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Yarns Unspun

New in, just in time for Spring 💐

Patterns, projects and colourful Yarn...come squish!
Spring is on it's way - hurrah! 🙌

I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to some Spring sunshine and lots of lovely blooms to cheer everywhere up. January & February seem to have been rather soggy months, so I am hoping some more dry days are on the way.

I've got lots of exciting things to show you, so grab yourself a warm drink (and maybe a biscuit), and let’s take a look shall we? 😊

NEW NEW NEW! I'm so excited to show you!

BRAND NEW to us is the Gleener Fabric Shaver and Lint Brush, £19.95 (see below).
From sweaters and suits to sofas and bedding, Gleener helps you get the longest life from your clothing, upholstery, and linens.
  • The 3 different Fabric Safe Edges™ eliminate pilling, lint and pet hair from virtually all fabrics.
  • Each edge is designed to gently revive a different type of fabric, from big and bulky, to medium, and delicate.
  • The integrated lint brush picks up pet hair, dusts away dandruff and can be used to beautifully finish any de-pilling job.
It's really good - I used it to get rid of all the bobbles off sweaters!

Next up is the Grundl Hot Socks Merino.

Grundl Hot Socks Merino
Grundl have come up trumps again with this gorgeous soft sock/4ply yarn!! This fabulous company really do do sock yarns well and you cant go wrong with a pair in this squishy yarn.

Merino and Nylon mix which is not just good for socks, its great for all 4ply garments and being gentle machine washable it is perfect for baby garments and adult ones alike.

£4.35 | 75% virgin wool (merino, superwash), 25% polyamide
50g/200m | 30 sts x 40 rows = 10 x 10 cm | 2.50mm – 3mm

Priced well and in some superb colours what's not to love. OECO-TEX® Certificated too, brilliant!

Come squish! (Pssst….We post too…)

Isn't this just funky?!

80's inspired, new acrylic King Cole yarn called Jitterbug!

This double knit yarn is in a range of bright retro colours all with Wham related names; Tropicana, Wham, Freedom, Whispering, Go-Go and more.

It's really bright and jazzy and lots of fun. Each stitch will have a different colour as you work! We can’t wait to hook up some bright amigurumi with it!!This yarn is destined to be some amazing bright granny square blankets! Think of those amazing knitted scarves!

£4.75 per 100g ball/ 280m | Premium acrylic
As you can see above, I've been having a play! I’ve started a DK version of the shift cowl, pairing the Jitterbug with the Grundl Second Life in really dark bottle green. I have to say I’m liking the effect. What do you think?

This would make a fun budget project too. If you need help with project ideas, contact us here or pop into our shop.

One for the handmade gift makers...

Are you making some gifts as one of your projects?
I say one, but if you are anything like me, you have about 4-5 on the go at once!

We have some new 'handmade' sew labels that are a faux leather label to sew onto projects to give that really nice finishing touch. They are £1.45 for a set and simply stunning.

Looking for a new pattern?

Have you seen the new range of stunning Petite Knits patterns we have in stock? Here are just a few….
We are loving the Luluslip over…
but also the Lyon sweater…
and the September slip over….
and the…. Ok then….ALL of them!

Ranging from £3.50 to £5.25 each, it’s hard to choose! We are LOVING being retailers of these patterns 🥰

Pssst….There's a big book with even more in store!

The patterns go really well with the Silk Mohair and we've just got extra shades in! The mohair is really fine laceweight which when held double with other thicker yarns gives a subtle haze of colour over the background colour.

One of our best selling yarns - new colours just in...

Here are four new colours to add to the Stylecraft ReCreate double knit range. This is a blended yarn that is made entirely from recycled fibres. With a mix of wool, Viscose and recycled acrylic/nylon, it's one of our biggest selling yarns - we just can’t keep in!

The yarn lends itself to beautiful stitch definition with strong cabling, lace detail and texture stitches all featured in the designs. Some of it will be a recycled acrylic yarn, but other bits of it will be recycle plastic bottles.

£4.75 | 40% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 30% Polyester (all recycled) | 100g: 350m

Spring & Summer yarns alert!

