Affinity…

As always, summer is whizzing by! Making the most of the long evenings, taking advantage of the working day being a bit quieter, these have been our priorities lately… and while I know a huge swathe of the UK has ‘skipped Summer’ this year weather-wise we, in the most arid Eastern county, have had a quite lovely couple of months of warm, sunny days with the occasional overnight rain to help the runner beans up their poles… I know, I’ll go away now 😉

Every now and again I come across a company on my travels around the crafty world that I immediately warm to. Whether it’s a beautiful product that raises the heart rate a little, a blog post from the heart that speaks to me or just the whole package. Life in the Long Grass, a small independent yarn company that I stumbled across a while back ticked all the boxes. Lovely (understatement) yarn, a perfect glimpse into an idyllic setting, appealing personalities shining out! I ‘acquainted myself’ with their yarn (essential research you understand) and then was delighted when we were able to add a small selection of their beautiful shades to our range. We’ll be adding more in the very near future!

Caroline & Jonny are based in the beautiful county of Cork in Ireland and their yarn encapsulates their landscape and lifestyle. When our last delivery arrived back in June, I asked Caroline to share a little about their life and adventures in yarn….

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A glimpse into the world of Life in the Long Grass… © LITLG

 

We discovered your beautiful yarn fairly recently but can you tell us a little bit about how, when & why LITLG came into being?

We started LITLG 3 years ago when we found ourselves unemployed.  I always knitted and had dabbled in some hand-dyeing and desperately wanted to make something that worked for us rather than working for other people.  When things got to a low point I looked at our skill set and decided to create a product/brand that we would both be proud of and enjoy working on.  Knitting was my thing and we both loved colour so it was a natural progression to start LITLG.  We had eclectic backgrounds to draw inspiration from living and working in London and Ibiza for years with other creatives and artists from different industries it seemed like the time was right to do our own thing.

Your amazing way with colour is truly inspirational. Do you have an artistic background? Any fine art training?

 I’m a self-taught graphic designer & web coder,  and Jonny is an Architect.  I’ve always painted and been fascinated with landscapes since I was very young and Jonny has painted watercolour illustrations for most of his life – we have a lot in common and are inspired by ideas, art and our surroundings.

Your yarn is a series of beautiful collections inspired by your landscape and the nature around you. Do you see new colour ways everywhere you go? 

Oh yes, everywhere!  Particularly colour ways with texture they fascinate me and the task of trying to translate that to yarn then to a knitted fabric is a challenge.

Much like Meadow Yarn, LITLG seems to be a family affair… so, who is the boss? Is it you or Jonny 😉

Ha, ha…. I’ll say both of us but really it’s me!:))  We are together 16 years so we have learnt to balance the boss role until our 5yr old daughter Nellie came along and took over the role!

Do you have any exciting plans or dreams for LITLG that you can share with us?

Lots of ideas are brewing at the moment, being a startup gives us scope to look in any direction without any restrictions.  It’s tricky though as we don’t want to lose sight of what we do currently so we will take our time, work hard and dip into those ideas to see what happens.

Thanks Caroline! And BTW – my answer to question 4 would have been identical 😉

We’ve got a gorgeous selection yarn from LITLG in stock based around their beautiful ‘Silvers’ collection, head on over to indulge your senses…

Introducing…

It’s fair to say that I am a lot like a kid in a candy store most of the time and the list of yarn-in-the-shed-that-I-must-knit-with is already longer than my average grocery shopping list but – ahem – there’s somehow always room to squeeze another gorgeous yarn into the shed (and thus onto the list).

Back at the end of last Autumn I made contact with a US based yarn company and asked if they might consider us as a retailer. ‘Why, of course, that would be lovely’ they said… You may have heard the whoops from where you are sat as I read their reply for I knew in my very knitting bones that this yarn was destined to become one of my all time faves.

Meet Swans island Organic Merino

This 100% Organic Merino wool has a lovely twist and is one of those yarns that is so soft and squishy that one just can’t help but let out little ‘mews’ while gently palpating it (Come on, don’t tell me you haven’t involuntarily sighed while squishy a skein of yarn – you haven’t? It is just me… O…..K….. )

We’ve got 16 shades to start in the ‘Fingering’ weight which is actually a 3 ply construction that is equivalent to a ‘light’ 4ply or sock weight yarn. Not that we’d necessarily use this just for socks. The tonal range in the shades, the subtle variations in the saturated hues make this a yarn that screams to be turned into scarves, shawls, cowls and lightweight sweaters or cardigans. I am struggling not to grab 3 skeins of ‘Logwood’ right now and cast on a lovely cardigan pattern that I acquired in a little pamphlet this weekend…

Feast your eyes on these beautiful shades…

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Many of them are dyed using Indigo so have amazing depth and tonal variation (and may rub off while knitting initially… be warned but not afraid 😉 )

While you contemplate the beauties above I will be sitting on my hands in an effort to stop myself casting on *another* cardigan…