February 2024 Shop Update Plus Post Unravel News February 29 2024, 0 Comments

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Thank you to everyone who came to see us at Unravel last weekend. If you joined our mailing list at the show welcome, I really hope you enjoy receiving my emails and if you have any questions do get in touch.

The show was amazing as always. If you have never been then do consider it; The dates for next year are 21st to 23rd February. If you missed out on the show colourway there is a pre order up but I'm going to dye it tomorrow so its out the way before the next show so please order asap if you would like to.

Sorry there wasn't an email last week - time got away from me with packing for Unravel. I need a rest now its over but I can't stop for long as its East Anglia Yarn Festival on the 9th and 10th March so as soon as the shop update is over we will be dyeing for that. If you are going to both we will have new yarn for EAYF so come and say hi again!

The mini skein club has all gone out for this month and I will reveal February's colourways once the boxes have been received. This inspiration this month was the county of Essex.

We have a brand new yarn base we launched at Unravel - Coorie - more about that later on.

This month there is Crush, Crush DK, Enchant, Flockly, Floof, Selkino, Lustrous Lace, Slinky Twist, Yaksino and the last of our current batch of Sonsie DK. There are quite small amounts of some yarns and not everything is a full batch of 4 so double check the listing.




 *New* Coorie

This is a brand new base for us and is a 100% merino DK weight made up of 4 double plies giving a lovely round structure and a really bouncy feel. It also takes the dye beautifully and Eliza and I both love working with it!




 Sonsie DK - Sad News

This is the last of our current batch of Sonsie from the mill. Given the current prices of the fibre for this blend I'm not sure whether to reorder as the sale price would need to be a lot higher in the future so this is likely to be the last for at least this year. I don't want to discontinue it but it may be unavailable for a little while once this has sold, sorry.




Non repeatable colourways

These are where we play with the dyes, we don't write down what we did and just let our imagination have fun. Most things we dye in batches of 4 so there will never be more than that batch. If you bought a skein at a show with no colour name on it, its non-repeatable, although if it didn't all sell you might spot it here and see what we called it! 







I love this base! I'll let you into a little secret, its usually on the table at shows so I can give it a quick squidge while I'm talking to people! Its a blend of bluefaced Leicester, silk and cashmere and feels soft and woolly. Its not quite as soft as the Enchant which everyone ooo's over at shows, but being wool rather than alpaca it has more bounce so garments are less likely to just grow and grow. I have used it for socks as well as shawls and it makes a beautiful fabric on bigger and smaller needles. I think if I could only have one base to use and dye it would be this one!





Slinky Twist

If I can't take Flockly to my desert island I'd take Slinky Twist. High twist yarns are very smooth and have lovely stitch definition and this has enough silk in it to give a lovely drape. Its actually designed as a sock yarn as the combination of high twist and silk will make it hard wearing but it can be used for any fingering weight project. 




This base is a lovely one to dye as the natural colour of the yak makes the colours almost glow. Perfect for fingering weight projects where you want the pattern to not be hidden by a busy variegated yarn.


 Repeatable colourways

These are our regular colours we dye often. They are the ones you might see in you local yarn shop if they stock our yarns and many are available dye to order on our website on a range of bases if you can't see what you want. They will look slightly different on different bases and may vary slightly from batch to batch so still try to buy enough in one go for your project and consider alternating skeins on larger projects. It is still all dyed by hand in batches of 4 skeins at a time.





We have 100g and 50g skeins of Crush although there are only a few colours on 50g at the moment. Several semi solids have been added to the shop that haven't been in there for a while as well as lots of Lighthouse to celebrate our lovely new shawl sample!



Lots of Selkino, semi solids and variegateds, but don't forget you can order selkino dye to order if we haven't got the colour you are looking for. A few colours were extremely popular last weekend.




 Crush DK

The bigger brother of Crush - this is a great all round DK yarn for garments, accessories or lovely thick, warm and quick to make socks! Look out for a new sock pattern in Crush DK after EAYF! We have 4 non repeatable colours on this as well - Briney Sea, Chalk Stream , Winding Forest and Ocean Twilight.






We have lots of Floof and if you want a shawl kit, either 100 Words for Rain, Flake or Hive in any of these colours do let me know. I can't list all the possible combinations but I'm more than happy to help put together your perfect colours. There were several lovely Hive combinations bought over the weekend to go with specific outfits.

Lustrous Lace

A top up of lots of popular colourways on this lovely merino silk laceweight. The colours look slightly more blended as the merino is non-superwash so the dye doesn't strike quite as fast as the superwash bases. If you like this look but prefer 4ply then Enchant has a similar effect from the alpaca





Someone at the show said they had been all round Unravel and hadn't felt a softer base there! Its also been described as like a cloud. This is our softest base and is a blend of alpaca, silk and cashmere. Super soft and best used for those extra special projects like a cosy cowl which will be next to your skin so you can appreciate its softness. Believe it or not we dyed 2kg of this base before the show and this is all that's left to add to the website!


Upcoming Events:

What's are we up to over the next few months:

9th - 10th March - East Anglia Yarn Festival, Norfolk Showground Arena
20th March - Shop Update
6th - 7th April - Sodbury Yarn Over, Chipping Sodbury

Thank you for reading this very long newsletter and I hope you have found something that tempts you if you couldn't make Unravel. Maybe we will see you later in the year. Take care and keep crafting!

Rachel x

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