EDIN YARN FEST UPDATE!

Linda Kettle Yarn Co.


from left: Islington Pom, Beyul Serpentine, Islington Manzanilla, Beyul Shrub & Steppe

EYF is this weekend and I wanted to make sure those of you that can’t make it don’t feel left out, so have prepared an update whilst I’m up north! 😘

Minty Islington Pom is once again back in stock for spring and I’ve got a new green Beyul, Serpentine, that I am debuting at the show in both fingering and DK this weekend. The both hues in fingering weight are available on the shop for you as well.

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For those of you who can make it up to Scotland join us against the right wall of the hall at booth C6! Come early and get in on some special EYF deals that won’t last long. 😉

Have a great weekend and see some of you there!

 

SHOP UPDATE  ✨Magic. Pure magic. ✨

Linda Kettle Yarn Co.


[From left Islington DK in Tide, Persimmon, Old Smoke, Ochre, Nutkin, Copper]

Thanks to all of you who made it to Unravel and came to say hello! It was a brilliant show. Much busier than last year and we all had so much fun. 😍

One of the things I like best about shows is seeing everyone proudly wearing their knits. I spotted the lovely lady, below left, wearing her Angelus Novus, and as I had my green Waltham Aran version on I had to get the designer – Renée of East London Knit, of course – to take a shot for posterity!

I was also super excited to see everyone’s finished Kettle projects and actually managed to remember to get a shot of my newly crowned Beyul Queen 👑 ,Rachel (@raychball on instagram), in her newly blocked Coffee Date Shawl in Beyul Steppe, Turquoise Tarn and Orchid. Glorious!

I’ve been a busy, busy bee with the dyeing! I’ve got plenty of newness and restocked yarns after the show and in preparation for the next big date on the calendar, Edin Yarn Fest.

Below shows a small portion the Islington DK – Bluefaced Leicester/ silk – currently in shop. A good number of the stock Islington colours are now in the thicker weight. I’ve recently added smokey Tide blue and penny Copper.
  

Due to popular request I’ve got a new red for Beyul this month – Goji! The orange/red hue of dried goji berries this hue goes beautifully with the other Beyul hues and goes quite nicely with new rusty Copper in Islington fingering as well!

[Above – Islington Copper, Baskerville Dawn and Avocado-dyed, Islington Pink Panther]

I had a few skeins of the special edition Avocado-dyed Baskerville left over from Unravel and have put them up in the shop as a general listing for anyone who fancies them before Scotland!

Also, the last of the Super Chunky Waltham Aran is now on sale. 2 of each colour left …enough for Aeolica hats! Super soft British Bluefaced Leicester at its best.

And don’t forget the dropped pound!!
The US the $ is currently a whopping .80 on the £
The € is .84! Eeek for us but 🎉 for you!! 😆

These are all in shop now for your making pleasure!

SHOP UPDATE  we’ve got NEUTRALS!

Linda ISLINGTON - British BFL/Silk, Kettle Yarn Co., shop update, shows

[Above from top – Nutkin, Copper, Squirrelly, Ochre, Light Squirrelly.]

I noticed a few of you commented on wanting more neutrals in the recent survey and, as I aim to please 😉, am introducing a lighter weight in neutral Ochre gold and restocked Copper, the hue of a lightly tarnished penny.


[Above from left – Beyul Steppe, Islington Mustard, new Ochre, and Sulphur.]

There are an array of yellows now in stock that you could use for a spectacular ombré-type project with some greys like the popular Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry!

These greys are also restocked to within an inch of their lives for a full grey gradient. Imagine the yellows with some Icicle, Blighty, Old Smoke for contrast! Right? Or throw in another texture like some Baskerville and Baskerville Dark. Perfection.

 

A small heads up – I’ll have 20 skeins of avocado-dyed Baskerville at Unravel in a few weeks. I made sure to put some of this gorgeous, naturally dyed delicate blush aside for the show, so make sure to come up to the Tannery (same place as last year, at the top of the stairs from the entrance) to get your skeins before they sell out!

As ever, don’t forget to sign up to the Kettle Krew mailing list for the full preview of the regular updates and other exclusive offers like last week’s avocado-dyed Islington!

