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NEW YARN BASE // S SLUB 7 Countess Ablaze

NEW YARN BASE // S SLUB 7

July 01, 2019 1 min read

We've got a new base at Countess Ablaze. One of the Countess's greatest joys, when she began to knit, was hand-dyed textured yarn from Collinette - an incredible hand dyer who retired a couple of years ago. And if there was something she desperately wanted, it was a fingering weight slub yarn. Finally, Chester Wool Co came to the rescue with this stunner.
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REBEL BATCHES + AUTISM Countess Ablaze

REBEL BATCHES + AUTISM

May 26, 2019 1 min read

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

REBEL BATCH // BONE APPLE TEA

May 22, 2019 1 min read

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 Countess Ablaze

In an emergency, break glass

May 01, 2019 1 min read

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Our ethos at Countess Ablaze Countess Ablaze

Our ethos at Countess Ablaze

April 30, 2019 1 min read

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 Countess Ablaze

BREXSHIT! The Bluefaced Baron DK

April 20, 2019 1 min read

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 Countess Ablaze

INTERVIEW // FRUITY KNITTING

April 09, 2019 1 min read

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! Countess Ablaze

PREORDER // BREXSHIT!

March 14, 2019 1 min read

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NAKED KNITTING RETREAT Countess Ablaze

NAKED KNITTING RETREAT

March 05, 2019 2 min read

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 Countess Ablaze

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

February 17, 2019 1 min read

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

Knitter of the Year winner

January 24, 2019 2 min read

Surprise surprise! Yes, I have my tits out *again* but we all know that isn't the surprise. I'm a Knit Now magazine Knitter of the Year winner. This is ruining my running streak of successfully avoiding awards and prizes because they make me feel uncomfortable. I even googled "how to decline" but I can't figure out how to do it without looking like an arse. I truly am that awkward and not very good with praise.
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Blind Date Christmas Special 2018 Countess Ablaze

Blind Date Christmas Special 2018

December 25, 2018 2 min read

COUNTESS ABLAZE PLAYS MATCHMAKER FOR YOU TO MEET YOUR IDEAL YARN! NOW WITH A BLIND DATE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL AND A SMALL DISCOUNT.

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