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Sock Yarn Sale

Monday 23rd August 2021

Its getting a little bit Autumnal around here (far too soon for us!) and our feet are starting to get a bit chilly in the evenings - time to think about cosy toes and new socks maybe? To help keep your (and anyone else's) feet warm and toasty we have the following offer right now on the website: Sock Yarn Sale - Buy 2 balls of any sock yarn get a mystery ball free! Buy 2 balls of any sock yarn and we will send you 3 balls in the post - just place your order and we will automatically send you a mystery ball of sock yarn of our choice We may contrast your choices, we may compliment your colours or we may…

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McIntosh Yarns

Sunday 4th July 2021
Tina

Introducing McIntosh Yarns James McIntosh is the co author (alongside his Fiancé) of 'Knit and Nibble' and inventor of 'Knititation'- the mindful practice of knitting as a way to improve wellbeing. Well now there is a McIntosh range of yarns. They are just fabulous and we are proud to be working alongside and associated with it. If ever there was a way to improve your well being, this yarn and these colours would be it... Hand dyed to order by Mr McIntosh himself, there are two bases - My BFL, a 100% British Bluefaced Leicester in DK or 4 Ply, and Calm, a Cashmere and Luscious Merino blend that is just to die for! Soft, luxurious and a dream to knit with. All…

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Massive 45% Sale coming....

Tuesday 8th June 2021
Tina

Massive Flash sale coming tomorrow (9th June 2021) We need to make some room!! From 9th June to midnight on Friday 11th June 2021 there will be 45% off everything on the website. if you are a subscriber to our newsletter you will receive the discount code in your inbox tomorrow morning - if you would like the code straight away, sign up to our newsletter and I will resend it out to all new subscribers . The sale ends at midnight on Friday - I will release the code on Friday morning to everyone else :-) Free delivery on all orders over £35 too - what's not to love?!...

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Changes for LoobyLou Yarns

Sunday 11th April 2021
Tina

At last things are looking more positive and we may be able to begin to get back to some sort of normal within the next few months...what a year it has been hasn't it? For lots of us for lots of reasons the past year has taken its toll on many of us. Here at LoobyLou Yarns we have taken the 3rd lockdown time to re-assess and reconsider what we are trying to achieve and as a result we have made some drastic changes. Some of you will know that in 2018 we sold our smallholding in Wales to move back to the Gloucestershire area as our beautiful Granddaughter Zoey was very ill. The reason for us leaving behind our…

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I like Big Balls....

Tuesday 2nd March 2021

I am very much enjoying knitting with super chunky yarns at the moment, making everything from PomPom hats to blankets - and loving the big stitches and the resulting textures from knitting with big yarns Way back in December (seems like a lifetime ago now right?) I ordered some XXL yarn from Rico. Now, I have a terrible habit of ordering things from the internet without checking sizes and measurements - so imagine my surprise when these arrived a few days ago... Massive!! From Rico Design, they are 1kg balls of XXL Super Chunky yarn. With 20% wool, they are super soft but super big! There's a pattern on the ball band for a cushion cover, but as I am a huge fan…

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Bye Bye 2020...

Friday 1st January 2021

Goodbye to 2020 What a year 2020 has been. So many lows and highs, so much change and so much learnt. What started off as a normal January, soon turned into social distancing, isolating, staying at home, lockdowns and facemasks. So alien to us then, but so normal to us all now. Throughout all the hard and strange times we have also seen people at their best, and here at LoobyLou we are grateful for each and every one of you who has rallied and supported us through both lockdowns - we have made it through thanks to our customers not giving up on us and wanting us to survive (and also knitting and crocheting like mad and always needing more yarn). And…

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Scared of socks?

Tuesday 17th November 2020

I love knitting socks a lot, and I love sock yarns a lot. It seems like lots of you like knitting socks and sock yarn too as I sell A LOT of it in all the colours and fibres from basic sock yarn, to some of the most luxurious Cashmere sock yarns available - it flies off the sock yarn shelves! And I am also finding that there are lots of knitters out there who want to knit socks but are just a little bit scared, for lots of reasons. Turning the heel seems to be the thing that 'scares' the most people, and makes most people hesitant to have a go. I have to admit that when I started my first…

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Macrame makes a vintage comeback

Wednesday 19th August 2020

If you're as old as me, then you will remember back in the 1970's when our mums went mad on making or buying Macrame plant hangers and they were so cool and trendy and literally everywhere? If you aren't as old as me and don't remember, then you're in luck! Macrame is back with a bang...and I am as obsessed with it now as my mum was way back in the vintage years of the 70's! We have just taken delivery of a whole bunch of 100% recycled Macrame rope, string and yarn - recycled from waste from the fashion and textile industry. No dyes, chemicals or water is used in the production process, contributing to the protection of the worlds…

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UKHKA Learn to Knit Virtual Workshop

Saturday 23rd May 2020

Bored of the lockdown? Want to join in the 'learn something new during Lockdown' trend? Or, know how to knit but want to knit in Zig Zags? Well, the UKHKA (UK Hand Knitting Association) has created this lovely Learn To Knit video for you to use which you can find here It shows how to cast on, knit, increase and decrease to create a lovely Zig Zag style scarf. They have also put the pattern on Ravelry as a free download here, which gives all the yarn quantities for you. Of course, Stylecraft Special DK would be a perfect choice of yarn for this project, plenty of which can be found on in our shops both Bricks and Mortar and online What…

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Lockdown but not out....

