Yarn mop use 1 At the end of my dye session yesterday I used my customary yarn mop. While I was swishing it around, I realised that I’ve never explained where most of my one of a kind skeins come from. During a dye session I tend to use a few colours. I mix them up in bottles, jars and jugs, depending on how I’m using each dye. I also use spoons, and sometimes syringes if I require precise measurements.… Read More »Yarn mop uses and one of a kind skeins
EU Shipping – Temporary Suspension As much as I was trying to avoid it, on Friday 25th at 9am BST I will be turning off EU shipping at bluebellyarns.co.uk. This gives me the time to pack and post orders on Friday 25th, and ensures they are safely within the postal system before the deadline of 1st July. On 1st July, VAT rules within Europe are changing. The threshold for collection is lowering to 0 and new rules are coming into… Read More »Important EU Shipping Information
Click here to order your Advent Calendar! You can now order my 2021 Advent Calendars! I’m keeping it simple this year with two yarn base options: Falkland Corriedale 4ply and British Bluefaced Leicester DK. Each Advent Calendar is available as 25 x 10g or 20g mini-skeins. Like last year there is a choice of packaging options. You can choose to have each mini-skein individually wrapped or choose the low packaging option, which is perfect for if you have an Advent… Read More »Releasing 2021 Advent Calendars
While there are a lot websites and articles about what makes a good sock yarn and what doesn’t, I couldn’t find any consistent experiments. That’s where my sock yarn experiment comes in! This is an ongoing experiment testing as many yarns as I can find to see how they work for socks. I began with 75% Wool 25% Nylon as it seems to be the most popular yarn for socks. I then moved to the two yarns I currently sell… Read More »An Ongoing Sock Yarn Experiment
I’ve been working on the idea of Bluebell Basics for some time now, especially after the survey I asked everyone to fill in last month. Now, I’m finally ready to release it! What is Bluebell Basics? Bluebell Basics is a range of affordable hand-dyed yarns. To begin with there are four yarn weights and ten colourways although I hope to expand this over time. I will also be adding mini-skeins to the range soon. I am working on having shade… Read More »Introducing Bluebell Basics
I’m excited to announce that I have been working with Liz Corke to create a sock kit! She’s designed a wonderful pattern with my 100% Falkland Corriedale High Twist sock yarn in the Violet Shadows colourway. The kit contains a printed copy of the Stravaig sock pattern (a code for a digital download is available on request) plus a skein of Corriedale sock yarn in the colourway of your choice. You can also choose to add a set of stitch markers… Read More »First Sock Kit!
I am happy to announce that the third instalment of the British Yarn Selection Box is now available for pre-order! British Yarn Selection box 3 is a little different from the first two boxes. This box is all about blends of yarn and how blending two or more fibres together can create interesting yarns. This has been an interesting project for me. In the previous boxes I wrote about each breed of w00l and its characteristics. For this box I’ve… Read More »British Yarn Selection Box No.3: DK Blends Now Available!
If you receive my newsletter or follow me on social media you may have seen my survey on an idea I’ve had called Bluebell Basics. I am creating a new range of yarn, with the aim of making hand-dyed non-superwash British wool affordable and available to more people. If you answered the survey, thank you! Some interesting ideas and thoughts have been raised and I want to share them with you all. 89 people filled in the survey. Question 1… Read More »“Bluebell Basics” Yarn Survey Results
I’m happy to announce that for the latest yarn update, I’ve dyed some BFL/Masham Aran weight. The 4ply version of this 75% Bluefaced Leicester 25% Masham blend has always been fairly popular. The natural grey of the Masham combined with the softness of the BFL makes for a lovely soft yarn with a gorgeous depth of colour. Of course like all my yarn it hasn’t been superwash treated and contains no synthetic fibres. I decided to use semi-solid colours for… Read More »Yarn Update – BFL/Masham Aran
I saw these super cute heart beads when I was stocking up on flower beads for the bluebell markers and thought they would make wonderful stitch markers. They’re acrylic beads so they’re nice and light and won’t weigh down your knitting. They have a rainbow lustre coating so their colour changes depending on how the light is shining on them. If you think they’re as nice as I do, they’re available in the shop now!