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    Blacker Yarns selects TWT as their retailer for USA & Canada

    Blacker Yarns selects TWT as their retailer for USA & Canada

    The Woolly Thistle launched with yarns from Blacker Yarns and West Yorkshire Spinners but just a year ago.  I had no idea what adventures lay ahead when I started The Woolly Thistle but suffice to say, it's been marvelous.  Wonderful customers (seriously, you are the best!), excellent yarns, and fantastic knitting books and periodicals often with a Scottish bent have become my world, and I love it.

    Blacker Yarns is a wonderful company, and if I lived in England, I'd get myself to Cornwall and knock on their door every day until they gave me a job.  Any job would do!  

    Blacker recently let me know that going forward The Woolly Thistle would be their yarn shop of choice to stock Blacker Yarns in the USA and Canada.  It was a wonderful surprise to receive and I am honored and excited for this opportunity.  

    The Woolly Thistle strives to provide you with your yarns of choice from Blacker.  If we don't have it in stock, we will get it for you, so just ask!

    A few words from Blacker about their operation:

    At Blacker Yarns we specialise in producing pure, natural, British yarns including a wide selection of breed specific yarns and an exciting range of blends. We always seek to create yarns that embrace and enhance the unique characteristics of different sheep breeds and other fibres.

    All our yarns are made in-house by The Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall and the majority of the fibre we use is bought directly from small British producers. We pride ourselves on the provenance of our yarns, and work extremely hard to minimise our impact on the environment.

    ...and talking of Blacker Yarns, they have a whole new range of colors coming out tomorrow in their BFL lace weight range.  13 colors in all, some quiet and muted, others bright and tropical. All have names inspired from under the sea.  The yarn comes in 50g balls and has approx. 380y.  This soft yet durable yarn will work for so many projects, from garments to lace shawls and everything in between.  It goes on sale first thing tomorrow!

    TWT Welcomes Kettle Yarn Co

    TWT Welcomes Kettle Yarn Co

    "Yarns that stand the test of time"

    The Woolly Thistle is very pleased to have Kettle Yarn Co's Beyul yarn in stock for the first time.  This gorgeous yarn shimmers and is off the charts soft.  It's ethical production is of great importance to Linda, the dyer/owner of Kettle Yarn Co.  She says:

    My fibres are sourced from ethical mills, all materials and products carefully chosen to reduce negative impacts on the environment. For discerning makers looking for the most precious materials, all yarns are extensively wear tested and only the highest quality, scrumptiously soft but rugged blends make the grade for my yarns.

    The Woolly Thistle is honored to stock Beyul, a luxury yarn, hand dyed by Kettle Yarn Co in Hastings, England.

    Hastings is a town on England’s southeast coast. It's known for the 1066 Battle of Hastings, fought on a nearby field where Battle Abbey now stands. The Norman ruins of Hastings Castle, once home to William the Conqueror, overlook the English Channel.


    Beyul is Kettle Yarn Co's luxury blend consisting of 20% baby yak, 20% silk and 60% ethically sourced super wash merino.

    Yak Faks

    Did you know that cashmere production is creating huge environmental problems in Asia which are, in turn, negatively affecting the global climate and animal welfare? In contrast yaks have a minimal impact on sparse grassland and every single facet of the yak is used for survival making them and their fleece extremely environmental.

    A single Yak produces a mere 100g of down a year…one average skein of fingering weight yarn, making it a rare and precious fibre. Hand-combed or plucked, this short fibre sits between the most luxurious fine Cashmere and softest baby Camel in micron thickness and has a similar butter-soft handle and gloriously gentle halo… however – it has the added benefit of pilling less than either fibre.

    Yak is durable, breathable, lightweight and its incredible thermal properties keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.


    So, hop on over to see the full range of shades available at The Woolly Thistle and snag some luxury for yourself.

