Back in September I signed up to Kate Davies’ Seven Skeins club, and could barely contain my excitement. Kate is a renowned connoisseur of all that’s woolly and home-grown, so when she announced her plans to launch her own yarn us lovers of Britain wool were overjoyed. We knew it was gonna be good!
The yarn, grown in Scotland and spun in Yorkshire, is called Buachaille, and Kate explains more about it on her blog here. It goes on general sale in January, but those of us who signed up to the club are currently enjoying an advance batch.
The seven shades have beguiling locally-inspired names such as Ptarmigan, Highland Coo and Squall, my favourite being the luminous bright green Yaffle – named after a woodpecker. As well as the yarn, each week club members receive exclusive new patterns. Every Friday there’s a new release – a big incentive to crack on and get finished so you’re ready to start the next one! I’m currently underway with last Friday’s Striped Bunnet, (a slouchy hat), on which I’ve added a couple of extra stripes for good measure.
Last week I finished Stranded Pawkies, a pair of fingerless mitts that included my first attempts at a tubular cast-on and afterthought thumb. Despite the technique-fest they were still a quickish knit, and although they came up a little big I’ll definitely wear them. If we ever get any cold weather again that is.
Likewise with Cochal, my finished knit from the week before. It’s a deep cowl that can double as a hood, and it’s crying out for a bitter Easterly wind to fend off. Buachaille is a warm, springy yarn that’s been delightful to knit with so far, and I’m looking forward to keeping up my accessories marathon for a few more weeks. If winter ever does arrives in the UK I’ll be fully equipped, that’s for sure.