Yarn of the Week: Lyonesse 4ply

This week’s yarn is Lyonesse 4ply from Blacker Yarns. Perfect for transitional seasons, it is a blend of Linen and Corriedale/Merino wool. This combination creates a subtle flecked fabric where the two fibres blend together. The yarn can have a very rustic appearance in the ball, but linen softens dramatically with knitting and washing, so don’t let that dissuade you from how fantastic this can feel worn right next to the skin. The linen also helps keep the finished garments from being too warm, making them perfect for the in-between months or cooler summer evenings.

Lyonesse Lapiz

The Drift Raglan Increase Shawl is a free pattern from Blacker, designed by Sonja Bargielowska to use Lyonesse. The simple lace panels with stocking stitch look meditative to knit, and so cozy to wear! You can get the pattern on Ravelry.

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Blacker Yarns is the yarn business of The Natural Fibre Company, a mill based in Cornwall. As a mill they process yarns for small farms and other yarn businesses, while producing their own yarn as Blacker. Their mill is committed to using 100% British yarns and working with local farms to promote industry and growth, which has also meant championing rare sheep breeds and ethical farming practices. This translates into care for their production methods and reducing waste as much as possible in a responsible way.

Use the code LYON15 online to get 15% off Lyonesse 4ply until Sunday August 28th, while supplies last. Mention the sale in-store to receive the same offer.

Festive season is early this year!

What happen – where did all those years go? I can’t believe it has been five years already, but it has! Imagine that, in five years Knit with attitude has gone from this:

First Stall

To this:

Shop 2015

The Anniversary CollectionThis autumn and winter, Knit with attitude is celebrating 5 years in business! We have plenty of exciting and celebratory things planned, which we can’t wait to share with you. First and foremost we have teamed up with some independent knitting designers to create some exclusive knitting patterns with some of our favourite yarns, which together constitute ‘The Anniversary Collection’.

Spitalfields Shawl

First up is the Spitalfields Shawl, by our own Natalie Selles. This triangle shawl uses our DesignEtte 4ply raw silk, in two colours. We have used two balls of solid colour of Hokkaido and one ball of multi coloured Shikoku. We have kits made up for this design that have the yarn, pattern and a limited edition KWA 5 year anniversary tote bag. You can also buy the pattern to download from Natalie’s Ravelry page.

Spitalfields Shawl

I’m so in love with this design as the first of many to celebrate KWA’s anniversary, and I think it is the perfect ‘first one’ in so many ways – just look at what Natalie says about her design – I’m so happy and grateful about what she’s created for us:

Maya started her shop as a stall at the Spitalfields Market with two boxes of yarn, so this seemed like an apt name for the pattern. I wanted a shawl with strong graphic lines to represent the ethical stance that Maya has taken with the shop. The shawl is very easy as it is written in garter stitch. It is perfect for new knitters who want to expand their skills to some easy lace, or for experienced knitters looking for an easy knit.

Spitalfields ShawlWe’re not the only ones that have something grand to celebrate – oh no – look at this amazing celebratory yarn that Blacker Yarns has brought out! Celebrating their 10 year anniversary Blacker Yarns has hand blended the Cornish Tin using fibre from ten of their favourite small producers. This steely grey woollen spun yarn is blended from a collection of the highest quality British fibres including Alpaca, Gotland, Jacob, Shetland, Black Welsh Mountain, Mohair, and English Merino.

Cornish TinCornish Tin is a careful blend of lustrous, smooth fibres with slightly more bulky wools to create a lovely handle and give the yarn a delicate halo. This yarn is truly limited edition and will only be made once! This wonderfully bouncy yarn is available in a gorgeous silver grey and 4 bold dyed shades all named after Cornish Tin Mines. Now how’s that for a fibre party!