own Halvis you can find the pattern here.

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  2. Over the last few months there have been lots of discussions about affordability in the hand dyed yarn market.

    Some of these discussions have been about the extra cost involved in buying yarn to make garments in bigger sizes. If you’re used to buying fabric rather than yarn then the difference in the amount of materials between sizes can be surprising. When you think about it it makes sense – fabric is bought by length so several sizes fit across the width and use the same or similar lengths (then it jumps a lot once you can’t fit two main pieces across the width). Yarn is different – as you’re creating only the fabric you need there’s less waste, so the difference between sizes is a lot more noticeable.

    I looked at ways making garment quantities of yarn more affordable. The first option was to set up kits so each extra skein after the first three or four cost less. It quickly became obvious that getting the website to do this without lots of extra work wasn’t possible. So I went back to basics.

    As a business, where we save money on bigger orders is on the less visible stuff. We save time (it’s much quicker to make up one bigger order than four smaller ones), ink, paper, packing materials and bank charges for processing payments.

    So we’re going to try making things a little more affordable by taking 10% off your order if you spend £80 or more. That’s four or five skeins of yarn, depending on the base you choose. You can mix and match across everything in the shop to get to the £80 figure, so there’s lots of flexibility in there.

    To get the discount use the code SAVE10 at checkout and 10% will come off the costs of your goods.

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