New Yarn: G-uld – No. 4

We have been smitten with G-uld ever since our amazing adventure on their dyeing workshop. Read more about our experience in my earlier blog post. Their naturally dyed yarns, in colours that defy imagination just have to be seen to be believed. We have been enjoying G-uld Alpaca for a while now but now we have a new member of the family. Meet No. 4.

no4-webThis gorgeous blend of 75% Falkland Merino and 25% Gotland wool gives the base a lovely heathered halo which lends itself beautifully to the overdyed colours. As usual the dyes are all natural and we have everything from madder, mugwort, heather and indigo in 18 shades including one undyed. The yarn is a light 4ply with 650m per 100g skien. Its perfect for knitting on its own for a light and airy feel or held double for a more robust weight. Whats great about No. 4 is that like the Alpaca each label tells you what was used to create the colour. Next time you are in store check them out. Subtle variations are created by layering different dyes. Like heather creating a yellow, layered with indigo gives and amazing green.

Here are some projects to get you excited:

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The Westwind Cowl by Louise Schelde Jensen is a perfect way to test drive this yarn. If you are looking for a project to see what qualities this yarn can have then look no further. Hold the yarn double or single depending on how dense you would like the fabric. A simple mesh pattern is repeated with garter ridges in between. Give yourself over to the colourful joys of this yarn.

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Sif by Stine Hess Rahbek is a beautifully simple jumper with elegant cable details running along the side and up the raglan seam. This would work perfectly with No. 4 held double.

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Rambling Rose Jacket by Susie Haumann. Would also work holding two strands of No 4. Giving crisp details to the design and allowing you to indulge in your favourite colour.

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Watch this space as G-uld will be launching a series of patterns that are designed especially for No 4. Like this jacket by Anne-Sopie Velling. We can’t wait!

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I’m totally in love with the colours and texture of this yarn so I’m planning in using it for my version of this years Stephen West mystery KAL – Starflake. I’m going for KAW1016 Madder and KWA1002 Mugwort/Indigo. I shall be holding them both double and really looking forward to taking it for a spin and thinking of the memories from our workshop. If you still need some inspiration for for Starflake check out the blog post I put together, or if you are curious how No. 4 is knitting up, I’m sure I will be posting my progress on my instagram.

Yarn Pairings for Laine Issue 9

It’s that time of year where the lovely team at Laine tempt us with a new season of gorgeous knits from some of the most talented designers working today. We are never disappointed with what Laine produce, from their stunning photography to interviews, articles and seasonal recipes.

This issue has 13 designs by Fiona Alice, Rachel Brockman, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Aleks Byrd, Renée Callahan, Verena Cohrs, Elly Fales, Whitney Hayward, Marianne Munier, Lavanya Patricella, Lucía Ruiz de Aguirre, Susanne Sommer and Becky Sørensen. An interview with Lavanya Patricella. A story about Petra Mikaelsson from Fru Valborg. Kristine Vejar’s story from A Verb For Keeping Warm. A column by Jeanette Sloan along with a travel guide to Munich, featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop.

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PINACEAE, by Rachel Brockman. A bold graphic cabled sweater. I like what Rachel has done with the cables here. Creating a statement pattern repeat rather than the traditional twists we normally see. Knitted flat with drop shoulders and a-line shaping, a guaranteed winter accessory. Knitted in The Fibre Co. Lore which we stock here at Knit with attitude. Seen here in the colour Courage, but why not try one of the other 9 colours.

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MISS APPLE’S LITTLE CARDI, by Lucía Ruiz de Aguirre. We see again that classic combo of a mohair lace held with a sturdier yarn. The softness of the fuzz is still proving irresistible. This cute simple cardigan is knit seamlessly in the round with a bit of steeking to open the front. Try this in in a combo of Hey Mama Wolf Schafwolle #03 and Fyberspates Cumulus and don’t be scared of the steeking!

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JOY by Renée Callahan. Clever construction and quirky details are a highlight of this cardigan. Worked from the front to the back and stitches picked up for the sleeves. No picking up for the trim, which gives you a simple but satisfying shape around the neck of this loose fitting easy to layer design. I think John Arbon Devonia DK would look lovely here.

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RISTTEE, by Aleks Byrd. This is just simply one of the most stunning designs and has it all! Fading, colour work, twisted stitches, the lot. The yoke is just dreamy. Chevron stitches combine with pockets of colour work giving you a quilted effect. Worked seamlessly from the bottom up, giving you plenty of opportunities to play with colour. Try this in Hillesvåg Sølje a good toothy yarn perfect for colour work and comes in an amazing range of colours.

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FLOREA, by Becky Sørensen. These simple but stylish mittens would be easy to knit but give an effective outcome. A minimal flower design sits against a background of reverse stocking stitch and the petals are worked over two rows. Try this in Hey Mama Wolf’s Sockyarn #04 to give you good definition to the stitches.

