Wool Decanted vintage 23 - Growing Ivy Scarf Kit
Pickup available at 17 Richmond Hill, London, TW10 6RE, United Kingdom
Usually ready in 24 hours. Collect during shop opening hours (Wednesday to Saturday 11.30am - 4pm)
We are very excited to offer 7 beautiful colour options for our kits combining the incredible Wool Decanted vintage 23 British yarn and the stunning show stopper pattern Ivy by Ayano Tanaka. If you want a colour combo we aren't showing just get in touch!
The sample show in the photographs, and available to see in store, uses their colours Natural Grey and Bottle Green.
Their latest vintage, vintage 23, is a delicious and exquisite blend of Polwarth, Romney and Black Shetland, the softest of British yarns, which has to be knitted with and felt to be believed. It is a genuinely incredible base blend.
Knitted in the round from end to end, starting with 1x1 rib the scarf then progresses to stockinette stitch and two stranded colour work. You only work on the knit side in the round – no back and forth colour work!
The size of the scarf can be easily adjusted to your liking by adding/subtracting repeats of the main geometric central pattern charts.
Your chosen kit will include:
8 skeins of vintage 23 by Wool Decanted, 4 skeins in each of the two colours in your chosen kit, and a printed copy of Growing Ivy knitting pattern by Anyone Tanaka.
Ayano Tanaka says about her design
“I designed this scarf imagining a scene of ivy on the wall. The transition from one pattern to the others might be like ivy growing towards the sky. When you reach the top of your scarf, the clear sky is waiting”
About vintage 23
You know the joy and sheer satisfaction of turning beautiful wool into favourite garments? Well, you’re going to love vintage 23! It’s Wool Decanted's latest yarn blend and, in keeping with the wool decanted aim to create the softest British yarns, vintage 23 is right up there on the softness scale. It’s deliciously next to skin soft!
How did they produce such a soft yarn?
They chose their fibres carefully. Starting first with the white of Falklands Polwarth with its long staple length which produces a strong, smooth, and silky yarn. It’s soft enough to be worn next to the skin. Then they added some white Romney fibre from Kent, with a long and lustrous staple, and well-defined crimp, adding a bit of depth and strength to the blend. They knew, from creating their vintage 20 yarn, that adding a small amount of coloured fleece to the white would create a uniquely coloured base. They added just a touch of black Shetland fibre to the white. Rich black Scottish Shetland locks, from the softest part of the Shetland fleece, mixed with the pure white of the Polwarth and Romney created a beautiful, natural, light heathery grey base.
What about the colours?
Dyed as blended tops, the light grey base has allowed for colour of a special richness in their 8-colour palette. You can create some great colour combinations, and the natural grey works with all of them! Wool Decanted replicated many of their existing colours and added the natural grey, Bottle Green, Claret and Island Dusk (a beautiful dusky pink).
How was it spun?
Worsted-spun in West Yorkshire to their own specification, vintage 23 has excellent stitch definition, perfect for texture and colour work, and it blooms beautifully when blocked. The 4-ply light fingering yarn has a meterage of 225m per 50g skein.
About Wool Decanted
Linda and Lisa set up their business in 2020, during the Covid pandemic. They heard the news reports of the huge number of British sheep fleeces going to waste as one of the impacts of the pandemic. That gave them the seed of an idea. Linda has always loved knitting, but most often with soft imported Merino yarn - yet here on our doorstep was an abundance of beautiful fleece! And so began their mission to encourage more crafters to make with British wool. They deliberately concentrated on the softer end of the wool scale to show that British wool can be next-to-skin soft. Knowing the amount of precious time and love you put into your projects, they set about creating unique yarns that are beautifully soft to touch, knit up a dream and are a joy to wear, so that we could truly add value to your efforts.
A little over 6 months later, vintage 20, their first small British batch, was launched. Cheers! Celebrating the provenance of the wool is important to them too. They have designed labels that emulate good wine labels, giving you lots of information about the wool’s journey. They have named their yarns, like good wines, by the year the unique blends were created – vintage 20, vintage 21. This is where the wool journey becomes better than the wine journey – once the wine is gone, it’s gone. But the wool journey goes on and on in your beautiful creations! Don’t you just love that thought?
They are lucky enough to live on a small houseboat on the river Thames. Surrounded by nature and inspiration every day. They are the proud pet owners of Barney Rubble, a 10 year old tabby. Named after a character in a famous TV cartoon - if your old enough to remember! And Pooch, a gorgeous golden 16 year old mix breed terrier - who rules their houseboat.
They believe in honesty, integrity, truthfulness and fairness in everything they do. Through their yarn business, they are supporting British farmers. Helping to save essential skills in processing, and promoting UK craftsmanship. They are overflowing with gratitude for the feedback they have received from their customers, and they will continue to develop their British wool blends and colour palette for your delight.