My love of the Titus and Dovestone yarns by Leeds based Baa Ram Ewe is no secret – I have an almost complete collection of the full range in various stages of use and you’ve probably heard me wax lyrical about them at least once or twice before on the blog.
For Spring they have launched two new colours in both ranges; Lotherton, a bright turquoise blue and a rich cerise named Rhubarb. Aren’t they beautiful…
As Titus and Dovestone have different fibre compositions, the colours vary slightly across the bases and appear darker, and dare I say more subtle on the DK weight Dovestone compared to the brighter pop on Titus. A range of patterns inspired by architecture around West Yorkshire has been launched to accompany the new shades. Designed by Alison Moreton, The Landmark Collection features garment, accessory and homeware patterns – I’ve earmarked the Pond Street and Titanic Mill shawls for future knits.
Having fallen in love with pretty much every design in Rachel Coopey’s second volume of Toasty I narrowed my choices down to Sawley and Binsoe. Using the two new shades as my starting point, I then played around with contrasting colours from my Titus library before finally plumping for Crucible, a heathery grey tinted with pink and blue and the perfect complimentary shade for Lotherton and Rhubarb.
A quick straw poll on social media and I cast on Sawley. I remember saying early last year that I wanted to practice and improve on my colorwork skills to get them up to a level where I could tackle a Bohus kit. I’m almost there – my tension is much improved, catching the floats has become second nature and I’ve found that short circulars are much comfier for me than magic loop when working on stranded colourwork. I love watching the patterns emerge but most of all I love the reverse of the fabric with all the floats stacked on top of one another creating their own design.
This is the first time I have used Titus for colourwork and it is a joy. The yarn has a good ‘grab’ to it ensuring even stranding and whilst the colourwork pattern is clearly defined, the halo of the yarn adds a lovely soft finish.
Sawley saw me through the worst of the wisdom tooth extraction recovery and I couldn’t wait to get out and about again wearing it, but…
Yep, that’s Mr K on a mountain in my hat. Seriously that man has better knitwear than me!
The lovely people of Baa Ram Ewe will be at Unravel this weekend and Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March, so if you can’t get to the bricks and mortar store then you can see the new shades of Titus and Dovestone along with the full range of yarn and patterns at one of these shows. The collection is also available in LYS’s around the world and to order online. Titus and Dovestone are spun in the UK from 100% British fleece.
Disclaimer: I work with Baa Ram Ewe on a freelance basis and was sent samples of the new shades to try out, but honestly I would champion these yarns regardless.
The Candle House Cowl, Titus Mill Shawl and Pond Street Shawl photographs are © Baa Ram Ewe and used here with permission. All other images remain © Rachel Atkinson.