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Black Cat Tavern available in 4ply, DK, Aran, Sock in Wool and Cotton

Before Stonewall there was the Black Cat Tavern in Silver Lake, California. This colour is hand painted black with rainbow spots celebrating the early LGBT+ pioneers at the Black Cat Tavern in 1967. Scroll down for the whole story.


All base yarns have a 1-2 week processing time as they have to be hand dyed to order. Feel free to contact me if you have any special requirements.



Organic Vegan Cotton 4ply Fingering - 400m per 100g
Vegan Cotton LIGHTWEIGHT 4ply Fingering - 425m per 100g skein
Vegan  Cotton DK  sport light worsted - 200m per 100g skein
Vegan Cotton Aran Worsted - 185m per 100g skein
Vegan Cotton 25g Minis LIGHTWEIGHT 4ply - 106m 
Vegan Cotton 25g Minis DK - 50m 
Vegan Cotton 25g Minis Aran - 45m

Superwash Merino Lace - 800m per 100g
Superwash Merino 4ply Fingering - 400m per 100g skein
     -Recommended for shawls, hats, scarfs and sweaters
British Sock 75% British Wool 25% Nylon - 400m per 100g
     -Recommended for socks and other hard wearing items.
Superwash Merino Double Knitting Light Worsted - 225m per 100g skein
Superwash Merino Aran Worsted - 175m per 100g skein
Superwash Merino Nylon Sock 20g Minis - 80m 
Superwash Pure Merino 4ply 20g Minis - 80m 


     I only use the best of the best when it comes to making hand dyed yarn. These yarns are hand dyed with professional grade Procion MX dyes or natural dyes and then rinsed after the dyeing process. Please check the label for washing instructions when possible. It is preferable to hand wash to preserve the colour. Please be aware that there may be a small amount of dye bleeding out in the first wash (although this is unusual because I am very thorough with my rinsing). Drying in direct sunlight can also fade the colour over time, so where possible, please avoid.


     Please bear in mind that I dye skeins in small batches through kettle dyeing and hand painting. This leads to small variations even between skeins in the same dye lot so if you have a large project in mind, please contact me so that I can make sure you get skeins as closely matching as possible. Please bear in mind that whilst every effort is made to ensure the photograph accurately reflects the yarn colour monitors do vary.

     All Items come securely packaged with a special gift and washing instructions.


     The clock had just struck midnight at the Black Cat tavern on Sunset Boulevard on New Year's Day 1967. As singers performed "Auld Lang Syne" in the Silver Lake bar, gay men kissed and embraced, celebrating the new year.

     Unbeknownst to them, plainclothes Los Angeles police officers had positioned themselves in the crowd that night. They beat patrons and arrested 14 people, who were charged with lewd conduct for same-sex kissing. On Feb. 11, 1967, protesters took a bold step for that era and grabbed their picket signs, publicly protesting the police raid outside the bar — a gay-rights demonstration that pre-dated the monumental Stonewall riots in New York City by two years.

  • Return and Shipping Policy

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    I gladly accept returns
    -Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
    -Send items back within: 30 days of delivery

    I accept exchanges or cancellations
    -But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.


    Conditions of return
    -Buyers are responsible for return postage costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

    The following items can't be returned or exchanged
    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
    -Custom or personalised orders
    -Items on sale