THE NEIGHBO(U)RHOOD SHEEP SOCIETY

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What is the Neighbo(u)rhood Sheep Society?

NSS is a yarn and pattern club collaboration between Jess James from Ginger Twist Studio and Clare Devine from Yarn and Pointy Sticks.

We are both incredibly passionate about small-scale locally produced yarns and we love knowing the story behind something. Being able to see the place the yarn comes from and celebrating local producers.

Neighbourhood Sheep Society was started in 2015 and each instalment consists of carefully sourced yarns. Jess then adds a touch of colour with her signature creative flair and Clare creates gorgeous designs that showcase both the yarn and the exquisite hand dyed colours.

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Photo by Clare Devine

What is planned for 2016?

In line with the theme for 2015 we are sticking to glorious British wool for 2016 and will be showcasing four magnificent breeds from small scale producers based in the UK.

While we love an element of surprise, we also know how important it is to give you an overview of the exciting things we have planned…

Here at Neighbo(u)rhood Sheep Society HQ we love our sheep… as we all know sheep come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. For 2016 we intend to introduce you to some of our more colourful woolly friends with Jess will still be working her magic with the dye pots for each club too – you really are in for a super special treat!

Clare will be creating bespoke designs for each base, carefully working to make sure the design elevates the yarn and colourway to the full.

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

The three instalments

Each club instalment will be sent out on the second Wednesday of the following months:

January – in the cold depths of winter no one wants a cold head – we’ve got you here. Think bouncy, soft and luxurious yarn with an amazing stitch definition. The perfect way to banish the January blues. (100g)

March – put a spring in your step with this nature inspired knit. This spring we will be helping you keep your hands warm. The yarns we have chosen for this instalment are very special indeed. (100g)

May – with summer on the horizon we have included a dose of signature Ginger Twist Studio colour for this month, toned with a stunning Clare inspired neutral. This fabulous accessory will be ideal for late spring, the cooler summer evenings and into autumn. (150g)

The patterns will all be written in Clare’s signature clear style and while the knitting will be interesting and beautiful there will be nothing mind bending or complicated. The aim of the pattern is to let you enjoy the yarn, every single stitch of it.

Each design is exclusive to club members until the end of the club period in late Autumn 2016 when they will be released for general sale via Ravelry.

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A look back at NSS 2015

Interested in Neighbo(u)rhood Sheep Society but want to find out more? Take a look back at NSS 2015, we had three wonderful woolly instalments to enjoy….

To banish the winter blues in January we sent out two glorious skeins of Norfolk Horn in a subtle blue and grey to mimic the “dreich” skies of Edinburgh in January. The patterns aimed to use up every last bit of this wonderful yarn. Mellit was accompanied by a headband, also available as a cowl Weve. I also included handy instructions to turn your swatch into a coin purse!

To put a spring in your step in March we featured some fabulous Exmoor Blueface, with the sock design Muddy Daffodils.

We ushered in summer with two beautiful shawl designs featuring lustrous Wensleydale. Two colour options were available to club members and each instalment included both shawl designs so you were able to mix and match to your hearts content.

Portobello celebrated the wonderful seaside in Edinburgh and Pentland Hills was my tribute to the magical hills to the south of Edinburgh.

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

© Clare Devine

How to sign up …

Sign ups for the Neighbo(u)rhood Sheep Society 2016 are currently open and you can sign up via our Big Cartel shop. The three yarn instalments cost £85 plus postage and we are happy to post anywhere in the world!

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