Leyton London

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Hand dyed yarn

We are an independent business specialising in hand-dyed, ethically sourced yarn and original knitting design.

Our mission is to empower everyone to create their own original, ethical fashion and to help makers on their journey to mastering their craft by providing beautiful materials and inspiration.

Our design influences are diverse; from re-interpreted traditional Scandinavian style to neon cityscapes and the vibrant urban area we are part of.

Although we're not going to be dyeing this month, we have some fantastic news for those of you waiting for kits for our Tregrensa Cowl pattern... With the help of two amazing UK dyers we have options for you! 
1) We've teamed up with @feltfusion to offer kits supporting Fire Relief Fund for First Nation Communities, with the pattern & 12 hand dyed minis. Pre-order now for delivery in March.
2) @riverknitsuk's BFL 4 ply minis are available in over 70 semi-solid shades. Owner Becci is familiar with the pattern and has kindly offered to help you choose colours to create your own set.
Both dyers are just awesome and you should follow them if you don't already. If you missed my stories, I am going to be away from the studio for a few weeks because of a perforated eardrum. It's causing me continuous vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss. There's never a good time to be I'll when you have a small business, but I had such plans for January. Though I'm over the moon to have the opportunity to collaborate with dyers I admire!
#handdyedyarn #yarn #indieyarn #knitting #colourworkknitting #colorworkknitting #strandedcolorwork #strandedcolourwork #strandedknitting #bohusstickning #bohusknitting #fairisleknitting #handknit #indiedyer #indieknittingpattern #garn #garen #stricken #stickning #strikking #tregrensacowl

Although we're not going to be dyeing this month, we have some fantastic news for those of you waiting for kits for our Tregrensa Cowl pattern... With the help of two amazing UK dyers we have options for you! 1) We've teamed up with @feltfusion to offer kits supporting Fire Relief Fund for First Nation Communities, with the pattern & 12 hand dyed minis. Pre-order now for delivery in March. 2) @riverknitsuk's BFL 4 ply minis are available in over 70 semi-solid shades. Owner Becci is familiar with the pattern and has kindly offered to help you choose colours to create your own set. Both dyers are just awesome and you should follow them if you don't already. If you missed my stories, I am going to be away from the studio for a few weeks because of a perforated eardrum. It's causing me continuous vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss. There's never a good time to be I'll when you have a small business, but I had such plans for January. Though I'm over the moon to have the opportunity to collaborate with dyers I admire!

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Our knitting patterns have been getting a lot of live this month, and this is hugely appreciated as it's looking unlikely we'll be able to dye for a shop update this month. This is our 'Cerys' blanket, our most popular pattern! It's a modular project in magical hexagons. The size is easily customisable for anything from a baby blanket to a giant bedspread! I even made a foot stool cover with it. Many of my patterns are designed for using up leftovers, and this is no exception. Design ideas often pop into my head when I look in the scraps bag! It's also a great project for miniskeins, and the hexagons look stunning in wacky variegated shades. 
#knitting #knittingpattern #indieknittingpattern #handknits #blanketknitting #stikkning #stickning #stricken #knitspiration #sockyarn #scrappyknitting #breiwerk #neulominen #tejido #indiedesigner

Our knitting patterns have been getting a lot of live this month, and this is hugely appreciated as it's looking unlikely we'll be able to dye for a shop update this month. This is our 'Cerys' blanket, our most popular pattern! It's a modular project in magical hexagons. The size is easily customisable for anything from a baby blanket to a giant bedspread! I even made a foot stool cover with it. Many of my patterns are designed for using up leftovers, and this is no exception. Design ideas often pop into my head when I look in the scraps bag! It's also a great project for miniskeins, and the hexagons look stunning in wacky variegated shades.

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'Outer Planets' ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š We're almost out of 4 ply, but have lots of DK! This shade was created as the November edition of our Yarn Club, inspired by our favourite sci-fi, The Expanse. We loved the colours so much, we added it to our permanent range ๐Ÿš€
#yarn #handdyedyarn #indieyarn #yarnspiration #yarndyer #dkyarn #britishsheepbreed #britishwoolyarn #knitting #variegatedyarn #garn #neonyarn

'Outer Planets' ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š We're almost out of 4 ply, but have lots of DK! This shade was created as the November edition of our Yarn Club, inspired by our favourite sci-fi, The Expanse. We loved the colours so much, we added it to our permanent range ๐Ÿš€

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Something new and different is coming!
#spinningfiber #spinningfibre #handspinning

Something new and different is coming!

