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Triskelion at Purlescence’s Christmas Open Day

We’re very pleased to have been invited back for the Purlescence Christmas Open Day near Wantage on Saturday 1st December 10am – 4pm.

This is a great little annual event in the beautiful countryside setting of The Firs Farm, Leckhamstead, just a stones throw from where the Great British Bake Off is held.

As well as a chance to see, feel and buy our yarn, there is the whole Purlescence shop and studio to enjoy with cafe and comfy couches to knit, chat and share ideas and projects. Have a look at the Purlescence website to see what they have on offer, and for more details about the Christmas Open Day.

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Announcing Scylfing Sock

We’re very pleased to announce Scylfing Sock, an addition to our range of British wool yarns. Spun to our own specifications, it’s a yarn with a single purpose in mind – hard-wearing, eco-friendly and dazzlingly beautiful socks.

Scylfing Sock is a blend of 50% Bluefaced Leicester, 25% Gotland and 25% Wensleydale. The fibre is from British sources, non-superwash, and the yarn is spun by Laxtons in Yorkshire. It’s a 2/7Nm yarn (the same as our Scylfing 4-Ply yarn) but spun at a higher twist than normal, which makes for strong, long-lasting socks with great wearability. The yarn is firm and crunchy in the skein, and knits up with a smooth, squishy handle at 8 to 10 stitches per inch, giving a chunky fabric with a wonderfully woolly character. The combination of three lustre longwools gives Scylfing Sock a superb lustre and colour responsiveness, with the grey Gotland fibre giving the colours an unparalleled depth.

Initially, Scylfing will be available in 18 colourways. Most are based on our current Scylfing production colourways, but we’ve adjusted them a little to show off the Wensleydale bling. Expect a little brighter, a little more intense. We’ve also included some neutrals for formal business and more understated socks, and a handful of colourways inspired by Pantone’s Fall 2019 palette for more trendsetting toes.

Scylfing Sock will be available from the Triskelion Yarn website from Monday 13th August, and will be available in person at the Swansea Festival of Stitch, where we’ll have a stand at the Maker’s Market on the 18th and 19th August in the National Waterfront Museum.

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Boycotting Iceland

Hybrid blue whale killed by Icelanders

Iceland is in the middle of what appears to be its largest whale-culling in years, against the worldwide moratorium on whale-hunting, culminating in the recent explosive harpooning of an endangered blue whale (possibly an even rarer hybrid). Until Iceland and the Faroe Islands stop this barbaric, brutal practice, Triskelion Yarn will be boycotting them. This means that no Triskelion products will ship there, and no lopi yarn will be bought. No patterns will be bought from Icelandic and Faroese designers. Any yarn business – including designers – who support Icelandic or Faroese businesses or tourism will also be boycotted by Triskelion Yarn.

This bloody, cruel and utterly barbaric practice must end.

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Triskelion Yarn at Fibre-East 2018

Triskelion Yarn at Fibre East 2018

Saturday/Sunday 28/29 July 2018 at Redborne School, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2NU.

We’re pleased to say that we’ll  be at this year’s Fibre East event near Bedford. Come and see us at the Triskelion stand for all your favourite yarns and some special event bargains.

Fibre East is an annual event created to celebrate all things natural fibre and handmade, with a focus on the Best of British: supporting the finest quality British wool, made from the fleeces of British sheep, reared by British farmers.

For full event details visit the Fibre East website.

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Triskelion Rewards

We’ve reinstated a major, much-missed feature to the website as of today: Triskelion Reward Points.  It’s a points-based system, like Airmiles and other store/credit card type rewards, that gives you a discount on any future Triskelion products bought through the website (and hopefully in-person at shows, in time). We did have a system running in 2013-2014, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the whole thing went belly up and took everyone’s outstanding points with it. Rest assured, that won’t be happening this time, as the same people who power our website have provided the framework for the new Rewards system.

Initially, it will operate pretty much as a 5% discount, i.e. for every twenty pounds you spend, you’ll get one pound off of your next order. £1 spent on the website earns 10 Rewards points, and you get a £1 discount for every 200 points. As a caveat, there may be times when the baseline £1 = 10 earned points rule may vary, so selected product lines *may* offer a lower rate, whilst others may operate at a higher rate.

Triskelion Reward points accumuate and can be cashed in at any time – when you go to the checkout to pay, it’ll give you the option of using your earned Rewards points against up to one third of the total order value. The product pages and the cart all show how many reward points you’ll get, and you can check how many reward points you’ve earned by going to the Reward Points tab on the My Account page once you’ve logged in. Triskelion Reward points are redeemable against anything in the shop except for shipping.

In a nutshell:

  • You get around 10 Triskelion Reward points for every pound spent (usually)
  • 200 Triskelion Reward points equates to £1 discount (usually)
  • Points can be used to discount up to 33% of an order’s value

Anyone registering with Triskelion as an online customer from now on will also get 600 points thrown in for free (i.e. £3 off your first purchase from us if you want to cash your points in straight away) and, if you review any products you buy from us, you’ll get 1000 points for your first review as a thank-you. If you want to register with us as an online customer and haven’t, you can register here.

At the moment, this only applies to online customers buying through the Triskelion website. We want to be able to offer Rewards to customers buying at shows, so we’re currently assessing the feasibility of this. We’re hoping to have something in place by the time we get to the Fibre East show in July.