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Special edition avocado-dyed Islington – today!

Linda ISLINGTON - British BFL/Silk, Kettle Krew exclusive, Kettle Yarn Co.

Here is another Kettle Krew mailing list exclusive!

I’ve naturally dyed a special-edition batch of 10 skeins of Islington – British Bluefaced Leicester / Silk fingering –  with avocado this time!

Live on the shop tonight – these naturally-dyed beauties go on sale today at 6pm GMT for all Kettle Krew subscribers ONLY!

If you’ve not yet signed up, do so before 11 am and get a chance at these 10 exclusive skeins of limited edition avocado-dyed Islington, British Bluefaced Leicester / Silk fingering!

No mordants are used in this process as the tannins from the avocado are enough to set the dye, making this one of the most natural, least toxic dyeing processes available.


[Above, clockwise from bottom left – Icicle, avodado-dyed, Light Squirrelly, Squirrelly, Nutkin, Old Smoke and  Blighty]

These skeins were cooked in the dye creating the luminous barely-pink blush hue with a hint of peach.

You’ll get your password for the listing at 11am this morning. Write it down and be ready at 6 tonight to get your gorgeous avocado-blush Islington skeins tonight before they sell out. Get them before they sell out… The last batch of 20 avocado-dyed Baskerville went in less than an hour! 😉

Enjoy!

SHOP UPDATE  classic sophistication…with a twist!

Linda Kettle Yarn Co.

This week’s update sees Islington Bluefaced Leicester / Silk neutrals restocked and a few new goodies! If you’ve been waiting for an ombré of warm browns like Nutkin, Squirrelly and Light Squirrelly, now is your chance!

[Above from left – Nutkin, Squirrelly and Light Squirrelly]

Edinburgh Yarn Festival’s Wool Tribe 2017 – The Festival Companion Magazine is now available for pre-order and you can now get it directly on the Kettle shop along with your yarn.

Whether or not you can make it to this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival the companion magazine will be a lasting souvenir of the UK’s premier hand-knitting event. Take part in the woolly celebrations even from afar!

This year’s edition features 6 exclusive accessory patterns by some of our favourite designers:

Belsyde – a triangular shawl designed by Renée Callahan in Kettle Baskerville ‘Dawn‘ and Islington ‘Siren Call‘.

Traquair – a hat & mitten set by Amanda B. Collins. You could use any of my 400m/100g fingering weight yarns for this – Baskerville with Islington would make a lovely contrast in texture.
Gladsmuir – a cushion cover designed by Jane Crowfoot. Baskerville would make this hardwearing and unforgettable.
Ormiston – a large shawl/wrap by Francesca Hughes. This would be amazing in Beyul DK or Islington DK.
Macmerry – socks by Clare Devine. Use Twist fingering for hardwearing socks.
Sunwick – a cosy cowl by Donna Smith. Use Beyul DK for this one!

The magazine is a limited edition print publication which comes with a Ravelry download code inside the magazine. A digital-only version will NOT be available, so get your hard copy now before it sells out like last year’s edition!

I’ll be shipping as soon as the copies arrive, so order your skeins with the magazine and wear your new finished objects at the show and show them off! 😉

Get your Wool Tribe!

New this week is Sulphur, a screechingly bright fluro-yellow in Islington Bluefaced Leicester / silk fingering. Shown above with Baskerville DARK and Beyul Iceberg and below right with Old Smoke and Icicle , this colour is the punchiest accent yarn in the Kettle palette and will kick any shawl into high definition!

 
As mentioned above – all the Islington browns are back in stock this week. From left below – Nutkin, Squirrelly and Light Squirrelly.
Here is a throwback to 2014 and my luminous Stones and Stripes wrap in Light Squirrelly.
Also restocked this week is Baskerville DARK – British Gotland / Exmoor Blueface / silk in dyed Leaden:

This is the dark grey used in my personal grey version of the Bovey cardigan with Dawn, which some of you tried on at Yarnporium:

  
These are all in shop now for your making pleasure!

First shop update of 2017! Are you ready?

Linda Kettle Yarn Co.