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I had big plans for this month! But, as you might have seen in my stories, I've had a bit of a health set-back so I'm not in the studio at the moment, and there won't be an update for a few weeks. We have just a couple of skeins of stunning DK weight 'ZX' left from our December update. One is enough for a hat like the one my gorgeous cousin is wearing!
#rainbowyarn #indieyarn #variegatedyarn #indiedyer #yarndyer #yarnspiration #yarn #britishwool

I had big plans for this month! But, as you might have seen in my stories, I've had a bit of a health set-back so I'm not in the studio at the moment, and there won't be an update for a few weeks. We have just a couple of skeins of stunning DK weight 'ZX' left from our December update. One is enough for a hat like the one my gorgeous cousin is wearing!

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It's so nice to finally be able to share the full Tregrensa Cowl with you! This is the first time we've taken this approach to a pattern, using yarn colours almost like paint. The design was inspired by our many Scandinavian adventures and our love of stranded colourwork traditions. Thanks for your wonderful feedback as we've shared details and influences over the past fortnight. If you'd like to knit your own, the pattern is available now and there's a guide to choosing colours so you can make it your own and maybe delve into sock leftovers or miniskeins. 
#knitting #handknit #strandedknitting #strandedcolourwork #strandedcolorwork #fairisleknitting #bohus #bohusknitting #bohusstickning #stickning #stricken #strikking #handdyedyarn #indieyarn #miniskeins #knitspiration #indieknittingpattern #indiedesigner #tregrensacowl #tricot #tricotaddict #fadeknitting

It's so nice to finally be able to share the full Tregrensa Cowl with you! This is the first time we've taken this approach to a pattern, using yarn colours almost like paint. The design was inspired by our many Scandinavian adventures and our love of stranded colourwork traditions. Thanks for your wonderful feedback as we've shared details and influences over the past fortnight. If you'd like to knit your own, the pattern is available now and there's a guide to choosing colours so you can make it your own and maybe delve into sock leftovers or miniskeins.

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December was a busy one for us (thank you!) so we're a little low on some of your favourites. All these shades of sock are down to one skein left! We hope to do a re-up by the end of the month but if you want any of these in the mean time, don't sleep on it! Here we have Shinjuku, Ore, Energy Flash, Beachcombing, La Vie En Rose, Frosted Sunrise. 
#handdyedyarn #indieyarndyer #yarn #indieyarn #indiedyed #indiedyer #sockyarn #knittingyarn

December was a busy one for us (thank you!) so we're a little low on some of your favourites. All these shades of sock are down to one skein left! We hope to do a re-up by the end of the month but if you want any of these in the mean time, don't sleep on it! Here we have Shinjuku, Ore, Energy Flash, Beachcombing, La Vie En Rose, Frosted Sunrise.

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And that's a wrap. Our 12 Days of Yarn-mas concludes with 'Nattehimmel' (night sky). Of course there's an extra treat for the final day, a handmade milk choc Biscoff and cinnamon bar from @sawchocolate. We chose this flavour not just because cinnamon is so evocative of Christmas, but because the combination reminds me of Pepperkaker, traditional Scandinavian Christmas biscuits that are a lot like our classic gingerbread dough (with added black pepper!). If you like the look of SAW's amazing chocolate, we have a very exciting collaboration coming soon - sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don't miss out!
Thank you so much for following along with us each day, and for your lovely comments, which makes the hard work all worthwhile! We've added the whole series to our profile highlights. 
#yarnmas #indieyarn #indiedyer #yarndyer #yarn #handdyedyarn #artisanchocolate #12daysyarn #12daysofchristmasyarn #christmasyarn #holidayyarn #handmadechocolate #miniskeins #sockminis

And that's a wrap. Our 12 Days of Yarn-mas concludes with 'Nattehimmel' (night sky). Of course there's an extra treat for the final day, a handmade milk choc Biscoff and cinnamon bar from @sawchocolate. We chose this flavour not just because cinnamon is so evocative of Christmas, but because the combination reminds me of Pepperkaker, traditional Scandinavian Christmas biscuits that are a lot like our classic gingerbread dough (with added black pepper!). If you like the look of SAW's amazing chocolate, we have a very exciting collaboration coming soon - sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don't miss out! Thank you so much for following along with us each day, and for your lovely comments, which makes the hard work all worthwhile! We've added the whole series to our profile highlights.

