Saturday, November 19, 2016

Introducing: Church Mouse Yarns

Hello there! It's a cold and damp day in England today, in the South West we are expecting gale-force winds tonight which will surely make short work of the remaining autumn leaves. I guess that means we should schedule some garden time next week to rake up all the leaves.

I had wanted to have another podcast up by now, but DH is on leave and my time is spent with him rather than recording. I have quite a few things to share with you with regards to my Etsy shop etc and of course I will share these things on the podcast, but I wanted to share here too.

First up, yarn. For the longest time I have wanted to spin, dye and sell my own yarn as some of you might know. However I realised quite a while ago that spinning was not going to happen for me due to various things, mainly there is no one nearby that offers classes and secondly I don't have a spinning wheel. So (I'm sure I've shared this before so please excuse the ramble if I have) I decided to get on with the dying and selling bits. 

A lovely friend who used to dye yarn gave me loads of advice and lists of suppliers. I then spent a few hours watching Youtube tutorials and then jumped right in! Last weekend I spent Saturday playing with yarn and dyes. Here's the result...

I love all of these colours, they are all so vibrant and pretty. Each of these skeins would make a beautiful pair of socks don't you think? I'm thinking that the solid colours would look great with a lacy or textured sock pattern off Ravelry.

All these skeins have been listed in my Etsy shop - although the yellow one has gone already. I will have to dye up some more, I had meant to do so today but with all this wet weather around it's really not the best drying day for wet skeins!

My yarn label, "Church Mouse Yarns" is inspired by my Christian faith, our observance of the liturgical year and my role within the church as a chorister.
So if you order my yarn you will see the little church mouse on the ball-band and on your little 'brown paper package tied up with string'. The mouse art might change as my daughter has been working on a more apt illustration, a little mouse all dressed up in her chorister robes surround by balls of yarn and knitting away :). This week I will take it to a printer and see what they can do for me.

Next, Christmas project bags. 

Only 3 jingle bell Christmas bags left. They are just £12.75 a bag, each zippered bag has a festive jingle bell attached to the zipper, are fully lined and have boxed bottoms. They are just adorable and will certainly make a great gift for a fellow yarn addict ;) 

I have some new DPN needle cozy's too but the weather has been too grey to photograph them yet, hopefully I'll be able to photograph and list them early next week so if you you are in the market for a needle cozy do check the shop next week. I currently have three in the shop but none of them are 'festive' ones.

Okay - enough 'shop' talk for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and keep safe. Thanks for stopping by :)


  1. It really is impressive looking yarn, love the vibrant colours.

  2. Oh my goodness Shirley I adore the Yarn I really do and would definitely want some of the yellow one next time its available - will you let me know so I don't miss it my friend. I am already blessed to own one of your zipper bags and it sits by my side this festive season whilst I make more knitted ornaments xx I hope you stayed safe in the storms xx


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