Sample it!

It's that time again, yes, this week we're giving you all the chance to buy our yarns at just over the wholesale price in minimums of 500g, but just for this week, giving you a chance to sample the delights in small quantities.  

It's the perfect chance to try our new bases, such as our brand new Yak Merino Silk Singles 4ply, so why not experiment with something new?  

Bronze Sparkle Sock (Type 49158)

Bronze Sparkle Sock (Type 49158)

Our entire range sectioned into 500g packs will go live here on the Bluefaced.com Special Offers page at 6pm BST on Sunday 23rd October and will be available in these smaller packs at the special price for one week only!  

Happy Dyeing!

Jeni

Stunning new Yak Merino Silk Singles 4ply

Yes, it's new yarn time and our latest base is a keeper.  I certainly want to keep all of it, but apparently, I'm not allowed!  

Meet the soft buttery gorgeousness that is Yak Merino Silk Singles 4ply:  

We know how much you love our grey Yak bases for the way they create depth of colour when overdyed and we also know how many of you love single ply yarns, so we decided to combine the two to make an awesome new yarn!  

Obviously we had to try it out as soon as it arrived!  

It works really well in shades of semi solid yellow, so don't be afraid to try paler colours!  

We tried a complex tonal variegated too and found it almost gives an iridescent effect where the dyes have layered up, so you could create some real showstoppers with this.  

Available in 120g skeins (480m per skein), this is the perfect yarn for shawls and will have a gorgeous drape when knitted up.  Jeni has already claimed the yellow skein!  

We can't wait to see what you do with it!  

Trend predictions

Pitti 2016

Pitti Filati is the main European textile trade show which happens twice a year in January and June. manufacturers gather with their new collections of yarns and fabrics, and next years trends and colours are outlined.  There are always themes that seem to pop out and these do appear on the high street in the following year.

The displays were themed around '24 hours in Knit' showing how knitwear can be part of any activity in the day, from wearing your dressing gown first thing in the morning, to walking the dog, playing sport or doing yoga, hanging out with your children, and for workwear, basically how you could work it into an outfit for every activity (pics below)!  

As this quote from the colour predictions booklet says: 

“H24 will explore applications of various fibers through 24 ‘moments’, 24 colours, 24 atmospheres, 24 sensations and 24 physical states that need a different garment for every hour of the day and night. It is a way of getting to know ourselves better, to respect ourselves and to reap the maximum benefits from what we wear: twenty-four hours in knit.”

The themes which jumped out at me in terms of knitted fabrics were plaids in knits, rather than woven plaids, almost Fair Isle plaids (yes, these fabrics are actually knitted rarter than woven): 

Tweeds were also present, as were subtle sparkle (for a similar look, you could try one of our yarns with Stellina such as Angel Sparkle (49036), Sparkle Lace (49025), Sparkle Sock (49041) or Sparkle DK (49216) which all give a subtle sparkle without overpowering a finished piece) and beads:

Finally textures were all about printing onto knit fabrics, embroidery on knit fabrics, and creating really interesting textures by creating sheer fabrics with patterns and textures underneath, and idea that has great potential for hand knits:

The colour predictions for Autumn/Winter 2017/18 work around the same theme of 24 colours for 24 hours (one for each hour of the day from dawn at the top of the shade card to night at the bottom): 

I'm really looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets these trends over the next two years!  

New Yarns, Hand Spun

New Andean hand spun yarns!!

Our newest yarns have just arrived and this time we have something quite different from our other ranges, two beautiful hand spun yarns! 

Meet Marshmallow Hand Spun: 

Marshmallow Super Chunky

...and Spira Hand Spun:

We are really excited about these two new yarns, hand spun in the highland communities of Puno, the main Alpaca producing region of Peru. 

The women living in communities of Alpaca shepherds have a long history of traditional textile skills going back generations including hand spinning, which the program helps to preserve.  

Combining their skills with modern yarn designs has created these beautiful hand spun yarns which are not only wonderful to dye and knit with but also provide these small highland communities with more trade, enabling them to maintain their way of life as it has been for generations.  By supporting this program we are helping to keep their skills alive and also the mountain villages themselves, where sheep and alpaca have been farmed for centuries, keeping families together by giving them the opportunity to earn money without having to move away from rural areas.  

