Naked Kits and 10% Discount at The Dartmoor Yarn Company!

One of the goals I set myself this year was to make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more environmentally friendly business.  I started the business selling kits – which, of course, need packaging to keep them together. However,  when you’re selling in shops, the packaging also needs to speak to your buyer.

Unfortunately a plain paper or recycled bag doesn’t say, quality, natural, eco-friendly wool, fun, quirky, rustic, Dartmoor, British made… or any of the other words that might apply. I’m also not a total killjoy and I know many of my kits are bought as gifts and nice packaging is part and parcel of that.


However at festivals and craft fairs, I’ve sold naked kits, with no packaging, to people who want to knit the product themselves. I’ve also taken the needles out of kits for people who have needles already. But the one place I hadn’t though about doing this was on internet sales.


So my first step to becoming a more eco-friendly business is to offer cheaper Naked kits on the website. That way people who want the kit for themselves, want to gift wrap it themselves, or want to buy one of my project bags or needles bags to put it in, can purchase at a cheaper price without excess packaging and/or needles they don’t want.

I’m offering options of:

  • No ‘gift’ packaging i.e. Only wrapping the kit in the necessary packaging (which is usually recycled) to see it through the post.
  • No gift packaging and no needles  – as above, but without needles.
  • No needles – for those who want to give a gift to a knitter who already has needles.

Of course gift packaged kits with everything you need to create your finished item are still available to internet browsers who want them.


These options not reduce excess packaging, but allow me to offer kits at a cheaper price. And, on top of that saving, I’m celebrating this positive step by offering a 10% discount on everything on the website for the whole of March – including Naked Kits.

If you’re looking to treat yourself – or someone else – for Easter, take a look at our kits, gifts for knitters and Dartmoor wool felted products.

The code for the 10% discount is: Naked10

And the shop is here

Thanks for dropping by!





FO: Zebra Socks

Okay, so it’s only my handbag knitting and they weren’t exactly complex, but I finished my Zebra socks 🙂 and amazingly they are my first knitting finish of the year!

Zebra Socks

Toasty warm in real wool – just what’s needed in this weather.

Wicked Witch of the East

Just one question: Should I buy myself a pair of red shoes and rename them Wicked Witch of the East?

Thanks for dropping by!

A Happy Accident – Sheep Coasters

Last summer on a whim I decided to wet felt an extra, large extra thick piece felt to make coasters from. I find wet felting fun, but after a while the novelty wears off.  Unfortunately my interest didn’t last anywhere near long enough and, with better things to do, I gave up and dried it.


I kidded promised myself I’d finish it another day, but each time I looked at it I knew: Continue reading “A Happy Accident – Sheep Coasters”

Dartmoor Sheep Socks Knitting Pattern

If you read my posts regularly, you’ll know I love to make up my own designs, but often procrastinate over writing the patterns up. You’ll also know I’ve been promising to write up my sheep sock pattern a for a while. So I’m delighted to tell you the Dartmoor Sheep Socks pattern is now up on Ravelry.  The link is here.

Sheep Socks Knitting Pattern

PHEW! Now I’ve done the sheep socks I’d better go off and tackle writing up the Heartfelt Cardigan. 

Finally an FO! (or two) – Anyone for Christmas Pudding?

A while ago I decided to knit a  Christmas pudding – as you do. I wasn’t happy with my first attempt, so the Christmas pudding got put down and forgotten until Tuesday this week, when I remembered, while doing my WIP round-up , that I wanted to knit one.

I was very happy with the second attempt…

Christmas Pudding knitting kit british wool cropped

So I knitted it a friend, made a label and stuck it to a bag…

Christmas Pudding Knitting Kit

And, much as I hate Christmas spreading out far beyond December, us crafters need to get going  in good time. So I reinstated the small  Christmas section of my website too.

Christmas Gifts for Knitters - Knitting Kits

Yay! Finally feel like I’ve finished something 🙂

Hope you like my little puddings.

Washing fleece – the suint (fermentation method) method

Processed wool may be the sort of thing you bury you face in, declaring that it’s soft and snugly and that you love it…


… but wool straight off the sheep is not something you’d want to bury your face in. (At least I hope not). A raw fleece is full of mud and sweat and poop. Continue reading “Washing fleece – the suint (fermentation method) method”