Yarn & the ancient world

Join Countess Ablaze and Classicist Alitzah Grant for an exploration of hand dyed yarn with colourways inspired by ancient festivals. The checkout will be open each month between the 1st - 7th. We reserve the right to close the checkout early if demand is very high.


Here's how it works

1. Choose box

2. Choose plan - 1 or 2 skeins & choose your location

3. Enjoy

Sign up to a yarn club based upon the ancient world.
Come on a journey with indie dyer Countess Ablaze to explore a year of festivals of Greece and Rome.

Absolutely NO prior experience of the ancient world is required, just a willingness for Alitzah Grant and the Countess to take you on a voyage through twelve months of fabulous festivals.

The Countess is a graduate of Classics and Ancient History and to take us to a higher level of knowledge, we've got Alitzah Grant on board as a consultant.

Alitzah is a Classics and Latin teacher in the state sector and a knitting designer, having previously worked for Rowan and Sirdar as well as currently designing for Countess Ablaze and other indie yarn businesses.

No prior knowledge of the ancient world is required to join, just an enthusiasm for joining a yarn club that is a little bit different.


Each month, you'll receive a specially printed box filled with a skein of hand dyed yarn. Skeins are in the 100 gram ballpark and will range from fingering to aran weight. There are no curveballs, no rustic yarns, but the sort of fibres that you're familiar with using such as Bluefaced Leicester, Falkland Merino, silk. We may even throw in an occasional Masham blend. Two colourways are dyed for the month; you'll receive one colourway for one skein boxes and both colourways for two skein boxes.

You'll also receive a booklet written by Countess Ablaze and Alitzah Grant with an essay, a pattern suitable for one skein and tech edited plus suggested further reading. This is printed on recycled paper and is beautifully illustrated by artist Raji Salan and features photography from Nicola Grimshaw-Mitchell.

Each month you'll also receive a small handmade trinket, such as stitch markers.


The Classics Society blog posts.

The Classics Society merchandise to show off your love for the ancient world. (Coming soon)

An exclusive Facebook group for The Classics Society members only.

A virtual knit night each month with the Countess.

Members of The Classics Society will get access to Countess Ablaze shop updates 24 hours before general release.

Boxes will be posted by the 25th of each month and payment for the first subscription is taken immediately and after that, renewal payment is automatically taken on the 15th of the month. Full details are on your account.