Yarndale is fast approaching! If you’re local then you’ll be there – of course! If you’re NOT local I would encourage you to book yourself a weekend away in wonderful Skipton NOW. It is not to be missed. We’ll be there with our beautiful new Scylfing yarn base – a blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Gotland, spun especially for Triskelion Yarn. And everybody else will be there too – the event gets bigger and better every year with an amazing range of stalls and workshops. Have a look at the Yarndale website to find out more.
We’re really looking forward to going to the Chester Wool Open Weekend. Some of our most popular Triskelion yarn bases come from Chester Wool Company, so come along and see! As well as Triskelion, there will be other amazing yarns and fibre products from Coopknits, Truly Hooked, Bluefaced, Felt Studio UK, Coastal Colours, Lottieknits and Fyberspates. You can find more details about the Chester Wool Company, and the Open Weekend here: Chester Wool Company.
I’m very pleased to announce the Triskelion Summer Sale has started. The sale runs for a couple of weeks, so grab a bargain now!
The Arthur DK base will be changing slightly in the near future (the new Arthur is being spun by a different mill), so there’s 25% off of the remaining skeins from the first batch. There’s also 20% off of the remaining stocks of Elmet Aran and Gwen Lace, as I’ll be completely revamping their palettes in the autumn. Lastly, I’ll be slimming down the number of production colourways in the Elen, Geraint, Hama and Heulwen bases, so there’s a 20% discount on the retiring colourways on those bases.
In addition to those specific bases, there’s a summer discount of 10% on all other yarns apart from the Mona bases. So, there’ll be stash enhancement potential for pretty much everyone!
Wishing you all a splendid summer,
I’m very excited to be attending the Pomfest show in London on 14th and 15th July 2017. It’s Pom Pom magazine’s fifth anniversary, so Pomfest is going to be a birthday bash with workshops, lectures, a podcast and the very best of British yarns and knitting supplies, including Triskelion Yarn.
And a party of course!
More details from the Pom Pom website.
It has been a busy spring at Triskelion Yarn, and I’m very proud of our new yarns, ‘Geraint’ and ‘Mona’.
Geraint Sport is a perfect combination of British Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) luxury and a good all round general purpose yarn. It’s superwash and with a rounded 3-ply construction, it’s excellent for many different sorts of projects from hats and gloves to light summer sweaters and shawls.
The Mona yarns are a simply stunning blend of 50% baby alpaca, 25% silk and 25% linen. The yarn feels soft and smooth, yet has a striking heathered effect caused by the linen resisting the dye, and the high silk and linen content gives the yarn a cool, summery handle. At the moment there are two yarn weights – Mona Sport and Mona 4-Ply – with a heavy lace/3-ply to come.
Given the success of last year’s yarn clubs, I’ve decided to continue them on in 2017. The contents of the clubs won’t be changing, however the format will. Instead of a large payment up-front, you’ll be able to pay by monthly (or bi-monthly) subscription, in addition to a small one-off sign-up fee of £5. The core Triskelion yarn clubs will be the British, Luxury and Lace clubs. Other clubs almost certainly will come into operation later in 2017, possibly one for a pattern/yarn combo, and another for fine, cobweb-type lace yarns.
Subscription payments will come out of your account every month or every other month. A payment made in one calendar month is the payment for the next month’s yarn, which is generally sent out mid-way through the month, and you can adjust the day of the month the payment is made to suit your payday. You can cancel, adjust or put your subscription on hold at any time via the subscriptions section on the My Account page. When your subscription comes up for renewal, you’ll get an email telling you, and your subscription will be put on hold until you confirm you want to renew or otherwise. You won’t get a surprise automatic renewal without your consent.
The British Yarn Club is a monthly delivery of some of the finest British yarns – British fibre, spun in the UK, and hand-dyed in West Wales. The fibres planned for this year will include Blue-faced Leicester, Masham, Wensleydale, Whitefaced Woodland, Southdown and many more. Most of the yarns will only be available through the club. The colourways will generally be exclusive to the club, and will be in the usual Triskelion kettle-solid and semi-solid styles. All of the yarns are hand-wash only, i.e. no superwash yarns.
Every other month in the Luxury Club, you’ll get a delivery of some of the most sumptuous, luxurious yarns. Yarn weights range from laceweight through to aran, and fibres planned for this year will include silk blends with Bluefaced Leicester, yak, cashmere, and baby alpaca. Again, most of the yarns and colourways will be exclusive to the club, and will be in the usual Triskelion kettle-solid and semi-solid styles.
Finally, the Lace Club will deliver of some of the best lace yarns, every other month. Yarn weights are mainly laceweight, but also include heavy lace/3-ply weight yarns and extra fine 1200m/100g yarns. The fibres planned for this year will include Blue-faced Leicester, silk, baby alpaca, cashmere, suri and more.
Places on all yarn clubs are limited, so you need to get in quick, particularly for the British Yarn Club! 3-month, 6-month and 12-month subscriptions are available on the British club, with 6-month and 12-month subscriptions available on the other clubs. If or when any other Triskelion clubs happen this year, you’ll be given the option of moving across to those clubs if you’ve already signed up for one of the core clubs, in which case the sign-up fee for the new club will be waived. You’ll also have guaranteed places on the new clubs if you’re a current clubber, so you might want to join one now if you know you’ll be interested in one of the prospective clubs I’ve outlined.
