Who’s ready for winter?

Dear Friends

I can see that the weather has changed, it’s cold and frosty here.  Sorry, but I think this is wonderful and the way Christmas should be.  A chance to wear all the lovely gloves, scarves and hats you have been saving all year.

I have been very busy since the summer.  Some of the orders have been for Christmassy things and some just because they looked lovely.  This beautiful green cardigan in cotton was made in the Autumn but is all ready for the Spring.  It looks quite plain as the tiny rosebuds are very understated, but it was a lovely pattern and cotton is always easy to knit with.

I also made these two little slipovers for a young lady of 9.  I was asked to make the two and given a free hand as to what pattern and what colour.  This does not happen very often so I dug deep into my oddments basket and found these colours. Not enough to make anything with on their own, but look what you can do when you put them together. She loved them which always makes me smile.

Lastly, and not least the lads, this jumper for Nathan ticked all the boxes. I used up some beautiful Rowan British Sheep Breeds DK which is very warm and he asked for the yellow collar. Why not, it’s different and it made him happy. He might wear it now!

I’m finishing off a cardigan for my friend in South Africa, which of course he will not need just yet as it’s very warm there right now. I will keep you posted and pop a picture into the next newsletter, let me know what you think.

Are you all ready for Christmas?  I am nearly done, I have never been this organised in my life, there’s just the food to think about as everyone is coming to me this year. I love it.

If I don’t get the chance to produce another newsletter this side of Christmas, may I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Lots of love

Frances x


(Not so lazy) days of summer…part two

How is everyone doing? I’ve finally had my holiday so now I’ve got some more time to look back over the last few months to let you know what all we have been up to. What a busy summer we have had!

I am always admiring older patterns and was asked earlier in the year to make an Aran cardigan from a 1960s pattern.

The cable design was much more complex than any I had done before but it turned out really well, don’t you think?

Next, how about this little number for an 80s revival? I just love this and I think it would work well today.


I had to put a shirt underneath as it was a little too big for me around the arms and the neck. This was probably due to the yarn I chose. I used up this red cotton I already had in and I love it.

Lastly, and under pressure from my Nathan, I tried my hand at toys. Now I know why I do not make them. Hats off to all of you who dom but I found it a bit of a nightmare! All those fiddly bits and a hell of a lot of sewing at the end (pardon my French). Long story short, I managed to make Nathan’s dinosaur which he calls “Skinny”.

Now Nathan wants a Godzilla!

Here are some pictures from an expert toymaker which I spotted in Cockermouth over the summer. I have been collecting bears for a number of years and my husband bought me a lovely knitted one for my birthday a few years ago, so it was no wonder I fell in love with these when I saw them at the Woolfest. They are just gorgeous. I could always try my hand at one of these – you never know…..

Well, enjoy the last of the summer, and start thinking of the Autumn which is my favourite time of year.

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Lots of love

Frances x

Shake off those January blues

Dear Friends

Is there anyone else out there who thinks January is becoming a very, very long month? I know we always seem to feel like this with the let down after Christmas and the new year needs a bit of a kick start, but honestly, it’s only the 16th….?!

As I seem to have all this time I thought I would look over 2013 at some of the really great movies. For me it’s the period dramas and it’s all about the clothes. What about Anna Karenina and the Great Gatsby, just to name two.

Gatsby and the Roaring 20s with lots and lots of style: those were my thoughts when I made some of the hats earlier in the year like these:

Anna Karenina was set in Edwardian times and for me the lovely fine leather gloves with the fur trim were just beautiful. My interpretation of these was to make a pair of pink mittens.

They are thicker to give them warmth, but the grey satin buttons and the fluffy wool round the cuffs add a little luxury. The cord to put through the sleeves of your coat is just hilarious!

What have been your favourite movies recently and did you find any fashion inspiration from them?

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Until next time, lots of love and a Happy New Year to you all.

Frances x

Walking On Sunshine

At last, the sunny days are here, or at least they are here for the next few days – in fact, better keep it to yourself, we do not want to upset Mother Nature!

We have some great news for our Newsletter this week. Here are some fantastic pictures supplied by the very lovely Hayley, a student at Salford University . The pictures are taken from the Graduate fashion show which took place at the beginning of June. The jumpers in these pictures were knitted by yours truly in angora to accompany a beautiful selection of delicate fabrics in pastel shades cunningly put together by Hayley.

Think you will agree the whole thing goes together wonderfully. Hayley, you are a very talented young lady! Oh, and congratulations on the 2:1! All of us here at the Parlour Boutique wish you every success for the future.

Next time you are invited to take a trip with me around the Woolfest I attended recently in Cockermouth, Cumbria. It was a fantastic day with many stalls, displays, tutorials and wool was so fresh it was still walking about on 4 legs!

The best way to hear about any other special offers and to stay on top of all our news is to like us on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter. Don’t forget you can always drop us a line anytime.

Enjoy the lovely weather, keep knitting and I shall see you in a couple of weeks.

Love, Frances x

Wouldn’t it be loverly?

We sometimes hear from students on fashion courses who need something knitted to their own design. A couple of months ago we were approached by Hayley, a student at Salford University, who commissioned us to make two very fluffy angora jumpers made from the finest Italian wool.

It took a few emails and chats over the phone, plus lots of pictures and patterns going back and forth, but it’s all part of our service. We’ll be sharing some of these sketches soon so you can see the work we put into our bespoke knitting service, from choosing the right yarn to working out every detail.

We eventually delivered the goods and managed to create the two tops she wanted: two cropped angora jumpers, one without sleeves, and both to wear over blouses.

We were so pleased to receive this thank you note from her.

These jumpers are only a small part of Hayley’s collection and we all wish her the very best of luck for the future.

Have a look and see what our other customers have to say by reading their comments here.

That’s all the news today for this edition of the Weekly Parlour Post. The best way to stay informed is to like our page on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter.

Chat more soon!


Ready for spring!

Here in the UK we are in the middle of a long Bank Holiday weekend and for a change we are enjoying a bit of spring sunshine too!

This time of year when we have warm days but chilly nights it is an ideal time to wear lightweight knits, like this lovely grey jumper made from baby alpaca.


It is extremely soft and looks fab under a jacket.

We receive many special offers from our suppliers and here’s a special Bank Holiday bonus for you knitters out there. New customers at can receive 10% off their first order by using the discount code 10WELCOMES when checking out. If you are already an existing customer and act quickly by putting in an order before midnight tonight, you can save 10% off all silk and cotton yarns with discount code SLKCTN. All UK orders over £25 through receive free First Class delivery.

The best way to hear about any other special offers and to stay on top of all our news is to like us on Facebook or follow our tweets on Twitter. Don’t forget you can always drop us a line anytime.

Have a great weekend wherever you are and see you next week!



Craft fairs

During the run-up to Christmas for the past couple of years we have been lucky enough to participate in the annual craft fair at Bury Grammar School for Girls.

Here is a brief taster of the day from 2011 with the star of the show being a Christmas pudding tea cosy and a lamb. Click a photo to see larger images in a slideshow. We’ve added some photos from the 2012 event too, when our new mascots the teddy bear family in their cardies caught everyone’s attention!