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Free pattern: The Jackson Scarf

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Tash | 0 comments

A variation on our much-loved Jackson Blanket, we're pleased to bring you the Jackson Scarf! 

Jackson Scarf in Outlaw Bohemia Sport

Yarn: 1 ball of Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Sport in Tarnished, Absinthe, Gaslight, Fog and Old Beau

Needles: 3.50mm

Blocked measurements: 26cm wide, 1.9m long (approx)

Cast on 79 stitches

Set up rows:

Row 1 (pattern row): k2, *k2tog, k10, m1r, k1, m1l, k10, ssk, repeat from * to

           last 2 sts, k2

Row 2 (wrong side): knit

Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more

Main body rows:

Row 1 (right side): work pattern row as above

Row 2 (wrong side): k2, p to last 2 sts, k2

Repeat rows 1 & 2 11 more times (24 rows total)

Change colour

Repeat main body row instructions 18 more times - four stripes per colour.

Final colour: work main body rows 9 times, then work set up row instructions 3 times.

Cast off, weave in ends and block.


k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit two together
ssk - slip ,slip, knit two slipped stitches together
m1r - insert left-hand needle, back to front, under strand of yarn between stitch just worked and next stitch on the left-hand needle. knit through the front loop
m1l - insert left-hand needle, front to back, under strand of yarn between stitch just worked and next stitch on the left-hand needle, knit through the back loop

© Tash Barneveld 2017 for personal use only

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Offering a helping hand - the soft and cuddly yarn way

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Tash | 0 comments

Over the weekend I was despairing at the state of the world, and decided we can do something to help those close at home, together.


Little Sprouts Logo

Little Sprouts put together boxes of baby gear for those in need - packs go to:
- Families with premature or unwell babies,
- Women escaping from domestic violence,
- Refugees starting a new life in New Zealand,
- Young parents without support networks,
- Families living in an ongoing cycle of poverty and more.

Little Sprouts have crafters in need of supplies to make knitted items for these boxes. So we're putting out the call!

Drop your left over yarn, or yarn you think could go to a better home, in to us. We'll pass it on for you.

It needs to be 100% wool or cotton (or a high wool content) and machine washable. Minimum of 20g if it's a leftover, please. 8ply and 4ply yarns are great for hats, cardigans and booties, so if you have odd ands ends from your projects in these weights, they'd be perfect. 

Over the next few weeks we'll also start a KAL for hand knits to donate as well. 

Together we can do our part to enable Little Sprouts to bring joy and a an extra hand to those in our communities who need it most. 


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Indie Shelf Project 2017

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Tash | 0 comments
Proudly announcing our 2017 Indie Shelf line up!
The Indie Shelf features a different dyer each month, and due to the limited stock available and time constraints these yarns are in-store offerings only. No holds, sorry.
Vintage Purls yarn pile - February 2017 Indie dyer
Knitsch Yarns - March 2017 Indie dyer
Natural Star - April 2017 Indie dyer
Surprise dyer May 2017 Indie dyer
Spinning a yarn June 2017 Indie dyer
Ruataniwha dye studio July 2017 Indie dyer
Lochanside Alpacas August 2017 Indie dyer
Wooltopia September 2017 Indie dyer
happy-go-knitty October 2017 Indie dyer
Dark Harbour Yarn November 2017 Indie dyer

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On the move! Again! But not far at all!

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Tash | 0 comments

From Monday 8 August: Basement, Grand Arcade, 16 Willis Street

Yes, we're at it again. Moving. It is a tale of woe, but with a good ending. Which is the best kind of ending, really. And it only works out better for us and you, our wonderful customers.

If you've been into the shop in the last 4 weeks, you'll have noticed we have a new wall. The wall was a very long time coming, but then happened in a great big hurry (the timing was terrible, it was stressful, it's done now). It meant losing our classroom space, and most of our regular hang-out-and-knit space. 

