Yarns, Supplies & Notions
Fine Fettle Fibres specialises in British and Fair-Trade yarns in natural fibres. With many yarns hand dyed in a rich colour palette, discerning knitters will find plenty of tempting choices!
Along with the yarns and designer patterns, I have an extensive range of Addi knitting needles, my own range of bamboo needles and a selection of notions to make your knitting easier and more enjoyable.
HOW TO BUY
You are welcome to come and browse the yarns and patterns in my studio when I am open. My new online shop will be coming very soon - meanwhile, some of my yarns and needles are also available online through my shop on Etsy, see below for more details.
BAA RAM EWE
I am a stockist of 100% British yarn from Baa Ram Ewe. I currently have Dovestone DK yarn, Titus 4 ply and Dovestone Aran. These yarns are spun and dyed in Yorkshire from 100% British wool.
Dovestone DK celebrates the beautiful locks of the Wensleydale, but combines it with another local breed, the Masham, reflecting the combined strength and softness ingrained in the Yorkshire character.
Titus is a stunning, luxurious yarn with a Yorkshire accent. It blends the beautiful long locks of the quintessential Yorkshire sheep, the Wensleydale, with the finest of all the British sheep breeds, the Bluefaced Leicester.
DOVESTONE NATURAL ARAN
This luxurious aran weight yarn is available in five natural shades and is spun from a blend of Bluefaced Leicester, Wensleydale and Masham wool. Soft and cosy, it comes with its own pattern collection of winter warmers.
I have recently become a stockist of Erika Knight's yarn collection. Erika supports British manufacturing and uses sustainable natural fibres and traditional skills.
BRITISH BLUE WOOL
Made from 100% British Bluefaced Leicester fleece, this supremely soft, lustrous DK weight yarn is machine washable and suitable for children's clothes. Available in 18 different shades and 25g balls, it is also great for colour work.
This 100% linen yarn is made from 85% recycled rayon-linen fibre blended with 15% premium natural linen. It knits up to produce a durable, soft, lustrous and flexible fabric that will naturally soften with wear and washing. It comes in a palette of eight subtle, sophisticated colours and a range of nine classy pattern leaflets.
Vintage wool is an aran weight yarn spun with a deliberately 'old-fashioned' twist to give your project a beautiful 'homespun' look. Made from the fleece of Masham sheep, this 100% British wool is available is a range of muted shades.
MANOS DEL URUGUAY
Fine Fettle Fibres is also a stockist of beautiful fair trade yarns from Manos del Uruguay, a not-for-profit social organisation which, since 1968, has provided jobs for craftswomen living in rural areas of Uruguay. In 2009 Manos del Uruguay was accepted as a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation in recognition of its commitment to Fair Trade.
LOCAL NORTHUMBRIAN YARNS
A soft, lustrous blend of mohair from Angora goats and wool from Wensleydale sheep, all reared on the farm at Whistlebare in the wilds of Northumberland. The yarn is spun in Yorkshire before being hand dyed in an array of brilliant colours, back on the farm.
4Ply 100g hank approx. 350m / 380yds
Tension: 20 Stitches & 27 Rows = 10cm x 10cm on 4.5mm needles
Also available in the studio are:
Jessie's Field DK - Yarn from Jacob's sheep reared here in Felton.
The League of Extraordinary Alpacas - Natural Alpaca yarn from Titlington, Northumberland.
Bluefaced Leicester - Yarn handspun in Felton by Charlotte Lobb.
KNITTING NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES
Addi Knitting Needles
These high quality German manufactured knitting needles are a wise investment for the regular knitter.
Premium Brass Nickel circulars with very smooth transition between needles and cable – from £4.95
40cm, 60cm 80cm and 100cm lengths in sizes 3mm to 6.5mm
Aluminium straights with a cute heart shaped end – from £3.45
35cm length, sizes 3mm to 5mm
Double pointed needles, set of 5 – from £4.25
15cm length, sizes 2mm – 3.5mm
20cm length, sizes 2mm – 5mm
23cm length, sizes 5.5mm – 8mm
Fine Fettle Bamboo Knitting Needles
Light and warm to handle, these bamboo needles with their cheerful beaded ends make an affordable addition to your collection.
Straights (23cm and 33cm lengths, sizes 3mm to 10mm) – £3 per pair
Set of 5 DPNs (13cm length, sizes 2mm to 6.5mm) – £2 per set
I also have a variety of all those little extras that help make knitting a pleasure including:
Stitch Markers – A set of 5 fair-trade beaded markers handmade by a women's co-operative in South Africa £7.50
Stitch Holders – set of 2 £2.25
Embroidery Scissors - small and sharp £2.50
Tapestry Needles – set of 3 in different sizes £1.50
Addi pop-pom maker - £7.50
PATTERNS & BOOKS
I have a wide selection of pattern leaflets and books that use the yarns I sell. For customers buying yarn in the studio, I have a number of free patterns that I can supply with the yarn as well as leaflets to purchase and samples for you to view of recommended patterns available from Ravelry as downloads. I am also able to purchase Ravelry patterns for customers and provide a printout or a link to download the pattern if this is preferred.
I have knitted up some sample garments from my patterns and yarns and these are on display in the studio just to whet your appetite even further!
Baa Ram Ewe patterns include designs by Rachel Coopey and Carol Feller. These start at £3.75.
Manos del Uruguay patterns:
Individual pattern leaflet £1.99
Pattern books start at £4.99
To help you add those exquisite finishing touches to your project, I have a wide range of buttons in natural materials available in the studio for you to choose from. Materials include: coconut shell, shell, wood, metal and ceramic.
Fair Trade ceramic buttons from South Africa:
£5.50 per set
Loose buttons from 40p per button.
KITS & GIFTS
Why not have a go at making my lapel flowers for yourself? All the materials you need to make two of flower brooches are available, packed into a little kit, along with the needles and pattern. With so many to choose from your only problem will be which colours to pick!
Or perhaps you know a knitter who would love to receive a knitting project as a gift? Any of my patterns, with the yarns required, can be packed into a cotton gift bag printed with my natty new logo. Add needles, stitch markers or any other little extras to make a gift guaranteed to please any discerning knitter! And win you lots of brownie points!
Also available are:
Handmade Ceramic Yarn Bowls £20
Needle Felted Knitting Needle Cases from £20
Fair Trade Stitch Markers £7.50
Gift vouchers from £10
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because Manos del Uruguay yarn is hand dyed in small batches it is better to purchase the full amount for the project you wish to complete at the outset. Although the batches are not given dye lots, there is sometimes variation in the colour between batches. Any variation in colour between individual hanks within a batch can be smoothed out by knitting 2 rows from one hank and then 2 rows from another hank, running the yarn up the side of the work as you go.
- As almost all of my yarn is sold in hanks, I am happy to offer a yarn winding service.
- I will be happy to exchange unused hanks of yarn returned in a saleable condition in their original packaging within 6 weeks. Please note, I can't exchange yarn that has been wound from a hank into a ball. All faulty goods will be refunded or exchanged.
- I am happy to source and order in other yarns that I do not normally stock if you need something specific for a project.
- I'm afraid that lack of storage space means that I am unable to offer a 'put-by' service, so all yarn needs to be purchased in full up front.
- I'm happy to help with advice about yarn suitability for a particular project. Help with knitting skills is available in my KnitClass - why not come along!