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Our Tregrensa Cowl features corrugated rib edging, which is a simple technique where the knits and purls are worked in different colours. We're not sure of the origins of the technique but it can be spotted on Fair Isle sweaters of the 1920s, including the one sported by the then Prince of Wales, which propelled Fair Isle into fashion. The bobbles? Well, they're our own contemporary addition ๐Ÿ˜‰
#tregrensacowl #corrugatedrib #knitting #strikning #strandedknitting #strandedcolourwork #colorworkknitting #colourworkknitting #strikking #fairisleknitting #knitspiration #indieknittingpattern #indiepattern #indiedesigner #yarnmas #handdyedyarn

Our Tregrensa Cowl features corrugated rib edging, which is a simple technique where the knits and purls are worked in different colours. We're not sure of the origins of the technique but it can be spotted on Fair Isle sweaters of the 1920s, including the one sported by the then Prince of Wales, which propelled Fair Isle into fashion. The bobbles? Well, they're our own contemporary addition ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I can't believe it's almost over... #yarnmas day 11's shade is 'Plommehimmel' (plum sky). This is similar to our stock shade 'Professor Plum' but will splashes of red. If you're looking to make our 'Tregrensa' pattern, which this set was dyed for, we have added a list of suitable colours to the pattern pages on @hi.ravelry and our website. We may offer kits at some point, but I need a break from miniskeins for a while, I'm sure you understand ๐Ÿ˜„.
#miniskeins #sockyarn #sockminis #handdyedyarn #yarndyer #indiedyer #christmasyarn #holidayknits #holidayyarn #adventyarn #adventcalendaryarn #yarnadventcalendar

I can't believe it's almost over...

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I am so thrilled to have published 3 patterns in 2019, which is epic considering I only had time to complete a handful of knitting projects. The stand out is the Bubble Sweater I knitted for my partner, pattern is @westknits and yarn our Dynamite DK in 'Dancing in the Dark' and 'Space Race'. This project led us to sell out of these shades several times! There were hats: the sample for our 'Daedalum' pattern (pic 3), a Lingon hat by @brixtonpurl for my daughter and an Azula hat by @woollywormhead (pic 6) in some gorgeous @thewoolkitchen yarn. The sample for our new 'Tregrensa' (tree line) cowl pattern was my last FO of 2019. The final pic is my Flaum cardigan by @letesknits, which was also finished in December, though I realised last week that I made one sleeve 10 rows longer than the other so it needs to go back on the needles! I cast on a pair of socks for Rebel Stitch on which I make slow but steady progress. All in all, a small happy and colourful project haul. 
#knitting #knitspiration #handknit #handdyedyarn #indieyarn #indiedyed #bubblesweater #sweaterknitting #thebubblesweater #westknits #stricken #strikning #strikking #garn #indieknittingpatterns

I am so thrilled to have published 3 patterns in 2019, which is epic considering I only had time to complete a handful of knitting projects. The stand out is the Bubble Sweater I knitted for my partner, pattern is @westknits and yarn our Dynamite DK in 'Dancing in the Dark' and 'Space Race'. This project led us to sell out of these shades several times! There were hats: the sample for our 'Daedalum' pattern (pic 3), a Lingon hat by @brixtonpurl for my daughter and an Azula hat by @woollywormhead (pic 6) in some gorgeous @thewoolkitchen yarn. The sample for our new 'Tregrensa' (tree line) cowl pattern was my last FO of 2019. The final pic is my Flaum cardigan by @letesknits, which was also finished in December, though I realised last week that I made one sleeve 10 rows longer than the other so it needs to go back on the needles! I cast on a pair of socks for Rebel Stitch on which I make slow but steady progress. All in all, a small happy and colourful project haul.

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On the 10th day of #yarnmas the dye pots gave to us 'Solnedgang' (sunset). We're definitely into our signature style, and the final few days of yarn. 
#yarnadventcalendar #adventcalendaryarn #12daysyarn #12daysofchristmasyarn #yarn #adventyarn #indieyarn #yarndyer #miniskeins

On the 10th day of

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In 2019 I raised my mending game. I learned anchor stitches for invisible repairs of larger holes. Inspired by @milli_and_the_bee picked up a vintage darning mushroom, which is a super useful piece of kit. At times it felt like I spent more time mending or altering than making, which was frustrating because I don't find fulfills the creative urge. This evening I'm sorting out a pair of socks I made in 2011 from one of my first ever hand dyed skeins. I think this is only the 2nd time I've mended them, which is great for 100% wool socks. It was our floor nails that got them this time. No matter how many times I punch them back in they pop back out.
#handdyedyarn #mending #sockrepair #clothingrepair #darning #swissdarning #makedoandmend #sockknitter

In 2019 I raised my mending game. I learned anchor stitches for invisible repairs of larger holes. Inspired by @milli_and_the_bee picked up a vintage darning mushroom, which is a super useful piece of kit. At times it felt like I spent more time mending or altering than making, which was frustrating because I don't find fulfills the creative urge. This evening I'm sorting out a pair of socks I made in 2011 from one of my first ever hand dyed skeins. I think this is only the 2nd time I've mended them, which is great for 100% wool socks. It was our floor nails that got them this time. No matter how many times I punch them back in they pop back out.

