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Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club, Wharfe Wool Fair and #nonylonsockKAL

The Folly by Shutterspot Photography

The Folly by Shutterspot Photography

Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club

There’s less than a week left to sign up to May’s Yan Tan Tethera yarn club.  The club is run by Elaine at Baa Baa Brighouse and features a rotating group of Yorkshire independent hand dyers each month.  It’s my turn and I’ll be creating a colourway from the beautiful photo above. In case you haven’t guessed already, purple is my favourite colour and I can already picture how I’d like the yarn to turn out.  I’m looking forward to testing my plan this weekend.

The photo is called ‘The Folly’, taken by Gary Turner of Shutterspot Photography and it features Victoria Tower on Castle Hill at a nature reserve over in Kirklees.

The club costs £21 and sign ups are open now, closing on 15 April giving me plenty of time to get everything dyed up and over to Elaine to post out for the 1 May.  I’ll be using my 100% British BFL HT sock yarn, which has 365m/400yd to each 100g skein. Which ties in nicely with…


Joeli Creates is running a KAL (Knit along) based around sock yarns that don’t contain nylon.  There’s a perception out there that sock yarn must contain nylon in order to stand up to the wear our hand knit socks get in our shoes.  From now until 10 June Joeli plans to knit socks using nylon-free yarns, then for the second part of the project, she’ll wear only those nylon-free socks to test how they feel, wear and wash.

I’ll be joining in, both my 4ply yarn bases are nylon-free; Yan Sock is a 100% British BFL High Twist yarn made up of 2 plies, the High Twist making it particularly suitable to socks.  When the yarn has a high twist there’s less opportunity for the yarn to rub against itself and cause wear. My Tethera 4ply is also 100% British BFL and this one is a true 4ply in that the yarn is made up of 4 plies.  Tethera is a regular ply, not high twist. Perhaps I should knit a pair of each and then compare how the two different bases wear for the second part of the project. Here’s a pair I’m working on at the moment, using Yan Sock using 2 50g skeins to create 4-row stripes (more on stripyness at a later date!).

Stripy sock in progress

I previously did a wear test on a pair of socks knitted in Yan Sock, so I’ll come back later, having taken some photos, and show you the results of that.

You can sign up for Joeli’s KAL at her website, and if you’re on Ravelry you can follow everyone’s contributions in a thread in Joeli’s group here. You can also post pictures on twitter and instagram, just tag them with #nonylonsockKAL then other people taking part can see them.

Wharfe Wool Fair – 7 May 2016

It’s full steam ahead now to the first wool fair of the year and the dye pots are keeping very busy. This is the third Wharfe Wool Fair and there’s a new venue for 2016.  The show has moved to Ilkley and will be held at the Clarke Foley Centre from 10am to 4pm.  Have a look a the website for full details and list of exhibitors.  There’s plenty of parking in Ilkley as well as excellent public transport links by bus and train, hopefully see you there.  This will be the first show outing for the Shetland Gradients if you missed them last month.

Gradient six together

Dates for the diary

If you can’t make Wharfe Wool Fair on 7 May, there’s always Leeds Wool Festival at Armley Mills on 4 June.

Yarndale 2015

Sylvan Tiger Yarn stall at Yarndale 2015

Sylvan Tiger Yarn stall at Yarndale 2015

Last weekend was the third Yarndale wool festival in Skipton, and the second time I’ve had a stall.  It was a fantastic, if very busy, weekend.  I only managed to take a few quick camera phone pictures of my own stall. This year the new banner was hoisted for the first time and attracted lots of oohs and aahs from visitors.  All needle felted by hand, no fingers were harmed in the process of making the banner!

The lace weight side of the stall

The lace weight side of the stall

The beautiful Bonny by Tin Can Knits was on duty at the entrance to the stall, enticing the customers in!  Saturday was an incredibly busy day, with lots of dedicated knitters and industry people visiting.  I only got to leave the stall for quick loo breaks and a bite to eat for lunch.  It was lovely to meet so many customers in person for the first time, especially Marie.  The very lovely Karie Westermann stopped by and Amanda Collins aka OwlPrintPanda was a veritable whirlwind through the stall!

4ply, DK and aran

4ply, DK and aran

I launched two new bases at the show this year, Pip DK (100% British BFL) pictured above on the top shelf at the right hand side and Sethera Aran (100% British BFL), bottom shelf on the right. These pictures are before the yarn was ravished by the hoards of yarn fans, hungry for a squish of lovely yarns!

Fibre and the sample washing line

Fibre and the sample washing line

The washing line of samples received lots of lovely comments from customers to the stall, especially the Anisoptera shawl, on the right above, from the Dragonfly collection by Gwen Wagner-Adair.  Speaking of samples and finished items, it was lovely to stand at the entrance to the stall watching the crowds going past and spotting all the wonderful hand knitted garments being proudly worn by the visitors.

Sunday was a little quieter and I managed to get away from the stall for a little while to have a look around and make some modest purchases for myself.  Though I didn’t manage to take any photos from elsewhere around the show, have a look on Twitter for #yarndale to get a flavour of the event.

Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers for another fantastic show, looking forward to next year already!  (After a bit of rest and putting up of the feet for a while!!)  The Etsy shop is back open again now and I’ll be restocking slowly over the next few weeks.