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WOODBINE, by Fiona Alice. A striking combination of bold lace panels and horizontal stocking stitch make an interesting garment. The panels are knit first then stitches picked up along the edge and knit out. Using larger 6mm needles it will be speedy to knit but as it calls for yarns held double (a mohair lace and aran yarn) it will be light an airy.  Try a combination of Àrd-Thìr and Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk Lace.

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MÖKKI, by Verena Cohrs. An easy to knit cosy jumper that is not without its interesting details. Rib panels on either side and a divided front and back make this a simple design without being boring. Try this in Àrd-Thìr for some cosy warmth.

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PIANTA DI GRANO, by Lavanya Patricella. This simple but elegant scarf/wrap is a joyous combination of brioche increases and decreases with garter stitch. These stitches go together to create a wheat sheaf motif over this large two colour design. The moody tones of Black Elephant Merino Singles would make this the perfect autumnal accessory.

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LUMI by Marianne Munier. Doesn’t this look cosy! Generous ribbing and a big rolled neck, make this a great design to keep you warm. The interesting part of this design is the textural fading. We’ve seen a lot of colour fading in the knitting world, but I love how this has been applied to texture. Like a mirage, it fades from stocking stitch to purling more and more every row, until you flip completely to reverse stocking stitch. Try this in Hillesvåg Tinde, the overdyed grey base will give you a beautiful heathered look.

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SUMMER LONGING, by Susanne Sommer. A elegant but simple cardigan for layering away the chill. Low sleeves and oversized fit make it the perfect piece to wear over the top of any outfit. The pleasing chevron stitches create a minimal but striking design detail. Knit in a plant fibre blend try The Fibre Co. Luma for coolness as well as warmth.

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RAMSAY, by Whitney Hayward. A classic wardrobe stable is the iconic cabled pullover. This design is no exception. Worked flat in pieces and seamed together and knit in 5.5mm needles would be speedy as well. Knit in a soft chainette yarn it has to be Hexa. Knit a jumper you want to melt into.

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UPPLEGA, by Elly Fales. A cute pair of socks with a design motif that reminds me of rain or snow falling from a cloudy sky. Knitted socks are always a welcome winter accessory. Try in Coopknits Socks Yeah! with a great range of colours you will easily find the perfect contrasting tones to make the colour work pop.

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WINTER SUNS, by Olga Buraya-Kefelia. A lovely triangular shawl with the most pleasing hazy sun pattern repeat. I can imagine some really fun colour combinations with this design and it really evokes that iconic image of a setting sun hanging low in the sky. Knit this combining John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK and for the suns I think the warm tones of the new Twisted Fintch Tweedy BFL Donegal really lend themselves to the burning sun.

Time for a new Project – Inspiration for the Starflake MKAL

Stephen West is teasing us again! It’s that time of year for a Mystery Knit Along or MKAL for short. Stephen West has been delighting and bewildering knitters for years with these ever so exciting MKAL’s. This one is the 10th Anniversary MKAL and called Starflake so I’m hoping for something exciting. This time we are just looking at two colours, four 100g skeins in total and Stephen specifies a plied yarn in contrasting colours and yarns that have crisp definition. So as usual I’ve had a fun afternoon picking out colour combos for fantasy projects I would love to knit. Oh, if only I had the time! He also recommends solids, semi-solids and slightly speckled yarns, so the design details don’t get lost. The fun starts on 4th October so you have plenty of time to pick your favourite colours. But to help you along take a look at these!

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A good tip if you are looking at colours and wondering if you will get a strong contrast or a subtle one. Use your camera phone and switch the settings to mono or black and white. That way you will be able to differentiate more easily between darker and lighter colours rather than be bombarded by the colour itself.

I have picked from a selection of plied yarns like Garnsurr Søkke Merino, Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply, Hey Mama Wolf Sockyarn #04, Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock and Kettle Yarn Beyul. These sturdy yarns are wonderfully soft but crisp enough to hold great definition and I love mixing and matching them together.

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Cool Breeze – This combo conjures up a cool spring breeze blowing over the sea. Combining both Garnsurr Søkke Merino in Lekje and Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply in Sea Glass to create a nice contrast but also keeping the palette quite fresh.

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Lemon Curd – A really zesty combination in all Garnsurr Søkke Merino. We have here Seivin and Jønnstaur creating a real striking contrast. Bright, sunny and full of life.

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Blueberry Muffin – This combo looks so tasty, I love Hedgehog Fibres Silence colour as a base for other colours. The natural, subtly specked Hey Mama Wolf’s Sockyarn #04 looks perfect next to it. Colours here are Hedgehog Fibres Twist Sock in Silence and Hey Mama Wolf’s Sockyarn #04 in Carey

starflake-01 Raspberry Ripple – This combo gives a great contrast but also being quite complimentary. The solid rich pink playing against the pink speckles in the cream giving you a wonderful graphic palette. Garnsurr Søkke Merino in Ørtle and Jarbaer.