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Day 9 of #yarnmas: 'Soldans' (sundance). Neon peachy goodness. We created subtly variegated shades for the sky of our 'Tregrensa' pattern that accompanies the set. Each sunset shade uses colours from the previous to make sure they harmonise and form a smooth transition. 
#miniskeins #12daysyarn #12daysofchristmasyarn #indieyarn #yarn #neonyarn #handdyedyarn #yarndyer #indiedyer

Day 9 of

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Yesterday I shared with you the inspiration for the sky section of our Tregrensa Cowl pattern, and here's the result. The sun disappearing behind the mountains lighting up the sky with a fiery glow. One of the colourwork traditions we've drawn from for this design is barely a 'tradition' yet! Using stranded colourwork to create a fade or gradient effect certainly exists in Fair Isle designs over a short number of rows, but the earliest example of a longer stranded smooth fade pattern that comes to mind is the Dither socks by @generalhogbuffer from 2011, which uses GIF style halftoning patterns. Tregrensa's sky has instead little bars, reminiscent of wispy clouds. 
#knitting #strandedknitting #indiedesigner #indieknittingpattern #colourworkknitting #fadeknitting #gradientknitting #strikking #strikning #strandedcolourwork #fairisleknitting #knitspiration #christmasknitting #handdyedyarn #yarnmas #tregrensacowl

Yesterday I shared with you the inspiration for the sky section of our Tregrensa Cowl pattern, and here's the result. The sun disappearing behind the mountains lighting up the sky with a fiery glow. One of the colourwork traditions we've drawn from for this design is barely a 'tradition' yet! Using stranded colourwork to create a fade or gradient effect certainly exists in Fair Isle designs over a short number of rows, but the earliest example of a longer stranded smooth fade pattern that comes to mind is the Dither socks by @generalhogbuffer from 2011, which uses GIF style halftoning patterns. Tregrensa's sky has instead little bars, reminiscent of wispy clouds.

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Today's #yarnmas shade is 'Sol Glรธd' (sun glow), with pale yellow and peachy neon creating a fiery sunset on our 'Tregrensa' cowl pattern. Also today is a beautiful gin & tonic scented handmade soap from @beanandboy, which believe it or not also follows our Scandinavian theme. Gin is given its flavour by juniper, which is common throughout northern Europe, and has a number of traditional uses. In Norway, beer is traditionally brewed from a juniper infusion rather than water! 
#12daysyarn #12daysofchristmasyarn #miniskeins #sockminis #neonyarn #handdyedyarn #yarn #indiedyed #indieyarndyer #yarndyer #holidayyarn #christmasyarn

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I encorporated many facets of the Norwegian landscape into our new 'Tregrensa' cowl pattern, and one of my favourites is the sunsets... The way the sky literally looks like it's on fire, and everything in shadow appears blue. I took the first two images on the cliffs above Lysefjord at about 2am, and the third was in a remote valley farm and camping spot, where the intense evening sunlight falls on the rocks. 
We're into the sky colourways in the 12 Days of Yarn-mas box. We've used washes of neon to recreate these sunset effects. 
#yarndyer #indieknittingpattern #indiedesigner #knittingpattern #yarnmas #tregrensacowl

I encorporated many facets of the Norwegian landscape into our new 'Tregrensa' cowl pattern, and one of my favourites is the sunsets... The way the sky literally looks like it's on fire, and everything in shadow appears blue. I took the first two images on the cliffs above Lysefjord at about 2am, and the third was in a remote valley farm and camping spot, where the intense evening sunlight falls on the rocks. We're into the sky colourways in the 12 Days of Yarn-mas box. We've used washes of neon to recreate these sunset effects.

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'Solstrรฅle' (sunbeam) is our shade for #yarnmas day 7. 
May your 2020 be as happy as this colour!
#handdyedyarn #miniskeins #christmasyarn #holidayyarn #yarn #indieyarn

'Solstrรฅle' (sunbeam) is our shade for

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2019 was a year of new shades! As well as the 36 we created for our advent and Christmas boxes, we added all these! Some were limited editions and some we liked so much we added them to our permanent range. Which was your favourite?
#yarn #handdyed #indieyarn #yarndyer #yarnspiration #garn #garen #dyersofinstagram #dyersofig

2019 was a year of new shades! As well as the 36 we created for our advent and Christmas boxes, we added all these! Some were limited editions and some we liked so much we added them to our permanent range. Which was your favourite?

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#yarnmas Day 6: 'Fjelltopp' (mountain top). As the name suggests, we've reached the summit, with a dark blue-grey. I love the way the the mountains around the misty fjords fade to blue in the distance. 
#12daysyarn #12daysofchristmasyarn #holidayyarn #christmasyarn #indieyarn #yarn #indiedyed #miniskeins #sockminis #semisolidyarn

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