Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Communication Down!

The server is being moved for my website, wool2dye4.com. If you cannot reach me, I do apologize. The webmaster is working on it, and I am trying to be a good customer and to wait for him to get the kinks worked out.

I ask you to be good customers and wait for me, too. Orders are still working, through PayPal, so if you are desperate -- I know the feeling! -- you can order through PayPal and attach a note. The notes are a part of the PayPal form and I'll get the message.

Friday, October 27, 2006

It Felts, It Felts

Looking for a great felting yarn? ANDEE felts up beautifully. It also takes dye beautifully. Remember, ANDEE is a 50/50 blend of merino with alpaca, so it is a very soft yarn and makes a fulled/felted fabric that is nice to touch.

Another good felting yarn is the bulky Cestari. This one is listed on the SPECIALS page of the website.

Purses, anyone? Entrelac hats?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Royal Wool Winder

I now carry the Royal Wool Winder, which winds yarn into soft center-pull balls. This is an accessory which every knitter on earth should own. Cost: $35.

Monday, October 23, 2006

More about BFL UltraSock

We are expecting the arrival of the new BFL UltraSock around mid-November. For some time I've been talking and writing about my search for a great sock yarn, and this is it. The spinners in England are preparing this yarn exclusively for Wool2Dye4. Here are the particulars:

BFL UltraSock is a superwash yarn in fingering weight with 1,900 yards per pound. It is put up in 8 oz skeins and one-pound cones. (Actually, the weights are quarter-kilo and half-kilo, but I'm not going to fight the metric war! This means that you get a little extra yardage.) It is unscoured and spun into a nice, round 3-ply yarn. It is a firm yarn, so if you enjoy cable work or lacy detail in this weight, you will like the round presentation. You can get 5 skeins of 375 yards from each pound, enough to knit 5 pairs of socks.

Blue Faced Leicester has a long fiber staple and yarns spun from this fiber are particularly strong. One of the most notable characteristics,though, is a subtle luster in the appearance of this yarn in it's natural undyed state as well as once it is dyed. It takes color beautifully, too. Blue Faced Leicester has been designated by the British Wool Trade Board as a rare breed, making it a very exciting yarn for me to present in my lineup.

  • Pricing will be:
  • $23.20 per 8 oz skein
  • $ 46.40 per one-pound cone

This is 20% off the suggested retail price of $58 per pound.

For several years we have all been reading about and hearing about the special softness of Merino. What you'll find with Blue Faced Leicester is a yarn which may be even softer and stronger than merino, and with the luster that is its trademark.

I am excited to present this yarn to my customers. Help me get the word out, please!

Friday, October 06, 2006

BFL UntraSock ... soon to be a reality

At last I have decided on the makeup of the BFL UltraSock, and expect to have it in stock within 8 weeks. My supplier / manufacturer / spinner in England is a delightful business companion. He even called me a few weeks ago when we were working out figures and facts such as the number of twists per inch and micron count. What fun for each of us to hear the other's accent!

The new BFL UltraSock will be a three-ply yarn in superwash Blue Faced Leicester. The feel is very similar to Wool2Dye4 SuperSock, but with a bit less twist,which is to say that it does not curl naturally upon itself as the Wool2Dye4 SuperSock does. (The curl is not a bad thing in that yarn, but a signal that the resulting fabric will be quite firm and strong.)

Three immediately apparent qualities of the Blue Faced Leicester UltraSock are the natural ecru color, a slightly golden tone, and the bloom of the fibers when subjected to the dye process. The third unique quality is the slight luster of the fibers which is also apparent when the fibers are dyed. It is truly a beautiful and soft yarn.

It will be available in 8 oz skeins and one-pound cones in approximately eight weeks. The development of this new yarn is a very special undertaking for me because I have exclusive distribution rights in the United States. It did take a while to come up with the right yarn, but the results are just right. I expect this yarn to set the standard for hand-dyers.