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Sea Shells – A subtle contrast is created with these two rich tones. I like the idea of using a silk blend yarn, as you will get a gentle shine from where it’s used. Using two rich colours that are completely different but equally as dark will cause the colours to vibrate against each other. Of course there are gentle nods between this combo, as the blue has slightly purply, pink notes. Hedgehog fibres Twist Sock in Method and Kettle Yarn Beyul in Electric Amaranth.
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Bonfire – This warming colour combination uses a rich dark grey as a base. I love a dark grey to play colours against. You end up with an almost neon light effect in the dark. Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply in Smokey Joe and Garnsurr Søkke Merino in Gryteflaks #21. The Smokey Joe has a slight warmth to it that unifies this combination.

I’m looking forward to seeing all the combinations people knit up and I can’t wait to start!

A wonderful adventure –
The G-uld Dyeing Workshop

A couple of weeks ago Maya and I spent the most magical of times in Denmark. Being the first ever stockist of G-uld we were excited to really understand the ethos and process behind this wonderful company. Having admired posts from other attendees of G-uld’s workshops we couldn’t wait, we were really going!

We arrived in Copenhagen and after a day of sight seeing we took a train to Vejle in Jutland. We waited excitedly at the station to be picked up and taken to our home for the next couple of days and met some fellow workshopers also waiting. After a short drive from Vejle we found ourselves entering the Danish countryside. We all chatted away and wondered what the next couple of days had in store for us. The workshop was held at a scout camp in the Vejle Ådal surrounded by beautiful woodlands, open fields and farmland. That evening we got to know each other, drank wine, had a wonderful meal and of course knit! Daniel and Trine are the most amazing cooks and boy did we eat well! On a beautifully decorated table with vases of plants, that we would later learn were perfect dye plants.

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The workshop is taught over three rigorous days where you are taken through the fundamentals of dyeing wool with natural materials. You learn how to treat and prepare yarn, what ratios of dye materials to use and how combinations of these materials can give you a whole range of colours. Also how colours can be altered and darkened with potash and iron.

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The workshop is hosted by Anne, Anne-Sophie, Trine and Daniel and there were 14 people taking part. We were from all sorts of backgrounds: dyers, yarn shop owners, town planners, designers… All keen to learn something new. After breakfast and plenty of coffee, we all gathered around a large table with circles of naturally dyed colour placed temptingly in the middle. The first day starts with learning about the processes involved and what we would be doing over the next couple of days.

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We then head outside to the dying area to start the first task. We are using a fine wool, like a fine lace weight or embroidery thread to dye on. These skeins arrive from the mill with just one tie, so to prevent a tangly mess we tie up the skeins in four places and also one longer tie for dunking into the dye baths.

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Now the skein is prepped for dyeing. Some get treated with an alum mordant which opens up the fibre and allows the dye to permeate, though some dye stuffs high in tannin do not need the alum process as the high tannin acts in the same way.

On our fist day we dyed with walnut, cochineal and madder and we split into four teams to divide up the labour. A group was in charge of mordanting and the other three groups were in charge of the three dye baths.

g-uld-05The dye baths are huge soupy drums full of dye stuff that the wet alumed skeins were dunked in to. These baths were heated up and the skeins were left to simmer for an hour. This is the walnut dye bath above that gives a mild fawny brown. We dyed four skeins in total for each dye bath. One was kept as the original colour, one went to be over dyed with something else, one went to be over dyed with indigo and the last was for a darkening process in either potash or iron.

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We were all very excited about cochineal and madder. The cochineal dye bath on the left and the madder on the right.

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Here we have a days worth of dyeing from walnut, cochineal and madder. Lighter colours were created by dying a second and third skein after the first dye bath to use as much colour from the bath as possible.

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The afternoon saw half the group go on a foraging walk while the other half maintained the dye baths. We went looking for Oak, St Johns Wort and Mugwort. As you can see we found quite a bit!

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Then we went back to the dye pots to make a fresh batch of dye with our foraged plants. The brewing of fresh materials smelt amazing, like herbal teas. We also got a lot of Oak as well, these were chopped down to help release the most colour. All ready to dye with the next day.

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The day ended with another great meal and a well deserved glass of wine, or two! Plenty of knitting and good company.

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Refreshed after breakfast we head back to the dye pots. Excited to start creating other shades, we learnt about ways of creating darker tones through the use of potash and iron.

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You can see how the pinky shades have gone richer and more purply through this process. Iron has to be well washed after, unfortunately for the washers it was quite rainy at this point.

On the list to dye with today were the Oak, St Johns Wort and Mugwort that we harvested as well as some dried heather. Heather is an intriguing one, giving a surprising bright yellow. In the afternoon we had the chance to play with indigo!

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Here we have a heather dyed skien coming out of the dye bath. Heather can be used any time of year from its stalk to its flowers. I just love the colour.

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The afternoon gave us what we had all been waiting for, indigo! Indigo is a strange one and starts green, but with reaction to oxygen turns blue. Indigo sits on the surface of the fibre, not like the other dyes, so it can be layered up to create darker and darker blues.

