Jo and I had a great time launching the trial club. There was so much excitement and we were very pleased (not to mention mightily relieved) that our yarn club was well received. The excitement and chatter over on our Ravelry group was fabulous. Thank you so much ladies for being so enthusiastic and fun.
For those of you who missed it, here is the inspiration picture, which was used with the kind permission of Nick Ford.
And here is what our fabulous dyers produced, 3 fabulous different skeins of yarn:
This first to arrive at TGS headquarters, way back in September, was Nurturing Fibre’s 100% merino in a colourway named “Golden Dawn”. Carlé hand delivered the yarn all the way from South Africa. OK that wasn’t quite as extreme as it sounds, Carlé was lucky enough to be doing a small tour of Europe and met me one evening for supper. I don’t think the staff of Pizza Express had ever seen so much yarn.
Next to arrive was Sparkleduck‘s “And The Clouds Began to Break” which arrived by post and was surprisingly different from Carle’s – this was very exciting! This yarn is a luxurious 55% wool and 45% silk. You can read all about Heather’s dyeing inspiration here.
And last, buy by no mean least, For The Love of Yarn‘s “Walk of Tranquility” arrived. I didn’t get to see this yarn in the flesh (so to speak) until the club members did. Jo sent me one skein at the same time as she sent out all the TGS club parcels. It was very exciting to see the package arrive. I’d seen pictures of the packaging but didn’t really know how lovely it was till it arrived in the post. Lisa wrote something for us too about her dyeing process. You can read it here. This yarn is a very squishy, or “smooshy” as Jo calls it, because it is 80% merino superwash with 20% bamboo.
I can’t wait to see what our next 3 dyers come up with for the first quarters of The Power of 3Yarn Club and the Slimmers’ Club from this fabulous photo of a Tornado over London. Sign ups are already being taken. Just look at all those silvers and greys and then there’s all the tiny flecks of colours on the ground, which should make for some interesting effects. This should make for some wonderful Golden Skeins.
Lots of our Trial Club members are wonderful craft bloggers and podcasters and we were very lucky to benefit from lots of reviews:
Blogs from trial club members:
The wonderful Shoe wrote on her Sparkly Shoes are Faster blog
The fabulous Martine wrote “Oh Yarn” on her iMake blog
The lovely Clare wrote on her Yarn and Pointy Sticks blog
Podcasts about the Trial Club
Knitting with TGS yarn
The lovely Shoe also wrote a blog about her first TGS project: 2014 The Year of the Sock