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Visit our yarn store in Manchester city centre's Northern Quarter. 🎉 Order online for worldwide delivery. 📦
Visit our yarn store in Manchester city centre's Northern Quarter. 🎉 Order online for worldwide delivery. 📦

knit who you want to be

Countess wears a freestyle no-design sweater using a mixture of hand-dyed yarns by Countess Ablaze

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Collections inspired by satire & humour

Countess holds a Dandelion Fields shawl designed by Lesley Anne Robinson

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Established 2011 (that's 10 years, yo!)

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who we are

We are the wild ones, passionate about creating rebellious yarns on our own terms. We don't compromise on principles or style, we don't adhere to social media algorithms (you won't find us on there anymore), we don't give a f*ck about who or what is popular in knitting and crochet and we turn down awards. Our people are like you, rebellious, cheeky, on-the-nose, passionate about colour and desiring the freedom to just be yourself. Hugely influenced by metal and punk music, fashion heroes Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, tech and sneaker culture. The Countess is accompanied by Blazin'Squad, and we're powered by loud music, doughnuts and self-expression. Established in 2011. KNIT WHO YOU WANT TO BE
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Join us underground

We don't do mainstream social media anymore. We're part of the resistance. Why try to outwit algorithms, deal with outrage and scream into the void when we could be stitching? Join us in our own space on Mighty Networks where you can join the conversation with a friendly bunch of likeminded people.
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Bold, Saturated colourways

Since 2011, we've been known for our bold, saturated colourways. We're also known for our off-the-wall yarn names whether it is 'Shatner's Bassoon', 'Twee Bollocks' or 'Joy as an Act of Resistance'. You may also know us as the organisers of 2018's Tits Out Collective, in which we facilitated the fundraising of £56,000 in a matter of weeks with over 200 other indie dyers, knitting and crochet designers.
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Embroidery kits new in store

Available on our website and in our Manchester city centre yarn and craft boutique, cross stitch and embroidery kits from Innocent Bones and Hawthorn Handmade, as well as North American imports with bold designs by PopLush Embroidery, Hook Line & Tinker and Gingiber.
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guest yarns at countess ablaze

Both in our online store and in our bricks and mortar shop in Manchester city centre, UK, we bring you a range of guest yarns to compliment our hand-dyed yarns at Countess Ablaze. This range is always changing and we're proud to offer Coop Knits Socks Yeah!, John Arbon Textiles, Schoppel-Wolle, Opal Sock Yarn, BC Garn, Kelbourne Woolens, Onion, Fyberspates and more!
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We are a mission based business

People and Planet. We are an accredited Living Wage Employer, a Carbon Neutral Business and we provide regular KIVA loans to fellow textiles businesses across the world.
Our ethos at Countess Ablaze

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Join our hand-dyed yarn subscription box. Sent bi-monthly so you don't drown in yarn, it comes with a newspaper or magazine written by Countess Ablaze and Blazin'Squad, carefully chosen gifts often collaborating with small businesses, and something tasty to snack on whilst you decide what to make with your yarn. There's also a private Yarn Cartel community group within Underground, our own social media network.
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