Little Red in the City

 Ysolda Teague‘s new book, Little Red in the City, will change the way you think about knitting garments for the rest of your life.  Ysolda, a young designer based out of Scotland, has been working on this book for quite some time and the effort she put into the book shines through on every page.

The information she covers about pattern altering and sizing is impressive in it’s scope and clarity.  I can not think of a knitter who doesn’t need this book in their knitting library.  This hefty tome goes in-depth on bust shaping, choosing the correct size and doing everything you can to guarantee that a finished project will fit the way you desire.

Presented in a down-to-earth tone, Ysolda does a fantastic job of addressing the potentially sticky issues of women’s body shapes and sizing. The abundant illustrations are filled with side notes and kernels of information.

In the first part of the book, Ysolda also covers how to select substitute yarns and all the factors to account for when changing yarns.  As someone who assists people in substituting yarns everyday, I thought this section was particularly well done.  If more people paid attention to this information, there would be fewer people disappointed when their project doesn’t turn out as they hoped.

Techniques are well-illustrated and sometimes a few different methods for completing each technique are presented.


The range of sizes included for the six patterns is impressive and encompasses a lot of sizing information. The patterns are presented in a style reminiscent of a fill-in-the-blanks worksheets, with the numbers supplied by a chart. Each pattern has design notes and tidbits on fitting the piece.

Hand-written notes show how the math is figured for altering sizes or areas.

The patterns themselves are all knit-worthy, my top two being the vest above (Angostura) and the hooded jacket below (Melia).


Best of all, in addition to all the information covered, each hard copy of the book comes with a  code to download the e-book version for free, making it possible to access the information on pretty much any mobile device you have handy.  The patterns can be printed out individually and the numbers filled out without having to make copies from the book.

We have ONE signed copy of Little Red in the City to give away.  Leave us a comment below telling us what you struggle most with when making sweaters and we’ll randomly choose a winner. Comments will close Thursday July 21 at noon, Central.

Welcome Back!

Hello folks! We are so glad to be back in this space and ready to go with a brand new blog and a brand new website on the way. By now, most of you have noticed that we have been off the web for quite a while – our website was comprised by unscrupulous people and we took down everything in order to prevent anything more harmful occurring. The silver lining is that we had a new website already in the pipeline, although we have had to significantly ramp up work on the new site for an earlier implementation. We will let you know about the unveiling of the new area for shopping online as soon as possible. In the meantime, A Woolie Tale is back up and we are bursting full of new yarns, new patterns and new fiber-y toys to share with you. As always, please feel free to email us with any comments or suggestions (or really awesome things that you think we might like to share).

Don’t be surprised if this page sometimes looks a little different – some of the site cosmetics are still undergoing changes, but we would rather have this space open to you instead of a longer waiting period.

All the Ewes would like to thank you for your loyalty and support and we can’t wait to get started again. To that end, we have a GIVEAWAY!

We have our latest Spud and Chloe at the Farm kit, which includes the yarn needed to make the Brown Cow and the Mice (2 hanks of Ice Cream #7500, 1 hank each of Root Beer #7503 and Watermelon #7512).

We’re also including Spud and Chloe’s new tape measure and a cowbell for Brown Cow.

To win, tell us what you plan on work on during the summer – doesn’t have to be knitting or crochet (although we certainly like that best). Are you learning to scuba? Are you sitting in the air conditioning waiting for the heat to go away? Are you planning to learn a new knitting or crochet skill? We want to know! Leave us a comment and we’ll use the random number generator to choose a winner. We’re giving you five whole days to enter, so comments will close Saturday June 25 at 7 pm Central.

If you don’t win the kit, don’t worry, we have them in the store for $55 each (so you’ll receive free shipping).  You can reach us at 1-800-460-YARN.


photos from Spud and Chloe at the Farm by Susan B. Anderson and