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    The Woolly Thistle

    Shopcast 140: Cowls, Kits and Knits!

    Shopcast 140: Cowls, Kits and Knits!

    Thank you for joining us.  If you are enjoying this Shopcast, please subscribe & invite a friend to watch with you! Join our email list so you’re always in the loop with our weekly Shopletter: https://thewoollythistle.com 

     

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    What am I wearing? My springtime Vanilla Sweater in Rauma Finullgarn color 466.

    https://thewoollythistle.com/collections/kits/products/copy-of-rauma-vanilla-sweater-kit 

     

    FO:

    My Tapestry Cowl.  It was in surgery, and has come out beautifully!

    If you post your finished Tapestry Cowl on Instagram or Facebook, be sure to use #tapestrycowl and #thewoollythistle so we can see your work!

     

    On the bouncers, both knitted in Lettlopi and now available as yarn kits!   

    Felix Sweater by Amy Christoffers @SavoryKnitting 

    Felix Pullover Yarn Set 

    Felix Cardigan Yarn Set

    Riddari Sweater by Védís Jónsdóttir

    Riddari Yarn Set 

     

    Spring Morning/Vormorgun Vest pattern from Lopi Design.

     

    What am I knitting now?

    Monochromatic Tapestry Cowl, in Rauma Finullgarn.  Kits will be available soon.

     

    What’s in the shop?

    Daughter of a Shepherd 

    5 year anniversary drawstring bags 

     The Woolly Thistle gauge rulers from Katrinkles will be in the shop soon!

     

    Book Pre-orders!

    Laine 11  will be live May 7th! Pre-order now and get it for release day!

    52 Weeks of Shawls by Laine will be live on April 30th!

    By Hand #15- Rhode Island , live early May.

    Shetlands Wool Adventures Journal Vol. 02, live May 28th. 

    Vol. 1 is being reprinted also! So, if you missed it, now is the time to grab your copy!

     

    I remembered to give a short introduction about myself!  My first knit in the states was Kate Davies Owlet sweater for my daughter.

    Kate Davies 10 Years in the Making 

     

    My early audio podcast interviews included:

    Theresa (@greatbaywoolworks) 

    Harrisville Designs https://harrisville.com/ 

    Melody Hoffman (@bmandarines) 

    Michael Hampton (@hamptonfibermill)

     

    Star Cardi kits are still in process.  We are waiting on yarn from Jamieson & Smith.  

     

    John Arbon-

    Exmoor Sock Yarn 

    And Devonia 4-ply.  

     

    Henrietta kits are still an idea. Mine was knit using Rauma Strikkegarn.

    Pattern is Fancy Hen by Ella Austin

     

    Jamieson’s Spindrift is here!  We are not offering kits.  

    Rowan Felted Tweed

     

    Rosamund by Marie Wallin.

    Uist Wool stock-up and new wools coming! 

    Blacker Gotland is coming in 100g skeins

    Blacker Jacob  

    Faire Magazine  

     

    Thank you for watching!  If you go out, wear a mask & take your knitting!

     

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    Corinne's gold bangles found at yearlyco.com

     

    Video editing:Erika Jones www.helloerikajones.com

    Hello from Orkney

    Hello from Orkney

    My friend, Isla, lives on Orkney and has kindly agreed to check in with us through this blog and share a bit about life on a Scottish island. She is a wool lover and posts really beautiful photos on Instagram.  We hope you enjoy hearing about her travels in Tam the van, her knitting, and island life.

    Hello, my name is Isla and I live in the Orkney Islands. I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to share a little about my life and adventures over the coming months with you all. I thought I would begin by introducing myself.

     

    For those of you that are not familiar with Orkney or where it is, take a quick look at a map of Great Britain and work your way to the most northerly tip of Scotland. Take a short hop across the Pentland Firth and you reach a group of islands. This is Orkney. I moved here three years ago, from England, to the largest of these islands which Orcadians (the term for those who are from Orkney) call Mainland.

     

    Like you I love my woolly crafts. Knitting is my number one love but I also enjoy the simple rhythmic nature of a crochet blanket. It is this project that you can find me working on (and keeping warm under) while out on my adventures in Tam the Van (my peedie camper van - peedie is Orcadian for small).   I’m in Tam at the moment with my laptop and a coffee while writing my first post to you.

