Festive Knits - Book 340

Its that time of year again when we reach for all those lovely warm woolies - however if you need any inspiration for something new look at our fabulous Festive Knits Book 340.

Click on the link above and you will see all 13 pages of fabulous projects to keep you busy on winter evenings - Happy Knitting.


Vintage Knitting

Our super Vintage Knits 335 Booklet is a must for all those people who love good quality vintage designs. 

We are really lucky here with our huge archive of patterns dating back, we believe, pre-war (alot are undated).  I especially love the ones from the 1930's and 1940's but the retro ones are equally as appealing.

Take a look at the fabulous selection in this book.

Happy Knitting - please feel free to send in photographs of finished items as we would love to see them and also put on the Blog (if you are in agreement).


How times have changed!

A couple of months ago a lady called Mrs Lane very kindly offered to send me the attached Twilleys of Stamford pattern .  She was clearing out her attic and hoping to contribute to our fabulous archive we have here.  As you can see it is for a knitted health vest in Twilleys' No. 1.

Unfortunately I never received the package - lost in transit - but I thought I would just show it for posterity!

A huge thank you to Mrs Lane and we are only sorry we never received it.

Purity "Eco" Chunky Wool

People just can't get enough of our Purity Chunky Wool and we have added two new leaflets to the design support.

We receive comments regularly about how lovely this yarn is to knit with and also its wearability - the perfect combination and with eight natural shades to choose from you really are spoiled for choice.

Freedom Wool - New leaflets

Twilleys of Stamford have some super new leaflets that will keep you busy on these cold winter evenings:-

Freedom Wool is so soft and easy to wear.  9159 is a Cable Trim Jacket perfect for looking smart and keeping warm at the same time. 

9160 is a Shawl Collared Bolero a must for all wardrobes, versatile and easy to wear.

Happy Knitting.




Wow take a look at the UKHKA Knitted Textiles Awards 2011 where there is some amazing talent on show.  The winner was Katie Jones with some very impressive crochet.  Looking through I had a few favourites; Genevieve Sweeney who came second and Felicity Thomas who won the Erika Knight Award. 

Hannah Taylor who also came second with her fabulous wacky fashion designs.

 Katie Jones

 Genevieve Sweeney

 Felicity Thomas

 Hannah Taylor

All the winners and finalists have wonderful design collections.  Please do look at Claire Nixon from the University of Huddersield who did a years work placement here at Thomas Ramsden.

 Claire Nixon
Well done and good luck to everyone for their future careers.



Simply Knitting - November 2011

Featured in the magazine page 53 is a review of Norse Chunky

Page 61 – Handy Knits – Merino Chunky – highlights Pattern 5648 bold-yoked Fair Isle uni-sex sweater

Marjory’s Wool Shop advertisement – highlights Family Arans Book Two

And in the special Simply Festive Gifts pullout on page 9 is a classic cable pattern for a man's scarf and hat in our super soft Merino DK using 5 balls of Blue Lagoon (2371).  Perfect for chilly winter weather.  This set has been designed by Louise Butt.


Twilleys of Stamford

Twilleys of Stamford new needlecraft flyer above.  The new catalogue is available February 2012. 

Lots of exciting new products as you will see from the above.


Simply Knitting - October

Shop of the Month in the latest issue of Simply Knitting is "Marjory's Wool Shop" 120 Holmlea Road, Glasgow G44 4AW, telephone 0141 649 4599.

Marjory listed her top 5 bestsellers of which four were from Thomas B Ramsden.  Listed were the Peter Pan baby range, Twilleys Freedom Sincere and Wendy's Mode and Merino yarns.  Marjory commented "We specialise in stocking branded names that people want, .. high quality wools and have a large selection for people to choose from". 

A yarn store that is founded on the love and joy of knitting.  Well done Marjory.


The Knitter - Issue 35 - September

We have a wonderful Vintage pattern featured in The Knitter magazine leaflet 99 from 1958. 

The Knitter very kindly adapted the pattern from three sizes to 32in up to 46in.  Originally the pattern used Wendy Fashionfleck DK but the updated version used Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Spirit in Hope 521. 

The pattern has a very elegant neckline and I am sure you will agree looks lovely.

Thank you to The Knitter. 

If anyone knits it up please send a photograph - Happy Knitting.



Betty and Adrian Topping of The Irish Wool Store  presented in excess of 1,000 hats to a Major and Captain of 1 Mercian Regiment who are currently serving in Afghanistan

The above photographs are from the press - with the Mayor presenting the consignment of hats to the above officers.

Thomas B Ramsden made a yarn donation of Robin DK for this project and Adrian was overwhelmed by the response they received from volunteers knitting for this very worthwhile project.

Well done to everyone.

NATIONAL KNITTING WEEK - 3rd-9th October 2011

The UK Hand Knitting Association, Crafts Council and the WI are working together to promote Craft Club, a national campaign that champions knitting and crafts for people of all ages. The joint aim is to have a knitting club in every school and community venue. Training is open to knitters and non-knitters.
Training Dates: Launch Event in London: 9 September
Walsall: 7 October
Margate: 19 October
Cardiff: 3 November
Cornwall: 9 November (New)
London: 16 November
"Find Out More About Craft Club" Seminars
Alexandra Palace 6-9 October


KNIT NOW - new knitting magazine

Available in WH Smith and Tesco's is a new knitting magazine coming out on 20th October, published by Practical Publishing International Ltd (http://www.practicalpublishing.co.uk/shop/shop.php?display=KN) who are a long standing company who publish Simply Homemade etc.

We hope that we will shortly be featured within it pages! 

Happy knitting.


