April 21, 2022

The return of Carlisle Fingering

  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of grey and purple.
  • Four shades of yarn in shades of brown, beige and grey.
  • Four skeins of yarn in shades of green and blue.
  • A light-skinned woman with purple and pink hair wearing a pink lace edged shawl.
  • A light-skinned woman shown from the back wearing a pink triangular lace-edged shawl.
  • Five skeins of reddish-brown yarn.

Hello from ECY Shedquarters! Our Carlisle Fingering (100% Superwash Extrafine Merino) update went live on the website on Thursday. This yarn is brilliant for a great range of knitting and crochet projects – it makes beautiful shawls and accessories of course, but it also makes good garments. It’s far more hardwearing than it looks thanks to the good quality fibre and the high quality of the spinning.

Pair it with fluffy Eldwick Lace (superkid mohair/silk) for a lovely light but cosy and soft fabric; use it on its own; or how about using it in a multi-yarn project alongside other bases? It seems like it shouldn’t work but I have found that mixing singles yarns with plied yarns actually works perfectly well (Claire did it in her Shawlography shawl and it worked beautifully). Anyway, I hope you love this update, we’ve been very excited about it so it’s a real delight to finally unveil it!

My Buttermere shawl pattern has been revamped and tested with a new yarn suggestion. Yep you guessed it, it is Carlisle Fingering in Rose Bed, which is included in today’s update! The new version of the pattern is now available on our website and on Payhip. Thank you so much to our wonderful testers who provided feedback on the updates! You will need 400m of a 4ply/fingering weight yarn for this shawl. The Buttermere kit has been updated to reflect the new version of the pattern, this uses two balls of Milburn 4ply and you have the choice of all 20 shades!  We have also added an add-on kit for the Butteremere shawl. Select your skein of yarn and add the add-on kit to your basket, you will then receive the pattern as a download to your inbox and the yarn and project bag will be sent as a kit.

Earlier in the week I put a batch of Oakworth DK up on the website for you. Oakworth DK is pure Polwarth wool from New Zealand and is a really hard wearing yarn with great stitch definition. This update includes a number of batches that can be used for the Greencress shawl in the new book, Contrast – Textured Knitting by Meiju K-P. The shawl uses four skeins of Oakworth DK. The book sample uses colourway Hazel which was included in the update but sold out. Another batch is in production and will be on the website in the next week or two. We are not stocking the book but I know lots of shops are.

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