I have now finished a series of 4 linen scarves in different colour ways, using my own design, the Calva Dorsa, which I posted about a few weeks ago. i must admit this is quite an addictive knit. No sooner is one off the needles than you want to choose 2 new colours to see how the combination will turn out. The scarf makes a great gift, although I will be keeping the very first one (the prototype!) for myself. It only takes 2 skeins of Sport weight yarn and the colour combinations are endless. A feature of the pattern is that there are only 4 ends to weave in, despite changing colour blocks along the length of the scarf.
The pattern is still free if you purchase eco-stitch yarn to make it (coupon code).
It's very hard to choose a favourite, but for the moment I think the Hot Pink one is winning for me.
How about you?
The introductory offer (15% discount), announced in my last post for the 4-ply/Sport Natural linen yarn will continue throughout May. On top of this, we are adding the undyed 4-ply/Sport Soft White to the offer. The Soft White (undyed) will be 20% off, making it only £7.20 for a 100g skein. You can use it as is or it can also be dyed up for your project. These reductions have already been applied to the shop.
New to our linen yarn collection...
Natural linen yarn in 4-ply Sport weight. This yarn is softer than our DK Natural yarn (a more rustic yarn) and can easily be combined with your hand-dyed Sport weight to create interesting effects, or be used on its own. It knits/crochets to the same gauge as the hand-dyed Sport.
I loved the colour combo of Seaspray and Serenity and wanted to create a pattern specially for them.
I cast on an asymmetric scarf, still not knowing how I was going to combine the yarns. Then we left for our yearly trip to France to visit our family over there. 6 hours on the ferry was rather a long time, and I had obviously taken my project with me. As we approached the coast of Normandy, I began experimenting with different stitches combining the 2 colours. By the time the ferry had pulled into the harbour, I had found the perfect solution. As we drove South through Normandy, the final construction and design came to fruition.
Calva Dorsa, meaning bare backs, is a reference to two sparsely vegetated rocks off the shore of Normandy, which gave their name to the department of Calvados. It also happens to be part of the best flax-growing area in the world (from Caen in Normandy, stretching along the coastal regions through Belgium to Amsterdam).
The pattern is available for purchase here on the website: Calva Dorsa. It is FREE with a coupon code if you purchase any 2 hanks of Sport/4-ply linen yarn to make it.
I recently took part in the Ravelry Giftalong2106, for which I have just completed the Pitch Cowl by KnitEcoChic. See pattern here. I opted for the longer version so I could wrap it round twice.
This was made with our sport weight 4-ply linen hand-dyed yarn in the French Navy colour way and and a OOAK pale blue/lime variegated yarn.
We have just released a new pattern for a linen spa mitt, now available in our shop.
This is a very easy knit and will make a great gift, or keep it for yourself!
Linen is ideal for spa cloths, given its healthy, eco-friendly, natural properties.
This pattern is free (with coupon code) when purchased with eco-stitch linen yarn (limited time only).
As you probably already know, we currently supply our hand-dyed yarn in 2 weights: DK and 4-ply/sport.
These 2 weights are very similar in gauge, and we have decided for the moment to concentrate our future efforts on just the one weight: the 4-ply sport weight.
Consequently, we will be discontinuing the DK weight until further notice. We may decide to re-introduce it if a significant number of customers request us to do so.
We have therefore dropped the price of the DK to only £10 per 100g hank. We will not replace the colours available in DK, so when they are gone, they are gone!
We will continue to develop new colours in our 4-ply Sport weight.
The Cheshire Fibre Festival will take place on Saturday Oct. 1st at Marthall Village Hall near Knutsford, WA16 7SB, 10am - 4pm.
Knit and natter area
Coffee shop run by volunteers raising money for Bloodwise.
Entry to the festival is FREE and there is ample free parking.
A few new colours have been added to our range of 4-ply/sport hand-dyed linen yarn.
Our top quality linen is sourced from Europe and comes from just across the Channel.
Unfortunately, when it arrives, it isn't already wound in to neat hanks. We have to wind each of our skeins ourselves before dyeing them. Winding them one by one was just not an option. We needed something that would do several at once. So it was off to the drawing board, and here is what we came up with.
OK, it's not perfect, but I'm really proud of our winder. It is the result of a true family team effort. My father and I designed it and started to put it together, and my husband helped us to modify the design to make it more functional and finished off the assembling of the various parts. It is hand-made using wood and perspex. It might look like some weird contraption out of a Heath Robinson book, but IT WORKS.
My latest project is a long-sleeved linen sweater knitted with our sport weight linen yarn. The colour is ocean green (soon to be available in our shop) and it took 400g. It is an extremely simple design in plain stockinette with just a subtle hint of a cable running down the middle of the back and front. It features dropped shoulders and the back falls longer than the front,
We have issued a new pattern which is ideal for giving linen a try. This spa cloth can be made using a mini-skein of hand-dyed yarn, or you can make 2 with a solid dk 50g skein. If you are feeling more adventurous, a hand-dyed 100g hank will make 3 in DK or 4 in Sport weight.
I must admit that this pattern is quite addictive. It is a simple knit and easy to memorise.
Linen is an ideal fibre for spa cloths, since it is naturally exfoliating, as well as anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and hypo-allergenic.
Our linen can be washed in the machine on a gentle cycle (eg wool cycle) with a gentle detergent.
The linen itself doesn't mind repeated hot washes, but we recommend a gentle cycle in order to preserve the colours.
The pattern is FREE when you purchase our linen yarn. See the pattern page for the coupon code (offer available until 1/11/2016)
Our natural linen yarn (50g skein) has a rougher, more rustic feel than the dyed linen yarn.
It has the characteristic sliver beige colour of natural, undyed linen.
As mentioned in our earlier blog post, we now have a range of pre-dyed solid colours to complement our range of hand-dyed semi-solid and variegated linen yarn.
These come in 50g skeins and are roughly a DK weight, with 100m per 50g and they are very competitively priced.
I find it knits nicely on 4mm needles and crochets on a 3.5mm hook. This being said, you can go up or down in needle size, depending on how tight or loose a stitch you prefer. Linen yarn is quite versatile on gauge.
New pricing policy.
We also have a new pricing policy across our website. We really want linen to be accessible to all crafters, and so we have levelled off our prices on the hand-dyed yarn. At the same time, it remains more expensive than the pre-dyed yarn, for the obvious reason that there is so much work involved in the dyeing process. We hope to be able to maintain these prices for the foreseeable future.
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