Author: Shinybees

I'm a multi-crafter from the North West of England, living in South Africa.

How to Choose Yarn for Socks


Clare adds some more information to her chat in Episode 24. Head on over for a look!

Originally posted on yarnandpointysticks:

If you listened to the Shinybees podcast and popped over for some more detailed information – welcome, I hope you like what you find. If you have not listened to the Shinybees podcast episode where we chat about yarn choices for socks I highly recommend you tune in, it is a great podcast – and the perfect intro for this article.

So, how do I go about choosing the right yarn for my socks?

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When thinking about my sock knitting I always try to think about things in relation to three main categories: fit, durability and aesthetic. I find that by thinking in these terms I can often evaluate what I need from my tools, the pattern or stitches I am using to put together a design, or select a pattern.

On the topic of yarn I think these three categories are important and to use them effectively you…

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Episode 24: Choosing Yarn for Socks with Clare Devine

Sock blockers with Elgin socks!

Sock blockers with Elgin socks!

Image used with permission of Clare Devine.

Hello and welcome to Episode 24 of the podcast. This week we will be mostly learning a lot about how to choose yarn for socks with Clare Devine.

Thanks to Frkstrik for alerting me to the amazing resource for everything knitted and crocheted toilet cover related. Check out this bad boy on Amazon.

The Halloween vultures did not quite descend upon Shiny Heights and now I am left with an awful lot of Swizzels sweets. It should not surprise me that there were no Blackjack sweets in there as they are, in fact, made by Barratt.

I wonder out loud if Hoxton will return with the panto this year. She has been quiet on the podcast front as she has been expecting a baby! You can find her back episodes for the pantos here.

The Golden Skein

Harvest Autumn

Image Details: Harvest Autumn by Tranuf, via Flickr.

The latest quarter of The Golden Skein featured Sylvan Tiger Yarns of Yorkshire, Hartlam Yarns of South Africa and Kettle Yarn Co of London.

Autumn Harvest

There are still one or two skeins available on The Golden Skein website for the Autumn quarter.

‘Celebration’ on sale now


Image Details: ‘Celebration’ by Linyihan, via Flickr.

The final quarter for 2014 is on sale now. Spots are still available but are limited, so be quick if you want to join in!

Review: Blacker Yarns West Country Tweed


Blacker says:

This limited edition Westcountry Tweed yarn is made from a blend of lustrous Teeswater Crossbred wool from the Mendip Hills and matt Black Welsh Mountain wool from Devon.

When blended together these two fibres create a soft grey shade. The fibre is then dyed in the wool and blended with nepps – miniature balls of felt – before spinning. The resulting yarn is an elegantly heathered woollen spun DK with a beautiful provenance: both the fibre and the spinning which create the yarn come from within 100 miles of each other.

Westcountry Tweed beautifully reflects our tradition of linking our yarns with the landscape. The four shades have been selected to match the moors, cliffs, and seas of South West England. We like to think of the colourful nepps as tiny wild flowers, accenting each colour’s subtle shades.

Like all Blacker Yarns, the fibre used in Westcountry Tweed comes from fleeces of animals reared in Britain according to the strictest of welfare standards.

I say:

It’s a great yarn. Well priced, and the little subtle neps add a bit of fun and interest. It softens and blow when washed and should make for a hardwearing yarn. It is being knit into a hat for Milly to test run for longevity and I will report back on how this goes at a later stage on the blog.

The yarn will be released for sale on 14th November at the Blacker Yarns website. Go here for lots of breed yarns and information.

Wrap Up

That’s all for this week. If you enjoyed the podcast, please consider leaving me an iTunes review to help other people join in the fun. You can contact me win email at, or I am Shinybees on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Enjoy!

For the Love of Socks …


Like socks? Great set of offers to celebrate the end of Socktober here. And if you need any more reasons to enable yourself to sock yarn, Clare provides them here :)

Originally posted on yarnandpointysticks:

It is the final week of Socktober and to celebrate I am having a flash sale lasting for the rest of the week. Why? because I love socks, and I hope you do too. Details at the end of the post.

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The five things I love about socks … 

1) They can be incredibly simple yet breathtakingly effective (think Vanilla socks with some fabulous self stripe) or complex enough to virtually warp you mind (think Cookie A).

2) Sock yarn. Need I say more? The vast array of stunning hand dyed yarn is enough of a reason to love socks for the rest of time.

3) They are portable. You can’t lug that huge jumper project about with you, but you can easily pop a sock in your bag (or pocket).

4) They really pack a punch when it comes to techniques, you can get a lot of new techniques into…

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Episode 21: Pontoon!

Russian TU-160 Blackjack

Image Details: ‘Russian TU-160 Blackjack’ by defenceimages, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 21 of the podcast. This one has nothing at all to do with card games and everything to do with knitting, along with an interview from a special guest. A warm welcome to all new and returning listeners.


Episode 20: Pack Up Your Troubles

The Suitcase

Image Details: “The Suitcase” by wolf man-k, via Flickr.

Hello and welcome to episode 20 of the podcast. A warm welcome to any new listeners, particularly those who have come as a result of taking part in the LushPodKal, and welcome back to returning listeners.