Winter Knits

As we approach the colder days (its a very wet windy one in Yorkshire today), we at Thomas Ramsden's have a fabulous range of designs to suit every knitter from traditional to fashion, economical to higher priced yarns.

Cables and raglan sleeves are a must:-

Wendy Traditional Aran - 3 new leaflets and book 347

Wendy Norse - Booklet 346, page 4.  Lovely soft chunky yarn in 8 fashion colours.

It is time to think about gloves, headbands and scarves as we need to wrap up more.  Wendy Osprey Aran has a fabulous leaflet 5630.  Osprey comes in 8 shades and is a soft kid Alpaca wool blend, luxurious, stylish and practical.

Norse has an accessories leaflet 5626 and you can knit lovely chunky socks to keep you warm, soft and stylish all at the same time.

Happy knitting



Here at Thomas B Ramsden we have a wonderful variety of wool yarns, I have already highlighted a few but here are more to tempt you:-

018Traditional Aran Wendy Traditional Aran -
100% Pure British wool spun using traditional techniques to create that perfect pure wool Aran weight yarn for classic outerwear knitting, now in a new range of six natural classic colours.

015Merino DK Merino DK
100% Merino Wool comes in 29 shades.  A super luxurious fine merino yarn spun in the traditional British style to give superb performance, full body and ultra soft touch.  It is also fully machine washable.

016Merino Chunky Merino Chunky

Made from 100% Australian Pure Merino wool, Wendy Merino Chunky gives clear stitch definition creating beautiful hand knitted garments, soft to the touch. The stunning palette of Rich Jewels and on trend fashion support design booklet and leaflets makes this yarn a must for all knitters.

All these yarns are supported with fantastic designs which can be found on our website:-

We have a huge selection of different yarns to suit everyone. 

National Wool Week - 5th - 11th September 2011 - GUERNSEY

Wendy Guernsey Pure Wool 5Ply

017Guernsey 5ply

This is as traditional as you can get, with the famous four colours of Aran, Atlantic Blue, Navy and Crimson in 100% pure new wool to make the famous Guernsey family sweaters.

Pure British wool spun traditionally for that pure natural pullover that will last and last!

Aran    Atlantic Blue
Crimson      Navy

British wool at its best.

FRILLS on YouTube

The video tutorial on YouTube on our super ruffle yarn FRILLS was supplied by Dragonyarns - big thank you to them.



NATIONAL WOOL WEEK 5th-11th September 2011

Highlighting our super yarns:-

Twilleys Freedom Purity is a wonderful new 'Eco' addition to our range of natural fibre yarns. This sumptoulsy soft yarn is available in earthy colours which are formed by the careful blending of natural undyed wool with alpaca. The hypo-allergenic qualities of the Alpaca combine with the Virgin wool to create a beautiful high quality yarn that is just fabulous to knit with; creating one of the finest chunky yarns on the market.

001Freedom Purity

We have wonderful designs for this yarn which can be viewed on our website:-

  Booklet 466 contains 16 pages of super knits.

super on-trend design.
Plus others:- 9150-9153 and  9122-9126:- 

My personal favourite is this jacket:-

So what are you waiting for - see our links off some of our retailers websites here on the blog and also our stockist page http://www.tbramsden.co.uk/stockists.asp.

It's Autumn/winter knitting time and this is the perfect yarn.

FRILLS on YouTube

Wow!  Big thank you to MrIanC1 for the video on YouTube on how to knit our super FRILLS:-



Look on our website link here http://www.tbramsden.co.uk/viewyarn.asp?brand=Wendy&yarn=003Frills to see all our 8 fashion shades in this super ruffle yarn.

Happy Knitting.



Featured in the Telegraph on 27th August was an article in their "Children's notebook" section regarding school jumpers and the quality/cost of them.  If you are looking for a super V-knit sweater to knit for school uniform - look no further than our Design on Page 8 of Booklet 317, sizes 18-22inches.

Obviously knitted without the stripe this is the perfect V-neck sweater.

Suitable to be knitted in our Robin DK (100g) School Grey (28) http://www.tbramsden.co.uk/viewbook.asp?brand=Peter%20Pan&book=0014_317%20Toddler%20Knits
Peter Pan DK 50g/100g in Liquorice (914) or  Sailor Blue (314) http://www.tbramsden.co.uk/viewyarn.asp?brand=Peter%20Pan&yarn=001Peter%20Pan%20DK

Both yarns super quality, wear and washable.  Happy Knitting!


Let's Knit Magazine - September 2011

Featured in the lastest September issue of Let's Knit magazine is the following:-
Page 20-22 - Wendy Merino Chunky pattern for short-sleeved cardigan in Merino Chunky shade 2473 Rhubarb, plus LK Loves our Wendy Book 344

Page 68 features Wendy Peter Pan dk
Page 80 features Wendy Supreme Cotton DK and 4ply


National Wool Week - 5th - 11th September 2011

Bit of advanced notice - we will have a giveaway during the above week on our blog
- a free pattern to download for Pampas.

..........tell your friends to register at carolann@tbramsden.co.uk - we look forward top hearing from you.


Wendy Mode DK - new shades

Available now new shades in Wendy Mode DK (1695) - http://www.tbramsden.co.uk/viewyarn.asp?brand=Wendy&yarn=019Mode DK

New shades are:-

031_231_Crystal Blue.jpg 231 Crystal Blue         020_232_Fog.jpg 232 Fog
021_233_Moorland.jpg 233 Moorland             022_234_Lichen.jpg 234 Lichen
023_235_Cameo.jpg 235 Cameo                024_236_Bramble.jpg 236 Bramble
025_237_Regatta.jpg 237 Regatta

My personal favourite is Bramble but take a look for yourself.