The Black Parade - hand-dyed semi-solid black yarn
Base name - The Cheviot Cavalry Aran
Country of origin- British wool spun in the UK
Fibre- 100% superwash Cheviot wool
Thickness - Aran weight
Weight- 100 grams / 3.5 oz
Length- 165 metres / 180 yards
Needle size- 4.5 - 5mm
Washing guidance - machine washable at low temperatures but hand washing advised to preserve the vibrancy of the dye
Hand-dyed yarns are unique and each skein can have subtle differences. If using more than one skein, alternate skeins every few rows to blend the colours.
You will not like this yarn. It is rugged, it is unapologetically scratchy and it is hardy. You will not like this yarn if you only wear merino.
You will ADORE this yarn if you love your wool to look, feel and smell like it once kept a sheep warm. Cheviot is often the wool that is used in Scottish tweeds. It's a dense, lofty and hardy wool from a hill breed of sheep used to living in windy conditions. It is very much underrated in the hand knitting world but it rocks the colour like a catwalk queen.
Compared to merino, the most widely dyed wool in the hand dyeing industry, it isn't as soft but isn't too coarse either. If you're a little more on the skin sensitive side, I'd recommend this superwash treated yarn for outerwear.
But if you ADORE wearing wool that actually feels like wool, crack on and knit whatever you like with fierce abandon!
Only the Countess dyes our repeatable colourways. She's an intuitive dyer (read, uses a teaspoon and eyeballs amounts) rather than being a technical dyer so batches will differ. If using skeins bought at different times, blend the skeins together by alternating every other row as you knit.
We prefer to focus on our Rebel Batches of unrepeatable colourways. The Countess is too easily distracted to dye too many repeatables...
KIVA - From 1st April 2019, a percentage 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. Microfinancing gives people an opportunity to begin businesses, or grow them and a number are textiles based. Arts based loans will be our major interest.
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In the period January 2018 to June 2020,we have directly raised and facilitated raising £76,000 for charitiesincluding MIND, Citizens Advice Bureau, Women's Aid, Winston's Wish, amongst others.
We shall continue to post all orders until December 22nd however if you'd like your order to more-than-likely arrive by Christmas, these are the dates that we need you to order by:
Australia & New Zealand - 4th December
Asia - 9th December
Canada- 10th December
Greece & Eastern Europe - 11th December
USA, Scandinavia, Italy - 12th December
Rest of Europe - 16th December
Ireland, France - 18th December
UK- 21st December
Orders are tracked. Once your order has left the studio, you'll be emailed a tracking number. Unfortunately we do not have any other information of the whereabouts of your order than what the tracking number tells us.
Countess Ablaze shall close for the festive period from December 23rd to January 12th to allow us time for a good rest and so that we are prepared for the end-of-Brexit transiston arrangements.