Welcome to a fresh new year! Are we all ready for some new and improved making in the new year? I’ve spent a bit of time over my break swatching and dreaming of new projects and designs and hope to bring some of them to you soon. [Above are three new hues from last year – clockwise from bottom left – Waltham SUPER Tulle (sold out), Islington fingering Mustard and Padparadscha, and Islington DK in Ochre.]

New this week is bright green Spruce in the Waltham Super chunky yarn.

Nearly impossible to photograph and get the vibrance of this green right, the hue shows best in the pics from my Angelus Novus cardi in the Aran weight you’ve seen before. It is a bright, deep green. The aran weight is also back in stock.

Here are two adorable makes by lovely Laura at Freckles and Fire in Tumbridge Wells, who is carrying some of this yarn. She hooked up these wristwarmers for herself and her daughter in less than a half hour! Isn’t that amazing? Talk about instant gratification! The hues shown in the above photo are the only ones left in the shop and when these are gone they might be gone forever, so if you need instant warmth, order now. 😉

Here are some hues that have been restocked in the shop this week – scroll over for details:

Thanks to everyone who has helped me out by filling in the survey  I created before the holidays. It has been so insightful and I hope to put some of your suggestions into play asap. It has been fantastic reading all your answers and preferences and I can’t thank you enough.

If you’ve not yet weighed in, you still have a bit of time to enter the draw by taking part and entering your email address at the end of the survey for a free copy of the Baskerville Dawn to Dusk book and a skein of Baskerville Dawn.

Some of you suggested some great modifications for the shop and I am working hard to get them added. See the new and improved Shop Yarn page that I just updated today:


You can now select by blend and weight! Huge thank you to the person who suggested this. I’d been trying to get my head around how to make this clearer and it was so obvious in the end! Sometimes you just need an outside eye, don’t you? It can be so limiting working in a vacuum!

I am starting my dyeing schedule next week for upcoming Unravel in February and Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March!

I have some exciting new hues planned and more surprises coming up so stay tuned and make sure you sign up to the Kettle Krew mailing list for more impromptu goodness like the recent avocado-dyed Baskerville, which sold out within minutes! I am hoping to get out and pick some gorse blossoms soon. 😉

Here’s to a year of making! Happy creating all!

Xmas Grainline Farrow

Linda Kettle Yarn Co., sewing

I ordered Graineline’s new Farrow dress pattern from Fabric Godmother a few days before Xmas. It arrived a couple days later and I couldn’t help cracking it open and immediately tracing out the pattern!

I made a quick Muslim toile of the bodice and made my ‘wearable toile’ in some thick Cupro I bought in Canada last year. The drape is perfect for this design.

I’ve read that Grainline patterns are drafted a bit wide in the shoulders  so as per another blogger’s suggestion I measured my upper bust and went with that measurement. I did have to add about a cm to the bust, but the back fit perfectly, despite this bunchy looking photo as I am turning around. This size fits my narrow upper back, where I  usually  have issues with too much width. I am thinking a bust adjustment is probably a better way to go about fitting the front, but a bit of extra width did the trick so leaving it there!

Oddly, the the one place I had a problem was the upper arm width. I needed to add nearly an inch to make the sleeve fit comfortably. Telling myself it isn’t bingo wing syndrome. 😂

I added 2 inches to the hem, and am glad I did. Though next time will add one or even two inches more to get it a bit further under my knees. I hate seeing my knobbly knees under a perfectly good hem. 🙈

I adore the pockets. The construction is interesting and I love how sleek they look.

I’ll  definitely make this over and over. Though will leave off the sleeve facings and possibly extend the neck facing in future makes.

Take part in my first Kettle Survey to WIN YARN…and a book!

Linda Kettle Yarn Co.

I’ve spent some time creating a survey  and I am hoping that with things starting to wind down for the holidays all of you might have a few minutes to help me figure out what I need to focus on next year.

I’ll be drawing from those who enter their email address at the end of the survey for a free copy of the Baskerville Dawn to Dusk book and a skein of Baskerville Dawn as a huge thank you!

Thanks for helping me out!

Linda x

Xmas gift to you – free Amelina Wristwarmers!

