Field Notes: Brass Band: The inspiration behind our new shade

Why our Yorkshire knitting shop named a new yarn shade after brass bands

Nothing says spring more than spots of yellow bursting into sight. From beautiful crocuses and primroses blooming to the sun finally peeking out from behind the clouds, we're certainly seeing strong signs of the arrival of spring in Yorkshire.

There's no better sight on a spring day than a brass band striking up in a bandstand bathed in sunshine in a beautiful Yorkshire park. One of our new Spring Summer 2017 shades, Brass Band, was inspired by just that. Brass bands are a Yorkshire tradition dating back more than 200 years, often linked to coal mines and their employees. They were thought to keep workers out of trouble and became a focus for community pride - competitions for brass bands are still held regularly across the UK. Among the best-known and most long-standing brass bands are Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, and Black Dyke Band (watch them in action here).

Brass bands are so closely linked to Yorkshire communities that we wanted to honour them with our new yarn shades. We chose a rich, mustardy yellow to reflect the shine of the instruments - but you can see from the pictures above that it has a different result in each of our yarns. The Titus Brass Band is a clear and bright yellow, while the Dovestone dk Brass Band has a slightly softer look because of the way the dark brown Masham in its blend takes the dye.

Find out more about the new shade and how you can use it with some brilliant patterns in the latest edition of Field Notes. Click here to read it.