I know it’s been a while since I last updated this site, but I promise I will try to do better this year! And to kick things off here is a list of the yarn festivals I will be vending at this year. There are lots of new shows which I haven’t done before which I am very excited about, it’s always fun to go to a new festival!
March 11th-12th Buxton Wool Gathering, Buxton. You can read all about the event and buy your tickets here: https://buxtonwool.co.uk/
I have also applied to other shows for later on in the year but they have not yet announced their vendors for this year. As soon as I find out if I’m accepted I shall update the list to include the new shows too.
Falling leaves is a set that I first created back in around 2016, before the days of Flora Fibres and learning about the world of all the fabulous plant based yarns. So I thought it was about time that I reworked the pattern to be compatible with both my new yarn and also the ethos of my company.
I have reworked the original pattern so that it looks just the same as it originally did, but is now designed specifically for my lovely DK weight Tencel yarn. As you may know this is a yarn which does not inherently have any stretch, which you might think would make it unsuitable for a garment such as a hat for which some amount of stretch is obviously necessary to keep the hat on your head! However it works very well with stitch patterns which give it the elasticity needed, such as rib stitch and lace stitches, both of which are used in this pattern. Tencel is also a wonderful choice for hats and scarves as it is a thermoregulating yarn which will keep you wonderfully cosy when it is cold out, but you won’t overheat on warmer days. I tested this myself by wearing my falling leaves hat to my children’s tennis competitions this week. As the rest of me slowly froze as I stood there, I was delighted to find my head and ears were perfectly warm and cosy!
The complete set uses 2 x 100g skeins of DK weight Tencel, with 50g needed for the hat, and 100g (or more if desired!) for the scarf, and is knitted on 3mm needles. The pattern includes 2 hat sizes: small for a head circumference of around 51-52cm, and medium/large for a head circumference of 56-57cm. The scarf as shown measures around 165cm, but includes instructions for making it both longer and wider to suit your needs. The pattern comes with both written instructions, and charts, and it includes tips on correctly blocking a Tencel hat to ensure the best fit.
The pattern set is available in both my Ravelry store, and from my Etsy shop, and for this first week (until Sunday 26th February) I will be running an offer in my Etsy store where if you buy both the yarn and the pattern at the same time then you will get the pattern free*!
(*Unfortunately I can’t set my Etsy shop up to give the pattern away free with a yarn purchase, so instead if you buy the yarn and the pattern in the same transaction then I will manually refund the cost of the pattern. This was the best way I could think of to achieve this, and works out the same in the end!)
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!
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!
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)
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!
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!
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!
‘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!
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:
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.
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!
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!
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!