News

We are always busy creating our wonderful timetable of classes and events and also love to check our new yarns, notions and trends......if there is something that has caught your eye then please let us know!

Do check out our Adult Workshops and Childrens Craft Clubs

We also have regular Social Sessions and promotions so do get in touch with your email address and we will send you our Monthly Newsletter!

Make sure you visit us at Wonderwool Wales this year!

23rd-24th April 2016 at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd,Builth Wells, Powys.

Summer Yarn Wreath Competition!

Open now, entries must be with us by 5pm Sat 20th June - results announced Sat 27th June.

Why not enter our fabulous Summer Wreath competition and win some wonderful prizes!!

Celebrate Summer by taking a little inspiration from the wonderful Spring and Summer colours, blossoms and flowers that are starting to emerge and knit or crochet (or both) a wreath combining flowers, accessories, animals, birds....whatever says Summer to you!

The wreath must be around 25-30cm in diameter and you must only use yarn to decorate it (not felt, felting or fabric). So why not open up your yarn stash, throw all those beautiful colours and textures together and make us all smile!

A panel of Judges (see below) will consider the use of colour, the combination of motifs and accessories and the overall 'wow' factor. We are looking for a wreath that brings a ray of sunshine as we wait for the sun to arrive!!!

All entries will be displayed in the shop over the Summer and you can pick up your wreaths at the end of August [please make sure that you attach a tag with your name (you can remain annonymous if you wish) and contact details to your entry].

PRIZES!!!!

First Prize: 15 ball pack of Stylecraft Special DK (your choice of colours).

Second Prize: 10 ball pack of Stylecraft Special DK (your choice of colours).

Third Prize: £10 gift voucher to spend on anything in our shop.

 

Our Judges:

Christine Hawkins has been crocheting for 46 years and was taught to crochet by her Mum to ‘stop her getting under her feet’!  She loves to create beautiful and practical clothes for her family and wonderful soft furnishings and accessories for her home. Chris finds crochet to be a very mindful activity that can help with the day to day stresses of daily life.  She is always keen to learn new techniques and be inspired by colours and textures.

Lynne Seymour opened Calon Yarns with her brother Jon 4yrs ago and since then, her passion (obsession) with yarn has gone from strength to strength! She loves to learn new techniques, discover new yarns and also takes inspiration from her customers projects and their recommendations for yarn blogs and patterns….her Ravelry library is now groaning with projects.  She also teaches knitting and crochet for beginners and improvers and lives by the motto ‘a row a day keeps the doctor away’!

Rules:

Entries must be at the shop 380 Cowbridge Rd East by 5pm Sat 20th June 2015.  You are welcome to bring them to us before the closing date.

The wreath must be between 25cm  and 30cm in diameter.

All additions to the wreath must be made from yarn (not felt/felted or using material)

You can use knitting or crochet or a combination of both.

You must attach a tag with your name and contact details

If you would like the wreath returned in the post to you, please enclose postage, packing and an address.

Overall wreath designs must be original, but patterns for individual flowers/motifs may be used.

Terms and Conditions:

All entries must be with us by 5pm Sat 20th June 2015.

We will display the wreaths at the shop through the Summer and can be collected by their owners at the end of August 2015.

We cannot be held responsible for any fading of colours that may occur if your wreath is displayed in our shop window.

Contact details must be attached to the wreath.

All overall wreath designs must be original but patterns for specific flowers/motifs etc can be used.

 

Calon Yarns Newsletter - June 2015..

Newsletter June 2015

Charity Knitting 2014/15

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/knitting-enthusiasts---your-country-7895467

This year we are launching a campaign to comemmorate the 100 year anniversary of WWI.

We are supporting The Royal British Legion by knitting or crocheting poppies for their annual appeal. We will be selling Poppy Making Kits at the shop and also the finished poppies ready for Remembrance day 2014.

Our aim is to continue making these poppies to gather a 'stash' ready to sell at craft fairs, events and in the shop in October 2015 too!

Get involved and remember all those who have fallen over the last 100 years!

Here are some links for great poppy patterns:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poppy-appeal-knitting

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poppy-33

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-flat-no-sew-poppy

Charity Knitting - ongoing support

At Calon Yarns we choose a charity to support each year and this year we have a locally based group with a fantastic cause!

