Press release

16th October 2013








It’s time for another season of festivities and as always KnitPro is here to delight with a specially crafted Limited Edition Gift Set of Karbonz knitting needles – the Box of Joy
Karbonz needles have emerged as a real hit since their launch last year. They are highly sought after and have earned rave reviews from experts and knitters all over the world. To celebrate, KnitPro have created this delightful set which is strictly limited to just 2500 sets.
The Karbonz Interchangeable Needle set will be packed in a very attractive box that carries an elegant laser-cut design of a ‘tree in bloom’ with the needles peeking cheerfully through the space where the design of the tree appears.
The Limited Edition set will contain nine sizes of Karbonz Needle Tips (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 7.0 & 8.0mm) along with 4 cables (one each of 60cm, 100cm and two of 80cm), 1 set of cable connectors and a complimentary Shawl Pin from the new Azure Charm range.
This Limited Edition Karbonz Needle set, the Box of Joy, will be available from the beginning of November and will retail at approximately £110 and is on pre-order from   Minerva Crafts, Dragon yarns and Get Knitted.

For press information and images contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear


Press Release 1st October 2013

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Two new yarns to fit your lifestyle

Stylecraft is delighted to launch two new yarns from their Autumn Winter collections – yarns to take you from city life to country retreat.
Tibet is a super chunky and quick knit yarn in eight autumnal colour combinations, which give a contemporary jumbo tweed effect. The designs reflect an urban chic in every day pieces from hats and scarves to jackets and ponchos.   Tibet is a wool rich blend of 72% wool, 20% acrylic and 8% nylon has been specially developed for warm and cosy accessories or stylish garments to keep out the winter chill. Particularly good for beginners, this yarn makes even the simplest accessory look exciting
Alpaca DK is an impressively soft yarn which our knitters have fallen in love with. This light and indulgent yarn is available in a palette of ten shades including intense, saturated brights as well as neutral and pastel shades to suit every taste. Taking the inspiration of country weekends; our designer has created a wonderful collection of garments rich with cables and textures including boleros, cardigans and jumpers for women and girls.  Alpaca DK is 20% Alpaca and 80% acrylic for softness and excellent wash and wear qualities.
Tibet is £3.99 per 50g ball of 35m and Alpaca DK is £4.15 per 100g ball of 240m.
For more information, samples or images contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear


Press Release
20th August 2013

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Second phase of autumn launch features lace and super chunky yarns

No winter wardrobe should be without two new yarns from Stylecraft.  Senses and Allsorts cover both ends of the spectrum of yarns; a soft, rich lace weight and a fun, super chunky.

Senses is a subtle fine lace weight yarn, made from a blend of the softest  mohair and  premium acrylic. This feminine, luxurious yarn is available in  chalky  soft, as well as earthy ombre and tonal colour combinations; from rosehip reds to deep plums and golden ochre to blackest elder. Stylecraft’s first lace weight yarn is ideal for light but cosy garments that can be worn day and night, or for knitting your favourite lace shawl patterns. The yarn is supported by a beautiful collection of lacy jumpers, cardigans and accessories to compliment the yarn’s handle and drape.

Allsorts is a bright and colourful chainette yarn with contrasting slubs woven into its texture.
It is soft to the touch and knits up quickly  to give a thick but lightweight structure. As the name implies you can knit all sorts with it. Stylecraft have focussed on quick and easy to make accessory patterns suitable for beginner and more advanced knitters. The tension is the same as other super chunky yarns in the Stylecraft range, so can be used for garment patterns too.

Senses (80% acrylic, 20% Mohair) has an RRP of £3.45 per 50gm ball of 250 m knitted on size 4-5mm needles.  Allsorts costs just £3.99 for a 50g ball of 45 m knitted on size 10mm needles.
For more information, samples or images contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear


Press release
4 September 2013


KnitPro welcomes knitters and crocheters to an exciting season of product launches for all tastes and skill levels starting with Bamboo knitting needles and crochet hooks and Waves soft touch crochet hooks.

KnitPro’s collection of Bamboo needles is made from the finest of Japanese Bamboo. The ‘Soft to Touch’ Bamboo range has been designed to incorporate the brand’s signature sharp points that, combined with the fabulous finish, gives no-stress, comfortable and satisfying crafting. For Knitters who like the look and feel of wood but want a stronger, yet affordable material, KnitPro Japanese Bamboo needles are the perfect solution.  The collection includes Straight Needles, Double Pointed Needles, Circular Needles and Crochet Hooks. The crowning glory of the collection is the Pro Bamboo range of circular and interchangeables with 24 karat gold-plated metal connectors on needles and cables.  Another ‘first’ from KnitPro that gives them the edge over other needles in the market.

Waves crochet hooks are a glamorous addition to KnitPro’s much-loved range of crochet hooks.  Waves are colour co-ordinated according to size and come in 13 delicious shades from 2.0mm to 12.0mm.  Also available in a gorgeous clutch with 9 hooks, now you can always be sure you can quickly and easily find your favourite hook.

For more information about KnitPro’s entire range contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear 



Press Release
12th  August 2013

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Thanks to designers like Karl Lagerfeld, tweed fabrics and heathered tweed yarns are a huge influence for Autumn Winter 2013/14, jumping from the catwalks to the high street. Gomitoli’s are celebrating this key trend with their Cashmere Lana Tweed yarn, a blend of 30% highest quality  Cashmere and 70% finest Lambswool in a light DK or sport weight.
The wonderfully coloured nepps in the yarn bring an added dimension of luxury to any pattern whether it is Fair Isle cable or stocking stitch.  This season’s eye popping colours include pink and orange against more classic shades.
Gomitoli’s Cashmere Lana Tweed is available from www.gomitolis.it at €9.10 for 175 metres, fantastic value for such a superior yarn and if you sign up to the Gomitoli’s newsletter before 30th September you will receive a voucher for €15 to spend straight away.
For press information contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear


Press Release
25th July 2013







Stylecraft has launched the second of its new yarns for Autumn Winter 13, called Weekender, a premium acrylic yarn that is versatile, soft and chunky – perfect for a relaxed ‘at home’ style.

