The Let’s Knit great British yarn review
- Amy Adams
There’s nothing we love more than quality British yarns. So, to celebrate Wool Week, we’re encouraging our readers to support their local farmers and buy British. Here are just a few options…
1. Artesano British Wool
Artesano is well-known for its luxury yarns, and the British Wool range is one of our favourites. Spun in Yorkshire by Laxtons Specialist Yarns, the chunky weight is soft, luxurious, and great for winter, and comes in 12 beautiful shades. Plus, the colours are all right on trend, complementing each other perfectly! Go to the Artesano Yarns website for more.
2. Great British Yarns, Union Yarns - Yomper Lace
The exclusive Union range for Great British Yarns is a wonderful collection, and we particularly love the Yomper Lace. A gorgeous blend of Falkland organic merino and UK grey alpaca, the natural colour is completely undyed, making for a pretty flecked shade which will add real depth to your knits. The yarn is exquisitely soft and perfect for showing off intricate shawls or scarves. Go to Great British Yarns to find out more.
3. Blacker Swan Falkland Islands Wool
Blacker Swan is a joint venture between the fantastic British yarn company Blacker, and the Swan Inlet farm on the Falkand Islands. The farm is well-known for its beautiful merino wool, which has been blended with Blacker’s own Bluefaced Leicester wool. By combining these beautiful natural fibres, the yarns feel soft and luxurious, and have been dyed to produce a great range of shades. However, the strong blend makes for a bulky drape which is ideal for keeping you warm this winter! Go to Blacker Yarns for more.
4. West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley
Using 75% British wool, the West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley range also contains nylon. This adds extra strength to the yarn, and allows for a brighter range of colours in both solid and variegated shades. In addition, the nylon blend allows the yarn to be machine washed, making it one of the most versatile British yarns around! There is also a handwashable Aire Valley Fusions range, in softer complementary colours. Go to the West Yorkshire Spinners website to find out more.
5. Woolyknit Diggle DK
Named after the town in which the shop is based, Woolyknit Diggle is a DK yarn with funky viscose neps which comes in five different shades, including the gorgeous navy and claret. The unusual make-up of the yarn will create unique and natural looking knits, and the 97% wool blend makes for a truly warm and versatile fibre. Go to Woolyknit to find out more!
Wool Week will take place next week from 14th October. Go to www.campaignforwool.org to read more.
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