    Best wishes, Claire



    Hole & Sons, Very Last Chance Kit

    Hole & Sons, Very Last Chance Kit

    Last week, we offered several Hole & Sons Purbeck Shawl kits which sold out within 2 minutes of going live on both updates.  The Kits were made up of 6 balls of Hole & Sons yarn, a printed "Tales from the Isle of Purbeck Shawl" pattern by Annie Rowden (@byAnnieClaire) and a tote bag from The Woolly Thistle.
    We knew the kits would sell out instantly - this is very special yarn - so we held several kits back so that we could offer them again to those who were not lucky enough to get one the first time.
    We will announce a date soon as to the next and last update.  
    This will be the very last update.  
    What we have left here is all there is left anywhere - except for those that have found their homes with you! 
    Thanks to Sue Hole of Isle Yarns for letting us enjoy the last of Hole & Sons!
    Good luck, and follow @thewoollythistle on Instagram for update information.

    Tukuwool is off to a great start!

    Tukuwool is off to a great start!

    We launched Tukuwool Fingering and Sock yarns at midnight yesterday and you love it!  Soon you will be receiving your packages and we hope you truly love your choice.  We stock some natural colors and most of the heathered shades.  The deep overdying mingles perfectly with the gray wool base.  Personally, I can't wait to try out the sock yarn for myself, although I'm sorely tempted to cast on a color work cardigan, or perhaps my first Joji pattern, calling for Fingering weight.

    All this to say that stocks have run a wee bit low in some colors.  An order has been placed to not only replenish our offerings but to expand upon it so we can offer you more choices and in the quantities you need. 

    For some knitterly inspiration, have a look at the Collections Page, where there's also a link to all the patterns knitted with Tukuwool on Ravelry.

    Remember to post your Tukuwool purchases to Instagram and tag @thewoollythistle so we can see and enjoy your new yarn!

    Bye for now, Claire

    Tukuwool from Finland arrives at TWT

    Tukuwool from Finland arrives at TWT

    Exciting and busy days here at The Woolly Thistle.  Having just got all the Laine 2 magazines out to you (phew!) we are now working hard to get Tukuwool from Finland ready for you to enjoy.  Tukuwool will be available tomorrow, Wednesday 5/24/17.

    The Woolly Thistle is stocking both Tukuwool Fingering and Tukuwool Sock yarn lines.    Both yarns are made with 100% Finnish wool, with Sock containing 20% nylon for added strength.

    Tukuwool Fingering comes in 50g skeins with approximately 213 yards per skein.  Sock also comes in 50g skeins with approximately 175 yards per skein.  Both yarns come in a selection of naturals and heathered shades.  As more shades become available from Tukuwool we will update our inventory to offer as many shades as possible.

    Tukuwool has a lovely hand which I think is strong and round.  It has the feeling of being a yarn that will last forever while being soft against your skin.  It's perfectly rustic but with a hint of softness that should please almost everyone.

    You will find pattern suggestions on the Collections Page where you will find top designers creating beautiful garments and accessories with Tukuwool.

    The Woolly Thistle is continually buoyed by customers' enthusiasm for the yarns and accessories we stock here in the shop.  Thank you for your continued support as The Woolly Thistle expands into offering you more yarn from the UK and Scandinavia.

    Cheers, Claire

    Laine 2 Due to Arrive at TWT Today

    Laine 2 Due to Arrive at TWT Today

    Hello everyone, just popping in to let you know my order from Finland is scheduled to arrive with me today by end of business.  I will work like a little elf through the night to package all the Laine orders and get them out to you as soon as possible.

    The excitement for this magazine is palpable and I appreciate you purchasing your copy from The Woolly Thistle.  The magazine was estimated to be available mid-late May, and here we are right on time.  Rest assured, I will definitely be getting your very own copy out to you as soon as it arrives.  Just another sleep or two!

    I keep Instagram uptodate @thewoollythistle, if you care to follow there for latest news.

    Thanks again! Claire


    ETA: All orders for Laine 2 have been dispatched to the Post Office as of this morning, May 23rd.  Thank you everyone for ordering your copy from The Woolly Thistle.  I have a few more copies left in stock for anyone still wishing to purchase a copy.