YARN RE­VIEWS

The lat­est yarn re­leases, tested and rated

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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.

PICHINKU Keensa

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.

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