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Emma on Feb 3, 20235 out of 5 stars
Pretty yarn and very soft. Looking forward to knitting it up. Shipped quickly and delivery was not too bad given the recent issues with Royal Mail as this arrived yesterday. Thank you!
Emma on Feb 3, 20235 out of 5 stars
Love this sock blank. very soft and looking forward to knitting it up. Shipped quickly and delivery was not too bad given the recent issues with Royal Mail as this arrived yesterday. Thank you!
Suzanne on Dec 13, 20225 out of 5 stars
The colour of this is exquisite. A beautiful skein with a luxurious feel. Very pleased.
BEE on Sep 8, 20225 out of 5 stars
Wonderful colours and the yarn has a lovely texture. Really enjoying knitting with it. Quickly here.
Nicole on Jun 29, 20225 out of 5 stars
Looks just like the photos! Came super quickly too. Thank you!
Audrey on May 28, 20195 out of 5 stars
Amazing quality and colour - just as described. I haven't used the wool as yet but would happily order from this seller again. Communication of progress of my order was accurate and the product arrived when stated. If you want superior quality, then I recommend you use this site.
First of all, cosmic strings are a real (ish) thing - you can look them up later! But that has nothing to do with our line of luxury hand dyed yarn. We just liked the sound of it.
We are an artisan yarn dyeing company based at our home just outside Edinburgh, providing carefully dyed, excellent quality yarn. We have all kinds of fun and exciting colours to suit your mood. We use professional dyes to achieve contemporary colourways and want to provide inspirational yarn to fuel your creativity. Our yarn can give your project a unique look and we hope our colourways will give you endless possibilities.
All our yarn is packaged with care. We hope you enjoy making your projects with our yarn. Please send us pictures, no matter how small your project, we are still eager to see them! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates.
Owner, Dispatcher, Customer Service
A bit of a perfectionist. Keeps track of stocks, accounts and dispatches all our lovely yarn.
Owner, Designer, Dyer
Likes knitting and playing with yarn. Does the yarn dyeing and obsesses over colour.
Anita is a fashion designer who specializes in knitwear. She designed a collection of 10 necklaces using our yarn.
Nancy's Knit Knacks
Indie dyer Briony Young of Spectrum Fibre with whom we collaborate with to make kits where half the skeins are dyed by us and half are dyed by her, based on a theme.
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Frequently asked questions
Our yarns are superwash but we recommend you hand wash yarns in cool water and dry flat to extend their life and prevent felting. As our yarn is hand dyed, each skein will differ slightly, even within the same dye lot, therefore we suggest that for larger projects you alternate between skeins.
Some colour bleeding may happen when you first wash your yarn, particularly if you have yarn with intense colours, so it is best to wash your items separately. You may want to avoid using light coloured yarn with more intense coloured yarns, until you have tested for colour bleeding by washing your skein first.
We use Royal Mail 1st class for standard shipping in the UK.
We ship internationally using Royal Mail International Shipping service which aims to deliver within 5-7 business days. International customers have the option to upgrade to a tracked service.
Shipping days are adjusted according to the volume of orders but are usually on Tuesday and Friday.
*All times are estimates of the shipping companies and we cannot guarantee the delivery date after your package has been dispatched*
Yarn weights explained
We stock 4ply weight yarn, which is also known as fingering and sock yarn. All our merino wool is sustainable and cruelty free. We have various blends of wool, nylon, silk and yak. Some of our yarns are normal twist, some are high twist and we have single ply yarn, which means that it is spun from one thread, so has fewer twists and is softer. They can all be used for any 4ply pattern, just check your tension with a tension square first.
Sometimes, we may have a small range of DK yarn, which is a very versatile weight yarn, used for a wide range of projects and we sometimes have "chunky" yarn (UK), also known as "bulky" (US).
Colour pooling and flashing
Colour pooling happens when the same colour clumps together on repeated rows, and flashing is when the clumping shifts slightly along. This can happen with all yarn that is not one solid colour, depending on the number of stitches you are working and project size. In order to prevent pooling and flashing, you may wish to test your gauge before knitting your final piece. Otherwise, you can alternate your knitting from either end of your skein. If you are making a larger project, consider alternating every few rows between skeins - this also solves the problem of variation between skeins. Try not to think of swatching as wasted time: "swatching is like meeting someone new for coffee before going on a week long camping holiday with them"!
Turning your skein into a cake or ball
We reskein all our yarn before dyeing it and we ship our yarn to you with ties on to maintain the center of the skein. It is very important that you place your skein on whatever you are winding from (e.g. a swift or chair), BEFORE cutting off the ties! Otherwise, you risk losing the perfect center and the yarn will tangle as you unwind it, creating a messy nightmare! If some strands seem to be folded, please double check that you have found the exact middle. The most common reason for tangles is caused by looser winds of the skein that have dropped down from your swift. We recommend you cake or ball your yarn slowly and check that this has not happened. Alternatively, we offer a caking service!