Do you love yarn?
Love how it feels, the smell, the bounce? When you block your cables, do you imagine a little 'pop' as they bounce back to life?
Welcome to Stolen Stitches fellow yarn enthusiast!
Oh, for you, we have a real treat.
Over the last few years, we have developed unique yarns that make cables pop, are a textured stitches dream, and some of them contain 60% Fine Irish fibre!
Yes, you won't be seeing that anywhere else. Now don't take our word for it; you can explore what all the other makers thought about our yarns on their yarn pages.
They talk about colour, blocking, bloom, bounce, how it ran through their fingers during a crafternoon session...
You can even hear how others had to stop and admire how their projects smelled as they worked on them.
Yes, we do that too!
We believe that yarn sniffing should have its own tag on Instagram once they develop smell-o-vision.
You can see from our shop that we don't stock *all the yarns* because we aren't here to sell you *all the yarn*.
We want you to have the yarn that's designed for the patterns that Carol dreamed of.
So on Stolen Stitches, you'll only see yarn that Carol has worked with herself. Yes, you can think of it as her seal of approval. 😉
If you haven't met our yarns before, here is a quick rundown of our speciality yarns:
Nua Sport was released in 2017 and we think it's okay to finally say...YOU LOVE IT!
Nua sport is a unique blend of 60% Merino, 20% Yak and 20% Linen and can be described in two words - cosy luxury.
Its secret lies in its unique blend of Merino, Yak, and Linen, designed with cables and textured stitches in mind. So if you’re looking for a rustic yarn with a luxurious colour palette to make your textured hand knits ‘pop’, then Nua Sport is the yarn for you.
If you would like to hear the FULL story of how Nua Sport came to life and how it led to a collection with designers such as Woolly Wormhead, Karie Westermann and more, just watch this video:
In 2019 Nua Sport got a big sister in Nua Worsted. It's the same yarn fibers that you love in a worsted weight. Our customers kept asking for a worsted weight yarn of Nua and who were we to say no!
This yarn was launched with the wonderful Mycroft by Isabell Kraemer at Edinburgh Yarn Festival and was shortly followed by our Cosy Knits Collection which feature designers Rachel Coopey, Eimear Earley, Carol Feller, Joan Forgione, Louisa Harding, Kate Heppell ,Bristol Ivy, Jimenez Joseph
and Louise Tilbrook.
The collection focused on what 'cosy' means to each designer and features an introductory essay by each of the contributors.
In 2020 our Blasta yarn was launched with our Celtic Knits Club. This knitting club was all about bringing our love of Irish yarn and cables to our knitting community. The yarn was sourced from the mill at Donegal which is going to feature heavily in the rest of this post.
Blasta is composed of 60% Irish fleece and to say that is rare is an understatement. The main problem with Irish fleece in knitting yarn is that it can be a bit scratchy and hard. With the help of Donegal Yarns, we’ve sourced a yarn that’s 60% Irish; it’s rustic but still comfortable to knit with and wear.
Blasta is a yarn with a texture like no other. Its stitches stand to attention and are just sticky enough to make frogging cables *almost* pain-free. It’s easy to work so your hands don’t get tired, and the resulting finished pieces are long-wearing with little pilling.
But don't take our word for it, you can read the reviews on our product pages here.
Blasta proved to be so popular we added a little brother in 2021. Blasta Light was launched as part of our seasonal community knit-alongs and it's been a hit. It's a single ply woollen spun yarn that has all the rustic softness of it's big brother.
If you're wondering what the most popular pattern for Blasta light is, it's our Soft Trails Sweater
2023 saw the release of Deas in our Celtic Knits Club. Are you starting to see a pattern here? And currently, it's only available to our club members.
The initial feedback from our community is that they love it. It's a worsted weight yarn that's a blend of merino wool and mohair. It's much softer that you would expect from this blend. If you would like to see what it's like on the needles, you can pop over to this blog post, and if you would like to see how our yarn is made well, I'll just leave this video here:
2023 was a busy year for us as we also launched a second yarn and knitting club.
This one, however, is unique, as the Galway sheep breed is the only indigenous breed here in Ireland.
Gailliamh was a yarn specially made with Galway Wool for our Galway Blanket Project. This was more than just a new yarn. We wanted to tell the story of the wool; from the sheep to your needles and all the sheep stomping, yarn scouring joy in-between. To say that this project was close to our hearts is an understatement.
We wanted to help in Galway Wool's mission to increase Galway sheep herds here in Ireland. When we shared this project with our community, it sold out not once, but twice!
Learn all about the unique Galway sheep and the Galway wool Co-Op as Carol and Blatnaid chat all things sheepy:
Irish Woollen Mills
If you would like to find out more about our Irish Woollen Mills then press play on our vlog here. Carol takes you through her personal journey with Ireland's woollen mills and yarn over the last 15 years:
We hope you've enjoyed this post on our yarns and that it inspires you to try something new!