The secret is out: Yarn porn for Yarnporium

It’s no secret that I love a secret. And a secret that involves delicious yarn? Well it’s almost too much to bear!

Happily, my secret is out! Last week Countess Ablaze revealed on her Instagram that I will be bringing a selection of her yarns with me to the Yarnporium happening on November 5th and 6th in London. As if that weren’t enough of an announcement to cause yarn-y delirium, I’m also bringing a variety of yarns from Eden Cottage Yarns too!

I’m really thrilled to be bringing both of these ladies’ amazing yarns with me. While it’s great to bring my book and patterns I really love helping knitters choose their yarn for the project. It means I can help answer questions about yarn choice or the pattern, or a combination thereof. And really, if you’re getting a pattern and want to get started right away, what’s better than being able to get the perfect yarn in the same place?

So what am I bringing?

Let’s start with Eden Cottage Yarns:

Close up of the Affinity shawl knit in Titus 4ply. Just look at those sparkly gold beads!

Close up of the Affinity shawl knit in Titus 4ply. Just look at those sparkly gold beads!

I’ll have Victoria’s Titus 4-ply in six colours. This hand-dyed yarn is a luxurious merino/silk blend, used for the Affinity Shawl. The Titus is so amazing I’m bringing the Titus DK with me too, also in six colours. This yarn is fantastic for the Colour Trail shawl, which was knit using the colour Briar Rose. You’ll be able to see (and pet) this beautiful shawl on the stand.

Colour Trail in Briar Rose

Colour Trail in Briar Rose

Another of Eden Cottage Yarns’ hand-dyed yarns that I love is the Oakworth DK. This yarn is 100% superwash Polwarth and the depth of the colours is completely wonderful, as is the squish-factor. This yarn is fantastic for Flight of Colour, and you’d only need a skein each of three colours. I’m thinking autumn browns and rusts and cream would be a gorgeous combo!

Shadowlines wrap in Whitfell Chunky

Shadowlines wrap in Whitfell Chunky

Eden Cottage also have scrumptious mill-dyed lines: Whitfell DK and Whitfell Chunky. Both are a beautifully fine baby alpaca. The Whitfell Chunky is particularly divine, shown above in  Shadowlines wrap. I also think it’s ideal for a luxury gift and just two skeins makes the Umbra cowl. It really is lush! For a small and snuggly quick knit you might also want to try the Deco Swirl cowl which was designed for the Whitfell DK, and which will make an easy gift for someone on your Christmas list.

Deco Swirl in Whitfell DK

Deco Swirl in Whitfell DK

Acting as a counterpoint to the romantic, soft colours of Eden Cottage Yarns is the bold, take-no-prisoners approach to colour that is the signature of Countess Ablaze. I’m going to be bringing five different 4-ply yarns, as well as our favourite DK (both the Countess and I just love this yarn!). The yarns are: Lady Persephone Sock, Tia Merino, The Exotic Traveller, Sovereign, and The English Gentleman Fingering. The last is especially exciting as it is a brand new weight of the Countess’ popular DK of the same name that only launched this autumn!

Yarn Tamer in two yarns from Countess Ablaze

Yarn Tamer in two yarns from Countess Ablaze

One of the most popular patterns from Knit Play Colour has been the Yarn Tamer cowl. One of the samples was knit in the Countess’ Lady Persephone sock yarn but the Tia Merino would be a more than acceptable substitute. We’ll have a sample in each yarn for you to compare! Or you could knit a really luxe version with The Exotic Traveller (50% baby camel and 50% mulberry silk blend) or Sovereign (70% grey alpaca, 20% mulberry silk, 10% cashmere) 4-ply yarns. I’ll have samples for the Trailblazer scarf on hand for you to have a peek at as well. The Trailblazer scarf was knit in the Tia Merino and it’s wonderful to see how this 100% merino singles yarn knits up.

Countess Ablaze Tia Merino, in 1 skein of Cruelty & Greed

Countess Ablaze Tia Merino, in 1 skein of Cruelty & Greed

Stay tuned for more details in my next newsletter out at the end of this month and I look forward to seeing you at the Yarnporium!

Love,
Louise

PS – I’ve just heard that advance tickets for the Yarnporium are only on sale until November 1st, after which time you’ll have to get them on the door at a slightly higher price. You can purchase advance tickets here. See you soon!

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