Little bundles of joy

Dear Friends

This is my first newsletter for the New Year.  I hope everyone had a good Christmas, which seems like such a long time ago now especially with all the dramas over flooding and rain.  This was followed swiftly with colds, coughs and flu symptoms in January.  Not a brilliant start to the New Year I know.  I hope February has been a little better.

This newsletter should cheer everyone up as these little ones made me smile and are a brilliant start to the New Year.  I was fortunate enough to make a little something for each of these beautiful babies!

The first of our arrivals was Sophia weighing in at 7lbs exactly.  She has strawberry blond hair (which is red hair to the rest of us) and she is absolutely stunning.  I made her a hat and bootees as all women like to accessorise and she is modelling the bootees for us in this picture.

Next came a very tiny and very early little Albert (Bertie to his mates) weighing in at 4lbs 4oz.  He is home from hospital now and doing wonderful, as you can see. He is wearing a teeny tiny cardigan that I made a while ago and which I modelled once on a teddy as I had nothing small enough at the time!  I also made him a hat and bootees and packed some goodies in a little suitcase.  Just like Paddington bear – he was going home.  He is tiny at the moment but I am sure he will catch up with the rest of them.

Number three is Edward (Ned to his pals) weighing in at a very healthy 9lbs 2oz.  He is showing off one of our hats which I hope is keeping him warm.

Lastly we have baby Mohammed Aweighing in at 6lbs 7oz.  We made this little chap a bag full of goodies which included hat, mitts, bootees and cardigan plus a blanket to finish off the outfits.

As you can see, our babies are all gorgeous and we wish them a healthy and happy start in life with their heirloom-quality knits (and potential hand-me-downs!).

That’s me done for now.  I will not leave it so long next time as I have lots of ideas to share with you.  Take care.

Lots of love

Frances x








A quick hello

How has everyone’s Christmas break been so far? Still finishing off the leftover turkey and asking yourself why you did so many sprouts? Hopefully you are spending time with your family and taking a well-earned rest, we all deserve it.

One of the projects which kept us busy right before Christmas was this intricate baby’s christening shawl…are you expecting a new arrival in the New Year?

Just a reminder we are taking a break from all the knitting for a few days, but we’ll be back in early January ready to help and inspire you. Until then, best wishes for the New Year!

Frances x

Looking back on 2013

I expect that many of you, like me, are running around now like mad people trying to arrange everything for Christmas. Juggling family, home and job: it’s a balancing act. I have not even posted my cards yet!

It will all come together in the end, it always does. Yet the daft part is, out of all the things that are worrying you now, they just don’t matter on the big day.

To recap 2013, this has been a really busy year for me and I am now just trying to get the last of the Christmas orders out and posted – have faith, it will all be done.

On looking back we have made some lovely things like the jockey jumper as it has now become affectionately known back in April. We also had success with Hayley and her lovely angora jumpers which we showed off in our July newsletter.

I have tried to be quite diverse in the things I have made, like using different yarns and colours for baby things rather than the traditional pale pink and blue in baby DK. For instance, there was the navy jumper and shoes for a little chap called Danny.

We have finally made a contribution to the Menswear Department – a cardigan! (I will be building on this, I promise).

Hats and gloves in these lovely sets…

…not forgetting our three baby jumpers in this lovely Cookey Cream wool which I bought at the Cockermouth Woolfest back in July.

We made a shrug for a wedding back in September and gloves for a charity. We have ended the year with the craft fair at Bury Grammar School and by helping a very worthwhile charity, the Babygrow Appeal. We sent them some goodies and I hope they had a very successful night last night.

Lastly I would like to thank everyone on the team for working so hard this year and of course thanks to you too for looking in.

Our final thank you must go to our latest two lovely models who have made my hats look so special.

I shall be signing off now for a couple of weeks, but will be checking in on the emails when I can.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 

Lots of love

Frances x

Autumn is on the way

Dear Friends

It looks like autumn will not be knocking on the door, but bulldozing it down soon! The local forecast says wet, windy and wintry weather is on the way but I cannot help it, autumn is my favourite time of year. I can’t wait for all those lovely jumpers and jackets, nice scarves and gloves (because they look nice, rather than because it’s freezing your fingers off).