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Here’s a set of indigo dyed skeins. The fun was combining colours. Over dyeing reds and yellows to give purples and greens. A fun part we all enjoyed was getting out the extra water and aligning the yarn after being in the dye bath! Don’t stand in the way!

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Our last day saw us visit G-uld HQ and their beautiful shop. Here we wound up all the little mini skeins from the larger ones so we could all take a little bit home. Between us we wound 1035 minis!

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Now the fun begins and we get to put together our circle of colour. We dyed 69 different colours in total from only nine different dye baths.

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And here you have it the circle of colour created over a few days by an amazing bunch of people and taught and nourished by the amazing team at G-uld. Friendships were made and a new appreciation for the skill and knowledge that goes into creating the beautiful range of colours in G-uld’s yarn.

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Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom 30

The Autumn issue of Pom Pom is nearly here and this issue titled ‘Sea Change’ takes in a watery theme. Inspired by the sea and its ever-changing shapes and textures.Taking its cues from the sea itself or its contact and influence on the land. With a palette drawn from the sea, as well as the colour of the beach, stones and shells. This issue has a whole array of designs to see you into the colder months. Four jumpers, two wraps, a cardi, a tee, and a hat, phew… that will keep you busy. Alongside these we have Pompoms usual array of interesting articles and recipe’s.

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Featuring designs by: Kiyomi Burgin, Sachiko Burgin, Meghan Fernandes, Annie Haas, Sylvia Watts-cherry, Ainur Berkimbayeva, Emma Ducher, Inyoung Kim, Katrin Schubert, Andrea Cull. As usual I have put together some yarn suggestions from Knit With Attitude, so let’s dive in.

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Seelig by Katrin Schubert a cosy wrap for those breezy days on the beach. Echoing the gentle waves of a calm sea this two colour project is knit in DK, you just know it’s going to be squishy, warm and a must have layer. Combining two-colour brioche with garter stitch in an easy to remember repeat. I would choose Fyberspates Vivacious DK for subtle variegation or Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK for a more speckled option, or why not combine the two!

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Eventide by Inyoung Kim is a super cute and cleverly designed tee with eye catching scaplloped detail running over the lower half of the body. If this doesn’t say seaside then I don’t now what does. The repeating shell motifs allow you to have a bit of fun with colour, although I think this would be equally as stunning knit completely monochrome. I think the subtle natural shades of Hey Mama Wolf Sockyarn #04 would lend themselves quite prettily to the nature inspired look of this top.

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Aphotic by Annie Haas. I love the echo of colour work with the neutral texture on this one. A complex collection of triangles creates a bold statement yoke that looks fun to knit. But if the colourwork is getting too much for you then on the lower part of the body ‘colour’ is created by adding some purl bump texture. A yarn with good definition will create a striking pattern so try Hey Mama Wolf Schafwolle #03.

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Astragal by Ainur Berkimbayeva is a gentle pattern with a delicate yoke. My favourite element of this design is the detail in the rib. Just extending the rib to create a wave gives you an unusual but pleasing feature. I would try The Fibre Co. – Lore which has the softness of a lambswool but also a good crispy definition to make the details pop.

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Trove by Emma Ducher is a beautiful all over textured jumper in a classic shape. Have fun with colour on this one. The base colour  highlights the little coloured stitches which remind me of sea glass caught amongst the pebbles. Maybe try The Fibre Co. Cumbria for a softness and great palette of colours.

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Fata Morgana by Sylvia Watts-Cherry is a jumper you just want to melt into. A classic combo of a wool and mohair held double but also paired with an incredibly striking graphic pattern. I think the simple colour range of John Arbon – Knit by Numbers paired with Fyberspates Cumulus would be so snuggly and create a dreamy garment.

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Timbre by Meghan Fernandes is a cosy, fluffy and warm looking hat. Definitely one to see you through to the winter or those cold evening walking along the sea front. A delicate criss-crossing pattern overlaid in the mohair traces over the entire hat, like the ripples left in the sand after the tide has gone out. A combination of Àrd-Thìr and Hedgehog Fibres KidSilk Lace would be dreamy.

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Columella by Andrea Cull. Everyone needs something to wrap themselves up when going for a late summer stroll along the beach. Those chilly sea winds can quickly make you cold. The welcome relief of a snuggly wrap especially one as beautiful as this is never turned down. This all over cabled creation will be interesting to knit as well as wear. Knit in a worsted weight mohair wool blend, try holding The Fibre Co. Cumbria double to get the right thickness with this cosy blend.

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Isobue by Kiyomi Burgin & Sachiko Burgin. A clever use of colour on this relaxed cardigan. A simple fit makes it perfect for casual wear and a welcome layer for bear shoulders. With a wide minimal neckline which stretches almost to the top of the shoulders makes this cardigan the perfect top to throw on when the weather changes. Whats more, it’s reversible due to the clever construction. Buttoned at the back and the front creating a novel way of creating a garment fun to knit and fun to wear! Try this in Garnsurr – Søkke Merino combined with Hedgehog Fibres KidSilk Lace, to find your perfect seaside combinations.

