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
Here 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: firstname.lastname@example.org