Lots of Love for Loads of Yarns!
We are over the moon about so so many yarn deliveries that have arrived this week. We’ve had a bumper crop of shipments from some of our most coveted brands and we are frolicking in all the soft, woolly goodness!
We have an incredible array of new colours of Qing Dashing, the stunning base from Qing Fibre. We are totally in awe of this base and everything London-based dyer Layla Qing does with it. The silky shine, the way the colours just take to the ultra fine South African merino, and the incredible stitch definition make it a fabulous all-arounder that will really bring out the best in any project. And if you’re looking for more dreaminess from Qing, Veranita has also just arrived in the shop in all its soft, cashmere glory. These two bases can be held together for extra wow factor and each is also totally gorgeous on its own. Thank you Layla!
Next up we have three stash staples: Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock, Merry Merino 70 by Kremke Soul Wool, and De Rerum Natura Gilliat. It’s hard to find a sock yarn more perfect that LITLG’s Fine Sock. Superwash merino makes it super easy to care for, a touch of nylon makes it extra hard-wearing, the hand-colouring makes it gorgeous to work with and wear, and the muelsing-free promise gives you ultimate peace of mind.
Merry Merino 70 is the super squishy, thick stuff of dreams. Not only is it extra pillowy, but almost everyone agrees it feels totally non-itchy and can even be washed in at 30 degrees on a delicate cycle thanks to a special, nature-friendly enzyme treatment. Gilliat is a real “old faithful” type of yarn. It’s suitable for DK to worsted-weight projects and comes in a wide array of solid colours, but its reliability in no way means it’s run of the mill. De Rerum has serious environmental chops and they think about every aspect of wool production, from raising sheep according to ancient practices to purifying their water before it re-enters public supply. This is truly a yarn you can feel good about.
CaMaRose beauties have also landed, including super fluffy, lightweight, and warm Snefnug and wonderful Lama and Lama Tweed, which pull off the trick of looking rustic while actually being amazingly soft. CaMaRose yarns are great for anything that goes close to your face, garments for little ones, and super special sweaters for grown-ups too!
Woolfolk’s Far and Flette are two really special and unique yarns, each with their own individual characteristics. Far‘s chainette construction makes it a worsted weight yarn with a difference, bringing dimension and structure to whatever you make. It’s great for cosy cold-weather projects and really stunning in blankets. Susan is using it for her new Pressed Flowers Shawl and it looks stunning. Flette, meaning “braid”, takes inspiration from the Bouclé yarns of the past but uses modern technology to improve the experience of working with it. Both of these yarns are so soft they need to be felt to be believed.
Finally, we’re really excited about some gorgeous little packs we’ve made up of pink and coral Koigu yarn with a boulette of (Vi)Laines silk mohair in “Robbing the Bakery”. These are the perfect little bundles for one-skein projects like the Sophie Scarf, Sola Scarf, or any other little accessory to add the perfect pop to your spring wardrobe! Plus they come with a Dove of Peace project bag. What could be more perfect? Check out our One-Offs section for these and so many other unique treats.
The wait is very nearly over for Tomomi Mimura’s brand new book and we are counting the seconds! The artist behind Mimstermade is about to release the third instalment in her series of embroidery and stitching books, this time themed around “small darning”. Whether you’re looking to turn little imperfections into glorious embellishments or create wearable trinkets, this book is absolutely the ticket. It’s available to preorder now on our website and we will ship orders as soon as these wonderful books arrive! We also have Mimster Rabbit Kits, specially designed Enneste Yarns for Mimster and her earlier book Embroidery with Darning Stitch in stock now.
A brand new sunny-side-up Happy Tape Measure has arrived to join our happy little troupe of sweet haberdashery tools by Lindsay Degen. But cuteness isn’t all this little tool has going for it. The lovely leather used here is deadstock, aka the bits left over from other projects and orders. We love a tool that doesn’t create waste! And of course as with all Degen tools there’s never any compromise on quality or durability. Check out all the other beauties from Lindsay, including the acorn haberdashery box, needle holder, and latch tool!
My oh my, these new embroidery hoops from Nurge are utterly glorious. The quality and attention to detail here is totally unparalleled and will keep any stitching work securely in place, from embroidery to embellishing knits to punch needle. Plus they’re just a delight to hold and work with. When it comes to tools, you know we seek out the best quality, and in terms of embroidery hoops these are the crème de la crème. Available in three different sizes (130mm, 160mm, and 220mm) and all a stunning 16mm deep, these gorgeous embroidery hoops are made of hard beech wood and carefully sanded and polished by hand.
We will very soon have kits for the gorgeous Polina Pullover by Teti Lutsak (@tetisknitgarden) using
G-uld yarns. Inspired by the art of art of Polina Raiko, a self-taught painter from Ukraine, this sweater is full of subtle yet gorgeous features, and just enough colourwork to keep it interesting. Teti is currently running a KAL for this pattern through her Ravelry page. You can check out the latest in her discussion boards and get excited to knit your own when our kits land!
Our free knitting help session for February is this Sunday the 11th from 10:30 am to noon. No need to book, just drop us an email if you need help with something more complex, like fisherman’s rib or advanced cables.
If you’re planning to come to the shop next week, please keep in mind we’re doing a bit more decorating and will be closed Wednesday 14 February. We will open as usual from Thursday the 15th. You can always double check our opening hours and special exceptions on our website.