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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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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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2017 Summer Sale at Triskelion

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,

Caerthan

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New luxury 4-ply and sport weight yarns for 2017

Sandy golden yellow Baby Alpaca, silk and linen sport weight yarn. Hand-dyed by Triskelion Yarn.

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.

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Triskelion Yarn Clubs 2017

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) / Masham aran yarn. Hand-dyed by Triskelion Yarn

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.

Happy clubbing!

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February release

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.

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Introducing Gwyn

Gwyn is a stunning woollen-spun 4-ply/fingering weight singles yarn, in a luscious superwash blend of 20% Blue Faced Leicester and 80% extra fine Falklands merino. The blend of the two fine wools in a singles yarn results in unparalleled depth of colour, combined with a soft, cosy handle with lots of character. Each 100 gram hank is approximately 360 metres of yarn, is from 100% British sources, and spun in Yorkshire.

It’s on the heavier side of 4-ply/fingering weight, and can be doubled up to use as an aran/worsted weight yarn – I’m just finishing up a sweater for myself using Gwyn held double on 5mm needles.

The Gwyn base is released on Friday 13th February, and will be available in almost all current production colourways. Additionally, there’s 10% off for the first week as an introductory offer.

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New Yarn Bases!

I’m pleased to announce the addition of five new yarn bases to the Triskelion stable. All of the yarns are from British fibre (other than the silk) and are spun in Yorkshire to a very high quality. Three of the yarns are luxurious singles-style yarns, one is a super-bulky BFL, and one a high twist 100% wool sock yarn.

Elen Sock is a very sleek and glossy high-twist superwash Blue Faced Leicester yarn. Blue Faced Leicester is a British longwool, with a rich lustre that yields very bright and rich colours. It’s soft, springy, and the high twist makes it hard-wearing without the need for nylon. Each 110 gram hank is approximately 390 metres of yarn, and is from 100% British sources. A great yarn for durable, comfy socks.

Branwen 4-Ply is a stunning 4-ply/fingering singles yarn, in a sumptuous 50/50 blend of extra fine Falklands Merino and silk. Branwen has stunning depth of colour, combined with an extra soft, cosy handle. Each 100 gram hank is approximately 500 metres of yarn, and is spun in Yorkshire from British sources. Please note that, due to the high silk content, Branwen runs quite fine for a 4-ply.

Branwen Rime and LlyrOlwen is a 4-ply/fingering singles yarn, spun from extra fine Falklands Merino. Olwen’s ‘matt’ appearance gives colours an intense, immediate presence, combined with an extra soft, cosy handle. Each 100 gram hank is approximately 500 metres of yarn, and is spun in Yorkshire from British sources.

Pryderi DK is a very cosy roving/singles yarn, spun from Blue-faced Leicester. It has superb depth of colour, combined with a soft, ‘woolly’ handle, with that Blue-faced Leicester lustre.

Finally, Ysbaddaden is a squishy, soft super-bulky yarn, spun from Blue-faced Leicester. Ysbaddaden has wonderful depth of colour, a soft lustre, and a soft, cosy handle. Each 100 gram hank is approximately 50 metres of yarn, and is spun in Yorkshire from British sources.

As an introduction to the new bases, there will be a small mini release of all the new bases with a subset of my current production colourways. More colourways will be arriving in the first release of 2015.

The Pryderi yarns all feature the Triskelion Neutrals colourways, and there be a special introductory offer of 15% off them if you buy five skeins or more in any of the colourways. Just use coupon code PRYDERI2014 at the checkout. The special offer will be available while current stocks last.

The release will be up on the Triskelion website at around 6pm GMT tonight (Sunday 7th December). This is also a good opportunity to get yarn at current prices, as there’ll be a slight increase in the new year.

I hope you find something that catches your eye!

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‘Gwythyr’ – A Limited Edition Yarn

Having been able to secure the last remaining stock of this limited run from Laxtons mill in Yorkshire, I’m pleased to be able to offer Gwythyr to Triskelion customers as a limited edition yarn. I’ve only sixty skeins left, so get in quick!

Gwythyr - Llŷr

‘Gwythyr’ is a gorgeous blend of Blue-faced Leicester and Masham – a Yorkshire breed crossed from a Teeswater. As with the BFL, it’s a British longwool with a fine lustre. The combination of the two fibres yields an unparalleled depth of colour, absolutely stunning. The yarn is woollen spun at 4-ply/fingering weight, and is a ‘singles’ yarn, i.e. a single lightly-twisted ply. It’s next-to-skin soft, but with a wonderfully woolly, characterful handle. And on top of all that, it’s superwash!

I’m making it available in most of the current Triskelion production colourways, and some new autumnal colourways created just for the Gwythyr base. Some have already been dyed in anticipation and are available immediately on the website. If you place an order with your chosen colourway and it goes in on back-order, I’ll get it dyed up immediately for you. When the stock runs out, though, that’s it.

Gwythyr - Ochre

For this particular base and its passion for colour, I’ve selected colourways where I can really push my multi-glaze technique. Most of the colourways are two or three glazes over a base dye, and with the addition of resist techniques, I can really push the colour depth with bright sparkles, moody low-lights and subtle colour transitions. If you fancy it on another Triskelion colourway, just email me and I’ll see what I can do.

Each 100g skein is approximately 360 metres, and you can knit it on your usual 4-ply/fingering needles – I generally use 3.25mm – or you can knit it on 4mm-4.5mm for lace projects.

Gwythyr - Gwyllion

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Some news for May and June

Now that Wonderwool is done and dusted, I have some snippets of news about what’s going on for Triskelion over the next couple of months.

Wonderwool 2014 saw the release of the new ‘Maghreb’ collection on the Taliesin DK and 4-Ply bases. The collection is now in the shop, and the Emrys Lace and Aran bases are to follow soon.

I have a new yarn base coming out in May – the 50% yak/50% silk 4-ply/fingering I’ve been rattling on about to everyone who’ll listen – with its own colourways, and a pattern or two using the base sometime in June. ‘Dylan’ is a lavishly luxurious yarn, and surprisingly tough given its incredible softness. I’m going to be matching that indulgent handle with some sumptuous, rich darks – dark teal, midnight blue, imperial purple, deep maroon red, and burnt orange. I’m still doing the figures on the final price, but it’ll probably be retailing at around £23 per 100g skein.

Then a range of indigo-dyed yarns in June, using some current yarn bases and maybe a couple of new linen/silk and linen/cotton bases I’ve been investigating. Lastly, there’s going to be a mini OOAK release at some point – bright, zesty summer colours with a bit of vim.

All, of course, leading up to Unwind Brighton on July 12th and 13th. Hopefully, I’ll be seeing some of you there!