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  1. Crochet with the 2020 Advent Calendar mini skeins

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    wrapped mini skeins advent yarn calendar 2020

     

    Maybe you’ve just seen our advent calendars. Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting one for a while. One of the most common questions we get asked is “What can I do with the mini skeins?” It’s a great question – and the answer is lots.

    good fingering skein wooden box engraved advent calander gift diagonal

    Let’s start with what’s in the advent calendar box.

    You’ll receive 24 x 10 gram skeins of our 4ply BFL, mulberry silk and baby alpaca yarn. That gives you 960 meters of yarn in total.

    As the 24 skeins are dyed to form a colour wheel you could work from one colour to the next, joining the, in as you go and end up with a beautiful gradient. This would work especially well for scarves and shawls.

    2020 bfl silk alpaca advent wheel 2

    What if you want to mix things up?

    I took our Rainbow crochet linen stitch cowl pattern and a set of advent mini skeins and ended up with this.

    2020 bfl silk alpaca advent wheel crochet linen stitch cowl 1

    The original pattern uses a set of 12 mini skeins and a contrast 100 gram skein. I used the first 12 colours as one set and the 2nd 12 colours (13-24) as the other set, and crocheted until there wasn’t enough yarn for another round.

    bfl silk alpaca postcard front

    Working with the colours in this way meant there was always plenty of contrast as I was working across the colour wheel. I wanted to use as much yarn as possible, so I worked each mini skein until it ran out, then joined in the next colour. Joins are easy to hide in this fabric and it meant I was left with a couple of meters of colours 23 and 24.

    2020 bfl silk alpaca advent wheel crochet linen stitch cowl 6

    You can find the pattern here.

    Our advent calendars are ready to post (unless you want to personalise the box in which case we’ll need an extra day or two). So if you’re looking for something to work on through December then this could be ideal for you.

    Want your own advent calendar? Get it here.

  2. Experimental Dyeing

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    Our splodge yarns have become one of the most popular things we sell. They're great fun to work with, but the way they're dyed means they're pretty time consuming to make.

    One of my jobs for last week was to try to figure out a quicker way of achieving the same (or even better) result. It's a real treat to get to just play with dyes like this, and I'm thrilled with the results which will be added to the shop at 1900 tomorrow.

    experiment 1 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    There are single skeins of some of the colours - I wanted to test a couple of differemt ways of applying the dye and until I was happy with that part of the process there wasn't any point in working with more yarn.

    experiment 2 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    Clear splodges rather than speckles or freckles of colour. One of the things I ;ike most about our splodge yarns is that the splodges are bold.

    experiment 3 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    I've chosen our BFL, silk and alpaca base for these experiments. While spoldge colourways make great socks where they really shine is in shawls - and the BFL, silk and alpaca is perfect for a luxurious shawl.

    experiment 4 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    I'm looking forward to casting on with one or two of these colours. There's something about the idea of combining two splodge colours that's very appealling.

    experiment 6 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    I'm planning something very simple for these yarns - possibly a feather and fan (or old shale) stitch pattern, or something along those lines so there are waves of colour.

    experiment 5 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    Much as I love the pale background I wanted some other colour options too. There's something very berry like about this one, and it feels perfect as it's starting to feel more like autumn every day.

    experiment 7 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    One of the things it took a little time to get to grips with was consistent colours across a batch. The way thee colours are dyed means there will always be some variation. That can work beautifully on some shawls, especially triangle shapes. As always you can work between two skeins to mix colours up.

    experiment 8 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    All those teal greaan make this experiment absolutely my colours. I'd love this combined with a neutral, perhaps in our linen stitch cowl.

    experiment 9 hand dyed british bfl silk alpaca luxury indie yarn

    The experiment colours will be in the shop at 1900 on Thursday 10th September so if you're browsing before then you won't see them.

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