After the success of our 2020 Selection Boxes we are back with a brand new VIP Taster Box. We are so excited about the yarns included this time, as well as the exquisite and perfectly made extras. We know you will love this special collection. In addition to everything included, there are some lovely additions from The Woolly Thistle. Read on to learn all about them!
These will ship out to you starting April 9th!
Over almost 5 years of growing The Woolly Thistle, I have learned a lot about wool and yarns from the UK and Europe. From the Highlands and Islands of Scotland through the Yorkshire Dales down to the South West Coast of Cornwall and Devon our love of woolly wools knows no limits and covers the length and breadth of the UK.
We wanted to put that expertise to good use and curate a taster collection of some of our favorite and most special yarns and goodies just for you. We are very excited about this offer and we hope you will enjoy it!
We have hand picked an enviable selection of our best selling and most special yarns and put them together in a unique and exciting package along with other goodies that you will absolutely love.
Consider this VIP Taster Box to be a generous full-sized sampling of some of what is great at The Woolly Thistle!
Here are the details of what's included in your VIP Taster Box:
- 100g Armscote Manor Portland 4ply (cream)
- 100g Armscote Manor Black Welsh Mountain (dark brown) or Dash/Splash (grey)
- 100g John Arbon Textiles Exmoor Sock Yarn
- 100g J&S 2ply Jumper Weight
- 100g The Grey Sheep Co minis (5 x 20g)
- 100g Garthenor Organic #2
- Scottish Linen tea towel woven in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
- 1 hand-painted Ukranian wooden Easter egg
- Set of 3 tiny vintage inspired owl buttons
- Set of pretty little floral scissors
- TWT Stitch Marker by Katrinkles
- TWT sticker pack
- Card with pattern suggestions for the yarns contained in the box
- Shipping within the USA
AND THERE'S MORE! VIP Taster Box Thistlers will receive Exclusive Benefits including . . .
- First access to additional quantities of items included in the box (if available)
- Early access to rare and "unicorn" yarns throughout the year
- Early access to future VIP Taster Boxes and J&S Baker's Dozen Grab Bags
- Early VIP access to our Black Friday event 2021
Individual Yarn details follow:
Armscote Manor 4ply
The Woolly Thistle is delighted to bring you this new yarn from Armscote Manor in South Warwickshire, England. Armscote Manor is a Jacobean house that was built by John Halford, a wool merchant, back in the early 1600's. Deborah Williams has lived there with her family for 25 years and more recently embarked on keeping and breeding Portland Sheep, an at risk rare breed. Portland Sheep are the oldest recorded sheep in England and even have a mention in the Doomsday Book.
Armscote Manor also keeps a small flock of Black Welsh Mountain Sheep and has blended both fleeces to varying degrees to come up with lovely shades of grey - all of which is now available at The Woolly Thistle. Their wool is spun by the Natural Fibre Company.
Yarn weight: 4ply
Skein weight: 100g
Composition: 100% British Wool – Portland OR Black Welsh Mountain Wool OR blend of both (Dash & Splash)
Yarn length: approx 382y/100g
Care: Hand wash in lukewarm water. Do not spin or tumble dry. Reshape whilst damp. Dry flat.
John Arbon Textiles Exmoor Sock Yarn
John Arbon's Exmoor Sock yarn enhances the durable character and bounce of the fiber from their local Exmoor Blueface sheep – a cross breed of the Exmoor Horn (full bodied and hard-wearing) and the Bluefaced Leicester (renowned for its softness and luster). They’ve added naturally dark browny-black Devon Zwartbles giving extra bounce and a subtle fleck of color, plus Falklands Corriedale to enhance softness and stitch definition and a hint of nylon for durability.
- Blend: 60% Exmoor Blueface* / 20% Corriedale* / 10% Zwartbles / 10% nylon
- Weight: 4-ply / fingering / sock
- Yardage: approx 218/50 skein
- Gauge: 36 sts x 44 rows per 4"
- Needle: 2.25 mm
Care: Machine wash on a wool cycle with mild detergent. *superwash treated wool.
Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight
J&S 2ply Jumper weight yarns are 100% Shetland wool, and are traditionally used in the knitting of Fair Isle garments. Available in the full pallette of beautiful shades originally designed by Jamieson and Smith, their flagship yarn cannot be imitated in terms of depth of color and spinning quality.
- BALL/SKEIN LENGTH approx 125yds/25g ball
- YARN THICKNESS 2 ply jumper
- FINISH: WOOLLEN OR WORSTED Woollen
- PACKAGE approx. 25g balls
- HANDLE fine
- Made in UK. 100% Real Shetland Wool.
The Grey Sheep Co
Fun and extremely popular mini skeins in the beautiful fine Hampshire 4ply is perfect for knitting your favorite hats, shawls, mittens and other accessories, or maybe a colorful yoke. Part of the Hampshire family of yarns this woollen blend of Gotland and Stein Fine Wool along with some of the farm's neighbors finest fibers. Sheared by Susie and hand dyed by Emma on the farm.
- Hampshire 4ply
- 98% British Wool/2% Alpaca
- Yardage: 80y/20g
- Packaged: 5 x 20g skeins
- Weight: 4ply/fingering
- 28 sts/4"
- Grown and made in Britain
Garthenor Organic #2 (fingering weight)
Two ends of Garthenor's Number 1 are gently twisted together to form the 4ply/Sport weight yarn, Number 2. Garthenor adds a slightly looser twist than most to trap plenty of air in this lofty woollen spun marvel. Totally undyed and fully certified organic, breed specific yarns.
- Weight: 4ply/Sport
- Yardage: 186y/50g
- Packaged: 50g skein
- 100% Organic Breed Specific Wool
- Grown and made in the UK
Scottish Linen Tea Towel
Peter Greig & Co is a linen manufacturer that started in Kirkcaldy in 1825. From the weaving of the cloth to the designing of the product, everything is designed and made in Scotland. Traditional weaving skills on modern machinery. Scottish Linen is proud of their quality products, innovative design and their long history of traditional weaving in Scotland.
- 100% Linen, woven in Scotland
- 27 x 21 inches
- Wash at 40 degrees.
A note about colors: We feel it is important to show you what you are buying and so we have listed out the items that will be in each box for you to see for yourself. We want you to be confident that you are buying a really great Box. BUT! We wanted to keep an element of SURPRISE so we will be deciding the colors that each box receives. All of the colors for all the dyed (and natural color) yarns are beautiful so we feel confident that you will love our choices.