New Yarn Bases!

Hi there! How are you doing? I hope that, like me, you’re beginning to feel like the end is in sight and some sort of normality is slowly returning to the world. Between getting my first dose of vaccination this weekend, and some yarn festivals tentatively planning to go ahead in the autumn , I’m definitely feeling my spirits start to lift.

All of which has helped kickstart my creativity, and I’m very excited to share my new yarn bases with you!

Recycled Cotton

First up is this fabulous, 100% recycled cotton. It is great for a wide range of projects, from cushion covers and scrubbies, to clothes and accessories. The yarn is very similar in looks and feel to yarns such as DROPS bomull-lin (which is a linen/cotton blend). It doesn’t have the smooth, shiny look of new cotton. This gives it a gorgeous matt texture and stops it from being a slippery yarn to work with. It is an aran or worsted weight yarn so works up quite quickly, making it ideal for quick projects.
See the whole collection here.

DK weight Tencel

The yarn Gods have finally listened to my plea to create a heavier weight Tencel yarn, and here it is in all its lustrous glory! As fabulously soft, shiny and drapey as the 4 ply version, these 100g skeins are DK (double knit) weight, and measure 225m each. This yarn is perfect for all your summery knits, from tank tops and tees to lightweight jumpers and shawls. But don’t discount it for cooler weather knits too, Tencel has excellent thermoregulation properties, keeping you cosy in winter as well as cool in summer.

For this first batch I have 80 skeins available, in 36 gorgeous dye lots. Whilst some of the lots are large enough for sweater quantities, most only have 2 skeins, so if you would like help putting together your ideal palette for your project then please just ask!

You can get yours here.

Oh, and there’s one more new yarn base still to come, but I’m not finished dyeing it all yet! It’s a fabulous aran weight Pima cotton, which I will share with you when it is available in the shop.

Grand reopening!

Hello my lovelies!

So it’s been a while since my last post here, but never mind because I’m back again with a huge shop update ready for the grand reopening of my Etsy shop tomorrow! (6pm BST on 2nd October 2020)

Banana yarn rainbow

As you can see it’s a very colourful, rainbowy (is that a word? I feel like it should be a word) sort of shop update, whether you’re looking for just one colour or for the whole spectrum there’s lots to choose from, no matter whether you’re looking for Tencel, cotton or even banana yarn!

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Speaking of choice I even have a brand new yarn for you to try out! This beauty is pineapple yarn, and it’s a gorgeous, eco friendly bast fibre, which means the fibres were peeled from the leaves in a similar way to linen production, and not broken down in a chemical extraction process. As a bast fibre yarn it will benefit from a little breaking in, the same as other bast fibres such as linen or hemp. But a little effort will leave you with a surprisingly soft yarn, making it all worth while.

It is extracted from the leaves of the pineapple plant, after the fruit has been harvested. What used to happen was the farmers would then clear their fields and burn all the leaves to make space for the next crop. But now we’re saving that plant matter from being burned, which is obviously better for the environment, and the farmers are gaining a second income from selling what was otherwise a waste product. It’s really a win-win!

Pineapple yarn rainbow

There will also be another brand new section added to the shop, which contains ready made, hand woven creations made by me, using my hand dyed yarns. It will include 2 scarves, a cowl, and 2 little bags, and I have plans for the next lot of new additions already!

And finally a quick note for the spinners and sock knitters amongst you: you’ll notice tomorrow that these sections are looking rather empty as I’m not quite done with all the dyeing yet. No need to feel neglected however as there will be lots of choice for you too, when they’re ready in a week or two!

New pattern: Love You Forever Scarf

Next up is a pattern for all you Tencel fans!


‘Love you forever’ is a wonderfully sweet and deceptively simple pattern, designed as a perfect accompaniment for Flora Fibres Yarn Tencel yarn. The repeating heart lace pattern is only 12 rows long, making it suitable for most abilities from confident beginners onwards, and all stitches used in the pattern are fully explained.

The incredibly soft and silky feeling Tencel yarn makes this scarf feel delightful to the touch, while the breathable fibres will help keep you cosy but not overheated. The finished scarf also drapes beautifully, so it is sure to become a wardrobe favourite. Wear it out and about to keep you cosy, or wear it all day as a fabulous addition to your outfit!


Same as with Lovers Lattice, this is a free pattern to provide you with some inspiration for what to use the lovely Tencel yarn for. And if you make one please do tag me, I’d love to see!

Love you forever scarf

Happy knitting!

New pattern: Lovers Lattice Shawl

Since the launch of my new banana and Tencel yarns at Aberdeen Yarn Fest earlier this year I have been asked for ideas of what to use the yarn for. And as I always try to keep my lovely customers happy I have created 2 new knitting patterns, one for each yarn, to inspire you!

