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yarns > Kettle Yarn Co. > BASKERVILLE

Kettle Yarn Co.
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
437 yards (400 meters)
100 grams (3.53 ounces)
US 4 - 10 or 3.5 - 6mm
Wool - Gotland
  • Source of fiber: United Kingdom
    Sourced, spun and dyed in the UK

Exmoor Blueface
British Gotland


Hailing from the mysterious West Country moors Baskerville is lovingly spun in small batches exclusively for Kettle Yarn Co. This new British blend is like no other, melding the lustrous, velvety crimp of fine British Gotland and the unique frothy loft of Exmoor Blueface. With a hint of luminous silk adding a gentle shimmer this creates a subtly modern take on traditional rustic yarns.

A gentle 2-ply yarn, Baskerville is spun worsted, twisted lightly, to create the airy thick-and-thin character of traditional handspun with combed fibres for strength and softness. This unique blend blooms fully on blocking with separate stitches hugging together to create a light warm fabric with subtle drape and nebulous halo that wears beautifully.

A truly exceptional heirloom quality yarn, it is simple to keep your Baskerville items looking new for many years to come as any tiny pills can easily be removed without damage to other fibres.

Working with indigo-dyed yarn is a bit different from other dye processes so if you’ve not tried it before do check out what to expect!

”…A result of this unique bond is that working with the yarn is a vital part of completing the dyeing process. Blue hands are a normal feature of indigo as the dye rubs off on your hands as you work. As the yarn is handled some of the large molecules naturally work free of the fibre as it is manipulated. This is part the process and does not indicate a flaw. Manipulating the yarn while making your project will work loose particles free and the colour transfer will then ease. Working and manipulating the indigo-dyed yarn is needed to release the last loose particles of dye, making you a key part of this dyeing process.
Don’t worry – these large particles cannot bond to your lighter coloured fibres as you work, as they are already too large and will simply wash away. Any excess blue on your hands or clothing can be removed with water and soap. However, please note that wood or bamboo needles will likely be stained, so don’t use any prized needles when working with indigo dyed yarns unless you want them blue!”

Reviewed by Clara Parkers in the Knitter’s Review!
”…The fibers have been combed for smoothness and cohesion, but the yarn still had a pleasant degree of stickiness and “grab” to it. The two plies stayed together, never snagging or untwisting. I moved from a scrumptious garter-stitch to a perky three-dimensional feather and fan before settling on smooth stockinette. Each stitch was a pleasure.”

See more of what Clara says about Baskerville…

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