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  1. This week is all about self striping sock yarn and we're adding nine new colours to the lineup.

    nine group britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wear

    Self striping sock yarn is great fun to knit with as the colour changes are taken care of for you. It's my favourite thing for plain vanilla socks, and the end result always looks so much more impressive than it has any right too.

    We've tried to cover a wide range of colour preferences, so there are a couple of very bright options, a few with neutral backgrounds and some paler colours too. Right now the paler colours are catching my eye the most, perhaps because they feel summery and I'd like to hold on to that feeling for a little more.

    duck egg britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wearin

    unicorn tail britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard we

    watercolour britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wea

    Duck egg, unicorn tail and watercolour

    These yarns are dyed on our Britsock base. This blend of British wools, alpaca and nylon is custom spun for us in Devon by John Arbon, and it's a brilliant sock yarn. Actually it's a great yarn for most things (and right now it's on my needles as I'm knitting one of the new Woolly Wormhead hats which will be released soon).

    flower power britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard we

    iris britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wearing se

    scooby doo britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wear

    Flower power, iris and scooby doo

     

    Later this week I'll be blogging about how to make sure the stripe pattern on your socks doen't get disrupted by the heel. I'll also be suggesting some alternative stitch patterns in case you want a  chance from plain vanilla socks.

    sweet pea britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard weari

    primaries on coal britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon ha

    printer ink on charcoal britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca ny

    Sweet pea, primary colours on coal and printer ink on charcoal

     

    These yarns are win the update taking place at 1900 on Thursday 27th of August so if you're browsing in the shop before then you won't see them.

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  2. Our new dark shades of One Farm Yarn are gorgeous on their own or combined with each other. 

    dark rainbow skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british wool the knitting

    If you'd like a little more colour variation then the dark shades are stunning when combined with the Superhero Genes Blues.

    It's possible that I'm a little biased here. I love every single shade of blue. If I could only dye with one colour it would be blue. I also love that the name of the Superhero Genes yarns was suggested by a very lovely friend and that every skein of them that we sell raises money for Genetic Disorders UK. 

    I've taken photos of the eight dark shades with thefull Superhero Genes fade, however any of the superhero genes will provide a lovely contrast. As always please don't hesitate to get in touch and we can help you find the perfect colour combination for your next project. 

    dark red and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british

    Dark red and Superhero Genes

    dark orange and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed briti

    Dark orange and Superhero Genes

    dark yellow and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed briti

    Dark yellow and Superhero Genes

    dark green and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed britis

    Dark green and Superhero Genes

    dark turquoise and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed br

    Dark turquoise and Superhero Genes

    dark blue and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british

    Dark blue and Superhero Genes. I think these are going to have to be a sweater for me.

    dark violet and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed briti

    Dark violet and Superhero Genes

    dark pink and superhero genes skeins one farm yarn 4ply hand dyed british

    Dark pink and Superhero Genes

    One Farm Yarn is wonderful for shawls - it's got a lovely bounce to it so it's warm, yet working on 4mm and blocking will give you beautiful drape too. I love that it's a proper Yorkshire yarn through and through. The fleece came from a local farm, and was processed and spun a few miles along the road from us.

    Find the One Farm Yarn here.