Needle in a Yarn Shop – Knitting needles and their materials

Wood, bamboo, metal, carbon fibre! At Knit With Attitude we stock a variety needle types made from all sorts of different materials, but what to choose? In this post I will talk a little bit about the different materials and what qualities they have.

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We do four different types of needles in Wood, Bamboo, Metal and Carbon. In these we have circulars, double points and straights. Let’s take a closer look at each type.

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Metal

Metal needles are probably quite familiar to most of us. They are strong, durable and super smooth. This smoothness makes them a good go to when tackling most yarns, from the fibrous to the smooth, as stitches glide with ease. This makes for speedier knitting.

Metal are one of the pointiest, making them great for projects that involve a lot of decreases or picking up, as the point is perfect for slipping between stitches. That being said yarns that tend to split like ones that are loosely plied can be easily split by the pointedness of the metal needles.

Metal is one of the heaviest and hardest, this makes them more durable but can also cause hand fatigue with some people over long periods of time.

In the range of metal needles we stock are the Knit Pro Zings. These strong and smooth needles are colour coded to easily identify between sizes. They all have bright silver tips which stand out against your projects. We sell the 35cm Straights, the 20cm DPN’s and fixed Circulars in 40 or 80cm’s. Along with the Knit Pro, Soft Grip Metal Crochet Hooks.

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Bamboo

Next we have bamboo, bamboo is softer and more yielding in the hands than metal. Not to say bendy, but with a little bit more bounce which can make them more comfortable in the hands. Also much lighter than metal so when working on heavier projects you are less likely to feel weighed down.

One quality of bamboo that really sets it apart from metal is their grippyness. By that I mean the slight textural nature of Bamboo holds the yarn but doesn’t snag. This makes them the perfect needles for slippery yarns like silks and bamboo fibre.  Their grippyness gives you more control so stitches are less likely to slip off, or the needle sliding off and flying across the room. This is definitely a bonus if you are knitting with DPN’s. In this regard they are perfect for beginners who are just getting to grips with the basics. Slightly less pointed than Metal, so less likely to split looser yarns.

In Bamboo needles we Stock Clover 33cm Straights, 20cm DPN’s and Fixed Circulars in 60 and 80cms. As well as Bamboo Crochet Hooks.

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Wood

Wood sits between bamboo and metal when it comes to hardness, weight and grip on the yarn. Wood are warmer in the hands with a little bit more weight than Bamboo. Great for those who are looking for a more comfortable alternative to metal with slightly less grip than Bamboo. Wood are great all round needle and work well with most yarns. Similarly not as pointy to avoid splitting, but pointy enough to cope with complicated knitting projects.

Wood like bamboo are not as strong as metal so smaller sizes are more likely to snap from careless use. But well looked after will reward you with hours of comfortable knitting.

In wood we stock Knit Pro Symfonie range, a strong and durable needle made from laminated birch in attractive multicolours. We have 30cm Straights, 20/15cm DPN’s and Interchangeable Tips in short and standard sizes, which work with the Knit Pro Cables.

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Carbon

Lastly we come to the carbon knitting needles. These are made from carbon fibre. Carbon fibre gives you one of the strongest needles you will find, its also used in aircraft making and spaceships. Strength is not the only quality carbon fibre has, it is also supple, with a slight give making them more comfortable to hold. They are also warmer to touch and lighter in the hand, also contributing to a comfortable knit. They work really well when it comes to using smaller sizes because of this. Carbon fibre is smooth but with a very slight grip on the yarn, allowing stitches to glide with ease but also giving you control. Perfect for working on smaller projects or DPN’s. The carbon fibre needles we stock have brass metal tips giving them a flawlessly point which is helpful when doing more complicated work.

In carbon we stock Knit Pro Karbonz a strong durable carbon fibre needle with pointy brass tips. We have 30cm Straights,15cm DPN’s and Interchangeable Tips in short and standard sizes, which work with the Knit Pro Cables.

Knit a Rainbow – Purple

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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Continuing with classic rainbow order we find ourselves at the end of the rainbow with purple! From pale lilacs and lavenders to richer and moody dark royal purples. Found in nature, with flowers like Violets that give their name to the colour. Violet being the true end of the spectrum of light and purple itself being a colour that exists between red and blue. More red and it becomes electric, more blue and it becomes richer. It’s the colour of plums and aubergines. A royal colour and a colour piety.

So here we have them, my pick of the purples. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own purple, follow this link to the purple section of our website: PURPLE.

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Fyberspates – Vicacious 4ply in 628 Blueberry Imps – 4ply 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A high twist superwash Merino, hand dyed in Peru and spun to perfection as a light weight multipurpose yarn perfect for showing off lace and cabled knits.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Bamboo in Violet – 4ply 50g – 100% Bamboo. Nurturing Fibres Eco-Bambo has a gorgeous drape and a lustrous shine, however due to its twist this Bamboo yarn will ‘sag’ less than the usual Bamboo yarns.

