Contemporary hand dyed yarn

Edinburgh, Scotland · 1944 Sales


Contemporary hand dyed yarn

Edinburgh, Scotland 1944 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars

KnitCosmicStrings is taking a short break


Note from shop owner We are taking a short break but will be back soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 25 Jul, 2017

We are taking a short break but will be back soon!

Phu and Bea

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Phu and Bea


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

MonaMieke on 23 Jul, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Made the perfect infinity scarf with this yarn! The colours are so sweet!

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One last update before our big move! A couple of new colourways for your browsing pleasure tonight. Enjoy!
Small shop update today. A paler version of Sprinkles is making a return on both our sock and singles base. A new colourway, Midnight Pansies is making a debut on singles, and more! Enjoy!
Suprise! Our shop update is a little earlier than planned. Rosalee and more are back in stock along with two new colourways, Apricot Tart and Macaroon. Enjoy!
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Cosmic Strings

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 in 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 and we do our best to match dye lots if we do not have enough left of one lot. 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.

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Shop members

  • Phu

    Owner, Photographer, Shipper

    A bit of a perfectionist, likes taking pictures and keeping track of stocks. A generally useful guy. Also learning to dye yarn!

  • Bea

    Owner, Designer, Dyer

    Likes knitting and playing with yarn. Does the yarn dyeing and obsesses over colour.


Find KnitCosmicStrings at the following upcoming market!

  • Perth Festival of Yarn 2017
    Dewars Conference Centre
    Glover Street

    10 Sep.

    Scotland's Contemporary Yarn and Fibre Festival Bringing together independent dyers, farmers, small-holders, knitters, crocheters, spinners, felters and weavers Facilitating the best of textile artistry and sustainability Classes and lectures to inspire. Perth Festival of Yarn will return on 10 September 2017 at the Dewars Centre, Perth, Scotland.

Shop policies

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Last updated on 13 Feb, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

Our yarns are superwash but we recommend you hand wash yarns in warm 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.

Shipping Methods

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.

*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. 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.

Additionally, we have a small range of DK yarn, which is a very versatile weight yarn, often used for a wide range of projects. We will 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 the same as pooling, but shifted along with each row. This happens with all yarn that is not one solid colour, depending on the number of stitches you are working with. In order to prevent colour 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!