I'd been keeping an eye out for a solution to that problem for a while, but hadn't been in any rush as progress was so slow getting the wall sorted. So when the gym moved in upstairs, with their weights room inconveniently and distressingly located right above our heads, we were lucky enough to have an alternative space lined up. 

The gym issue has been huge for us - the constant banging, shaking and noise has been awful for everyone - us and you. There is simply no way we can stay where we are now. 


So! The solution!

We are moving!

But not very far!

From Monday 8 August we will be in the basement of the very same building we're in now. 

Instead of going up the escalator the first floor, you will instead go down the escalator (the one right next to Fix, on the street). Or, if you accidentally go to the first floor, you'll simply need to turn around, jump in the lift and go to the basement. 

Where we will have: 

Loads of wall space, much better for displaying lots of yarn!

A dedicated classroom once again!

A wonderful couch area and toys for entertaining the kids with!

A brand new staff member looking after you on Tuesdays and Thursdays!


Needless to say, having to organise and carry out a shop move while 8 months pregnant was not part of my 2016 plan. I'm incredibly lucky to have a band of merry friends who will help paint and tidy and put up pegboard and shift the entire shop. Bear with us while we try to make things happen as smoothly as possible. The shop will operate as per usual and we'll do our best to make sure there is virtually no disruption to your shopping experience.


xx Tash


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July Indie Shelf: Rosewood Wool

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Tash | 0 comments

For July the Indie Shelf sees us with the beautiful naturally dyed Romney yarns of Rosewood Wool. You can find their online special gradients for sale now (while stocks last!)

Rosewood wool Logo

How did Rosewood Wool begin?

We had the unique opportunity to buy a reasonable amount of Romney lambswool from a couple who bred their own small flock of sheep and had it processed here in New Zealand. They were retiring and we were lucky enough to be able to purchase their remaining wool.

We had bought wool from them over the years and had enjoyed the quality of their pure wool, and were excited at the prospect of being able to dye it ourselves and share it with others. We set about playing with colour. First with natural dyes, and then with more traditional wool dyes.

Rosewood wool yarn

Tell us a bit about Romney Wool? 

It’s good honest wool that does as it’s told!

We’re delighted to be part of the resurgence of knitters appreciating pure untreated wool again and designers such as Kate Davies and Ysolda Teague are spearheading this and we are excited to see more people coming on-board to appreciate and see the true value of real wool.

Romney wool wears very well, the fibres bloom and fill after washing and this means your garment keeps you extra warm. Romney wool pills very little and softens with wear.

Rosewood wool yarn - yellow 

Can you tell us about the selection you've sent in for the Indie shelf 

 All the yarn we've sent to HRYC has been dyed using only plants, natural materials, and processes. Most of the wool has had a mordant used first to ensure the colour adheres to the wool fibres. Some processes don't require a mordant, such as indigo, and adhere through oxidisation. Each process is different and we have enjoyed each of them as we went along.

We have used indigo, cochineal, turmeric, dahlias, tansy, cabbage, onion skins, calendula, nasturtium, henna, avocado skins and pits and walnut.

Dyeing with natural materials and ground powders is a labour of love and an experience of aromas! Dyeing with the flowers was our favourite aroma.

We have really loved over-dyeing to bring about complex complementary colours that are just too good to be true.

We're very proud of our yarn and the results we have achieved.

 Rosewood wool indigo gradient line up

And what about the online special you have designed for us in July?

We played around with this idea for a while to really create something special, that is ultimately very usable, and we really feel that with 150gm of 3 ply yarn you can make a decent sized garment. We got absolutely hooked on dyeing with indigo once we mastered the process, which was a journey in itself and took us quite a few times to get right.

We then focused on dyeing a range of gradients varying the depth of colour in indigo blue.  We've then created gradient sets from white through to the navy.

We look forward to seeing this good honest and very special wool winging its way to homes where it will be appreciated and enjoyed; worn and admired.

Thanks for having us.

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