So, I guess you'd like to know a bit more about the yarns? 

Marshmallow Hand Spun is a beautifully soft single ply super chunky yarn spun from 100% super fine alpaca, with approx. 40m per 100g skein, this yarn is lovely and squishy, perfect for cosy accessories!  We can't stop petting this skein, it's so soft!  

Spira Hand Spun is a single ply yarn with a wonderful texture, a little thinner than Marshmallow Hand Spun, with 50m per 100g skein.  A mix of super fine alpaca and Peruvian Highland wool, this yarn has a very subtle variations in colour when dyed thanks to the way the two types of fibre take up the dye differently.  We've got in three lovely shades for you to choose from in this yarn too!  Two of the shades use white wool together with a different natural shade of alpaca fibre, and the third uses natural white:

Three gorgeous natural shades in our new Spira Hand Spun Clockwise from top: Mid grey, white and fawn

Three gorgeous natural shades in our new Spira Hand Spun

Clockwise from top: Mid grey, white and fawn

We were so excited to see how these yarn dyed up and we've not been disappointed! 

Here's how they dyed up!   Clockwise from top left: Mid grey, fawn, white

Here's how they dyed up!  

Clockwise from top left: Mid grey, fawn, white

We particularly love the way the mid grey yarn dyes, it would be absolutely stunning dyed with jewel colours like teal, sapphire blue, purple or ruby (too many ideas and not enough time!).  Grey yarns give a wonderful depth of colour when dyed, so don't be scared of trying them.  

New yarns!!

We love it here when we get new yarns, Lottie and I pour over the packs rip them open, fantasise about what colours we will dye them, and then go hunt for appropriate patterns on Ravelry.

These two newbies were no exception, the first out of the box is a Superwash Merino Nylon DK, so you know what that means? YES DK socks socks socks!!! Its 75% Merino, 25% nylon with 225m per 100g hank, it has a lovely twist and is soft and delicious...

Second up is 49178, this is SUCH A GORGEOUS YARN, its totally worthy of the Caplocks!

 I like twists, different kinds of twists create such different types of yarn, I've wanted a 3ply high twist for ages, they work better on larger needles, unlike 2ply high twists, which can sometimes look a bit unbalanced. Since I've been nagging Andy for this for ages.. finally when he decided to do this blend, I realised this was my chance :D and its so good, so so good. The blend is 70% Superwash merino, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere with a good 400m on it. Its smooth, soft and shiny all in one.

I had to have a go at dyeing this one.. see below....

In its pure undyed state...

In its pure undyed state...

I keep trying to tell Andy he should call it MCS epic twist.. but he's not having it yet ;)

Happy dyeing folks!

Jeni and the team x

Sample it!

This week we are giving everyone a chance to buy our yarns at just over the wholesale price in minimums of 500g, but just for this week, giving you a chance to sample the delights in small quantities.

Our entire range is here on Bluefaced.com sectioned into 500g packs, orders can be placed any time up until tomorrow midnight.

Happy Dyeing!

Jeni

 

 

We are proud to announce we are distributing JUL designs in the UK and Europe

I love buttons and closures, and I always think that the quality and look of them can make or break a freshly knitted Garment. We spend hours and hours knitting/crocheting  something special, its the least we can do to use a delicious fixing to compliment the work thats gone into it. Not only that to add a gorgeous shawl pin to a shawl makes the most PERFECT present. In my show days I could not get enough shawl pins to sell, especially metal ones, beautifully crafted shawl pins are hard to come by, so when we had the chance to distribute JUL Designs, we jumped at the chance.

This is some of the shawl pins we will be distributing, aren't they just divine?

But what I really wanted to tell you about was the leather fixings and just how clever they are...

These fixings are great, you can use them to change the way your knitwear is styled by removing them and putting them back on again, you can change the style by using different fixings or colours, or simply move them onto new knitwear, they are fabulous!

