The Thornfield Collection

Posted: June 20, 2016

The Thornfield Collection

With British summer now in full swing, it feels like we can just about manage with some lighter knitwear now.. So when it's raining and windy outside but not actually that cold, what better than a light lace beret? The Thornfield Collection comprises three pieces by Jane Burns (of Lazy Sunday Socks fame - blogged HERE), featuring the most beautiful combination of lace, cables, and optional sparkly beads. The gorgeousness of Askham 4ply (baby alpaca/silk blend) lends itself so well. I'm sure many of you will pick up on the reference - Jane says, "The collection was inspired by my favourite...


Surprise update..

Posted: June 16, 2016

Surprise update..

Today we have a surprise update for you. Except this is a preview for it making it less of a surprise now. Firstly, there are the Tunny kits I mentioned a couple of days ago - they're new, and there'll also be six kits for the pink/grey Holyrood shawl using Bedale 4ply (baby yak/silk). (the above photo is courtesy of Justyna Lorkowska - she designed this beautiful shawl) There's also a sale going on on a wide range of our patterns. Basically I'm wanting to move from A4 to A5 because A5 is so much more practical (for home storage,...


Some thoughts about imaging

Posted: June 14, 2016

Some thoughts about imaging

I occasionally indulge myself in a flat lay. If you don't know what that is, it's an image composed on a flat surface, essentially. The thing is, and this in itself is weird, flat lays have become somewhat controversial within the social media context. Lots of people love them; lots of people think they're overly-curated/styled and too fake. As always, I rather think all view points are valid and there's no right answer. Anyway, I'm not here to be controversial (hell no), but it's something pertinent to me so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it. As I said,...


Leeds Wool Festival 2016

Posted: June 10, 2016

Leeds Wool Festival 2016

To start with: thankyou to everyone who came to Leeds Wool Festival last weekend. It was a brilliant show - busy, friendly, and happy. As you know, I love Armley Mills, so it was an absolute joy just to spend time there, but add to that the lovely atmosphere of the show and it was just a really good day out. Lots of people commented on my top hat - I bought it at Leeds Steampunk Market at Armley Mills last year, and have decorated it with strips of silk fabric (the pink is hand dyed.. obvs). There were lambs outside...


This week at ECY

Posted: June 10, 2016

This week at ECY

Another hectic week rolls by.. there's been a lot of yarn, as always. The amazingly good drying weather helped. It makes the laborious tasks (tying, twisting, and labelling) a lot more enticing when they afford the opportunity to sit outside and do them. It's not new this week but is still pretty new - I finally made myself a proper blush shade. I've been meaning to for ages, but somehow never got around to it. I love dusky pinks and apricots - well anything dusky really, so now I've got a proper blush I think it widens the palette. It...


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