John Arbon – Devonia 4ply in Nightshade – 4ply 100g – 50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale. A gorgeous blend of 3 UK breeds, creating a soft to the hand and shiny yarn in 4Ply and DK.

Black Elephant – Merino Singles in Knights of Cydonia – 4ply 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. Handdyed Merino Singles from Black Elephant in a gorgeous array of deep speckles and solids.

Kettle Yarn  – Ramble in Damson – 4ply 100g – 100% Wool, Romney and Shetland fibres. Kettle Yarn Co.’s Ramble melds the softest grades of traditional fibres into a delicately lightweight, springy yarn. Think Shetland haps, Fair Isle and Fisherman’s jumpers, or just deliciously toothsome garter stitch.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Lush in Lilac – 4ply 50g – 40% Bamboo, 60% Cotton. Eco-Lush is a 40/60 blend of bamboo and cotton yarn that can be used for everything from cardigans to blankets. The cotton and bamboo are locally grown and while not certified organic, they have been farmed within these principles.

Nuturing Fibres – Eco-Cotton in Bordeaux – DK 50g – 100% Cotton. Nurturing Fibres Eco-Cotton is a soft cotton with a lovely stitch definition suitable to properly show off your favourite crochet and knitting projects.

Hillesvåg – Sølje in Gråfiolett – 100g 4ply – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Sølje is an 4Ply weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Lilac  – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Du Store Alpakka – Alpakka Tweed in 117 Purple – Aran 50g – 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Donegal. A tweed blend which is sturdy yet soft against the skin. In a classic aran weight it is perfect for those winter favourites.

Fyberspates – Scrumptious Lace in Amethyst – Lace 100g – 55% Merino, 45% Silk. This lace weight merino and silk blend yarn is a must for lush knitting, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques lace and structured stitches spectacularly.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah! in 112 Sugilite – 4ply 50g – 75% Merino 25% Nylon. A fabulous sock yarn with a gorgeous palette in a wide range of colours designed by Rachel Coopey. Socks Yeah! is hardwearing and can be machine washed at 30 degrees.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA09 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

Hey Mama Wolf – Ahimsa No.10 in The Sky Was All Violet – Lace 50g – 100% Eri Silk. Ahimsa No.10 is handdyed using plant dyes, it is organic and fair traded, a true luxurious fibre.

Garnsurr – Pan in Tesu – DK 100g – 70% Buck Moahir, 30% Dallasheep. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

Hedgehog  – Fibres Merino DK in Spell – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A great all purpose yarn, hardwearing and machine washable, still next to the skin it feels soft. The ideal yarn for sweaters, scarves, hats, literarily anything you can think of!

Knit a Rainbow – Blue

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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Continuing with classic rainbow order we move on to blue! Blue, one of the three primary colours. Stretches from dark moody navy, to bright and light sky blues. On the spectrum between green and violet. Move towards green and you have teal, go the other way to violet you head towards ultramarine. Often seen as a cold colour, or a colour of sadness. But it is also the colour the sea and the sky. In ancient times a rare and expensive colour ground from lapis lazuli. But now a whole host of blues exist for us to enjoy.

So here we have them, my pick of the blues. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own blue, follow this link to the green section of our website: BLUE.

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Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Turquoise – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Du Store Alpaca – Hexa in 923 – Aran 50g – 100% Alpaca. This alpaca yarn is made from a single strand of twisted fibres knit into an I-cord. Hexa is super-soft and thick, still as lightweight as feathers.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA16 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

Black Elephant –  Merino Singles Mini in Tranquility – 4ply 20g – 100% Superwash Merino. The mini version of Black Elephants popular Merino Singles. A sumptuous range of moody shades.

Hey Mama Wolf – Ahimsa No.10 in Pale Blue Eyes – Lace 50g – 100% Eri Silk. Ahimsa No.10 is handdyed using plant dyes, it is organic and fair traded, a true luxurious fibre.

Hedgehog  – Fibres Merino DK in Dragonfly – DK 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A great all purpose yarn, hardwearing and machine washable, still next to the skin it feels soft. The ideal yarn for sweaters, scarves, hats, literarily anything you can think of!

The Fibre Co – Terra in Sorrel – Aran 100g – 40% Alpaca, 40% Merino, 20% Silk. Terra is an aran weight single ply yarn with a rustic look and incredibly soft handle and bounce. The blend of alpaca, merino and silk noil is kettle dyed.

Hedgehog Fibres – Skinny Singles in Cedar – 4ply 100g – 100% Merino. Squishy and soft, with the right amount of twist! This yarn will work for any lace pattern, especially Stephen West designs for fingering/4Ply weight yarns.

The Fibre Co. – Meadow in Bellflower – Lace 100g – 40% Merino, 25% Baby Llama, 20% Silk, 15% Linen. Meadow is a perfect combination of four luxurious fibres. The merino and baby llama provide softness and bounce, the silk sheen and drape, and the linen a crisp hand and lovely stitch definition.

