Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fifty Shades of Great…….

So you have a cupboard stuffed with yarn and for weeks, months even, you have been telling yourself you will knit when you come up with a colour scheme that can wow even the most colour addicted eye. But where do you start? Ask yourself what’s your favourite colour? No, surely you have done that countless times. The answer is hitting you in the optic nerve every day, look around you, what do you see?  Walk through the garden in any season, have you ever looked closely and thought those stems of bright green compliment that crimson tulip amazingly, or those ochre weather beaten leaves against the ashy tree bark just pop? Now you’re getting it. When did Mother Nature ever get the hues of the ocean or the great manicured gardens wrong? Really you say?
Take a look at this photograph I snapped Christmas day with a belly full of turkey at my Mother’s house, whispers are behind me and giggles ‘he thinks he’s David Attenborough’ Shhh…. You don’t know when an artist is at work I laugh back. The picture is bursting with life and gradients of vivid colour, see where this is going? Don’t you want to wear that in spring when all is coming back to life after a sleepy winter? Take a look at the photograph and the accompanying swatches and see for yourself……….


‘Nature is perfect, and there is nothing more natural than wool’


 Marketing and Media Administrator Joins

Hello everyone, my name is Marc I have become the new Marketing and Media Administrator for The Wool Shop.
I have a background in I.T. and Photography which you will see throughout my blog posts.
Over the coming months I will be looking for content writers to contribute to our blog. 
No ideas are too crazy so don't be afraid to contact me if you have one in mind. I will be adding content myself weekly so be sure to check in and see what's been getting people chatting.  
Chat to you all soon

Friday, October 31, 2014  has brought in a selection of beautiful silk and wired butterflies in all different sizes and colours.These decorative beauties can be sewn, stuck with sticky pads or glued into place.
I have decorated all around my grand daughter's fairy house with these butterflies. Pinky is the name of the fairy that lives in her house. When she saw the butterflies around the fairy door she was over the moon with excitement. For her these butterflies are Pinky's friends and lookouts!
I have posted a few photos but there are many more online at or link to page.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Noro Janome

Noro Janome

This fabulous eye catching jacket is knit in Noro Janome. The style is so simple and easy to knit but with the amazing array of natural colours in this self-striping yarn the effect is simply stunning.
Noro Janome is a double knit or light worsted weight yarn combining the richness of wool and the softness of silk. 
Noro Janome from Japan, a truly beautiful yarn. There are 8 colours in the Janome range.

 Noro Janome

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Noro garment

I think this is cool.
Noro Yarns. Fantastic work
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Web Site Upgrade March 2014

We are working to improve the speed of The Wool Shop web site.
This will make small changes in the appearance of the site.
I expect the process to take about a week in total.
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Regards Niall

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Making Money by Knitting

Making money by knitting.

Is it possible to make money from knitting. The answer is yes you can make money from knitting.
Making money is not or never was easy. It is possible to make a wage from knitting. With any business how you approach, plan and run your enterprise will determents your success or otherwise.
Before we discuss how to get started can you honestly say that your knitting is at expert level. Can you maintain an even tension throughout a garment. You understand how to size a garment graft seams and knit on circular needles.
Answer the following questions to give you a starting point. How much to you want to earn each month? For example if you want to earn €1000 each month and you hope to earn €10 an hour for your knitting. €10 an hour works out at 100 hours a month or 25 hours a week, actual knitting.
Who will buy your product? If we use a scarf as an example, can you sell 100 scarves a month, every month. In reality you need to identify costumers, they may be retailers or individuals who will buy what you produce. Can you find a client who will pay you €150 for a garment (€50 for yarn and €100 for you). Now you only need 10 customers a month. The customer willing to pay this type of money will expect a unique design in a quality yarn. You cannot compete with a machine knit Aran jumper which sells for €45 in the local drapers.

Your comments are welcome! Watch this space as I will explore this subject more. Please check out our range of quality knitting yarn at