Weekender knits up really quickly and is available in a colour palette that includes saturated pastels and deep jewel colours. Stylecraft has created elegant designs to support the yarn which feature loungewear and cosy patterns.  Imagine snuggling up with a good book in front of the fire on a winter’s day in one of Weekender’s stylish garment’s!

Weekender will be available in yarn and craft shops around the UK from July.  It is a Super Chunky (100% Premium Acrylic) yarn with 100m on a 100g ball. Retail price will be £3.69, available nationwide. There are 11 pattern leaflets in total and a free download on the new Stylecraft website when it relaunches in August

For press information contact Juliet at Bluebear on 01707 320274



Press Release
2nd  July 2013






Stylecraft has launched the first of its new yarns for Autumn Winter 13, called Lullaby – a baby yarn that is every bit as soft and cosy as the name suggests.

The yarn is a DK, with exceptional wash and wear properties, and is available in a colour palette that features classic baby colours as well as brighter accents.  Stylecraft has created distinctive designs to support the yarn which take their inspiration from vintage aran stitch patterns.  The idea of wrapping babies up in cosy cables, all warm and protected in coats with hoods, snug little wrap collars and cosy cocoons will be too much to resist. The jolly shades shouted out for an element of playfulness which inspired the cute little ears and larger than life pompoms, as you can see from these delightful images,.

Lullaby will be available in yarn and craft shops around the UK from mid-July.  It is a DK (45% acrylic/55% Nylon) with 135m on a 50g ball. Retail price will be £2.79, available nationwide. There are 13 pattern leaflets in total aimed at babies from premature to 3 years (5 years in the case of some patterns) – perfect for your precious tot.

For press information, images or pattern extracts contact Juliet at Bluebear on 01707 320274




Press Release

20th June 2013

A gift for every knitter

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It’s hard to believe that luxury brand, Gomitoli’s is two years old already and my, haven’t they grown!  From gorgeous cashmere and cashmere blends sold in Italy the brand now offers a range of yarns based on noble fibres all around Europe and in the US.  In fact they have sold enough yarn to go half way around the world already.

To celebrate Gomitoli’s has an unbeatable gift for all knitters. Simply sign up to the Gomitoli’s newsletter and you will get a €15 voucher to spend on online.  If you have already signed up you will receive a Birthday voucher depending on how much you have spent; so if you have spent €500 you will receive a gift of €50 to spend on line; a knitter who has spent €300 will receive a €30; and if  you have spent €100 you will receive a €15 voucher.  But even if you have not bought yourself any of the desirable Gomitoli’s yarn you will still receive the €15 voucher to spend online on the entire range, so now you can spoil yourself.

Vouchers can be redeemed from June 20th until September 30th 2013 so don’t forget to tell all your knitting buddies.

There’s just one thing left to say: Happy Birthday Gomitoli’s!

For press information contact Nicky at Bluebear on 01707 320274


Press Release
17th June 2013

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Just in time for summer, Italian luxury yarn producer Gomitoli’s have three fantastic knit and crochet kits available for alfresco dining.

Openwork Satchel is our first kit. This satchel is the perfect way to carry fruit or small lunches for country outings and ideal to carry your sunglasses, water and sunscreen, for that summer bike ride. The Satchel kit is a wonderful crochet project, made using limited edition Wind yarn, offered in a range of fresh summery colours. This yarn is one of five fabulous yarns found in Gomitoli’s Bargain Corner.

The nautical-themed Striped Placemat Kit with Coaster is the second kit from Gomitoli’s made using the very popular Spring Cashmere, an airy, bright and fresh spun yarn. Ideal for picnics by the seaside, or alfresco dining at home.

Finally this neat Cutlery holder is the third new kit on offer, again using Spring Cashmere. Perfect for carrying cutlery for lunch in the city. With its nautical theme and colours team it up with the Striped Placemat Kit; it’s a truly original option for all indoor and outdoor occasions.

Not only are these fantastic projects available now on the website, Gomitoli’s are also offering an amazing 15% discount on all of their placemat kits, including basket, tablecloth clutch and bottle case kits.

All the kits come complete with yarn and instructions and can be found on the Gomitoli’s site http://www.gomitolis.it/english/knitting-kits/19/
If you would like to stay in touch don’t forget to sign up while you are on the site.
For more information contact Nicky Hale at Bluebear on 01707 320274


Press release
26th March 2013


Debbie Abrahams is well known for her extremely successful Mystery Blanket club which has enthralled knitters all over the world and is a complete sell out.  For knitters that still want a treat Debbie has developed a new offering – the Debbie Abrahams Bead Club.
Using the finest Japanese beads Debbie has asked four of her favourite designers to contribute an accessory design to the club, including Jane Crowfoot, Sarah Hazell, Sarah Hatton and Alison Crowther-Smith. Every other month members will receive an exclusive, seasonal pattern and an average of 3 packs of beads to create gorgeous projects such as a bag, a shawl and a beret. That’s a fantastic chance to sample 9,000 of the most gorgeous beads available.
The club is now open and costs just £75 but book now because places are running out fast. You can book your place at http://www.debbieabrahamsbeads.co.uk/bead-club
For press information contact Nicky Hale at Bluebear on 01707 320274