July Shop Update July 16 2021
Wow, July seems to have come round fast! Hello and welcome to another newsletter.
We have just had our lovely open studio - Thank-you to everyone who came. It really was a pleasure to be able to invite you to the studio and help you choose yarns for your planned projects. All being well we will have another Open Studio in December - keep an eye on social media for the date - hopefully we will be able to plan slightly further ahead next time.
We have a lovely little selection of yarns this month, something just a little bit special. There are semi-solid and variegated colours on Blush and Flockly. Two fingering weight yarns with different characters. Blush is oh so smooth merino cashmere whereas Flockly has a is a bit more woolly with the Bluefaced Leicester but has a stunning sheen from the silk. They are both very versatile for garments, shawls or accessories.
We have also introduced a new base which I hope you will enjoy using. Its a Bluefaced Leicester, Silk and Nylon sport weight that we have called Bounty. Sadly there do seem to be fewer patterns for this weight which is a shame as it knits up much faster than fingering but isn't as heavy as DK so can be worn year round. It is the same weight as a fingering and a lace weight yarn held together so is one option especially if you aren't so fond of very fluffy garments. I think I will be knitting myself a lovenote in it soon, as long as there is some left after tonight. We do only have 5 colours this time to see if you, and we, like it. If its popular, as I hope it will be, there will be more soon, it certainly passed the 'does it dye nicely' test.
To complement the new Bounty Sport we have added to the Crush Sport in some of your favourite standard colourways and there are also jumper quantities of Desire Marble DK which I know a lot of you were waiting for.
Finally check out the reinstated events section at the end of the newsletter.
All the yarn is uploaded to the website already so if you would like to go straight to the preview page you can use the button below, otherwise read on for my descriptions of the yarn types.
Take care and stay safe and I hope you have some lovely summer weather where you are to enjoy.
If you have read the newsletter before, or seen me mention Bluefaced Leicester on social media, you will know how much I love BFL yarns. This UK sheep has a fleece which is very soft and has a very long staple. Its very fine and has a lovely sheen, drape and durability. This sport weight enhances this by blending it with Silk and Nylon to increase the shine and the durability. It feels amazing.
When we introduce a new base we usually only offer a very small range of colours to begin with, although because of this yarn's suitability for garments we have eight skeins available in each colour. If it proves popular we will have more in a future update and increase the range of colours to include so semi-solid shades as well. I hope you like this new yarn, and I would love to hear your feedback on it so do please drop me an email.
Desire Marble is a skooshy superwash merino which has been spun with a darker fibre for parts of one ply giving an interesting marbled effect. Super soft feel suitable for hats, scarves, gloves or whole garments. This DK version is especially squashy and knits up quickly. This time we have dyed larger quantities of each colour so there should be enough for a garment.
A merino nylon sport weight yarn which is super versatile. Dyed in 5 of our most popular standard colourways.
Sumptuously soft, hand dyed merino yarn with a touch of cashmere. Great for garments and shawls for example. We have dyed semi solids and variegateds so there is plenty of choice.
Flockly is another of my Bluefaced Leicester blend yarns I really love. This one is beautifully sheepy-yet-soft with a subtle silky sheen. It blocks well; It takes the dye beautifully creating really rich tones and feels lovely to work with. Scroll to the end to see some possible fades and pairings of this lovely yarn.
Our next pop-up shop at Yarnfest in Hermitage is 23rd to 29th July. Do pop along and take this opportunity to see our yarn in person. If there is anything in particular you would like to see do let either myself or Sue at Yarnfest know and I will see what I can do.
Skein Queen will be attending the Southern Wool Show at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September. This year all tickets need to be purchased in advance from their website and numbers will be limited. There are also fewer stands this year to allow more space for both visitors and vendors to social distance.
Thank-you for reading this newsletter. Don't forget to let me know what you think of the new base, you can just send me email, I'd love to know what yarns you would like to see. Enjoy the sun while it lasts, stay safe and keep crafting.