Linda Kettle Yarn Co.

I wanted to send out a huge thank you to all of who have supported me this last year, so decided to design all Kettle Krew subscribers (a new name for the mailing list!) an extra-special pair of delectably cozy wristwarmers to keep your little hands warm while you knit this winter! Knit in less than one skein my new super warm, squishy Beyul DK– – the softest baby Yak/Silk/ ethically farmed Merino – these are a fairly quick knit for gifting this holiday season.

Join the Kettle KREW now if you are not a member for your free copy of my new Amelina wristwarmers in luxurious Beyul DK – baby Yak/ Silk / ethical Merino!  🙃 As a member, you’ll be the first to know about new updates on the shop, products, and exclusive subscriber offers. Once you’ve subscribed the pattern link will be sent to directly your inbox and you can get a pair of these lovelies on the needles for a loved one now!

If you are already on the mailing list the pattern will be hitting your mailboxes later this morning. 😘

Download your free copy of the Amelina wristwarmers today and get them on the needles for yourself or a loved one now!

🎄Take Two – Tra la laaa! The season begins!! 🎄

Linda Kettle Yarn Co.

Some of you may have seen a premature version of this post go out the other day as I was getting it ready and posted instead of saving. Duh. 😂Sorry. New bits added below. xx

 

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It seems that the year has just flown by! I think most of us are starting to search for the perfect holiday gifts for loved ones and I’ve got some great suggestions for you to help take some of that stress of your shoulders.  😘

First off is one last new hue for 2016 in Islington DK – British Bluefaced Leicester / silk. This one is another yellow as I am finally giving in to my love of the hue dyeing-wise! Introducing Ochre, a slightly desaturated gold that will make for perfect neutral garments and accessories with a little bit of bling.

This hue is a great foil for the brights. You can see how well it works to anchor the saturation of the bright skeins below. Striping with two or all of these hues would be fantastic!


from left: Padparadscha, Persimmon, Ochre, Purple Reign

There is also a grey in the massive Waltham Super now – Peaky Blinder. Perfect for quick knits, this yarn is enormous and will mean your Aeolica hat will be the speediest, most satisfying knit ever!

In a Bluefaced Leicester dyeing frenzy I’ve restocked Waltham DK in Graveney silver for the Joji Locatelli All I Want shawl kits, so these are now back in stock:

Also restocked is the gloriously xmas-sy Spruce green in the Aran for an East London Knit Angelus Novus cardi, perfect for some holiday downtime knitting:

These are the current hues in stock for Islington DK – British Bluefaced Leicester / Silk: Each 100 g skein = 212 m • 232 yds, plenty for a hat, wristwarmers or small cowl, a perfect stocking stuffer!

There are plenty of exciting accessories for gift giving this year. All the Llamallamallama, Seven Seas and Cabin project bags are back in stock and ready to ship. The new extra large Natural History bags sold out within the day last week! All are now back in stock and ready to ship:

There are plenty of exciting accessories for gift giving this year.All the Llamallamallama, Seven Seas and Cabin project bags are back in stock and ready to ship.

Also in stock are most of the fair trade, handcrafted white brass shawl pins. The Winter is Coming pin will be back in stock next week but you can order now for shipping when it arrives.

There are plenty of small accessories in shop for stocking stuffing…
Smallest pouches – £15
Llama needle gauges, Large – £13 &  small – £10
Gauge rulers – £10.50
Stitchy coasters £6 each or 6 for £29 (includes gift bag)

There is plenty of time for gifting even if you are overseas. Here is a guideline:

🎄XMAS SHIPPING DATES!🎄

UK:
Please order by 3pm on Tuesday 17th December.
USA, Canada, Western Europe (excluding Greece), Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia:
3pm on Tuesday 13th December.
Greece, Australia, New Zealand:
3pm on Friday 9th December.
Cyprus, Asia, Eastern Europe (excluding Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia), Turkey, Malta:
3pm on Tuesday 6th December

I’ll be trying to post gift grouping suggestions on Instagram over the next couple weeks to give you even more ideas…and images you can pass on and share for givers. 😉

All above are now in shop for your knitting pleasure.

Linda x