KnitBritish Woolly Muckers

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to tell you about this collaboration.

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The lovely Louise of KnitBritish has been thinking of ways to help fund the KnitBritish podcast.

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It would have been pretty easy to sign up a load of sponsors who had only the most tenuous links to British wool – but Louise being Louise that was never going to happen.

Instead the idea of the KnitBritish Woolly Muckers was born.

There will be a very limited numbers of listener sponsorship spots available – just 10 for 2017.

Part of the reward for this is a screen printed project bag.  There’s lots more too – it’s an amazing package.

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If you don’t manage to secure one of the 10 spots you can also support the podcast by buying a tote bag.

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Both the sponsorship spots and bags will be on sale by the end of the month. Right now you can find out more here.

This was a lovely project to work on with Louise – and I’m looking forward to more collaborating as we decide on the next KnitBritish colours for our Two Flocks yarn.

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Charity Giving 2017

2017 will see us continue to give to charity.

It’s one of the things about the business that we’re proud of.

2016 was a challenging year for lots of people in lots of different ways – and 2017 shows every sign of being the same.

So in 2017 here’s what we’ll be doing.

We’ll be supporting Stonewall  in two ways. We’ll continue to donate  50% of the sale price of every skein of self striping DK we sell. We’ll also be producing some special project bags during the year and will donate  of the 50% of the sale price.

We’ll be supporting Refuge by donating 25% of the proceeds of everything that is in the sale section of the shop. Right now that means that buying a skein of Britsock helps a great cause.

We’ll be printing up some special project bags to help fund raise for my lovely friend Brenda who is working with a group who help provide vets and homes for cats and dogs in Egypt. Brenda runs the Strictly Come Dancing sweep every year in the Knitting Goddess ravelry group, so this is our way of saying thanks.

Finally, if you subscribe to our newsletter you’ll receive a discount code each week. If you’d prefer to pass the saving on to Stonewall or Refuge leave a note in the comments section and we’ll make the donation for you.

 

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Shop Update 12.01.17

This week’s update is all about our new Two Flocks yarn.

Spun from a 50/50 blend of Poll Dorest and BFL this yarn is luscious.

Both flocks are from North Yorkshire, and the fleece was processed and spun in Cornwall.

So it’s very much in keeping with our aim of UK wool.

Each skein is 100g / 225m and costs £18.50

There are 10 semi solid colours.

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Moss

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Coal

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Copper

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Navy

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Teal

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Mustard

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Electric Blue

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Walnut

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Silver

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Plum

Then there are the first two colours from our collaboration with KnitBritish

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Rusty Door 1

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Sea Urchin

There are 5 skeins of  Rusty Door 1 and Sea Urchin- and once they’re gone we won’t be dyeing them on this yarn base again, so you have the chance to own something extra special.

The shop update takes place at 1900 this evening.

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Update Highlight

Something new for 2017 – each week I’m going to pick out my favourite thing from the update.

It might be something new.

It might be something funny.

It might be something that’s come out of the dye pot and which I badly want to keep.

This week’s update is all about our brand new yarn.

Two Flocks yarn is a DK weight yarn with 225m to each 100g skein.

Last week I showed you the first two colours from our collaboration with KnitBritish.

The update will also contain 10 semi solid colours.

I was going to pick one. I felt this would be tricky but possible.

Then I saw these two skeins together.

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Teal and plum.

My fingers are itching to cast on a Double Yellow Cowl with these. Or a Mirrored Linen Stitch Cowl. Or – well anything really.

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Plans

We have big plans for 2017.

The main one is that all of our wool will be sourced, processed and spun in the UK before being dyed by us.

There are a last few skeins of the old Britsock bend which includes Falkland Polwarth in the sale shop – and once they’ve gone that’s it.

Our Two Flocks yarn launches later this week.

We have a very special new yarn planned that we’re hoping to launch at Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

Exciting times.

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January Club Round Up

The first instalment of the 2017 clubs was posted in December 2016 – so hopefully by now everyone should have their yarn.

That means I can share photos without spoiling the surprise.

First up – the Circle Club.

The yarn is Circling Red.

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The pattern is Falling Circles. Clare Devine has done an amazing job on this – just look at her gorgeous photos.

Sock photos Copyright Clare Devine

You can find more of Clare’s work here – make sure you check out the patterns she designed for us in 2016.

Then the Song Club.

This is where I admit that I picked songs where I loved the titles rather than the tunes themselves.

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The January colourway is In The Navy. The original was by The Village People – and there’s a very fine muppet version too.

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If you chose the variegated option your socks might look like this.

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If you chose the self striping option your socks might look like this.

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If you’d like to receive the March clubs you can sign up here.

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Two Flocks

Over the last couple of days I’ve talked about our new Yorkshire yarn, and shared photos of the first colours from our collaboration with KnitBritish.

Today I want to talk about the actual yarn.

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Two Flocks yarn is made up of fleece from 2 flocks.

50% of it is Poll Dorset from the Fourways Dorset Flock

50% of it is Bluefaced Leicester from the Riggmoor Reindeer Flock.

Both flocks are local to us – less than 20 minutes away by car.

Once the fleece was shorn it was sent to The Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall where it was turned into yarn.

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The yarn is a DK weight and each stand is made up of 4 plies – so 4 thin strands twisted together to make a thicker one. The yarn has been worsted spun, which means that it highlights the lustre of the yarn. In turn that means it has amazing stitch definition.

The yarn isn’t superwash treated, so you’re going to want to hand wash whatever you make with this.

There’s a gorgeous bounce to this yarn – and it’s beautifully soft. I’ve tested this on the two fussiest people I know when  it comes to wool (hello Bobbie and Lily) – and we watched in delight while Lily buried her face in the skein.

I’d reach for this yarn for hats, shawls, cowls – anything where I wanted softness and a bit of structure. I’ll confess that I’ve already dyed up a batch which is earmarked to become a jumper for me.

Each skein weighs 100 grams and has 225 meters of yarn – so a single skin will make a hat or mitts, and a couple would make a wonderfully generous shawl.

The first batch of this yarn will go on sale next Thursday . Make sure that you stay up to date with further batches by signing up for our newsletter.

 

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