Yan Tan Tethera Archive – 2015

Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club

This is our archive of the fantastic yarns that were created in 2015.

December 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club

Our dyer for December was Joy McMillan of The Knitting Goddess, based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Joy is an independent dyer of luxury knitting yarns, dyed in small batches which ensures each one is unique and unrepeatable. She is very experienced at her craft and her reputation as a premier indie dyer is well known among yarn enthusiasts both far and wide.

Her inspiration came from ‘Sparkle’, by Shutterspot Photography. The picture was taken at one of the stands at the annual German Christkindelmarkt which takes place in Millennium Square, Leeds.

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Joy used British sock yarn which is custom spun in Yorkshire for the project consisting of 75% wool and 25% nylon. Introducing ‘Shining in the Background’.

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November 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for November was the lovely Katie Pearce of Sylvan Tiger Yarn, based in Leeds. Katie has dyed yarn for the club several times before and was in fact the first dyer to take on the task over a year ago! She is greatly inspired by the Yorkshire landscape and tends to use natural dyes in her work.

Her inspiration came from ‘Remembrance’, by Shutterspot Photography. The picture of Wave: Poppies, a now world famous installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer, Tom Piper, was taken at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We at Baa Baa Brighouse thought it was a fitting image for our November club to mark Armistice Day and as such £1 from every November yarn subscription purchased goes to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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Katie produced three mini skeins for the club using an organically grown and UK spun double knit Falkland wool. Together the mini skeins weighed 100g and are ideal for striped projects or colour work. Introducing ‘Poppy Cascade’.

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October 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the October Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Sherry James of Ba’Tat Hand Dyed Yarns, based in Leeds – brand new to the club! She is a very talented crafter who can turn her hand to an array of textile arts. She has been dyeing yarn for over 15 years and is greatly inspired by the Yorkshire landscape…well, who isn’t?

Her inspiration came from this picture, ‘Framing the Landscape’, by Shutterspot Photography.

The picture was taken at Holme Moss, commanding far reaching views of West Yorkshire in one direction and the Derbyshire Peak District in the other.

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Sherry used her Doe Yarn for the porject which is a mix of 75% wool and 25% nylon, giving 400m of woolly goodness per skein. Introducing the beautiful earthy toned ‘Valley View’.

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September 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the September Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Jodi Rooke of Cuddlebums, based in Halifax. Jodi focuses on bright colours and uses a wide variety of yarn bases in her work. She has a keen eye for detail and always produces exciting results for the club yarn.

Her inspiration came from this picture, ‘Apple Hawthornden’, by Shutterspot Photography.

The picture was taken in the beautiful gardens of the National Trust owned Beningbrough Hall, situated near York, North Yorkshire, a fascinating place to visit at any time of year.

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Jodi used 100g skeins of sock yarn for her project, consisting of 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% nylon, giving 425m of woolly goodness per skein. Introducing ‘Apple Bloom’!

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August 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the August Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Jaki Bogg of Hot Butter Yarns, a very talented crafter and textile artist based in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Her inspiration came from ‘Malham Cove’ by Shutterspot Photography – a well known scene to those from Yorkshire and beyond.

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Jaki used a 4 ply fingering weight Superwash Merino yarn for her project, giving 400m of woolly goodness per 100g skein. And here it is – introducing the simply stunning ‘Malham Cove’ consisting of deep teals, burnt oranges and pale spring greens.

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July 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the July Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Joy McMillan of The Knitting Goddess, based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Joy is an independent dyer of luxury knitting yarns, dyed in small batches which ensures each one is unique and unrepeatable. She is very experienced at her craft and her reputation as a premier indie dyer is well known among yarn enthusiasts both far and wide.

Her inspiration came from ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ by Shutterspot Photography. This image was taken at the 2015 Shepley Spring Festival where Baa Baa Brighouse recently exhibited as part of the Baa Baa Bazaar featuring woolly stalls and crafts from across Yorkshire.

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Joy used a 4 ply sock base for her project consisting of 45% British Bluefaced Leicester, 30% mixed British wool and 25% nylon yarn that is custom spun for her right here in Yorkshire. And here it is – introducing ‘Fairground Attraction’.

