What does semi-solid mean? Your guide to hand dyed yarns..

Posted: July 07, 2018

What does semi-solid mean? Your guide to hand dyed yarns..

Ever wondered what terms like semi-solid, variegated, or OOAK mean? Hopefully this blog post will help explain and guide you through the myriad of hand dyed yarns that are available now. Firstly let me tell you a bit about production of hand dyed yarn, which will give you some context. It arrives from the mill in un-dyed skeins, meaning that the wool is not bleached or anything, it’s simply in its natural colour (in this case cream). When they process it they wind it into skeins (also known as hanks), and add a few ties to keep the skeins neat....


#FOFriday - is it cheating if it's really small??

Posted: November 10, 2017

#FOFriday - is it cheating if it's really small??

Further to my previous post about an old FO that I've only just got photos of, this post is about a much smaller FO which I did actually make this week... and I managed to get it finished and photographed by Friday..!  For now - these are my Lambing Mitts. This is a pattern by Veronika Jobe for Tolt Yarn and Wool - it's on Ravelry HERE.  I made these to test out a new yarn we're bringing out in a couple of weeks - Bowland Aran. We've had Bowland DK and Bowland 4ply (was BFL Sock) for years -...


The big summer Titus update: more info

Posted: July 31, 2017

The big summer Titus update: more info

Hello! As you may know, we're having an update tonight (31.07.17), which is all about the Titus.. We have Titus 4ply; an ECY classic of superwash merino/silk, which knits up with great drape and stitch definition. You can see all the amazing Ravelry projects in it HERE. Below is a little taster of the 4ply, but you can see a FULL preview of everything that'll be available over on our Facebook event page which we created for this update (we're going to be doing that for all updates going forward as it's a brilliant way to be able to post ...


Preview of Friday's hand dyed yarn update: Bowland 4ply

Posted: June 28, 2017

Preview of Friday's hand dyed yarn update: Bowland 4ply

Here's the second yarn in Friday's update (Friday the 30th of June at 8pm).. this is a yarn that should be very familiar to most of you as BFL Sock. However... it has always bugged me that I never came up with a better name for this yarn. It's daft really because I've had Bowland DK for years, and it never occurred to me that the 4ply version of the same yarn might be Bowland 4ply. Anyway... it is now!  I've updated it in Ravelry and you can see all the projects made in it over the years HERE. Moving...


Preview of Friday's hand dyed yarn update: Harewood 4ply

Posted: June 28, 2017

Preview of Friday's hand dyed yarn update: Harewood 4ply

Friday's update has a bit of a BFL theme to it, with two different superwash British Bluefaced Leicester yarns. It goes live at 8pm on Friday the 30th so set your alarms! So the first yarn is Harewood 4ply - this is a high twist yarn as you can see from the texture; it's slightly woolly but has good stitch definition and drape. It's one of the yarns used in Justyna Lorkowska (aka Lete's Knits)'s Holyrood shawl - this was our second Edinburgh Yarn Festival shawl collaboration. If you look on the Ravelry pattern page HERE the top photo shows...


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