Flying high


Tornado over London yarns

Quarter 1 of our Power of 3 Club and Slimmers’ Club went really well for us.  All our fabulous members adored the yarns and many came back for more – which meant that we had sold out by mid April.  Wow Wee!!

So for those of you who missed out, here’s what our fantastic dyers came up with from this stunning photo!

Tornado G4 over London, courtesy of the Ministry of Defence
Tornado G4 over London, courtesy of the Ministry of Defence

First to arrive at TGS London came from the dyeing genius of Beata of Hedgehog Fibre‘s in Dublin, Ireland:


100 grams of a gorgeous high twist sock yarn consisting of 80% Blue Faced Leicester wool and 20% nylon. The colourway was named “Stark” and uses a  silvery grey base, representing the silver plane and grey sky, but with beautiful and subtle variations of other colours picked out from the ground below.  I made socks with mine – perfect.

Next to arrive came all the way from Hamburg, Germany, from the inimitable girls, Cordula and Nicole of Dye For Yarn


The girls, continuing with their slightly macabre names relating to death and disaster, named it Tornado over London – this time using Tornado’s usual weathery meaning!  Their 100 gram skeins gives us a whopping 480 meters of 55% Merino superwash wool and 45% of baby camel.  This creates a lovely soft warm yarn with a good halo.  Again this is a mainly grey base, but much darker than Beata’s, picking out some of the more moody colours from the clouds as well as some pewtery blues and purples.

And last, but by very no means least came this stunning silky number from George at YarnGarden in Newsastle upon Tyne, England.


In contrast with our other dyers, George chose to dye the gorgeous silvery grey of the Tornado G4 itself.  The silk in this yarn makes it so lustrous.  Their 100 gram skein is 50% merino superwash and 50% silk, from their Manna Ash yarn range.  All Yarn Garden colourways are named after plants and this one is no different – Miss Wilmott’s Ghost is the name of a Sea Holly and is perfect for this colour.  Miss Willmott was a revered gardener and member of the Royal Horticultural Society in the early 20th century. She adopted the habit of sprinkling seeds of her loved sea holly variety whenever visiting friends. The plants suddenly appeared two years after her visit – Miss Willmott’s Ghosts indeed!

I hope you’ll agree that our partner dyers have done us proud and we have 3 equally gorgeous but totally different yarns for our members.

So what will next quarter’s be like from this stunner of a composition?

Harvest by Launa Rande

Harvest by Lorna Rande.




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