new life and new yarns

new life and new yarns

Lots of news! It’s been a very fast first three months for new leaf yarns.  Here are some of the highlights.  Hope you enjoy.

In May we were thrilled to see our debut yarn, the alpaca and grey Masham blend as ‘yarn of the month’ in Ginger Twist Studio. It was a cracking start and so lovely to receive messages from new customers and hear it was selling well.  It was also shearing time. Alpacas are pretty chilled about shearing, which only takes a few minutes.  Stella, however, was not impressed.

Over May and June we developed our new 4 ply blend with alpaca fleeces from small herds and finest Wensleydale.   We carefully selected and blended fleeces to create 4 complementary colours and created mini skeins with a little of each to sample or to use in colour work where a full skein is not needed. So far, I have knitted a Bousta Beanie which shows the lustre and clarity of the colours.  It has been ‘yarn of the month’ for July in Ginger Twist Studio.  We have been really encouraged by the enthusiasm for the mini skeins, so will keep that in mind for future blends.

No doubt the highlight of July for new leaf yarns was being featured in the KnitBritish podcast.  I met Louise Scollay in the sunny Meadows in Edinburgh and we chatted about the new yarns and what we are trying to do.  Louise kindly reviewed our alpaca and Shetland yarn and loved it!  Hear the interview and the review on episode 88  This is a very special yarn and perfect for sweaters and cardigans with its softness and structure.  I have tracked my progress knitting the Dexter cardigan by Isabell Kraemer on Instagram @newleafyarns.  Am getting there, it’s a pleasure to knit with.

The highlight for new leaf alpacas was of course the arrival of 2 little girls, Luna (left) and Eloise in July.  They are perfect and their fleeces will contribute to our blends in the coming years.

Thank you for your interest, feedback and encouragement during our first three months, which is very much appreciated.  In the next few months we will be introducing more blends, starting with a fine lace weight then an cosy Aran for winter knits.  Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and twitter @newleafyarns and we look forward to hearing from you, and finding out what you make with our new leaf yarns.

Jane x

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