Facebook 500 Likes Challenge


Admittedly, I’ve been awful at this blogging business. As well as running Vegan Yarn Store, I have a full time job so finding the time to blog has been more difficult than I imagined!

But here I am on my second post in as many days, and I want to tell you about a challenge I’ve set up over on our Facebook page to get to 500 likes.

The aim is to get to 500 likes by the end of November and, if we do so, I have something very special in store to offer as a thank you. Last time we ran a similar challenge I offered a whopping 25% discount so get sharing to find out what I have in store!

Thanks for your continued support – you’re awesome :)
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Rice Pudding with Blueberry Jam- Vegan MoFo 2014

Vegan Yarn Store:

A classic pudding veganised for Vegan Mofo <3

Originally posted on veghotpot:

Oatly Rice Pudding

Rice pudding was a real favourite when we were kids. Whether is was home baked or poured out of a can it was always served with a big dollop of jam in the middle! It is something about the contract between creamy warm rice and the cold sharp jam that made this one of the most moreish puddings ever.

It isn’t something I eat too often any more but I knew I had to include it this month because it brings back such nostalgia and it can be enjoyed by kids and adults.

Traditionally rice pudding is made with milk and sugar and can either be made on the stove top or it can be baked in the oven. It is thought that rice pudding was invented in Asia, which makes sense since rice is such a staple food there, however different cultures have adapted their own versions. Flavourings such as…

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Vegan Yarn Store

Vegan Yarn Store:

Here’s a little article written about VYS by local group OxVeg.

Originally posted on OxVeg:

Launched on 14 February 2014, the aim of Vegan Yarn Store is to connect with the best commercial and artisan yarn suppliers and offer the most comprehensive stock of yarns available to vegan crafters. The store has been entirely self-funded by long-time vegan Kelly Ryan and she has big plans to expand over the coming months.

Oxford-based Kelly writes: “Vegan Yarn Store was initially dreamt up in early 2013 during a visit to a new local yarn store, where not a single skein of yarn was animal fibre free! As both a long time vegan and knitter/crocheter I’d experienced problems like this before and it dawned upon me that I couldn’t be the only person experiencing these issues! During the following weeks the idea of creating a dedicated web shop for vegan crafters persisted and over the course of a year, with a small budget and a lot of love…

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Pattern: Vegan Hemp Back Scrub

This weekend I whipped up a little project that I’m completely in love with and I want to share the pattern with you. It’s simple, practical and organic so what’s not to love?!

This back scrub can be knitted up really quickly and is a great way to stay creative throughout a Netflix marathon as you don’t really need to look or memorise any stitch pattern. Give yourself some time to get used to the texture of the yarn – it’s firm and doesn’t have much give but once you get into in there will be no stopping you.

You’ll need:

1 ball of organic hemp yarn

5.5mm circular knitting needles

Large eye darning needle

The pattern:

Cast on 2 stitches, leaving a long tail (for sewing later) and knit an i-cord for 6-7 inches

Once your i-cord is the desired length, cast on a further 10 stitches (total 12 stitches) and knit each row until you reach a length of around 20 inches.

Cast off all but 2 of the stitches. Knit another i-cord to match the length of the first. Cast off remaining two stitches and cut to leave a long tail.

Attach the two ends of the i-cord to create handles and that’s it! You have a nice new scrubby companion to share your shower time with!


Kelly x

Facebook Challenge: Help us reach 300 likes!


If you’ve ever followed or known somebody who runs a small business and has a Facebook page, you’ll know their prices for advertising are quite steep for us little people. I am loathed to pay Facebook for advertising as this cuts into the discounts and offers that I can pass on to you, so I am often thinking of novel ways that I can spread the word and give you something back in return.

With this in mind, during the month of April I have set a challenge to reach 300 likes on our Facebook Page. As it stands, we have 252 and I’m hoping that an increase of 48 new people on board is doable but I need your help!

All you need to do is share this particular Facebook post and in return if we make it 300 before the end of April I’ll be giving you back something crazy-awesome which I’m sure you’re going to love!

Thanks for you support,

Kelly x

We Have a Blog!

It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally gotten around to creating a blog to compliment the store.

Here you’ll find a shed load of information about what’s going on behind the scenes, who’s involved in Vegan Yarn Store, what projects we have on the go and what fabulous yarns we have coming to you.

Today I was so happy to finally receive a package all the way from Canada. The yarn took 9 weeks to arrive, as it came the old fashioned land and sea way but I’m sure you’ll agree  it was worth the wait. You can find these yarns over at the store.

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Kelly x


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