Monday, March 29, 2010

Knitting Bags from Haiti

Knowing how we all want to help fellow crafters and artists in Haiti, I want to suggest this site might be a good place to start. This site sells handmade burlap bags, made by a co-op of Haitian women. It is overseen by a group of American volunteers who have put together a list of products which are made by hand by Haitian women. The volunteers are a faith-based group who have created a program designed to educate women about health and nutrition for families.

If you are interested, please follow this link:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Restocking today at Wool2Dye4

Today we received another big shipment, and again it was bigger than any previous shipment. Seems that every months I say that, and every month I mean that! This is what we are currently processing -- labelling, breaking down into smaller packs, putting onto the shelves and into the bins.
  • Cash Sock skeins and cones
  • Sheila's Aran cones
  • Sheila's Sock skeins and cones
  • Silk Sock 50/50 skeins
  • W2D4 Merino Worsted-SW skeins and cones
  • W2D4 Merino DK-SW skeins and cones
  • Private orders for springtime clubs and events

Another stock order is due in just a few short weeks, perhaps end-of-the-month or early April. That order will bring two new yarns: Cash DK (our MCN yarn in DK weight), and Silk DK 50/50. Both DK yarns will have the typical yardage of our Merino DK-SW yarn and will be priced as their companion Cash Sock and Silk Sock 50/50.

The shipment will bring:
  • Angel Lace Skeins
  • Angel Sock Sport skeins
  • Bamboo TwoStep Skeins
  • Cash Sock skeins and cones
  • Cash DK (new)
  • Platinum Sock skeins and cones
  • Sheila's Aran skeins
  • Sheila's Sock skeins and cones
  • Silk Sock 50/50 skeins
  • Silk DK 50/50 (new)
  • Surino
  • Ultra Merino 3-Ply skeins and cones
  • W2D4 Merino Worsted skeins and cones
  • W2D4 Merino Worsted-SW skeins and cones
  • W2D4 Merino DK-SW skeins cones

Surino, by the way, is one of the yarns we bring in a few times during the year, and is a lovely luxury yarn. It is 50/50 blend of Suri Alpaca with superfine Merino. Very nice.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Good news on the new price structure

Looking at the new pricelist, I see that several yarns will not be going up in price. These are the yarns which will not have a price increase on May 1, 2010...
  • Cash Sock
  • Cash DK
  • Angel Lace
  • Angel Sport Sock
  • Angel Delight Fingering
  • Butterfly Lace
  • Surino
  • Bamboo TwoStep

The new pricelist will sent to wholesale customers by eMail within the next few weeks.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

After four years, we must raise prices just a little...

We just heard last night that our spinner has scheduled a price increase on the cost of fibers, something that they had expected to do last year at this time, but kindly held off doing. We all knew that the economy was about to take a turn, and decided to absorb increases in all the costs associated with getting the yarns through the steps of the process and through foreign countries.

What Wool2Dye4 will do is hold off raising our prices until after the arrival of the end-of-April order, so we ask our loyal customers to consider their own inventory and schedules of upcoming events ... festivals, conventions, vendor opportunities, clubs, restocking your wholesalers, etc.

All yarn prices did not go up, and the new prices will go into effect May 1, 2010. We have not raised prices in four years, and while I am sorry to do it now, I must say that I have absorbed increased costs at my end including shipper's prices, gasoline surcharges, and other operating expenses. The price increase will take effect in May of this year, 2010. Current pricing structure will hold through the following three orders:
1. Early March (due end of this week or early next week)
2. Late March/Early April (already ordered, but you may still request pre-orders for 10 kilos or more)
3. Late April (not yet ordered!) I will issue a Call for Pre-Orders when we send out the newsletter in the next day or so. This will be the last opportunity to receive current pricing on our yarns and after the arrival of the Late April order, the new pricing structure will go into effect.

Now is definitely the time to adopt the Plan Ahead campaign!