     

    The weather here has been pretty grey the last few days with lots of low cloud (the weather is always the main topic of conversation in Orkney). Today has been largely dry so I took the opportunity to go for a walk along the beach before I opened my laptop. Unusually for Orkney there is no wind today so I can clearly hear the call of the Oyster Catchers and Eider ducks. From Tam I can see the third Churchill Barrier and the sandy beach that I walked along earlier. In the shallows there is an old rope laying in the shape of a heart, which I have never noticed before despite coming here frequently. There is something so soothing and relaxing about being by the sea isn’t there?

    If you would like to see more of Orkney and what I am up to you can find me on Instagram as islap1k1.

     Until next time, take care

    Isla

    A Study of Rauma Yarns, Pt 2

    A Study of Rauma Yarns, Pt 2

    At The Woolly Thistle, we are proud to stock four different 100% Norwegian Wool Rauma yarns: Gammelserie, Finullgarn, Strikkegarn, and Vams. Each has its own weight, characteristics, and range of uses – but how do you know which you need for your project? Last week, I introduced you to the first two of these yarns, Gammelserie and Finullgarn. This week, I'll introduce you to Strikkegarn and Vams. 

    Strikkegarn

    Strikkegarn is a 3-ply, DK-weight yarn with around 114 yards to 50 grams. Made from the same Norwegian wool fiber as both Finullgarn and Gammelserie, the thicker weight and three plies creates a rounder and bouncier finished yarn. It feels strong and robust, but still springy and responsive.

    I swatched (Color 100) on a US 5 (3.75mm) needle and got a gauge of 20 stitches and 30 rows to 4 inches, compared with Rauma’s recommended 22 stitches to 10cm. It has more stitch definition than Finullgarn and Gammelserie, but still did block well. It is a bit less drapey than Finullgarn and I found it feels more textured because of the roundness of the yarn.

    Strikkegarn reminded me of traditional Norwegian ski sweaters and Selbu mittens. Garments knit in Strikkegarn would be a little thicker and more structured than Finullgarn, at least at the gauge I knit. Knitting it more tightly would result in nice cozy house socks and mid-weight mittens and knitting it more loosely would work well in DK-weight shawls and even cables.

    Vams

    Vams is the thickest Rauma yarn we carry at a worsted/Aran weight. Like the other three, it is 100% Norwegian wool, but it does feel somewhat different from the thinner yarns. It is the loftiest and fluffiest feeling of the Rauma yarns, with 90 yards to 50 grams and a loosely-spun construction that leaves it very airy and light for its weight. It feels like a double-size Finullgarn. It is the squishiest of the four Rauma yarns, feels almost fleecy, and manages to still feel quite round despite its 2-ply construction.

    I swatched Vams (Color 003) using a US 8 (5.0mm) needle and got a gauge of 15 stitches and 24 rows to 4 inches. It is quite drapey for its weight at that gauge and traps a lot of air. After blocking, it formed a cohesive fabric that has a nice fuzzy halo to it.

    Vams would make a warm and fuzzy sweater with a nice halo. Rauma also recommends it for felting projects and dreaming of knitting a fluffy hat.

    I hope this brief introduction to our Rauma yarns has given you some insight into these yarns, how they knit up, and what you could make with them. This is not the end of the road for me and Rauma! In the coming months, I’ll explore the full range of these yarns, including their use in colorwork, marling, texture, and at the edges of their gauge ranges. Hope you’ll join me!

     *Quick Note on Swatches: I have swatched these yarns in the flat and without garter stitch edging. If I were planning a project knit in the round, I would recommend swatching in the round for an accurate gauge for all knit rows. Also, I find that while a garter stitch edge can make swatches lie flatter, the different gauge of garter stitch can distort the gauge measurement of the stockinette swatch. 

    As always, if you have questions about these yarns or anything else, click the conversation bubble at the bottom right or email us at info@thewoollythistle.com.

    Kelsey Peterson is a knitter, eager student of yarn construction and sheep breeds, and employee of TWT. She is on Instagram as kcrp.making and on Ravelry as yellowpaperfish.  

    Shopcast #139 Saving the Best for Last!

    Shopcast #139 Saving the Best for Last!

    Thank you for joining us.  If you are enjoying this Shopcast, please subscribe & invite a friend to watch with you! Join our email list so you’re always in the loop with our weekly Shopletter: https://thewoollythistle.com Be sure to watch to the end of the episode to see our VIP Taster Box reveal! 

     

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    If you were named as the winner in the episode, email info@thewoollythistle.com with Subject: WINNER & we’ll mail you your $25 Gift Card.

     

    What am I wearing?

    Vanilla Sweater in Rauma Finullgarn 4128

    Last week, I wore my Silver Forest by Jennifer Steingass (@knit.love.wool), knitted in Jamieson & Smith Supreme.

