June 8, 2016

Sylvan Tiger Yarn Gradients

I recently launched some new gradient packs – Sylvan Tiger Yarn Lethera Shetland Gradients. Each gradient is created by over dyeing 4 different natural shades of British Shetland 4ply yarn with natural dyes, the natural shades of the yarn create the gradients. The yarn is beautifully woollen spun and produces a squishy fabric, both warm and light to wear. There are currently six shades to choose from: Raspberry Ganache, Chocolate Orange, Bumblebee, Grass Green, Baltic and Dilly Dilly.
Each 100g pack costs £16 and contains:
100g / 350m / 380yd made up of 4 x 25g / 87m / 95yd mini skeins.

I’ve just launched a pattern for the gradient packs: Baltic Gradient Shawl and Mitts. The pattern is available on Ravelry and costs £3.50, though there’s 25% off until Sunday 12 June, no code needed.

The cosy garter stitch shawl is nice easy knitting, with interest provided by the decreases and changing colour sections. Perfect TV or travel knitting! Along with the mitts, it is designed to make the most of Sylvan Tiger Yarn Lethera Gradient packs.

The Central Spine of the shawl is knitted first, then stitches are picked up along the edge and worked out to the tip. Stitches are then picked up for the top and then bottom edges. The squares of the Central Spine are then replicated on the mitts to use up the last of the gradient colours and create a matching set.

February 9, 2015

British Breed Fibre

There is life after Merino! I have lots of lovely fibre from a number of different British Sheep Breeds in my Etsy Store, all hand dyed with natural dyes in Yorkshire, England.

There’s Bluefaced Leicester, one of the lustre wools. BFL has a longer staple, is next-to-the-skin soft and takes the dye with a lovely shine.

Jacob is a little “sheepier,” not necessarily for next-to-the-skin garments, but great for outerwear like hats and gloves.

Shetland is great woollen spun to keep it light and airy and wonderfully warm.

And, last but not least, Wensleydale. A wonderful long wool, the fibre really sucks up the dye giving beautiful, strong, jewel colours with a sheen almost like silk.

November 11, 2014

New Yarn Base – Methera Lace

I’m pleased to announce a new yarn base — Methera Lace*. A luxurious mix of 55% British BFL and 45% silk, there’s 600m per 100g. The high silk content makes for a lovely soft and shiny yarn perfect for shawls or dressy tops. There are currently nine jewel-like colours available in the shop now.

* My yarn bases are all named after the Yan, Tyan, Tethera, sheep counting system commonly used in the British Isles.

October 15, 2014

A Sylvan Scarf and a new yarn base

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my Sylvan Scarf Pattern. It’s the perfect thing to keep you warm on a walk in the woods, wide enough to provide plenty of material to snuggle into and long enough to wrap all the way round. The central lace panel is reminiscent of fully grown pine trees, whilst the edging and borders feature the saplings of the forest floor.

The Scarf is knitted with just one skein of my newly-launched yarn base Tethera 4ply. The sample is knitted in the Sitka colourway. Tethera 4ply is a smooth 4-ply yarn, spun from 100% British BFL wool, perfect for hats, gloves and socks. There are 14 semi-solid colours available now at my Etsy store.

July 24, 2014

The Orchard Collection

I’m delighted to announce The Orchard Collection. Four naturally dyed colours on a yarn spun from the wool of a single flock of Wensleydale sheep which grazes a Damson orchard on the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire border in England.

The yarn a is 100% Wensleydale lace weight and is worsted spun to maintain the gorgeous sheen of the longwool. There’s 100g and approximately 580m per skein. As well as the almost silk-looking sheen, there’s a subtle mohair-like halo, so the yarn will trap lots of air making it snuggly and warm. You can read more about the flock and owner Erika at www.sylvantiger.co.uk

Each of the four colours in the collection is named for an orchard fruit: Damson Delight, Blackcurrant Crush, Blueberry Blush and Greengage Glut.

As this is my first post to Indie Untangled I’ll tell you a bit more about Sylvan Tiger Yarn. I’m an independent hand dyer based in Yorkshire, England, creating luxury yarn and fibre using natural dyes. I use wool sourced from British suppliers and sheep, processed and spun in Britain.

My inspiration for colours and combinations often comes from my local landscapes of Yorkshire, the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. I particularly enjoy exploiting the natural PH sensitivities of the natural dyes to create gentle variations in colour.