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The Famous Five

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This is the beautiful first edition of the  “Famous Five” club  from Terri Carroll of a fine fish yarns. The club  features five  twenty grams mini skeins in five different colour-ways inspired by one of the world’s more recently departed. Each month will feature a different  musician, author, actor, comedian who made their mark on modern culture. Each mini is eighty-five meters in length of sock yarn.

May’s inspiration was David Bowie and along with the five mini skeins their was so Bowie inspired treats including Goblin Tea and Ziggy stitch markers! The colour-ways are all named after Bowie’s songs, including Space Oddity and Let’s Dance.

You can sign up for next months club here. Who will it be?

 

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Valentine’s sock club, a club for lovers and haters of the Cupid’s sugared money spinner! a fine fish yarns came up trumps in these sweet colour ways of Kiss Kiss and Bang Bang!  The yarn was chosen unseen. For the club, you could have chosen either one or both!  I choose both, for separate facets of my personality, and these 100g skeins of hand dyed sock yarn arrived!  A deathly black cherry for the loathers and a sweetly speckled pink for the lovers

The box came, prettily wrapped up in blue, tissue paper with a cute, thematic postcard, in plenty of time for St. Valentine’s Day.

And inside a few surprises! Sweets, chocolate, a wax melt  from The Belfast Candle Company and a few stitch markers or mini key rings!

 

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A yarn lover’s Christmas Box

I may have spoilt myself somewhat this Christmas.  I may have accidentally purchased a Green Elephant Hand Dyed Yarn Christmas box. Don’t know how it happened!

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The box cost €45 and  included 100g of Green Elephant Hand Dyed Yarn in a limited edition colour-way, a hand made project bag and some other treats.

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The yarn, called Fairy lights was inspired by twinkling, colourful, Christmas Fairy Lights. There was a gorgeous project bag by Sweensie Crafts, a stocking stitch marker by Matt and Rose, a cute as a button snowman button and a chocolate treat or two!

A close up of some twinkly fairy lights, for the season that’s in it!

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Happy Yarny Christmas!

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I bought myself a lovely yarny present for Christmas this year. I may have indulged in a Christmas surprise from a fine fish yarns. Terri Carroll hand dyes and hand paints her yarn in the North of Ireland. So I couldn’t resist the surprise gradient mini skeins she was advertising in November. Part of the surprise was that the colours of the gradient were a surprise based on stated favorite colours!

Shortly before Christmas, a package arrived, nicely and appropriately wrapped, and inside was a beautiful pack of sock weight sparkle mini skeins in glorious green shades.

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Terri also included a few surprise treats in the package! Chocolate and some Christmas themed stitch markers.

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STwist Wool

A few weeks back I got a very interesting message on Ravelry. Would I like some free wool? Who me? Could I possibly turn down such an offer? Ah, no! Not only was this wool free, it was also 100 per cent Irish sheep and spun. My favorite kind. A few days later this beauty arrived in the post!

The kind and generous person who was offering me free wool was Diarmuid, owner and proprietor of S Twist Wool, a yarn  company based in in Dublin. S Twist is a brand new Irish hand spinning company where the fleece is sourced in Tipperary and spun in Ranelagh: interesting just a street away from where I used to live. Currently, S Twist yarns are only available in heavier weights,in both single and two ply chunky and in natural undyed colours. Diarmuid hopes to provide wool in lighter weights and also naturally dyed yarns in the near future. Diarmuid and S Twist are also very environmentally minded and use a natural rainwater fermenting process to clean the Tipperary wool. While Diarmuid sources, skirts, scours and cleans the fleece, he currently is outsourcing the processing and carding. On reuniting with his carded fleece, he then spins it up on an electric wheel which he has modified with a faster motor and a larger bobbin.

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So, to the yarn: 100 grams or 180 metres of naturally grey undyed single ply, mixed Irish breeds and 100 percent wool. The label suggests medium weight, a heavy aran to my eyes.

The yarn is loosely spun, and because I repeatedly frogged it initially, it did become fragile. I wanted to try a cabled hat, but a hat did not want to be made. I made repeated mistakes. Firstly, I cast on too many stitches and only realized six rounds down. Started again, and managed to turn the ribbing into moss! Third times a charm, they say! Well, not this time, when failed to follow my own hat pattern. Who needs a cabled hat in summer, anyway? With the hat abandoned, it was back to the drawing board for a suitable pattern but the wool was becoming unspun with all the ripping out.

As its made from Irish wool, it is has lots of character and some may find it coarse when compared to softer yarns, but to me, it felt quite soft to knit with and not at all rough on the hands. The yarn has quite a few long loose hairs, so refrain from wearing black while knitting with it! I knitted it with a loose gauge on larger needles and blocked it aggressively after. I was afraid that it might break or snap, but it held up admirably and holds a lace pattern prettily.

If you want your own skein, you can buy from S Twist online shop and I believe,  This is Knit, in Dublin stocks it too.

What did I knit, do I hear you ask? To find out, tune in next time, same bat time, same bat channel!

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