Yarn re­views

Spe­cial­i­ties from in­de­pen­dent ar­ti­sans

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BEE­HIVE YARNS BAR­DOT

Named af­ter glam­orous fe­male icons, in this case Brigitte Bar­dot, this yarn has a tight, even twist. The stitch def­i­ni­tion is firm and dainty and the very slight sheen and sub­tle halo add more in­ter­est to a yarn that’s al­ready fas­ci­nat­ing be­cause of its shad­ing.

The colour mix in the yarn is di­vine. We tested Rose Lichen, which has a pre­dom­i­nance of pink-petal shades sprin­kled with leafy green, but we love the other choices just as pas­sion­ately. This yarn is per­fect for shawls and socks – just make sure you buy enough to com­plete a pro­ject to avoid colour-match­ing chal­lenges later. RRP £17 WEIGHT lace

BALL 100g/365m NEE­DLE 3mm CON­TENT 80% Merino wool, 20% ny­lon CARE Hand-wash only, dry flat Visit www.bee­hive­yarns.co.uk or email [email protected]­hive­yarns.co.uk to buy the yarn.

DYE NINJA

HIGH TWIST MERINO FIN­GER­ING HTMF is a hand-dyed, evenly-spun yarn with a tight twist. It knits into a softly drap­ing fab­ric with very good stitch def­i­ni­tion that’s muted by a slight halo.

It will make di­vinely soft socks, but we think it’s des­tined for shawls, wraps and scarves. This rich, mid­night shade – a mix of black and deep pur­ple – is named Wizard’s Cloak. How mag­i­cal! The other 56 shades range from pearly-white Tooth Fairy to for­est-green Wood Elf, and we’ve got plans for mak­ing some­thing with golden-brown Trea­cle Min­ing in West Loth­ian, just be­cause of its scene-steal­ing name! RRP £16 WEIGHT lace

BALL 100g/365m NEE­DLE 4mm CON­TENT 100% Merino wool CARE Hand-wash only, dry flat Visit www.dyen­inja.com to see the full range and to buy this yarn.

IT’S A STITCH UP

PHLUMP MERINO Milled and spun in Eng­land, and hand-dyed in East Lon­don, the raw yarn comes from eth­i­cally-sourced, non-mulesed fleece from South Amer­i­can flocks. It has a loose spin with a fairly hairy halo and would be a great choice for felting.

Phlump Merino knits up re­ally quickly on big nee­dles and works well for big projects, like slouchy pon­chos. Our sam­ple shade is Shin­juku, a crazy mix of black, pur­ple and turquoise in­ter­spersed with pops of neon brights. There are shades with a nar­rower range of hues if you pre­fer a calmer palette, and there’s also a sparkly ver­sion. RRP £26 WEIGHT su­per chunky BALL 200g/130m NEE­DLE 9-12mm CON­TENT 100% Merino wool CARE Hand-wash only, dry flat Visit www.it­sastitchup.co.uk to see the full range and to buy this yarn.

FELT FU­SION SPRINGY MERINO DK

This mulesing-free ar­ti­san yarn has been hand-dyed in small batches. The fab­ric it pro­duces is solid and is en­hanced with very good stitch def­i­ni­tion. This is a great yarn for all-sea­son gar­ments, es­pe­cially flow­ing jumpers and cardi­gans.

Our sam­ple is the richly-coloured Pur­ple Haze shade, a cor­nu­copia of plums, grapes and beet­root hues. As all the yarn is hand­dyed by a dyer who loves to ex­per­i­ment, the colour op­tions – which we think are quite glo­ri­ous – are vir­tu­ally un­lim­ited. It’s a case of keep­ing an eye on the site to see what’s on o er at any one time. RRP £15 WEIGHT DK

BALL 115g/230m NEE­DLE 4mm CON­TENT 100% Merino wool CARE Hand-wash only, dry flat Visit www.felt­fu­sion.co.uk to see the full range and to buy this yarn.

PIXIE YARN HAND-DYED SOCK YARN

Hand-dyed in a stu­dio in the Mendip Hills, this yarn will make fine gar­ments, such as shawls and lacy cardi­gans. The Merino con­tent means it’s soft to the touch, while the ny­lon con­tent makes it ideal for socks as it’s hard-wear­ing.

It has a tight, even twist in the spin that knits into a fab­ric with ex­cel­lent stitch def­i­ni­tion that drapes in a loose and flow­ing fash­ion. Colours vary from day to day and week to week, and you never know what gem you’ll come across on the site. Our sam­ple is a gor­geous mix of sun­shine colours called Mer­ry­mak­ing. RRP £18 WEIGHT 4ply

BALL 100g/425m NEE­DLE 4mm CON­TENT 75% Merino wool, 25% ny­lon CARE Hand-wash only, dry flat Visit www.pix­ieyarn.co.uk or email pix­[email protected] to buy this yarn.

SPIN CITY HAND-DYED YARN

The fi­bres for Spin City’s yarns are sourced from farms in the East An­glia area, then hand-dyed at a stu­dio near Cam­bridge. All the yarns are se­lected for their lux­ury feel, drape, qual­ity and tex­ture.

This fine 4ply knits into a fab­ric with a soft flow­ing drape that’s per­fect for lacy, light­weight gar­ments.

Our test sam­ple is called Tiger Lilly and it’s a warm, vi­brant mix of or­anges in­ter­spersed with flecks of pinky shades. As the yarn is hand-dyed in small batches, colour choices will vary each time you visit the site, but ex­pect to be mes­merised. RRP £14 WEIGHT 4ply

BALL 100g/400m NEE­DLE 3mm CON­TENT 75% su­per­wash Merino wool, 25% ny­lon

CARE Hand-wash only, dry flat Visit www.spinci­tyshop.com to buy.

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