December 13, 2018

Yarn Cartel

If you’ve been searching for a yarn box that is subversive but shouldn’t be hidden, let me introduce you to YARN CARTEL by Countess Ablaze.

Our postie Goldie refused to believe that the sackfuls of online order each day were nothing more than hand-dyed yarn.

“Are you selling drugs? I’m being serious?” he quietly asked.
I had a wry smile on my face as I refused to properly answer.
“I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly believe my answer might tend to incriminate me,” I replied.

Goldie began to call me Pablo Yarnscobar. The sackfuls of yarn orders built up daily and he’d make jokes as he collected them. You should have seen his face when he saw our 80-kilo delivery of citric acid arrive. A picture, a beautifully hilarious picture. I kept my stony resolve and didn’t admit that it was merely a fixing agent for dye.

My dear Goldie, you are correct. I am Pablo Yarnscobar and my drug of choice is yarn. Yarn that is bright, yarn that is moody, yarn that is so full of promise that you do not want to hide it in your stash.

Join our new subscription club YARN CARTEL.
Choose a yarn weight.
Choose your location.
And wait.

As a yarn mule, you’ll receive your themed box every other month, beginning with Prohibition.

You won’t be overloaded with yarn monthly.

You’ll actually have time to make something with it. To savour it. To indulge.
~ Countess

Editor’s note: This post contains a referral link.

June 23, 2018

Tits Out Collective

Over 200 indie dyers, crochet and knitting designers and notions makers have rallied together in an impromptu movement in response to a charity colourway by dyer Countess Ablaze that was plagiarised. Rather than naming and shaming the culprit, the Countess released the dye recipe and invited dyers to recreate their own versions of If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out, which initially raised over £3000 for Women’s Aid in April 2018.

The original colourway was dyed in response to misogyny the Countess experienced and being asked to give a significant amount of stock and teaching time in exchange for exposure. Dyers worldwide are releasing their versions of this iconic colourway on Sunday 1st July 2018 with money donated to charities of the participants choice. Designers are designing new patterns and rebranding existing ones and makers of bags, jewellery and stitch-markers are also involved with Tits themed items.

Find participating dyers and designers in this gallery.

August 27, 2014

Otho: The Twelve Caesars Collection

Continuing with the Emperor Otho, The Twelve Caesars Collection is a monthly tribute to the first twelve Caesars of the Roman Empire. Never heard of Otho? He only lasted for 95 days!

The update goes live on the website on Friday 29th August at 7pm UK time and will comprise of batches of yarn and fibre that are one of a kind and not repeatable.

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July 31, 2014

Galba – The Twelve Caesars Collection

The Twelve Caesars Collection continues with yarns and fibres inspired by the Emperor Galba. Fret not if you’ve never heard of him, he only lasted for seven months in the job. The Twelve Caesars Collection is a monthly update of OOAK batches of yarn and fibre inspired by the biographies written by Suetonius. The update goes live on Friday 1st August at 7 p.m. UK time. Flat rate postage.

July 3, 2014

Nero — The Twelve Caesars Collection

Going live at Countess Ablaze on Friday 4th July at 7 p.m. UK time is Nero, the sixth installment of the monthly series The Twelve Caesars Collection. An array of dark moody colourways juxtaposed with the bright and the crazy will be available on both yarn and fibre to celebrate the emperor Nero who reigned the Roman Empire from 54-68 AD. As usual, colourway names are taken from Suetonius’ biographies.

June 17, 2014

10% off fibre until Sunday / A new repeatable colourway

With Tour de Fleece almost upon us, take 10% off your fibre until this Sunday. This update sees the return of some popular colourways including This Ain’t A Scene, Northern Lights, Break Me Down and Grey Skies in Manchester. Plus, there is a new repeatable, Bad Girls Club, available in this update on three yarn bases and on fibre. Flat rate postage as always.

May 28, 2014

The Twelve Caesars Collection – Claudius

Already we’re onto the fifth month and the fifth Caesar. This month sees a plethora of colourways on both yarns and fibre, inspired by Claudius. The Countess also has a new yarn base — Hebridean yarn, naturally black wool overdyed to create dark and moody colourways. Four colours currently available. Fingering weight. The update goes live on Friday 30th May at 7 p.m. UK time and there is a preview on the shop blog now.

May 15, 2014

Of sock yarns and British wool

A quick update at Countess Ablaze of popular sock yarns and what the Countess describes as her desert island yarn, BFL & Masham DK weight. This is a British yarn which is spun nearby in Yorkshire. Also available are hand-dyed spinning fibres and Blending Boxes, 150 grams of hand dyed fibre in small amounts, perfect for drum carding, hand carding and blending boards.

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