Gnomespun has several “base” yarns, and will likely continue to expand as I find interesting things I like. Gnomespun's Yarns are all named after spirits and creatures from the British Isles. Previously, several have had names of deities from other cultures. I have retired those names out of respect for the cultures to which they belong, as they are not mine to use.
Current Gnomespun Yarns:
Phouka – Fingering Weight – Superwash Merino/Nylon
Loireag – Laceweight – Silk/Merino
Spriggan – Worsted Weight – Superwash Merino Lamb
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400 Meters / 438 Yards
75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon
24-40 stitches / 4 inches
Size 1 – 1.5 / 2.25mm-2.5mm
The flagship Gnomespun Yarn. Named after the shapeshifting trickster spirit of the Celtic lore and pronounced “Pooh-ka,” Phouka is a multipurpose yarn that can "shapeshift" into anything from socks to weaving yarn. Phouka is spun loose and plied with four plies with a high twist (“hosiery twist”) for lots of softness while retaining durability and a middling stretch. Superwash merino so it’s easy to care for and super soft, with some nylon for strength. Middle fingering weight, this is an ideal millspun sock yarn. One skein should be enough for a normal sized pair of socks. I have a pair that I wear at least two days a week, every week, that is unfaded and shows almost no wear after over two years!
Skeins also available in “Little Phouka” and “Big Phouka.” Little Phoukas are the ends of cones and vary in size, but are ideal for contrasting toes or heels and hexipuffs or small projects. Big Phoukas are one and a half or double sized skeins for bigger projects such as the infamous “Giant Mansocks(tm)” for guys with gimungous feets. I don’t list a lot of Big Phoukas but am more than happy to do them upon request!
1200 Yards / 1097 Meters
~4 oz / ~114g
50% Silk / 50% Merino
Loireag (pronounced "lore-uck") is named after a fae from the Scottish highlands. A traditional spinner and weaver herself, she likes to hear singing while she works. Who knows, maybe a little song will help you make gauge? Like its namesake, is smooth and sleek, perfect for your delicate lace and intricate work. Made from 50% sleek, shiny silk, and 50% super soft Merino wool it is a luxurious pleasure to work with or to wear. Put up in a total of 1200yd, large enough for most medium sized knitting projects, or an average woven scarf. Other sizes upon request.
250 Yards / 229 Meters
~4 oz / ~114g
100% Superwash Merino Lamb
18-20 Stitches / 4 inches (10cm)
Size 7-8 4.5mm-5mm
Spriggan (spridge-an) is named after a Cornish spirit that guarded treasures in old cairns, barrows, and hills. Like the spriggan, this yarn is a strong, hard worker more than a showy luxury. Spriggan is a deliciously squishy worsted weight yarn. It is superwash, and knits up with a gauge similar to that of Cascade 220 for the purpose of finding patterns. Spriggan is springy and lofty. I am more than happy to dye large batches of this yarn for large projects such as sweaters.
I can easily do other sized skeins of any yarn if you need a certain amount for a project!
That’s all for now! Other yarns are in consideration, and yes before anyone asks I have looked into getting some of the odd breeds in yarn form (like Insi). It’s difficult, but it may be possible.
Drop me a line if you would like to request something, suggest a base, or what have you!