Fyberspates – Cumulus in 906 Turquoise – Lace 25g – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca, 26% Mulberry Silk. Cumulus is a deliciously soft, heavy lace weight baby alpaca yarn with a wonderful halo.

Kettle Yarn – Beyul in Delft – 4ply 100g – 20% Baby Yak, 20% Silk, 60% Merino. Kettle Yarn’s BEYUL combines the best of 3 fibres – the gentle halo of high quality Yak down, a subtle shimmer from silk, and the bouncy goodness of the softest superwash Merino.

Fyberspates – Vivacious 4ply in Shoreline – 4ply 100g – 100% Superwash Merino. A high twist superwash Merino, hand dyed in Peru and spun to perfection as a light weight multipurpose yarn perfect for showing off lace and cabled knits.

Kate Davies – Àrd-Thìr in Ardnave – Arn 50g – 60% Highland Wool, 40% Alpaca. Àrd-Thìr is a beautiful alpaca/wool blend aran weight yarn in an mouthwatering palette of colours inspired by the Scottish Highlands.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah! in 120 Azurite – 4ply 50g – 75% Merino 25% Nylon. A fabulous sock yarn with a gorgeous palette in a wide range of colours designed by Rachel Coopey. Socks Yeah! is hardwearing and can be machine washed at 30 degrees.

The Fibre Co. – Lore in Reliable – DK 100g – 100% Kent Lambswool. Lore is a 100% Lambswool, an honest woollen spun DK weight yarn that blooms into a beautiful knitted fabric after washing.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Blue – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Stolen Stitches – Nua in Hatter’s Teal Party – Sport 50g – 60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen. Nua is a lightweight blend of merino, yak, and linen, in a gorgeous range of colours with a natural tweed effect.

The Fibre Co. – Luma in Breton – DK 50g – 50% Merino, 25% Cotton, 15% Linen and 10% Silk. A classic DK weight yarn. Plant-based fibres mixed with silk and wool provide a built-in layer of warmth in winter yet lightness when required in warmer temperatures.

Hillesvåg – Tinde in Blåturkis – DK 100g – 100% Norwegian Pelsullgarn. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in lustrous Norwegian Pelt wool, Tinde is an DK weight yarn in a colour palette which richness is unlike anything else.

Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4ply in 309 Midnight – 4ply/Sport 100g – 55% Superwash Merino, 45% Silk. This 4-ply merino and silk blend yarn is a must for your favourite projects, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques like cables and lace spectacularly.

Knit a Rainbow – Green

Here at Knit with attitude colour is one of the most debated topics. So instead of doing a fibre or brand feature, I thought I would do little colour ones instead. So this post bypasses projects and specific yarn weights and lets us just love colour. Hopefully if you have a favourite colour in mind, or just looking for that right shade, this will give you some inspiration. Did you know you can search our website by colour as well?

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Continuing with classic rainbow order we move on to green! This has to be my favourite, I love these greens. Green can be pulled in many directions, towards blue becoming teal, sea green or jade. Towards brown becoming more olive or moss. Even yellow plays with green making it more acidic, like lime. Green is the colour of nature, of forests and of leaves, to be green thumbed is to be good in the garden but you can also be green with envy, a term we have to thank Shakespeare for.

So here we have them, my pick of the greens. For more details of each brand look below. Or if you would like to search out your own green, follow this link to the green section of our website: GREEN.

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The Fibre Co. – Cumbria in Helvellyn – 4ply 100g – 60% Merino wool, 30% Brown Masham, 10% Mohair. Cumbria comes in a classic 4Ply weight, it is a sturdy still soft to the touch yarn, suitable for all 4Ply knitting projects.

Garnsurr – Pan in Preinas – DK 100g – 70% Buck Moahir, 30% Dallasheep. Garnsurr is a social integration project for refugee women. Enabling women through learning the language and the wonderful creative art of hand dyeing.

Fyberspates – Cumulus in 903 Bottle Green – Lace 25g – 74% Baby Suri Alpaca, 26% Mulberry Silk. Cumulus is a deliciously soft, heavy lace weight baby alpaca yarn with a wonderful halo.

Kettle Yarn – Islington DK in Ochre – DK 100g – 55% British Bluefaced Leicester Wool, 45% Silk. A lightweight BFL wool and silk blend, versatile and strong while maintaining buttery softness – a sophisticated choice for everyday items, luxurious next-to-skin wear and precious accessories.

Växbo Lin – Lingarn in Leaf Green – 4ply 100g – 100% Linen. This 100% natural pure linen yarn, traditionally grown and spun in Sweden, is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

Coopknits – Socks Yeah! in 114 Peridot – 4ply 50g – 75% Merino 25% Nylon. A fabulous sock yarn with a gorgeous palette in a wide range of colours designed by Rachel Coopey. Socks Yeah! is hardwearing and can be machine washed at 30 degrees.