Marmel Duo
A couple of other new yarns ready for spring/Summer are the Ella Rae Brighton Beach Duo which is a really pretty colour changing yarn with a bit of a Tweedy effect.
Lots of nice colours and then we also have the Ella Rae Marmel Duo and that, along with the Brighton Beach duo, are a new shorter colour changing Variation of the originals and will make really pretty shawls
and summary tops.

£16.95 | Double Knit | 58% Cotton; 42% Acrylic | 100g : approx 250m /273yds

And finally we've got these beautiful new yarns 🧶

Lang Noelle 4ply
Lang Noelle which is a fine 4 ply, just as light as air and it is absolutely stunning.
Let this gossamer yarn glide over your needles and you can dress in the lightest layer of merino fibre and warm air. You may forget altogether that you are wearing something, until you are showered with compliments.
25g balls | £7.95 per ball

And Hjertegarn Hjerte Fine Highland Wool, also a 4ply which is a really gorgeous super soft 100% Peruvian Highland wool
It has a great bounce and squishyness that is perfect for colourwork along with all other garments and accessories projects. The price of this yarn is exceptional and really is something you cant help but want to snuggle in to.
40g ball (strange size as usually 50g) | £3.45 per ball - an amazing price for 100% wool!
So what's been on my needles this month? Well, I've managed to finish a few things since our last newsletter.
I've been making the stunning Polina Sweater (pictured below left). The design is by Teti Lutsak, a fantastic Ukrainan knit wear designer, just look how beautiful her detail is!

This is the sample one for the knit a long which starts on the 29th February. If anyone wants to join in there is a link to the Facebook group on the yarn etc Facebook page or you can click here.

It’s an intermediate level knit. If you are comfortable (or fancy having a go at…) short rows, ribbing and working in rib sequences, lifting left and right leg increases, (on your knitting, not your body 😂 ), working from colourwork charts…. Go for it!

The pattern is available direct from Teti on Ravelry. Some proceeds from the purchase will be going to charity, so that’s just a lovely added extra! Here’s the link to the pattern! https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/polina-pullover

Let’s talk yarn!…The yarn recommended is can be a ‘thicker’ 4ply, thin dk or an actual sport weight yarn. It is vital you do a tension square for this project.

Polina Sweater (sample) 👇

Danzig scarf 👆

I also finished a Danzig scarf (pictured above right). I’ve used bits of left over stashed sock yarn in 4ply and a ball of Rico superba cashmeri in shade light grey.

The scarf pattern is here and the Rico Superba Cashmeri is here.
We love seeing what you are working on and what you have finished too. Keep tagging us in photos online or sharing on our Facebook page.

If you fancy a bit of yarn therapy don’t forget we are online and open 24 hours a day at www.yarnetc.co.uk and back open in person on Tuesday.

Fi & the yarnistas 😘
An illustration of a ball of yarn with the end trailing. The trailing end of yarn attaches to a 'S' for the phrase "Save the date!"
There are lots of fabulous Yarn related dates coming up for all you Yarnistas out there. We thought we'd have a "Save the Date" section to share them with you so you can add them to your diaries. Do let us know if we are missing any!
  • Mon 18th March – 6pm – Knit & Natter at Waterstones | £4 | Book here
  • Sat 8th June - World Wide Knit in Public Day
  • Thurs 12th September - Crochet Day
  • Sat 28th - Sun 29th September - Yarndale
  • Sun 29th September - Sat 5th October - Shetland Wool Week
  • Sat 12th October - I Love Yarn Day
  • Fri 8th - Sun 10th November - Yorkshire Yarn Festival
  • Thurs 21st - Sun 24th November - The Knitting and Stitching Show

Pay it forward

We know and work with so many amazing small businesses, that we decided to have this section to share them with all of you 😊

This month we are highlighting the wonderful Ryan Owens Chocolate.
Ryan (and his partner Eve) sent me some delicious chocolates for Christmas and I know they would make the most fabulous mothers day gifts.

Award winning handmade bon bons in delightful colours and flavours, selection boxes, mendiants and hot chocolate to name a few of the things Ryan makes. To check out all the yummy offerings head to Ryan's website here or find him on Instagram here.
Well worth a look 😋
Fiona Burks - Yarn etc
I hope you've enjoyed this latest edition of Yarns Unspun.

Good luck with all your projects and if you need any help with finding the right pattern or just want to come and squish some yarn, we'd love to see you in the shop.

See you soon lovelies! 😊

Fi x

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