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There’s a mass of colour in this week’s update, and a much needed restock of 4ply British wool and nylon.

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The limited edition project bags are also ready.

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I felt the beautiful wool fabric needed something extra special on the inside.

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Apart from what I have to pay to the VAT man, all of the proceeds from the project bags will go to Armley Mills. They’ve worked incredibly hard to get open to quickly after horrendous flooding at the end of last year, and the money from these bags will allow them replace damaged equipment. Only 20 of these bags have been made, so you’ll be helping a great cause and owning something very special. 10 bags will go into the shop at 1300 tomorrow and the other 10 will come to Leeds Wool Festival on the 4th of June.

The newsletter will  out on Thursday and offers subscriber discounts, a free pattern and other treats. Make sure you don’t miss out and sign up now.

The yarns shown above will be available in the shop from 1300 on Thursday 26th May.

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The Shortlist

We’ve been running a competition with Louise Scollay who hosts the Knit British podcast.

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Louise and I set a challenge to design a colourway.

“To be in with a chance of winning you must get creative! Post a picture, a quote, a poem, describe a scene or an object and tell us the colours which it speaks or evokes to you. The colours from an inspiration source are not always as depicted in our mind, or are evoked in the same way.

You could win your colours painted on this lonely last skein of Wensleydale and Shetland 4ply – a yarn so lustrous and with such character and texture. Joy has only dyed these skeins in semi/solids and so the winner will truly have a unique, bespoke skein of yarn”

The competition closed last Friday and I’ve been left with the tricky but enjoyable task of picking a winner.

Both Louise and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered. There was such a glorious range of suggestions that I narrowed things down to short list and then slept on my final decision.

In order to make things as fair as possible, I started by asking Bobbie to copy all of the photos and words  out of the thread so I didn’t know who each entry belonged to.

Then I pondered a lot.

There were some images which were glorious but which needed really clear colours to show them off – so dyeing onto a silver base wouldn’t have done them justice.

There were two photos of the same butterfly (or more likely the same species).

There was lots of silver and yellow – and I loved all of these but I couldn’t come to a decision about a firm favourite out of them.

I have made a decision. Louise will announce the winner in her next podcast.

Until then we felt it would be fun to share the shortlist with you. I’ll talk a little about why I was especially drawn to these entries. These are in the order they were posted, so please don’t take that as any indication of what my favourite was.

My first short list entry was words rather than a picture.

Dark brown is the river,
Golden is the sand,
It flows along forever,
With trees on either hand
Green leaves a-floating
Castles of the foam
Boats of mine a-boating…
Where will all come home?

I love the mix between some very clear colours and other things which you’re left free to imagine. There’s also something intriguing about brown water rather than blue, even though the sand is golden.

My next short list entry was a picture with a wonderful description.

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I love the range of soft colours and how they pop against the dark background. The background is also very lovely, and I’m especially taken with the stripe of green about a third of the way from the top.

The next short list entry is another picture.

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I was very taken with all the shades of yellow in this, and how beautiful the section here the yellow and green meet is. I like that this isn’t an instantly ‘beautiful’ photo, and in some ways it looks quite odd and toxic (although I know it’s not) – and in spite of that the colours are stunning.

My next short list entry is the complete opposite of the photo above – it’s nature looking very natural.

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Again I’m especially drawn to the edges where the colours meet and  mix. The dark section on the right of the photo is what makes this palette stand out for me – enough contrast to be interesting without being overwhelming.

My next choice is a very pretty one.

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I love the colours – but what really makes this wok for me is the texture and the way it breaks the bands of colours up.

Next onto the (not very) short list is one of my favourite flowers.

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I love how the colour of the flowers shifts as they move through the photo, and the suggestion of bark on the path makes the blue and green pop.

My last short list entry is more words. Words that would delight any dyer.

“imagine the ‘nameless colours’ ‘colours you’d like to see, but one was puce, or perhaps more like Crimson, but not purpleish’ I love that..in my mind they ( the strange things) are Crimson and with darkness in there…but no purple of course.”

Once again thank you to everyone who entered. It’s been wonderful to see so many fantastic suggestions, and I’m sure we’ll look to run something like this again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knit British Podcast

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The Knit British podcast is one of my favourite things to listen to. It’s host Louise Scollay often keeps me company in the workshop. I’ve been hugely inspired by Louise’s love of all yarns British. Listening to her always leaves me both entertained and educated.

So when Louise asked if I’d be interviewed for the Knit British podcast I said yes. Yes with quite a few nerves if I’m honest – having to speak in public is never one of my favourite things, and this felt  worse.

It’s fair to say that it took about 30 seconds  with Louise for my nerves to vanish. It felt like chatting to a friend I’d known forever. I’m sure editing the episode was a bit of a challenge for Louise as she made me laugh so much.

So have a listen. Let me know what you think. And if you should find Louise and her microphone at any woolly events in the future make sure you say hello. You’ll be glad you did.

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Open Day at Purlesence – and Time in a Tent

I’m delighted to let you know that there’s a new place you can get Knitting Goddess yarns – Purlesence.

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If you’d like to go and have a squish this Saturday sees the launch of gorgeous British hand-dyed yarns from Knitting Goddess at Purlescence, so the open day is a great opportunity to come along and see the yarn ‘in the flesh’. The yarns on show will include British yarn spun exclusively for Knitting Goddess and will include semi-solids, variegated, self-striping, gradient sets and colour wheels. You’ll also have the chance to see knit print fat quarters – perfect if the new series of Sewing Bee has inspired you.

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While the open day is going on at Purlesence. we’ll be in the craft tent at Shepley folk festival. We’ll have a selection of yarns, bags, fat quarters – and beads. There will be different craft demonstrations, so if you’re in the area come and say hello.

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If you can’t make either event the online shop is always open.

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Shop Update 19.05.16

This week’s update is all about Britsock.

The yarns shown below are now in the shop, and clicking on the links will take you straight to them.

Britsock colour wheels

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From Gold towards Pink

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From Pink towards Turquoise

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From Turquoise towards Gold

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All three sets together

Semi solid Britsock

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Palest Cream

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Cloud

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Pearl

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Silver

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Antique Silver

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Gunmetal

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Green

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Teal

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Pea pod

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Dog Rose

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Heather

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Walnut

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Blackened Orange

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Copper Red

Shop now and your yarn could be with you for the weekend.

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Joy & Bobbie

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This week is all about the Britsock.

Gorgeous semi solid colours.

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Beautiful mini skeins

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The newsletter will  out on Thursday and offers subscriber discounts and other treats. Make sure you don’t miss out and sign up now.

The yarns shown above will be available in the shop from 1300 on Thursday 19th May.

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Leeds Wool Festival

Leeds Wool Festival takes place on Saturday 4th June. There are still some early bird tickets available and you can buy them here.

When there was widespread flooding at the start of the year Armley Mills was badly hit. It’s a great venue which is used by lots of local groups. It felt like it would be nice to do something to help raise some money for them.

So we’ve been printing.

We’ll have a limited edition run of 20 bags for sale. Apart from the money I need to give to the VAT man all other proceeds will be donated to Armley Mills.

I had a lovely time with the design for this as I was lucky enough to be allowed to play with the museum logo.

Here’s the print.

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We found the gorgeous wool fabric in Dewsbury, and snapped up everything that was left on the roll. That means I still have some of this to play with.

So far I have a pile of printed panels which have been heat set and interfaced, so over the next few days I’ll be spending a fair bit of quality time with the sewing machine.

Once I have a finished bag to photograph I’ll add the bags to the shop and we’ll take preorders. Bags can be collected at the festival, or will be posted on Friday 3rd June.

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