the autosaverecently launched her own yarn collection – which is 100% British. Hence why I am SO pleased to say that Luxury Yarns is now selling Erika’s yarns and a collection of 20 patterns written specifically for these yarns.
I have just finished cataloguing the yarns and they are simply great. There are 4 different yarns – Fat Fur Wool which is unlike anything I’ve come across before. I’ve catalogued it as a Super Chunky, but it recommends 15mm needles so is almost Super Super Chunky… Like all of Erika’s yarns it’s made from pure British Wool, but with a 3% nylon binder. It is woven at one edge, and has loose threads coming off the weave. Perhaps the easiest way to describe it is it is almost like a thin shread of shag pile carpet – but obviously MUCH softer. It comes in 5 colours for now but I believe this will be added to over the coming months. Erika has also written some fabulous patterns to go with this yarn including a fur muffler and a gilet, using 2 and 3 hanks respectively so are really simple and quick to knit!
Then there is Fat Maxi Wool – another Super Chunky yarn and this time slightly more traditional. Available in 10 colours, this yarn is 100% Pure British wool, and perfect for winter knits and accessories. There are some really great designs including a rib snood, and a simple sweater – which are ideal additions to any wardrobe.
Then there’s Vintage Wool – an aran weight yarn that comes in 10 colours. Again Erika has created some stunning designs for this yarn, one of which is going to be my next project – a cable headband which only uses 1 x 50g hank!
What I also like about Erika’s collection is that she has chosen a palate of colours and mixes and matches the yarns. So, for example you can get all of the above yarns in 002 Flax which means you can make garments using a combination of different yarns. Not all the yarns come in all the colours but there are several cross-overs.
Then last (but definitely not least!) is British Blue Wool, a DK yarn made from 100% Bluefaced Leicester, a longwool sheep who’s fleece is becoming more and more popular due to curly threadlike wool which makes it considerably lighter than other fleeces. This yarn is sold in 25g balls and comes in 8 stunning colours.