Here's how to use them:

1. This is what the button looks like Back and Front:

You unscrew the back to take it apart like this:

Leather button in pieces

Push the large piece through the knitwear like so: (showing the front)

The back looks like this:

leather 5.JPG

Pop the smaller leather piece on:

And screw in the fixing to close it:

This can be undone and moved at any time.

JUL DESIGNS has all sorts of wonderful versions of these these are just a few:

JUL designs

If you are interested in retailing these or are a designer and would like to use these in your designs, please drop us an email.

Using Natural coloured yarns for Dyeing

We have quite a few naturally coloured yarns in our range, from the Natural grey alpaca in our grey Angel to the honey comb camel in our Camel silk blends. We also often get asked if these are ok to dye or whether they have to be used as they are. You will be glad to know the answer is both! We produce these yarns with the coloured bases to give a twist and depth to your dyeing. The natural grey in the yarns will add a depth to colours, the light greys producing a smokyness and the darker colours creating a rich undertone to your colours. 

To show you what I mean I dyed 3 yarns. Angel which comes in the natural white and then the natural grey, pictures on the left and middle. On the right is the Tibetan which has a much cooler darker grey base, which can make colours almost iridescent at times, I have seen some wonderful yarns by my fav dyers using this base, they are magical in quality.

So.. below here are the undyed bases:

Natural Angel 4ply and tibetan 4ply

Below are the same 3 yarns dyed in one dye bath at the same time, I choose a semisolid light pink because it shows off the effect better:

Angel and Tibetan Dyed pale pink

To show you the warmth a brown base can create, here is a hand paint I did a while ago, the natural honey comb colour of the yarn richens the colours and adds tremendous warmth:

Camel Silk Lace 49029

I highly recommend having a go at using natural colours!

To show you other uses for the natural colours we also use them as they are I decided to have a go weaving them, (ignore my tension lol its just a practice)

Angel Tibetan and Camel silk weaving

A little zigzag stole Lottie designed for the Angel 4ply Natural and Natural Grey:

Happy Dyeing!

Jeni

Sprinkle Dyeing

One of the best things about dyeing, is messing about and seeing what happens. I certainly find there is nothing worse than having to recreate the same thing over and over again, that takes all the fun out of it!

I often like to mess about and try different techniques, its good to not be scared to make mistakes, after all the great thing about dyeing is we can over dye anything we don't like right?

So.. this is our chunky singles yarn  (49417) a yarn which I always feel is a little unloved, its quick to dye, and sucks up the colour because its super wash merino, and it is so quick to knit, as you will see below..

This yarn is chunky and as its a singles it has a large surface area, which makes it perfect for catching sprinkles.

I soaked this yarn first in water and vinegar, and then used 3 colours and gently sprinkled them on, wrapped them up and steamed them for 30 mins. Hey presto I got pretty yarn...

This yarn knits SO quickly, I made this hat in about 3 hours, a bit less I think the hat takes 1 hank and the pom pom was out  of the second hank, not bad going me thinks, a great knit for presents or gift.

And here is the lovely Rachel Coopey modelling it :D

Happy Dyeing!

Jeni 

 

 

Angel - Baby Alpaca Silk Cashmere

Angel is probably our most favourite blend at Chester Wool, it has the most incredible softness, with just a touch of silk shine. It takes the dye beautifully well and makes for the most luxury of garments or accesories.

We have 2 new additions to the Angel range, 2 lace weights, one with a hint of stellina Sparkle and one natural grey.

Angel sparkle is a must for christmas knitting, how could anyone not want a soft scarf or shawl made from this yarn?

Type 49025: 65% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere and 5% Stellina 800m 100g

Type 49025: 65% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere and 5% Stellina 800m 100g

Stellina doesn't take acid dye, so it works beautifully especially against dark colours.

 

Our second blend is for the super stylish, it uses natural grey baby alpaca to create the softest warm natural grey, this is perfect either knitted as it is, or over dyed giving a rich depth and warm hue of colour to your dyeing.

Type 49037: 70% Grey Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere.

Type 49037: 70% Grey Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere.

The natural grey also comes in a 4ply