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June 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the June Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Louise Lavender of The Cryptozoologist. Louise is passionate about British breeds and Yorkshire yarns. She has dyed yarns for us in the past and her colourways never fail to be popular.

Her inspiration came from ‘Lobster Pots’ by Shutterspot Photography. This image was taken by the fishing port in the seaside town of Whitby on the East Coast of Yorkshire. The remains of Whitby Abbey can be seen in the background along with the tiled roofs of the picturesque fishing cottages that overlook the harbour.

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Louise used her unicorn sock base yarn for the project which is a mix of 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% nylon, giving approximately 440 yards of yarny loveliness! And here it is – introducing ‘Aged Wood’.

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May 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the May Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Katie Pearce of Sylvan Tiger Yarn. We have never failed to be impressed by the quality of Katie’s work – she creates amazing colourways, often inspired by her Yorkshire surroundings. She uses natural dyes, some of which she harvests herself.

Her inspiration was ‘Yorkshire Mixture’ by Shutterspot Photography. This colourful array of confectionary was captured on one of the market stalls on a bright sunny day at Honley Show at Farnley Tyas in Huddersfield. Yummy!

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Katie used 100% Bluefaced Leicester 4 Ply for her project which she called ‘Explosion in a Dye Factory’. We love the plum, crimson and teal – we’re sure you’ll agree, it looks good enough to eat!

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April 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the April Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Jodi Rooke of Cuddlebums based in Halifax. Jodi dyes in lots of colourways with a big focus on bright colours and rainbows on a variety of yarn bases.

Her inspiration was ‘Shepherd’s Delight’ by Shutterspot Photography. This magnificent Yorkshire sunset was captured on a chilly evening overlooking the farmland next to Cannon Hall in South Yorkshire.

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Jodi used an 80%/20% Bluefaced Leicester and bamboo sock yarn blend in 100g skeins, giving 400m of woolly goodness. Here it is – introducing ‘Shepherd’s Delight’ – what a gorgeous array of colours!

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March 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the March Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Louise Lavender of The Cryptozoologist.

Louise is based in Beverley, Yorkshire and uses lots of British spun yarn in her projects, often taking her inspiration from pop culture and mythology. She’s as passionate about promoting British breeds and Yorkshire yarns as we at Baa Baa Brighouse are.

Her inspiration for March’s yarn came from this photograph entitled ‘Wheel Meet Again’. Note the deliberate play on words! The shot was taken at the Yorkshire Air Museum, formerly RAF Elvington, near York, which played a significant role during the Second World War.

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Louise used her unicorn sock base yarn for the project, which is a mix of 70% Bluefaced Leicester and 30% nylon, giving approximately 400m of woolly goodness! Here’s the finished product, entitled ‘Lichen Licked’.

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February 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our dyer for the February Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club was Crystal Flanagan of Domesticated Human.

Crystal is based in Wakefield, though originates from Canada. She is one very talented lady and not only does she dye yarn but she also crochets, knits, spins, weaves and sews. Fibre arts are most definitely her passion!

Her inspiration for February’s yarn came from this photograph entitled ‘Plumage’. It was taken at the Bird Garden at Lotherton Hall in Aberford, Leeds.

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She used 100g skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale DK, giving 225m or 246 yards of woolly goodness for her project! And here’s the incredibly beautiful finished product:

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Crystal also created an exclusive pattern for us – the ‘Plumage Slouchy Tam’.

January 2015 Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club 2015

Our indie dyer for January 2015 was Katie Pearce of Sylvan Tiger Yarn based in Leeds. We are proud to be the first retail stockists of Katie’s yarn – a true testament to how wonderful we think it is.

Katie used a 100% Bluefaced Leicester DK base in 100g skeins for her project, giving 225m of woolly goodness.

Her inspiration for January was ‘First Crocuses’ by Shutterspot Photography. The shot was taken at Manor Heath Park in Halifax.

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Katie promised there would be “lots of purple” in her exclusive colourway and we think she certainly delivered!

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