Hedgehog Fibres – Kidsilk Lace in Shamrock – Lace 50g – 70% Kid Moahir, 30% Silk. The Kidsilk Lace is a glowing pure silk core wrapped in soft fuzzy mohair halo, the ultimate lace yarn.

G-uld – alpaca in KWA20 – 4ply 50g – 100% Alpaca. Naturally dyed and oh so soft alpaca yarn from G-uld.

The Fibre Co. – Lore in Earthy – DK 100g – 100% Kent Lambswool. Lore is a 100% Lambswool, an honest woollen spun DK weight yarn that blooms into a beautiful knitted fabric after washing.

Susan Crawford – Fenella in Myrtle – 2ply 25g – 100% Pure British Wool. A 2 ply yarn that knits up to that elusive vintage ‘3 ply’ tension, grown, spun, dyed and finished in Britain.

John Arbon – Devonia DK in Ivy Leaf – DK 100g – 50% Exmoor Blueface, 30% Devon Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Devon Wensleydale. A gorgeous blend of 3 UK breeds, creating a soft to the hand and shiny yarn in 4Ply and DK.

Hey Mama Wolf – Schafwolle #03 in Buckthorn Green II – Worsted 100g – 100% Organic Wool. Schafwolle #03 is a natural dyed, worsted weight organic wool yarn from Hey Mama Wol

Nurturing Fibres – Eco-Fusion in Emerald – 4ply 50g – 50% Bamboo, 50% Cotton. Eco-Fusion is a 50/50 blend of bamboo and cotton yarn that can be used for everything from cardigans to blankets. The cotton and bamboo are locally grown and while not certified organic, they have been farmed with these principles.

Hillesvåg – Troll in Lys Olivengrønn – Aran 100g – 100% Norwegian Wool. Traditionally spun by the family owned mill Hillesvåg, in 100% Norwegian Wool, Troll is an Aran weight yarn in a wide colour palette.

Stolen Stitches – Nua in Mosquito Coast – Sport 50g – 60% Merino, 20% Yak, 20% Linen. Nua is a lightweight blend of merino, yak, and linen, in a gorgeous range of colours with a natural tweed effect.

Fyberspates – Scrumptious 4ply in Key Lime – 4ply/Sport 100g – 55% Superwash Merino, 45% Silk. This 4-ply merino and silk blend yarn is a must for your favourite projects, and with its tight twist and superb stitch definition it will show off techniques like cables and lace spectacularly.

 

Throwback Thursday: Växbo Lin Lingarn

Linen is back! Not a moment too soon… One of our go to summer yarns is Växbo Lin’s Lingarn, so this little Throwback Thursday post is here to celebrate it again. We have recently restocked on 22 shades of this gorgeous and unusual fibre. So in case you missed it, here is why linen is so great.

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Lingarn is a 100% natural pure linen yarn traditionally grown and spun in Sweden. Växbo Lin’s Lingarn is certified with the Swedish Good Environmental Choice label (Bra Miljöval) because of its durability and environmentally friendly processing.

The earliest trace of flax culture in the Swedish county Hälsingland is dated to circa 200 AD. Evidence from the Viking age indicates that women wore linen chemises under their woolen skirts. Flax has been grown for domestic use throughout Sweden. In medieval times there was a surplus of flax in Hälsingland and linen became an item of trade. In fact, linen rather than money was used to pay taxes and fines.

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Heres a little bit about how linen fibre is made from one of our earlier Fibre Fridays posts. ‘Linen comes from a plant called flax. Unlike cotton, where the fibre comes from a pod that the plant produces, linen is made from the inner stalk. This type of fibre is called a bast fibre. Other bast fibres include nettle, hemp and rattan. The plant is grown to a height of about 4 feet. When it is ready, the plants are pulled up from the roots and left to decompose in a process called retting. This unbinds the unwanted outer bark from the inner bark that makes the fibre. The two types of bark are separated by big metal rollers in a process called scutching. The fibre lengths are combed to find the longest fibres which are then spun into thread or yarn.’

Linen is a tough fibre that may feel stiff an unyielding at first, but the more you work it the more it softens. It is recommended winding linen by hand, as this begins the softening process, which continues the more you work with it.

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What Throwback Thursday would be complete without a look at projects past. Do you remember Maya’s Selja she knit last year? Selja by Jonna Hietala is knit top down holding two strands together on 5.5mm needles. A super speedy knit for a quick summer project. Maya chose the Umbra colour. To read more about Selja read Maya’s – What Maya Knits Blog Post.

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And a couple of summers back Natalie launched her design The Mirabeau Top! The Mirabeau is an attractive striped summer top with a fetching lace panel. Idea for summer holidays and evenings dining al fresco. Light and cool, with fun Breton stripes, allowing you an opportunity to play with colour.

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I also knit with linen earlier this year when I finished my Parachutey by Stephen West. It came very handy in the hot halls of the Edinburgh Yarn Festival where I wore it over a shirt and kept perfectly cool. I knit this one in Moss Green, Olive Green, Graphite and Lime.

So go grab your needles while the sun is still shining.