And now for the really good news…

If you’re an online customer of Triskelion Yarn, all of the orders you’ve placed with us since we started our online shop are now retrospectively eligible for Rewards, and we’ve assigned a large proportion of those points to your balance. If you go to your Rewards page, you’ll find a tasty stash of points ready for you to splash out on your next order (or more!) with us. This would pretty much recover any losses during the Great Points Catastrophe of 2014, and ignore any points you redeemed. So, a bargain!

The points scheme is just one part of a more comprehensive Triskelion customer loyalty program coming in the near future. The full Triskelion Rewards program will require being a newsletter subscriber, so please do make sure you’re registered and have opted in. To be clear, the basic points scheme doesn’t require you to be a newsletter subscriber; only the full Triskelion Rewards program will have that requirement.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please do get in touch with us via email or any of our social media channels.

Happy shopping!

Caerthan

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Triskelion Sock Club

Subscriptions are now available for the Triskelion Sock Yarn Club!

A monthly delivery of a range of fabulous non-nylon sock yarns, hand-dyed by us in West Wales in a range of colourways and dyeing styles. Subscriptions can run for 3, 6 or 12 months, and as with all Triskelion yarn clubs, they can be paused, restarted or cancelled at any time, and are £18 per month (£15 for non-EU customers) plus postage.

The wool fibres planned are Corriedale, BFL, Wensleydale, Gotland and Masham, with some other strong fibre breeds in there too. Other fibres include alpaca, mohair, organic cotton and linen.

Most of the yarns will be a 2-fold sock weight construction (2/7Nm and 2/8Nm, i.e. 4-ply/fingering/sport range), some with a high twist, with a DK or two thrown in for decent boot socks. A couple will probably be luxury-type sock yarns for lounging around in at home, and we have a wonderful organic cotton and linen yarn for a lightweight summer sock.

All of these will be hand-dyed here in Talog in a range of colourways, some semi-solids and some variegateds, using low-impact acid dyes.

Subscriptions can run for 3, 6 or 12 months, and as with all Triskelion yarn clubs, they can be paused, restarted or cancelled at any time. You can pay via PayPal or Stripe at the checkout, but we highly recommend using Stripe, as it gives you far greater control over your payment times and dates. Payments made in one calendar month will be for the delivery in the next calendar month (e.g. July’s payment will be for August’s yarn) and delivery is usually at the end of the second week of the month. You can put your subscription on pause at any time by going to the My Account page on the Triskelion website and following the instructions, or restart or cancel a subscription in the same manner. If you pay via Stripe, you can also change the day of the month when your subscription payment is made.

When you book your subscription, we’ll also sign you up to our monthly Triskelion Sock newsletter, which will give you details about the month’s yarn and colourway, and will include recommended patterns and the occasional competition and giveaway or two! We’ll keep you in the Sock Club even if you don’t renew after your subscription expires (as long as you’ve completed three months of a subscription) so you’ll still have access to any offers we may have, however you can, of course, unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.

We hope to see you in the Triskelion Sock Club soon, and remember, there’s always a place to humblebrag your latest Triskelion projects in the Facebook Triskelion Yarnies group!

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Triskelion at Wonderwool 2018

Triskleion Yarn at Wonderwool

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April 2018
Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells
Saturday 10am – 5.30pm, Sunday 10am – 4.30pm

Come and visit us at Wales’ biggest wool & natural fibre festival. We’ll have the full Triskelion range there and some special offers for our ‘local’ show!

There are loads of other exhibitors and trade stands covering all aspects of felting, knitting, weaving, spinning & crochet. As well as great food stands there are demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend which can be booked in advance online. So lots to see and do! Find out more from the Wonderwool Wales website.

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Triskelion Yarn at Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Triskelion Yarn at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018

Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th March 2018

We’re now gearing up for three days of Edinburgh Yarn Festival! Come and visit us at this amazing yarn show – we’ll be taking the full Triskelion range so lots to choose from, and so much else to see and do, of course. The classes and advance tickets are sold out now, but general admission tickets are available at the door for Friday and Saturday (not the Thursday). Have a look at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival website for more information.

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Triskelion at Nottingham Yarn Expo

Triskelion Yarn at Nottingham Yarn Expo

11th and 12th of November 2017
Nottingham Conference Centre
Goldsmith Street Entrance, Nottingham. NG1 4BU

There’s a lot of buzz on the grapevine about this new show, to be held in the state-of-the-art Nottingham Conference Centre. Visit the Nottingham Yarn Expo website and you’ll see why! Its not just the impressive list of exhibitors, workshops and other events but the sheer enthusiasm and passion that comes across from Rachael and the team. We’ll be there, with lots of colourful ideas for Christmas and the wintry months ahead.

Look what Robin made, Marian!

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Triskelion at West Wales Wool Show 2017

West Wales Wool Show 2017

Saturday 14th October, 10am to 4.30pm
Narberth, Pembrokeshire
The Queens Hall, and Plas Hyfryd Hotel

If you’re in Wales on the 14th October head down to Narberth for the West Wales Wool Show. We’ll be there, along with loads of other stall-holders and fibre-crafters. There’s always a great atmosphere – busy, bustling and with a lot of local talent and produce that you don’t see elsewhere.

From the West Wales Wool Show website …

The West Wales Wool Show in Narberth is a celebration of all things woolly. From beautifully hand crafted items, clothing and footwear to knitting wool, fleece and all the equipment needed to make at home. Demonstrations run throughout the day with stall holders sharing their skills and knowledge with visitors plus wool skill workshops such as felting.

The main aim of the show is to support local wool producers and small craft businesses. Wool as a renewable resource is still undervalued and the show aims to bring this wonderful natural resource back into focus.