First up is “Lovers Lattice” knitted in the gorgeous banana yarn:








Beatifully soft and delightfully drapey, this simple yet elegant shawl is the perfect addition to any wardrobe. It can be worn draped over the shoulders as a traditional triangular shawl, or bunched up and worn as a light but chunky feeling scarf, making it suitable for year round wear.

Designed as a perfect project to accompany Flora Fibres’ banana yarn, this pattern is suitable for all skill levels from confident beginner onwards. The banana yarn creates a wonderfully lightweight fabric with a lovely touch of interest from the slight boucle effect. And as it only uses 80g of yarn, you will still have some left over from a single skein to allow you to create something else fabulous!

The pattern only requires you to know a few basic stitches (k2t, ssk and yo), as well as knit and purl, all of which are explained in the pattern.

I am offering the pattern as a free download to inspire you with your knitting, in return all I ask is that you tag me on social media if you share photos – I love to see my yarn in action! Get your copy here:

Lovers Lattice Shawl

Happy knitting!

WoolNEss 2019

Next up in this summer’s yarn festival schedule for me is the inaugural WoolNEss festival in Newcastle! (does this count as me going international…?)

I’m very excited to be a part of this new event, which aims to promote the benefits of crafting for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. How lovely is that?!

The event will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of August (the marketplace will be open on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th) at the Life Science Centre, which is conveniently located right next to Newcastle central station.

I’m very excited to be a part of this new event, and being in a different region hopefully it will mean I can get to meet some more of you in real life! You can read more about the event and buy your tickets for it here.

Aberdeen Yarn Fest

Oops, I see it’s been a while since I updated things on here. Sorry everyone! So now get ready for a bunch of information coming your way about upcoming events and exciting new products:

First up I’m delighted to (re)announce (for those who follow me on social media you will already know this) that I will once again be attending the Aberdeen Yarn Fest this year. It is to be held in the Doubletree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops hotel on Sunday 9th of June, and looks set to be an amazing event!

I will have a whole array of gorgeous things to bring to the festival, including lots and lots of spinning fibre (braids and batts!), hand spun yarn, both my recycled and regular cotton yarns, and also some all new Tencel, and Banana yarns too! (More on those to follow)

You can read more about the event and get your tickets here. You will find me at stand 10!

Will I see you there?

Virtual market this weekend!

Hello! I’m very excited to invite you to my virtual market this weekend for the online launch of my new aluminium shawl pins! Up till now these have only been available to buy from me in person at yarn festivals, but in this market they are now available to everyone!

There are styles to suit everyone and lots of colours too, with both classic Celtic designs, and more modern and colourful interpretations, also shapes inspired by nature, and curvy, free-form, quite organic shapes.

With Christmas just around the corner these also make ideal stocking fillers or small gifts, or why not treat yourself?! After all, it’s not yarn so it doesn’t count as stash enhancement!

The event starts shortly (at 8pm GMT 23/11/18) over on my Facebook page.

Items will be sold on a first come, first served basis, and the shawl pins are all individually numbered so you can easily tell them apart. To buy something please comment with the password (which I shall reveal at the start of the event) underneath the photo(s) that you wish to purchase, and when you are finished shopping please send me a facebook message containing your email address (for me to send your PayPal invoice to) along with the item number(s) you wish to purchase. Postage will be added to the invoice, calculated based on the number of items purchased, and will be based on royal mail first class (UK) or International Standard shipping (everywhere else). If you wish to pay for faster shipping please say so in your message. You will have 24 hours from receipt of your invoice to pay it, and if you don’t then the shawl pins will be offered to the next in line.

The market runs all weekend, until 10pm GMT on Sunday 25th November, so anyone participating in Buy Nothing Day will still be able to join in tomorrow or Sunday.

When the event is over any unsold items will be added to my Etsy shop, so you’ll have a second chance to buy something then.

The available shawl pins are all in the album I’ve linked to below, which is where the market will be taking place. See you there!

Take me to the market!



Easily wind a centre pull ball of yarn (without a ball winder!)

Have you ever got yourself in a tangle trying to turn a skein of yarn in to a usable ball? Or chased a ball of yarn across the floor whilst wishing instead it could be centre pull yarn cake? But you don’t have a ball winder? No problem! Let me show you a really simple way to make your very own centre pull yarn cake using no equipment other than your own two hands!

It’s Christmas in July!

I’ll be honest, I do love Christmas but I genuinely thought “Christmas in July” was just something the Girl Scouts made up when I was doing Camp America some years ago! But it appears it also exists in Etsy-land so I’m quite happy to embrace the Christmas spirit, despite the warm weather, and use today to launch my very exciting new advent calendars!

Yarn lovers advent calendar!

