Monday, 11 May 2015

British Wool at BritYarn

Hello everyone!  

Things are really picking up the pace here as it is not long until we open our virtual doors on Tuesday 2nd June.  

I thought I would share with you some of the things BritYarn will have available on the 2nd June.  This is by no means everything, more like an a sneak preview to wet your appetites!    

Image courtesy of Blacker
First up representing laceweight wool is Blacker Yarns St Kilda. This wool is a blend of Boreray (the rarest of British sheep breeds) Soay and Shetland.  The wool feels soft to the touch and comes in the natural fleece colour.  I really love this wool, I think its comparable in softness to Bluefaced Leicester but with a bit more texture.

I love 4 ply yarn and have decided to share two with you here. 

WYS Signature 4 ply Sour Apple
First up is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply.  This wool is perfect for socks and shawls and is machine washable. It is 75% British wool (35% Bluefaced Leicester) and 25% nylon.  The colour range is brilliant from the bright 'Sweet Shop' shades to the earthy Spice Rack range. The colours work really well together so a good option if you are thinking about wool for a two colour shawl.  In case you're wondering BritYarn has every colour! 

Britsock Indian Summer
I can't tell you how giddy I got when this next wool was delivered.  This is The Knitting Goddess Britsock which is hand dyed by Joy. I seriously considered keeping them all for myself!  Britsock is British to the core as not only is the wool British (40% Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Wensleydale, 20% Alpaca) the 20% Nylon content is made in Britain.  BritYarn has a selection of semi solid and self striping colours available. 

Bowland DK
Double Knitting (DK) wool is next and I am surrounded by some great options but I thought I would show you this one.  It is Eden Cottage Yarns Bowland which is hand dyed, 100% Bluefaced Leicester and machine washable.  This is one of those brilliant yarns which is perfect for a multitude of uses.  It is really soft so ideal for garments worn next to the skin including little baby knits. It also makes warm and cosy shawls if you are looking for something thicker.  The colours Victoria dyes are stunning and I know you will love them all!

Wensleydale Longwool Buttertubs
Getting onto the aran weights this is Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop. This wool has a slight halo, amazing lustre and has excellent drape.  The ball on my desk just gleams and I can't help giving it a little squish. I have plans to make a jumper out of this wool - I just haven't decided which pattern yet!  As you might have guessed from the name it is made from 100% Wensleydale wool.     

Last up is chunky wool.  As we all know chunky wool is perfect for quick projects from jumpers to last minute gifts.  This wool is no exception.  It is Jamieson & Smith Real Shetland Chunky. It is made from 100% Shetland wool and comes in seven shades inspired by the Shetland Islands.

J&S Real Shetland Chunky Steekit

I hope this has given you an insight into the treats available to you all come the 2nd June.

Thank you again for all your support, shares and best wishes.  I love hearing from you.
The best of woolly wishes to you all.


  1. Ooh lovely, Isla. I've just bought a ball of WYS for a pair of socks, the colours are brill - I went for Blackcurrant Bomb! xx

    1. I love them all.... I just might have a few balls of my own in stash. I am thinking of a multi colour shawl along the lines of a Byatt or a Brill. I have seen some great stunning ones in Ravelry recently. Look forward to seeing your socks.