Friday 10 August 2018

New Season = New Yarns

Although we've yet to reach the middle of August, yarn stores and wool companies work seasons ahead. Details of their lovely new Autumn/Winter woolly offerings to tempt us have been trickling out, with some already launched and others in the pipeline.  Here's what A Woolly Yarn has learned so far, although as yet we haven't managed to get our hands on samples for the all-important review and squish test!

West Yorkshire Spinners

In 2017 WYS launched their 100% Shetland wool line The Croft Shetland Tweed. Especially for the Autumn/Winter 2018 season on August 6th the company introduced The Croft Shetland Tweed Aran colours accompanied by a pattern book designed by Sarah Hatton.
Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners
There are 12 colours in the range and each 100g hank costs £8.50 plus P&P.


It's Rowan's 40th birthday this year and to mark their ruby anniversary the company is introducing ruby red shades throughout their yarn range. There are two new yarns for the Autumn/Winter season and both are available now: Alpaca Classic, a mixture of 57% Alpaca and 43% Cotton
Alpaca Classic image courtesy of Rowan

and Limited Edition Cosy Merino, comprising 73% wool, 15% cashmere, 7% yak and 5% nylon.
Cosy Merino image courtesy of Rowan

Baa Baa Brighouse

Especially for Autumn the West Yorkshire yarn store/indie dyer has brought out the Dales Collection.   This DK Yorkshire-spun yarn has seven colours, each given the name - you've guessed it - of a Yorkshire Dale.

Image courtesy of Baa Baa Brighouse
The collection is already on sale. Each 100g skein costs £16 plus P&P.

baa ram ewe

This Leeds-based company has announced that on August 16th it'll be launching it's newest Yorkshire yarn - Winterburn Aran.

Winterburn Aran image courtesy of baa ram ewe

Baa ram ewe says "we've picked 10 of our favourite shades to start with: Brass Band, Viking, Wesley Bob, Goathland, Aire, Lotherton, Endeavour, Yorkstone, Muck an Coal - another classic palette which all combine so well together".

Susan Crawford Vintage

Crawford has spent the summer revamping her own 100% British wool Excelana brand, which complements her vintage patterns. Expect lots of new colours when it launches at the end of September.

Blacker Yarns

This Cornish company likes to tantalise customers each year with a special limited-edition yarn to celebrate their birthday in September. Their latest e-newsletter has revealed that 2018's yarn will be "a worsted/light aran weight and very local to us both in terms of inspiration and fibre sourcing".

Last year's birthday yarn was Blacker Brushwork, which quickly sold out. Will this year's mystery yarn be as popular?

Erika Knight

Rumour has it that Knight will launch an aran weight yarn in eight heathered colours. Wild Wool will be a blend of soft wool and natural nettle.

Marie Wallin

On her website Wallin says that she will unveil her new British Breeds yarn range at Yarndale on 29th and 30th September. It will be supported by a pattern collection called Wildwood.

Northern Yarn

We've got an exclusive interview lined up with Kate, owner of Lancaster-based Northern Yarn. Her Lancastrian Poll Dorset yarn is currently being spun at the mill and will be available very soon. Price TBC.

13th August Update

Triskelion Yarn

Scylfing Sock yarn is Triskelion's latest offering, available in 18 shades from today!

Image courtesy of Triskelion
Says Triskelion, "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."

Each 100g skein costs £18 plus P&P.

Ewe & Ply

Want a yarn made from Shropshire fleeces? Ewe & Ply's new Shropshire Ply 2018 DK is a blend of 34% Welsh mule, 28% Shropshire, 20% Sherino (Shetland and merino), and 18% Bluefaced Leicester.
Image courtesy of Ewe & Ply

The yarn comes in eight colours and each 50g hank costs £6 plus P&P.

Do you know about any new season British yarn launches we haven't covered? Please tell us via the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

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