New Yarn from Fox and Forest

I’m really excited to now be stocking yarn from Fox and Forest, a local company based near Newton Abbot in Devon . Look at this lovely pile of gorgeousness.

hand dyed yarn

The yarn in sourced from John Arbon in Devon and it is all British yarn.  Some skeins are a blend of alpaca, merino and nylon, some organically farmed merino.  The skeins are all hand dyed by Tamsyn using natural dyes, some of which are gathered from the Devon countryside.  The labels have intriguing combinations  – rhubarb, logwood and cochineal and weld and cochineal for example.

natural dyed yarn

And the skeins have lovely names – yellow nectarine, Aurora and this one, Icebergs, which is actually 4 mini skeins of different shades of blue.

iceberg blue

I had a go at dyeing with natural ingredients years ago – great fun, but not very successful. My wool coloured with onion skins turned out rather a dazzling yellow and the blackberries turned the wool a rather disappointing muddy blue, though it did smell good!  Tamsyn’s colours are all beautiful, soft and no smells!

british yarn

I have a selection of DK and 4ply skeins, and I will be listing them on the website shortly, if they don’t sell out first!


About madebyewe

Hello, and welcome to my blog, where I talk about the ups and downs of running a crafty business, knitting and life. I learnt to knit when I was a child in the 1970s. I think my Mum taught me, though it may have been one of my Nans. Both Nans were great crafters and my Mum knitted, when she had time. My childhood was full of wearing Mum's warm and cosy handknit jumpers to school and playing with yarn by the fire, making presents for my family and clothes for my toys. When I grew up, I started a business designing children's handknitted jumpers. Now I spend some of my time desgining gardens, as well as designing knitting. The garden design business is well established; the knitting design business is just starting out. I love the rhythmic quality of knitting, the feel of woolly yarn in my hands and the way a project grows beneath my fingers. It is relaxing and productive at the same time. I especially love vintage knitted toys and the quirky simplicity of the patterns. They were often made in times of austerity, when money and supplies were short, but the desire to create something fun inspite of this, shines through. I am a supporter of the Campaign for Wool, supporting the British wool industry, and using British yarn for my kits. Where would we be without fields of fluffy sheep to admire? Baa Humbug to acrylic!
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2 Responses to New Yarn from Fox and Forest

  1. Claire Hoey says:

    Ooh Linda this is gorgeous! How I would love to knit with this may have to think up some projects! We have just had a delivery from west Yorkshire spinners their British bird range you have to check it out. We ordered it at the NEC! X

  2. madebyewe says:

    Yes I saw that, very nice colours, have been considering it for the shop but have to sell some other stock first. x

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