The ideal way for all true yarn lovers to count down to Christmas! Containing 24 days of individually wrapped and numbered, botanically dyed skeins, plus optional extras, this is a gift to make this festive season extra special, either for yourself or for your favourite yarn addict!

This is available with several different options, depending on how much yarn you want (either 10g or 20g per day), which fibre(s) you would like (organic cotton, linen, hemp and tencel), and whether you’ve got space in your project bag for just a few more helpful extras!

The boxes are now available to pre-order. All orders must be placed by the end of September (but the sooner the better as numbers are limited!), and the boxes will ship at the beginning of November.

Spinners don’t despair: I’ve got you covered too!

These boxes will also contain 24 days of individually wrapped fibre-y treats, made up of 22 x 25g of botanically dyed fibre braids (2 of each of rose, seacell, mint, bamboo, tencel, soybean, carbonised bamboo, ramie, hemp, banana, and flax), 25g of mixed fibre rolags, and a 25g mixed fibre batt.

As with the yarn advent calendar, this is also a pre-order and numbers are limited. These too need to be ordered by the end of September and will be shipped at the beginning of November in time for the festive season.

Get yours here!

Happy “Christmas in July”!

Flora Fibres, Privacy, and You

In line with the new GDPR regulations coming into effect on May 25th 2018 I have updated my privacy policy. Please read on to find out how this effects you, and what I will be doing with your information (spoiler alert: nothing you weren’t expecting me to!). However if you have any further questions about this policy, please feel free to contact me.

Privacy Policy

As fans and customers of Flora Fibres Yarn I may hold some information about you (such as your name, email address or postal address). This information does not include your bank details or other financial information, as this is held securely by the processing companies, whether you are buying products from my Etsy store, patterns from my Ravelry store, or paying an invoice via PayPal. These companies never share this information with me, or anyone else, and for more information about each of these companies you can view their privacy policies here:

Etsy’s privacy policy, Ravelry’s privacy policy, PayPal’s privacy policy.

How I collect information

My mailing list is managed using Mailchimp, and by signing up for it you will be kept in touch with what’s going on in the world of Flora Fibres. You will only end up on this mailing list if you have chosen to sign up yourself (which you can do here), or if you have specifically asked to join the mailing list, for example by completing a “join our mailing list” form at a yarn festival. I will never add people to the list without their consent, and you are always able to leave the list at any time by unsubscribing, the link to do it is at the bottom of every email I send.

Whenever you place an order from Flora Fibres Yarn, either directly or through Etsy or Ravelry, you provide me with sufficient information to process the order for you.

The website provider I use, WordPress, has cookies enabled for this site to make sure your computer (or other device) is recognised if you visit here again. It verifies who you are, for example if you are a fellow WordPress user and are logged in to your account, or if you have commented on any of my posts.

Who has access to your information

In a word: me! As the sole maker, creator and all round business woman behind Flora Fibres Yarn I am the only one who ever has access to your information. And I never, ever pass that information on to other people. Promise. Not even if they say please.

When you sign up for my mailing list, your details are also held securely on the Mailchimp servers. You can read about their privacy policy here and also their terms of use.

When you pay for an order through Etsy, Ravelry or PayPal, they will also hold some information about you. You can see their privacy policies here:

Etsy’s privacy policy, Ravelry’s privacy policy, PayPal’s privacy policy.

How I use your information

When you place an order for a physical item you provide me with your name and postal address which I use to send your order to you. I retain proof of postage for all orders in the hopefully unlikely event that something should get lost in the post. The receipts, which do not contain all of your personal information, are nonetheless all stored securely.

I send out (semi) regular newsletters to those who have joined my mailing list. By joining the list you can expect to receive information such as previews of new stock, to product development, upcoming events and the general news.

If you have contacted me about any of my products or patterns, you can expect to hear from me using the contact information you have provided.

In the unlikely event that I decide to stop rolling around in big piles of lovely yarn and do something completely different, I will contact you first so that you can decide if you still want to receive newsletters from me.

How I store information

Mailchimp hosts details of all members of my mailing list on their secure servers.

I keep an electronic spreadsheet of customers who have bought products from me, and this is solely used for accounting and tax purposes. Only your name, and not contact details or any other information, is held in it (businesses need to keep sales records for at least 6 years). This spreadsheet is kept on my password protected computer, in my house and is not visible to others.

I have access to my Etsy and Ravelry stores, and mailing list, on my smartphone and tablet which do leave the house with me, but again these are both password protected and I never access your details on unsecured public wi-fi where security might be an issue.

Your rights

You can at any time ask me what details I hold on you, and I will happily give you full details free of charge. You also have the right to ask that your details be deleted, amended or transferred. And if you ever change your mind about what information you want me to hold on your behalf, please just contact me.