We have just a few skeins left of the Pryderi DK range, from a couple of years back now. Originally we were planning to take them to Wonderwool, but as we won’t be at Wonderwool now we thought we’d offer them up again here. Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) is a British longwool, with a rich lustre that yields very bright and rich colours. It’s soft, hard-wearing, springy and yet able to be worn next-to-skin.
The range of colours is a bit limited but they are absolutely gorgeous, with some good potential colour combinations in them.
The good news is we can start selling to our European customers again via Etsy! The very complicated EU VAT rules meant that we had to stop selling to the EU a while back which felt like a terrible loss, as we have many loyal customers and friends across Europe.
But it looks like we have found a way round that by selling via Etsy, who handle all of the tax arrangements, so customers can just pay a tax-inclusive price as normal. Our listings aren’t quite as elaborate and detailed – we’ve had to edit the fabulous Triskelion colourway names – but this feels like a small price to pay.
EU customers – If you’ve seen the perfect skein on the Triskelion website and it doesn’t appear to be on the Etsy site, let us know and we’ll either help you find it, or put it there if it’s missing!
You can find us here or by searching for ‘Triskelion Yarn’ on Etsy.
UK and US customers can also buy from there as well, but the choice is a bit more limited, so the website is still the best option.
I’ve just taken my Mama Qucha Swedish Lace shawl off the loom and am fairly pleased with the results. The colour is gorgeous – I think it is Karenia, but the skeins never got labelled up so it might have been one of Caerthan’s trial colours. The overall swedish lacey-ness is as I hoped for – very open, but at the same time warm and comforting – just as a shawl should be!
On the down side I could have made it a bit longer, and I don’t feel I’ve got it as fulled and fluffy as nicely as it could be. The structure is quite delicate, so I feel I need to be a gentle with it. I could work on that bit more, but Caerthan thinks it’s okay as is so I’ll probably stick with his opinion.
We have some exciting news about a new sock yarn… For a while now we’ve been limited in suitable yarn bases for the natural fibre yarn club. Thankfully the ones we do have are absolutely first class – Mama Qucha Sock (Highland Peruvian) and Cywyn 4-Ply (Corriedale), but we would of course like to offer more variety.
We’ve just been testing a new GOTS standard sock yarn which is something of a game-changer, in that it’s machine washable organic merino, no nylon, and anti-shrink to the same standard as Superwash wool (Woolmark’s TM31 standard). It hits all the high environmental and social standards that we aim for at Triskelion Yarn. It’s spun by Laxtons in Yorkshire.
My test swatch (shown below) went through the washing machine on a 30° wool cycle five times, and there was no discernible shrinking or stretching. I’m very happy indeed!
GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard which promotes organic, sustainable and environmentally responsible farming practises. You can read more about it here.
As you would expect with merino, it’s beautiful to knit with, and I’ve already started a DK test knit with a view to adding both yarns to our standard range of bases. For our Sock Club subscribers, look out for our first GOTS organic merino yarn within the next month or two.
Sorry to say, but Royal Mail prices have gone up again, as of January 1st 2021. We’ve had to alter our prices accordingly, but as always, we are only charging for the postage itself, and not the packaging. Thanks for your understanding, and keep safe.
It’s Yarndale time again! We’ll be there with all our yarn ranges, 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.