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Yarns and fibres added to the shop on Thursday 17th April 2014.

Based in the UK, Countess Ablaze is a one-woman small business focusing on intense colour and fun colour combinations

Every single yarn is dyed a minimum of twice to achieve high saturation and glossy results, using professional acid dyes. A variety of dyeing techniques are used such as kettle dyeing, low water immersion dyeing and hand painting. Sometimes a colourway uses a mixture of all three. All yarns and fibres are heat set to exhaustion in a small industrial steamer and left overnight to sit in their own juices and cool naturally before rinsing with water the next day. After lots of experimentation, I found that this slow process gave the results that I was looking for in my hand dyed yarns and fibres. Colours are saturated, bold and intense. You won't find wishy washy colours here. Yarns and fibres are dyed in small batches, usually between 5 and 15 skeins or braids. I dye laceweight, sock yarn, fingering weight / 4ply, sportsweight, DK, worsted and aran yarn in a range of luxury fibres such as merino, silk and cashmere and British breed wool.


TGV & Garter Stitch

April 17, 2014

Simple stitches, effortless. I've been thinking a lot about what sort of knitter I am and I have concluded that I'm entranced by simple patterns. I love the simplicity of mindless rows of stockinette and garter stitch. I love the rhythm of simple patterns like chevrons. Knitting chevrons is my absolute favourite way to relax. But when I'm feeling particularly unwell (like right now) then TGV by designer Susan Ashcroft is my go-to pattern. I never appreciated the beauty of garter stitch until I knitted my first TGV. Garter stitch always reminded me of learning to knit, a beginner's stitch, but the reality is that there is intense beauty in that simplicity that I had merely overlooked. Each stitch soothes... Continue Reading →

March 28th Update - Tiberius Fibres

March 28, 2014

A quick preview of The Twelve Caesar Collection fibres that will be available from 7pm GMT tonight.   Of untrustworthy opinion - BFL   An inveterate dislike of Julia - sw merino   The Exile - custom blend   Only for want of any better choice - baby llama and tussah silk   His hatred of flatterers - baby camel and mulberry silk The test of a free country - baby camel and mulberry silk Come back in the seventh year - baby camel and mulberry silk A drinker of hot wine with no water added - Bluefaced Leicester In league with his mother to rule - superwash merino     A list of barbarities - baby llama and mulberry... Continue Reading →

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