    FO:

    Baa-ble Hat Tea Cozy by Donna Smith, in Rauma Vams PT3

    On the knitting shelf-

    Henrietta kits are still an idea.  If you’d like to test knit it, leave a comment below!

    Mine was knit using Rauma Strikkegarn

    Pattern is Fancy Hen by Ella Austin. 

    WYS 4-ply Seasons Sock Yarn.

     

    Agatha Socks

    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/agatha-socks 

    Star Cardi kits are still in process.  We are waiting on yarn.

     

    What’s in the shop?

    52 Weeks of Shawls by Laine

    Faire Magazine  

    Making Stories 5  

    Embody by Pom Pom

    Strands of Joy  

    WYS Spice Rack Collection sock yarn 

    Radiant Star Cowl kits by Ella Gordon 

     

    WIP:

    Tapestry Cowl in black on gray in Rauma Finullgarn.  It’ll be about 200g of yarn.  We’ll have a kit for this too!

    Tapestry Cowl kits for the original colors are still waiting on yarn!  

    Foula Snood by Donna Smith (as a size example!)

     

    Back to the shop!

    Marie Wallin’s British Breeds yarn

    Blacker Tamar 4-ply and DK 

    Blacker Lyonesse 4-ply and DK

    Blacker Swan 4-ply and DK  

    Regia Merino Yak 

    Chiaogoo Needles 

    Old Hand Knitters of the Dales 

    Alice Starmore’s Tudor Roses and Glamourie 

    Wild Color by Jenny Dean

    Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes by Rebecca Burgess 

    Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys & Arans 

    VIP Taster Box!

    Thank you for watching!  If you go out, wear a mask & take your knitting!

     

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    Video editing:Erika Jones www.helloerikajones.com

    A Study of Rauma Yarns, Pt 1

    A Study of Rauma Yarns, Pt 1
    At The Woolly Thistle, we are proud to stock four different 100% Norwegian Wool Rauma yarns: Gammelserie, Finullgarn, Strikkegarn, and Vams. Each has its own weight, characteristics, and range of uses – but how do you know which you need for your project? In this post, I introduce you to the first two of these yarns and show you swatches I’ve knit using them.

    Read more

    Shopcast 138: Indecisive about my desert island yarns

    Shopcast 138: Indecisive about my desert island yarns

    Thank you for joining us. If you are enjoying this Shopcast, please be sure to subscribe & invite a friend to watch with you! 

    All are invited to join our Facebook & Ravelry groups! 

    Instagram: @thewoollythistle

    Email list for weekly Shopletter.

    Knitted Patchwork Recipe on Ravelry.

    Star Cardi kits are still in process. We are waiting on yarn from J&S.

    Fancy Hen pattern by Ella Austin on Ravelry.

    Song Bird mittens by Erica Heusser on Ravelry.

    Agatha Sock Pattern in the shop.

    Tapestry Cowl sets expected in late March. 

    What am I wearing? Silver Forest by Jennifer Steingass, knitted in Jamieson & Smith Supreme.

    To enter the giveaway, Leave us a comment for this episode on our YouTube channel, telling me who you’ve introduced to The Woolly Thistle. Give us a Thumbs Up & Subscribe while you're there! It helps other people find our podcast!

    If you were named as the winner in the episode, email info@thewoollythistle.com with Subject: WINNER & we’ll mail you your $25 Gift Card.

    WIP: Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith, in Rauma Vams PT3, now becoming a tea cozy!

    Gathered Sheep 100% Corriedale sock wool

    Regia Merino Yak sock wool is back.

    Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature

    The Shepherd’s Life

    Strands of Joy still available as a pre-order for the 2nd printing

    Eucalan Wool Wash

    Knitsonik Stranded Colorwork Sourcebook

    Knitsonik Stranded Colorwork Playbook

    Making Stories 5 is on pre-order

    10 Years In the Making

    Ready Set Raglan by Pom Pom

    Knit How by Pom Pom

    John Arbon Textiles Devonia Tops

    Chiaogoo Needles

    Hiya Hiya Sharps

    Uist Wool Las 4-ply

    Rauma Finullgarn

    Lettlopi

    Marie Wallin

    The Woolly Thistle Taster Box is coming! We are hoping to have them available by the end of March!

    Vanilla sweater

    Daughter of a Shepherd Anniversary Yarn is coming! Rowan Felted Tweed is coming back soon! Jamieson Spindrift is coming back also. Thank you for watching! If you go out, wear a mask & take your knitting!

    Video editing: Erika Jones www.helloerikajones.com