Find Me Knitting… was born out of a passion for knitting and crocheting, and the dream of having a real, physical place to share that passion. That and my children’s desire to stop me stashing so much yarn at home!
When the opportunity arose to take over Libby Summers’ lovely Peruvian yarns, along with her patterns for those yarns, the dream turned into reality.
There are so many fantastic designers, spinners, dyers and general yarn-lovers out there. Our aim at Find Me Knitting… is to bring you the best natural yarns, knitting and crochet patterns, needles, hooks and notions that we can find. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see those designs, squish that yarn, try those needles before you buy?
You will be able to Find Me Knitting… in Betws-y-coed soon, when the real, physical shop opens. Come and find us, and join us knitting or crocheting (or squishing the yarn!).
We currently have two own-brand yarns, both sourced by Libby Summers. The yarns are milled and dyed in Peru, where their manufacture supports the Quechuan people.
Find Me Knitting... Ada
is a chunky, single-ply yarn, made from pure Peruvian highland wool.
Available in ten colours, named for the places in this part of Wales of which they remind us:
Carneddau Snow, Menai Oyster, Tryfan Cloudfall, Migneint Heather, Siabod Slate, Gwyngregin Damson, Conwy Waters, Aberogwen Kingfisher, Idwal Lichen, and Gwydyr Woodpecker.
Find Me Knitting... Mary
is an aran weight yarn, made from 50% Peruvian highland wool and 50% Peruvian alpaca.
Available in ten colours, named (in Welsh, but with English translations!) for the local things of which they remind us:
Dafad (Sheep), Gwydr Môr (Seaglass), Haul ar Fryn (Silver Lining), Lafant (Lavender), Risgl (Bark), Ffiwsia (Fuchsia), Canol Nos (Midnight), Ysgrechog (Jay), Jâd (Jade), and Wy Eog (Salmon Egg)
The Peruvian highland wool comes from a Corridale-Merino crossbred sheep that lives in the Peruvian highlands between 2,000m and 4,500m above sea level. The environment in which they live allows them to produce a wool that is very dry, crimpy and durable. The fibre diameter ranges from 24.5 to 29 microns, which produces a very soft, fine yarn.
The alpaca yarn used in Mary is a superfine (or FS) quality, with a fibre diameter between 25.5 and 26.5 microns. The blend of highland wool and alpaca produces a yarn that is luxuriously soft to the touch.