Do you remember in the summer I went to the Woolfest in Cockermouth? I bought some lovely yarn called Cookey Cream (you have to love that) from The Marble Collection. It is made up of 75% Bluefaced Leicester wool and 25% British Alpaca which means 100% of luxury. The yarn is very soft and has a silky feel; it knits up as a DK weight. I have to say it was beautiful to knit with and I think you will agree the results are lovely.

I wanted to show that you don’t have to knit with baby blue or pink for small children. This boy’s jumper in the Cookey Cream with kangaroo pockets edged in blue and blue added to the collar is chunky and warm. The hat just finishes it off with the blue pompom. Made for approximately 9 – 12 months.

On a different note, it has been brought to my attention that we are neglecting the gentlemen out there. A great big sorry for that. To try and make it up to you I have made a cable knit cardigan which is perfect for this type of weather. You would not need a coat over this, it is chunky, soft and very very warm. The yarn I chose was Rowan Creative Focus Worsted in grey and it knitted up like a dream.

This particular jumper is for a 36 – 38 inch chest but I would strongly recommend that if you chose something like this, you go up a size. The pattern knitted up a little smaller and at the end of the day it is meant to go over a shirt or t-shirt. It’s worth thinking about when deciding.


Finally, sorry to mention the ‘C’ word but this is the time of year when I have to think about Christmas and the craft fair. I love it and every year it makes me smile. So if you can, get knitting those hats, gloves and scarves now so that you don’t get caught out in the cold!

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Until next time, lots of love,


Good afternoon… guten tag… konnichiwa!

It’s time again for our next weekly newsletter and we want to start by sending out a warm welcome to all our friends around the world.

According to our webmaster, we’ve had over 3500 views since we spruced things up a bit and moved our website to WordPress. We hope you like the new look. Robert tells us that while the vast majority of our visitors are here in Old Blighty, the next largest batch of visitors have come to us from Germany, closely followed by Japan. Good thing Royal Mail can deliver for us worldwide!

Now I know last week we had a special bumper baby edition of our newsletter, but we couldn’t resist sharing this little baby gift set which is made from fine merino and cashmere wool. This will of course be gift boxed and sent wherever you want.

And don’t forget we have a whole gallery of babywear items which you can browse for ideas under the ‘Inspiration For You’ section of our website.

The best way to stay up to the minute with our news is to like us on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter. Of course you can drop us a line anytime to say hello.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week!


Baby corner

Hello again and welcome to the latest edition of our weekly newsletter.

Our friends have had one or two babies born recently and I would like to introduce them to you. Daniel was born in January and lives in Australia, we made him this little hoody to grow into. Hopefully later we shall have a photograph of him in it!

Baby Mya was born in December and we were asked to make her a Moses basket size blanket and hat and bootees. Typical woman, always thinking of her shoes!

If you have a new arrival on the horizon and are looking for heirloom-quality knitted items which will be treasured for generations to come, please contact us to discuss your ideas.

As always, I will continue to update you on events and share ideas through this weekly newsletter, but the best way to hear all our news is to like us on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter. Don’t forget you can drop us a line anytime.

See you again next week,


A race to the finish

Now and again we are asked by our customers to create something extra special. Usually these questions start out with ‘is it possible…’ or ‘can you…’ to which we do our best to reply ‘of course we can!’

Here at The Parlour Boutique our years of experience mean we can help you put together something completely unique. We have a new section on the website where we will be taking you ‘behind the scenes’ and giving you an idea of the work that goes into our bespoke knitting service. The first of these examples, a set of baby clothes made for a newborn to match his daddy’s jockey colours, can be found by clicking here.

We’re only happy when our customers are happy and we were so pleased to receive a lovely thank you note.

Find out what our other customers are saying by reading their comments here.

We have been busy with lots of other baby items recently and will be sharing more of these in the next edition of the Weekly Parlour Post. The best way to stay on top of our news is to like us on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter. Don’t forget you can drop us a line anytime.

See you next week!