The Dyer Who Launched A Thousand Tits

Blog posts by Countess Ablaze & Blazin'Squad

BLIND DATE WITH GOTH-CILLA

BLIND DATE WITH GOTH-CILLA

August 17, 2019

Our BLIND DATE mystery bags of yarn are having a little moment and are currently reduced to £17 (inc VAT)⁠
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Celebrating 25 days of digital detox on Instagram

Celebrating 25 days of digital detox on Instagram

August 15, 2019

Alright love!

Today I celebrate 25 days of not being on my business Instagram account. We've queued up our posts on a scheduling app that automatically uploads for us and Blazin'Squad check in once a day or so and throw up something on the Stories.

 

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Today I explained to the Squad everything that I think is wrong about the story of Snow White and now they can't bear to be in the same room as me because they can't stop laughing!

Today I explained to the Squad everything that I think is wrong about the story of Snow White and now they can't bear to be in the same room as me because they can't stop laughing!

August 08, 2019

Either way - we have repeatable colourways in the online shop on Lady Persephone Sock. I haven't dyed any repeatable colourways in - erm - six months (yikes!) and I have a whole list more that I want to dye but there's some on the website now, including URBEX, NERDS PREFER THEIR RAINBOWS DARKER, STARDUST, INDUSTRIAL, RITUAL...
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KNITFLIX AND CHILL // STRICTLY BALLROOM

KNITFLIX AND CHILL // STRICTLY BALLROOM

August 04, 2019

On September 5th we'll be cosying up with the film STRICTLY BALLROOM by Baz Luhrmann. We'll provide all the munchies and soft drinks, just bring your current project and hang out with us for the evening.
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REBEL BATCH // YARN ISLAND

REBEL BATCH // YARN ISLAND

August 02, 2019

WELCOME TO OUR YARN ISLAND REBEL BATCH. Pack your suitcase and get ready for a long hot summer with Yarn Island.

A bunch of gorgeous yarn dyers will be taking over the hottest studio in the world for four weeks of sun, sea and citric acid, in their quest for the ultimate summer yarn romance! But it's not just their fellow Islanders they'll have to impress.

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I'm not saying these are related, but they are bloody well related...

I'm not saying these are related, but they are bloody well related...

July 25, 2019

In a week where a seagull snatched a chihuahua dog from a garden, Network Rail introduced speed limits on the railways, Countess Ablaze closed early today, Boris Johnson became Prime Minister of the United (hah!) Kingdom and the UK is burning in a fiery pit of hell reminiscent of a Billy Shakes play, I'm not saying these things are related but they are bloody well related.
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WORKSHOP // LEARN TO  WEAVE // AUGUST 25TH 2019

WORKSHOP // LEARN TO WEAVE // AUGUST 25TH 2019

July 20, 2019

Kirsty from The Liverpool Weaving Company will demonstrate thread by thread how to set up a frame loom and how to accomplish different woven techniques. You will then be able to try these patterns out for yourself, weaving with a variety of different textural and colourful yarns to create a beautiful piece of handwoven cloth, to turn into a small wall hanging, a table piece for your home, or just keep as a fabulous bit of weaving!
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KNITFLIX AND CHILL

KNITFLIX AND CHILL

July 19, 2019

Join us for an evening of knitting, crochet and chilling out with a film in our Manchester city centre dye studio and yarn shop.

See our EVENTS page here.

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YARN BASE // AUNTIE PLASTIQUE

YARN BASE // AUNTIE PLASTIQUE

July 19, 2019

Corriedale and British Mohair sock yarn now available at Countess Ablaze. We ship worldwide.
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REBEL BATCH // BRITISH PROBLEMS

REBEL BATCH // BRITISH PROBLEMS

July 10, 2019

British Problems - colourways inspired by awkward stereotypical Brits.
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REBEL BATCHES + AUTISM

REBEL BATCHES + AUTISM

May 26, 2019

I firmly dislike dyeing repeatable colourways for two reasons:⠀
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REBEL BATCH // BONE APPLE TEA

REBEL BATCH // BONE APPLE TEA

May 22, 2019

Colourway names include:
🍏 Back and Force
🍎 Bed Written
🍏 Decapitated Coffee
🍎 Electrical Votes
🍏 For All Intensive Purposes
🍎 Hai and Peenyo
🍏 Having One Wife is Called Monotony
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In an emergency, break glass

In an emergency, break glass

May 01, 2019

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Our ethos at Countess Ablaze

Our ethos at Countess Ablaze

April 30, 2019

From 1st April 2019, 5% of our sales at www.countessablaze.com and in-store will be used as microloans on Kiva. Kiva is a worldwide project specialising in microfinancing small businesses and individuals who are locked out of accessing business aid from mainstream banks and organisations. 
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BREXSHIT! The Bluefaced Baron DK

BREXSHIT! The Bluefaced Baron DK

April 20, 2019

I want to send you something in the post. I mean, don't I always?
Actually, no. Scratch that.
I want to send you the BESTEST ever thing we've ever dyed at Countess Ablaze, in the post.
And just what is that?
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INTERVIEW // FRUITY KNITTING

INTERVIEW // FRUITY KNITTING

April 09, 2019

At Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year, I had the immense privilege of being interviewed by Andrea of Fruity Knitting. As you can see, I am clearly not dressed for the occasion with my omission of fair isle however what you can see is me gothed up a little in our booth that was styled as a nuclear bunker, complete with camo nets and gas masks. Because why not?
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PREORDER // BREXSHIT!

PREORDER // BREXSHIT!

March 14, 2019

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PATTERN // The Realm of the Dead

PATTERN // The Realm of the Dead

March 11, 2019

*The Realm of the Dead* - a dead simple one skein shawl with drop stitches, knitted sideways. The distressed look is perfect for the styling of our booth at Edinburgh Yarn Festival of Dystopia (cos it's Brexit the week after, innit).⠀

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NAKED KNITTING RETREAT

NAKED KNITTING RETREAT

March 05, 2019

Guess whose back⠀
Back again⠀

It is I, Countess and I am back from my annual leave where I spent my days in my second home of Amsterdam. I know that Blazin'Squad are nervous about coming back to work because there is something about me getting past the anniversary of my late husband's death and my brain switching on to some evil plans so they are fully anticipating *something.*⠀
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STUDIO // Closed for annual leave Feb 26th to March 4th

STUDIO // Closed for annual leave Feb 26th to March 4th

February 17, 2019

Every year we close for this week for annual leave as the Countess needs to get away and switch off.
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