 
Life For African Mothers UK registered Charity 1140183

 

www.lifeforafricanmothers.org

 
This charity is lead by the wonderful Angela Gould

 

The Charity’s Mission Statement is:
“To address the tragedy and injustice of women who die every year in pregnancy and childbirth. Most maternal deaths in developing countries are avoidable. Women produce 70% of wealth in developing countries, so by keeping women alive, we help lift families communities and countries out of poverty.”

 

1 in 6 women die in childbirth in Sub Saharan Africa and the main focus of the charity is creating sustainable ways to reduce that figure and create health centres that can care for mothers and babies. Many of these mothers and babies born do not survive because of the facilities and many health care challenges they face. These babies are call The Fish and Chip babies because very often they are wrapped in Newspaper after delivery. These centres and the women and babies they treat have nothing else to clothe the new born in.
 
This is where we can help!!!

 

This fabulous pattern (link here) http://www.thebrunswickcentre.org.uk/uploads/Fish_and_Chi... (Please note that the link on the pattern page is not connected to our charity, they have just kindly allowed us to use the pattern)
These beautiful jumpers and hats are really appreciated and they should be done in bright/dark colours (not the usual pastels we would associate with baby knit) as they may never be washed.
 
 
 

My new LYS – Calon Yarns Apr 16th, 2011

by Marie Irshad.

I have a local yarn shop! It’s called Calon Yarns and it opened yesterday. It’s owned and run by Lynne Seymour. Here she is with some of her gorgeous yarns. This shop could be dangerous to my wallet!

But it’s not only a yarn shop, it’s a craft studio and they have all sorts of classes and workshops there too. Of course while I was there I couldn’t resist picking up some yarn This is a lovely, squishy skein of artesano humming bird 100% alpaca in shade AR008, an amazing red mix. It reminds me a little of Colinette’s Fire colourway but is much sweeter, and far less brown, than that. It’s dk weight and the skein is a surprisingly big 150g. There’s also 300m on it.

I love it! It’s so squishy! Not sure yet what it will become, possibly a beret or some gloves or both. I think it would be really lovely for socks too. But I’m also intrigued as to what kind of a one skein wonder it would produce too.

I’m sure I’ll visiting Calon Yarns again soon!

New craft centre to open its doors in cardiff

words: EMMA BROWN

Calon YarnsHere at Buzz, our crafting abilities extend about as far as making a mess. Can you empathise? Well, luckily we may just have found the answer in the form of Calon Yarns. This lovely craft studio officially opens in Cardiff on Fri 15 Apr. Situated on Cowbridge Rd East with the aim of bringing arts and crafts to the masses, the whole family can get involved with classes and workshops ranging from parent and toddler clubs right through to six week courses for the less art-savvy adults amongst us.

Whether you’ve been battling a pair of knitting needles for months, or you’ve always envied that friend whose gifts are homemade, Calon Yarns can guide you from beginner to beyond. Lynne Seymour and her team of self-confessed craft addicts are all experts in their particular skills and provide excellent and inspirational tuition in a relaxed and friendly setting.

But why a craft centre in the middle of Cardiff? “As someone who has always enjoyed crafts – mainly knitting and sewing – I found that I would have to travel to places like Bristol, Bath and London to do a workshop in something exciting like learn to make felt or make your own bespoke lampshade. And when I wanted to do a short course in dressmaking, I hit a brick wall in Cardiff,” explains Lynne.

“I decided it was time to harness the trend towards make-do-and-mend and open a venue that encourages people to get creative, encourage talented crafters and makers to share their ideas and techniques in short courses and workshops and also encourage children to make and create their own pieces whilst learning basic craft skills.”

“With workshops in spinning your own wool, making your own jewellery and sewing your own vintage apron…to name only a few, we are getting lots of interest and bookings and are also starting our Kids Craft Clubs over the Easter Holiday, to get those little fingers busy.”
A perfect escape from the daily grind (nothing is more therapeutic than knitting…apparently), these classes are a great opportunity to meet new people and develop new skills.

Info: 02920 211 508 / www.calonyarns.co.uk.
To book your place email: info@calonyarns.co.uk