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Since the end of March, our physical shops have been closed to the public as per government guidelines during these crazy, strange and frankly quite scary times. We wanted to just check in to ask how you are all doing, and to let you know what is happening with the shops. So, how are you all doing? Isolation is not easy even for those of us who are lucky enough to not be isolating on our own. So we hope that you are all ok and coping, and we send our love and best wishes to all of you. Before the shops closed we were super busy with lots of customers buying up plenty of yarn to keep them going during the…

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Workshops at LoobyLou Yarns

Sunday 2nd February 2020

Did you know we run workshops from both of our Yarn Shops? Coming to a workshop is a great way to learn a new skill, whether you are a complete beginner at something or looking to improve your knowledge of your chosen craft. LoobyLou can teach you how to crochet, how to knit, how to spin and many more, and then we can teach you how to finish your newly knitted item, how to crochet different stitches and follow a pattern or use a different plying technique for your spun yarn. The possibilities for learning are endless, thanks to our wonderful tutors. But also, as well as learning new things, coming to a workshop is a great way of meeting like…

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The January Blues...

Monday 20th January 2020

We all know January seems a long month - early pay days in December, all the Christmas holidays and many dark, grey, drizzly days means the month can seem to last forever. Here in my yarn shop world, January sometimes feels like it is never going to end...the shop is cold, you come to work and go home in the dark, and apart from a few busy days mostly the shop is quiet with few people spending on things that aren't necessities until payday comes. Some days its hard to make ends meet and I wonder what on earth I am doing this for. And then a regular customer comes in and buys yarn and pattern to knit a winter…

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September Offers from LoobyLou Yarns

Monday 2nd September 2019

September 2019 September! How did we get here so soon? We have had a really busy summer here at LL Yarns - we have opened up a second bricks and mortar shop (separate blog post to follow) in my old home town of Thornbury, and this has kept us busy for most of last month. Unfortunately an August newsletter happened but we are now back on track and raring to go! So to celebrate our new venture, here's what we have to offer you for September... New into both shops is Stylecraft Cosy Delight Chunky - a chunky yarn on 100g donut with a light, fluffy feel and impressive meterage. A delightfully cosy yarn for the chilliest of winter…

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Yarn Stories

Saturday 4th May 2019

I am asked quite a lot in the shop for a 100% wool baby yarn for extra special garments for extra special babies - and so after a little bit of research I have added some of Yarn Stories 100% Fine Merino DK to the shelves. Not necessarily a baby yarn, but this yarn is so very soft that it can be used for any baby project. Yarn Stories is a kind of spin off from Stylecraft yarns - I am told it is a passion of one of the directors to make high quality yarn from high quality fibres, and I absolutely love this product. Super soft with a lovely smooth feel to it, it glides over the needles…

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Memories from my old shop days...

Sunday 3rd February 2019

This afternoon I have been trying to think of something interesting to write for a new Blog Post and have, as usual got Bloggers Block! So I went through some of my old posts from years ago for inspiration (or, if I'm totally honest for something to copy!). And I found so much stuff that I had forgotten about......pictures from my time owning a different wool shop, making all those buried memories come back to me. Firstly I found a photo of the first shop I owned - look how small it was! How did I ever fit everything into it, let alone customers! I think I remember three customers at once made it look pretty full. I loved that shop,…

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Happy New Year

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all Wow, its been almost six months since I last posted anything! Lots of excuses, but from April onwards, 2018 was an actual event filled whirlwind.... Firstly in April my beautiful 2 year old Granddaughter was diagnosed with a terminal illness called Leukodystrophy, and this diagnosis set the scene for the rest of the year. As a family we decided to move back from Wales to our home area so that all of the families could get to spend time with Zoey and get to know her as much as possible. So Arhosfa House and Arhosfa Cottage were put on the market and we began to search for houses in the Gloucester/South Gloucestershire areas, resulting in…

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Its Cria Time....

Monday 16th July 2018

There are not many words needed for these photos.... My friend and neighbour had a beautiful new arrival on Sunday afternoon - meet Arianwen (Welsh for silver/white), these photos taken at about 18 hours old. So cute, and so fluffy and white......I'll just leave you with her to look and and fall in love with!

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Good advice...

Monday 18th June 2018

When I owned my wool shop, I was always encouraging my customers to come back if they have any problems with their knitting so I can try to help. This happened fairly often - someone came in and 'couldn't do it', had 'lost my place', or simply 'cant understand the pattern', and usually all it took was for me to show them once, or give a simple explanation to get the 'light-bulb' moment where they said.....'oh of course, why couldn't I see that?'. One lady came in who just couldn't get her increase row get the correct number of stitches. She had tried for hours and had unpicked the row many times - in desperation she had trudged up to the…

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Cheesewring wrap

Monday 11th June 2018

I really should take my own advice..... Just a quick blog to show you a wrap I have knitted in Manos del Uruguay Alegria, a beautifully soft 4 ply yarn designed for socks but equally lovely used in other projects. Here is my finished wrap (called the Cheesewring Wrap) in the first photo, which was made with the lovely colourway in the second photo called Ceibo, shade A8686. Beautiful. What you can't see in the photo (because I photographed it from the 'good' side) is the GLARING mistake I made because I did not follow the advice I give to EVERY knitter I speak to and I did not READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST!! There are short rows in this pattern, and halfway through…

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A quick catch Up

Monday 14th May 2018

Well, how time flies in between blog posts - my website is telling me its 108 days since my last blog, it really doesn't feel that long! What has been happening since I last posted? Well lots and lots really. I've been poorly, my granddaughter has become very poorly (which is what really has distracted me for most of those 108 days), I quit my job in a well known Supermarket to work at home a little bit more, I've worked a little bit helping out in Debs Wool shop in Llandeilo, we have put our beautiful Welsh Farmhouse on the market and are on the move again, I've sold my Alpacas, gained Sheena and Jimmy (2 new goat escape artists),…

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