If you’re currently in one of 2016’s clubs and are worried about getting a place on the corresponding 2017 club – don’t panic! A place is already reserved for you on the corresponding 2017 club. Just let me know that you want to renew, and then you can sign up to the new subscription club in March (for the British club) or April (for the Luxury or Lace clubs) without the sign-up fee.
I’ve had a couple of emails and social media questions about whether or not my prices will go up, now that the pound has been somewhat devalued post-referendum.
Over the last year or two, I’ve been building up my yarn bases to include yarns which are spun in the UK – Arthur, Elmet, Olwen and Elen being the key ones. Obviously, as these are all ‘in-house’, as it were, being British fibre spun in the UK, the cost of buying these yarns from my suppliers hasn’t gone up. Also, all my dyes and sundry items are also bought in the UK, and as yet I’ve not seen any changes in my suppliers’ prices.
Many of my yarns, though, while all being British wool fibres, are spun elsewhere. Some in Italy, some in South America, some elsewhere in the EU. The prices charged by my suppliers for these yarns have indeed taken a hike – some sharper than others.
Now, while the non-UK yarn base prices on their own would probably necessitate a rise in my retail and wholesale prices, I’m happy that my investment (continuing investment!) in a solid base of UK spun yarns will be able to buffer those non-UK price rises enough for me to be able to absorb the hikes myself.
In short, I won’t be putting my prices up due to the post-referendum fall in the value of sterling.
As always, I’ll be reviewing my prices in the new year, but for the moment it’s business as usual with no added surcharges.
Some good news, for a change!
A bit of news for you all, and an update on some of the things happening at Triskelion in the coming weeks.
Firstly, I’ve been having a close look at the business and creative direction of Triskelion. It’s been a very good few years, and the business has grown hugely, to the point where I’m about to employ a part-time worker on some of the admin and the unskilled parts of the job. This has given me the time and space to address retail partnerships with shops, designers and other stockists. So, there’s been a little bit of a reorganisation. As of Yarndale at the end of September, my Idris (British superwash BFL), Gofannon (Peruvian baby alpaca) and Emrys (British BFL) product lines will be available solely through retail partners.
This is a great move for both myself and Triskelion’s retail partners for a number of reasons. Firstly, we won’t be treading on each other’s toes at shows or in our online shops, as those particular yarn bases will only be available through retail partners, and I’ll have my own yarn bases solely available through the normal Triskelion channels. Secondly, the retail partners’ colourway palette (a 21-colourway palette based on the current one) will stay constant, which means I have more freedom to play around creatively in the Triskelion booth, and the retail colourways will only be available via Triskelion’s partners too. Thirdly, it’s a great move for retail partners, as the ‘economy of scale’ on these yarns will allow me to give them a full 100% retail mark-up.
As mentioned earlier, this is starting for Yarndale. An initial selection of colourways on the Idris DK base will be available from Sarah and Jonathan on the Purlescence stand, and will be available via their website at some point thereafter. From the beginning of October, starting at the Ally Pally Knitting and Stitching Show, Idris DK, Gofannon 4-Ply and Emrys Lace will be available from Janie Crow, again available thereafter on Jane and Andy’s website. A couple of other shops will be following later on in the year, and a few are pencilled in for the new year. Any retailers, yarn shops or show outlets are more than welcome to contact me for details about stocking Triskelion yarns in future.
As for the Triskelion show booth and website, there are some fabulous new yarn bases on their way, in addition to some old and new favourites (Arthur, Elmet and Elen are staying with me), and some new Triskelion colourways will start making their appearances at Yarndale.
I was asked a few times at Wonderwool why I’d discontinued the Rhodri bases (DK and 4-ply) and the Taliesin Sock, which had the nylon in for sock knitting. The problems highlighted in this article are why I changed to the high-twist 100% BFL Elen Sock. I know a small dyer like me changing over to a high-twist non-nylon yarn is a drop in the ocean (haha), and it’s certainly not a “my green credentials are better than everyone else’s” statement (because I still sell superwash yarns which are hardly environmentally friendly). However, I wanted to at least start reducing my own footprint even if I’m small beans.
In any case, I’ve been using a pair of welly socks, knitted using Elen Sock, when I’ve been working around the farm for the last couple of months (yes, they have been occasionally washed). They seem to be wearing at least as well as the previous nylon blend socks, and I’m quite hard on socks, so I’m confident that I’ve made a sound choice. And at the end of the day, everyone can still get beautiful colourways on quality nylon blends from other indie dyers, so no-one is going hungry
As stated in yesterday’s blog post, there’s a significant release of the new Gwyn base today. Also, a smaller subset of Branwen colourways, but included are some brand new ones (‘Arcturus’, ‘Fog’ and ‘Nemeton’) and some ‘redux’ versions of prior colourways: ‘Cassiopeia’, ‘Cepheus’, ‘Ursa’, and ‘Arcturus’. ‘Ultramarine’ is a one-of-a-kind, and as it’s always popular, I put in a handful of skeins of ‘Llŷr’.
All the Gwyn and Branwen are at 10% off for one week only, so grab them while you can at the sale prices! Check out the new Elen BFL high-twist yarn, too – great for socks and lace.
I have non-dyed yarn in stock, too, so if you want larger quantities of particular colourways but the website stock count is low, just email me and I’ll dye some for you.