The latest yarn releases, tested and rated
MIDWINTER YARNS Black & Blue
Shade pictured Eternal Dalek (1805) Skein weight/length 100g/232m Needle size 4mm (UK 8/US 6) Tension 18-20 sts and 30-34 rows to 10cm Fibre content 100% wool Care Hand wash RRP £16.00 Contact 07792813280 www.midwinteryarns.com Grown in Wales, spun in Cornwall, hand-dyed in Scotland, this gorgeous DK yarn is a real British delight. The fibre blend of white and black Bluefaced Leicester gives a lustrous grey yarn that is overdyed in rich, heathery shades. Woolly yet soft, and so wonderfully full of bounce, this is a great yarn for classic, cosy cardigans and jumpers you’ll wear for years.
Shade pictured Ida Skein weight/length 100g/275m Needle size 4mm (UK 8/US 6) Tension 20 sts and 28 rows to 10cm Fibre content 100% superwash merino wool Care Hand wash RRP £25.00 Contact www.thefibrelounge.com Keensa is created by artisans through a sustainable social enterprise in Peru, and this stunning yarn is hand-dyed without chemicals and using botanical materials. It is spun into a snug and distinctly rounded strand, which knits up into a smooth and springy fabric that’s next-to-skin soft. The colour palette is slightly semi-solid and completely sumptuous!
URTH YARNS Uneek Fingering
Shade pictured 3008 Skein weight/length 100g/400m Needle size 2.25-3.25mm (UK 13-10/US 1-3) Tension 28 sts and 36 rows to 10cm on 3.25mm Fibre content 100% superwash merino wool Care Machine wash 30°C RRP £21.00 Contact www.tribeyarns.com (UK) www.urthyarns.com This vibrant self-striping yarn is a delicious and engaging treat for your senses. The colour changes are a delight as you knit, while the super-soft, smooth merino yarn glides through your fingers. Fine plies are spun into a rounded strand that create even and distinct stitches, and a lovely drape. We think an enveloping shawl would show off the colours perfectly.
EDEN COTTAGE YARNS Brimham 4ply
Shade pictured Misty Woods Skein weight/length 100g/400m Needle size 2.5-4mm (UK 13-8/US 1-6) Tension 26 sts and 34 rows to 10cm on 3.5mm Fibre content 85% superwash merino wool, 15% nylon Care Machine wash RRP £15.00 Contact www.edencottageyarns.co.uk Wonderfully soft merino, spun with a dash of durable nylon, makes for the perfect sock yarn. Add the luscious semi-solid tones that Eden Cottage Yarns is known for, and you are in for a fantastic sock experience! With its great handle and a palette of warm shades as well as some zingy brights, we think Brimham is perfect for socks and just about anything else.
SKEIN QUEEN Tweedore
Shade pictured Royal Ascot Skein weight/length 100g/400m Needle size 3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) Tension 26 sts and 36 rows to 10cm Fibre content 85% superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool, 15% Donegal nep Care Hand wash RRP £22.75 Contact www.loopknittingshop.com New Tweedore brilliantly combines the classic look of tweed, with its characterful neps, and a sleek and lustrous yarn that brings it very much into the 21st century. It’s hand-dyed in glorious hues from deep earthy colours to brights and pastels, all showcasing the contrast shades of the neps. The smooth rounded spin gives a lovely bounce and drape to the fabric.
EWE & PLY Shropshire Ply DK
Shade pictured Hagthorn Skein weight/length 50g/120m Needle size 4mm (UK 8/US 6) Tension 22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm Fibre content 34% Welsh mule, 28% Shropshire, 20% Sherino (Shetland x merino), 18% Bluefaced Leicester Care Machine wash RRP £6.00 Contact 07702563632 www.eweandply.co.uk Plump, woolly and wonderfully squooshy in the skein, this fully British yarn is so lovely to knit with. It’s woollen spun to create a light yet very cosy yarn that will be fantastic for colourwork as well as textured and cable stitches. The hand-dyed shades include saturated brights as well as some more muted colours, all with a semi-solid tonal look.