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Wendy Cairn Aran


It seems like a good fit to talk about something  warm and woolly with the awful day that’s in it today weather wise (at least it’s awful here in Lismore anyway).

Cairn Aran was one of the yarns released by Wendy Yarns as part of their Autumn/Winter range and on days like today, I’d be happy to wrap myself in a garment made from it.


The lovely people over at Thomas B. Ramsden, sent over a few balls for us to review a while ago, but we’ve been so busy that we didn’t get round to posting about it before now.

Whilst I was in love with several of the Cairn Aran designs, particularly 5914 (more about that later), knitting time has been in short supply round here because of our preparations for the Nellie May Shawl KAL.

So anything I knitted had to be quick and useful; no point knitting it if it’s not going to be used.  I’m even saving all of our swatches from Olann and to turn into something one day.

We’re big hat people in my family and I love the ribbed hat featured in design 5913.  My hubby has been working away rather a lot of late, so I thought it would make a nice gift to let him know I’d been thinking about him.


You might have spotted on Instagram that I’d been knitting ribbed stitches a few weeks ago?  The hat itself was quick and easy.  The line you can see across my knitting in the picture above, is because the first part is knitted with a smaller needle to pull the band in a bit.  It makes it a better fit across the forehead.


I used shade 3288, which is a kind of deep heather purple/charcoal colour, with flecks of blue, purple, grey and pink in it.  The overall look is that of a warm dark grey.


Currently, there are 8 shades of Wendy Cairn Aran available, in a palette of deep rich earthy  tones.  Each 100g ball contains 240m/262yds and knits as a standard aran.  It’s a single construction, so is incredibly light and bouncy, whilst the wool blend of 25% wool/69% acrylic and 6% viscose, produces a warm, cosy fabric.

I managed to persuade him to let me take some photos (reluctantly mind). And I had to make him laugh, because he can be a very serious fellow.
He seems to like it, as it’s his go-to hat at the moment.
So much so, I think I’m going to have to make a few more in different colours.
Fancy knitting with Wendy Cairn Aran yourself?
Those lovely people over at Thomas B. Ramsden have been extremely generous and given us a prize for one lucky reader to win.
You know I mentioned I like design 5914?  Well…..
We’ve the design and 7 balls of Wendy Cairn Aran in shade 3287, which is a rich, deep berry red to send your way.
To be in with a chance of winning answer the question below

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We’ll announce the lucky winner on Friday 15th April.

(This offer is only open to our readers living here in Ireland, north and south, sorry).