Monday 3 September 2018

Say Hello to Northiam and Re:Treat

As Autumn looms nearer British yarn companies continue to release their latest blends to tempt us to spend the darker evenings knitting with their wool. Two new Brit yarns have gone on sale that slipped under the radar and we didn't include in our New Season: New Yarns blog post last month. We haven't yet seen the wool in person yet to test them out, but here's what we know so far.


This week West Yorkshire Spinners released Re:Treat, a chunky yarn designed for quick knits and accessories.
Re:Treat image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners.
Described as having "a roving quality and a soft twist that glides off the needles" Re:Treat is 100% British wool - from a cross breed of Bluefaced Leicester and Kerry Hill - and bears the British Wool logo.

Re:Treat costs £6.50 per 100g ball plus P&P directly from West Yorkshire Spinners. The accompanying pattern book The Perfect Re:Treat contains 12 designs for homewares, accessories and jumpers by Georgia Farrell.

The Perfect Re:Treat image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners.
View images of all the patterns here. The pattern book, again directly from West Yorkshire Spinners, costs £9.95 plus P&P.


Northiam image courtesy of Kettle Yarn Co.
Kettle Yarn Co. produces lovingly-blended and dyed yarns and I'm looking forward to discovering whether its latest launch, Northiam, lives up to the company's reputation.

Northiam, pictured right in the shade Thistle, is a fingering weight yarn that costs £18 per 100g skein plus P&P. A skein contains approximately 400 metres of yarn. Kettle Yarn Co. describes Northiam as: "a smooth, worsted-spun yarn from the finest Bluefaced Leicester sourced, courted, spun and dyed a a British mill.

It has excellent stitch definition for cables, lace and other textures while creating beautifully balanced stockinette."

So far there are 11 shades to choose from, ranging from traditional greys and cream to a bright green and mustard yellow.

Kettle Yarn Co. is going to release a hat pattern called Roseby to support the yarn.

Have you had a squish or Re:Treat or Northiam? What do you think of them? Please let us know in the comments box below or on our Facebook page.

Rowan: 40 Years Competition

Don't forget that you have until 11.59pm on Wednesday September 5th to enter our competition to win a copy of the Rowan: 40 Years pattern book. For details of how to enter see the Review of Rowan: 40 Years + Win A Copy! post.

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