All of your product questions answered here!
- What bases do you offer?
- Prime is a 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon base. As a 4-ply, fingering weight this is a great base for a lot of projects! It is soft and squishy, perfect for socks or shawls. A great choice for a sweater! Approx. 460 yards, 100 grams
- BFL Prime is a 75% Superwash BFL, 25% Nylon 4-ply fingering weight yarn. BFL is a more crunchy, more toothsome yarn that is still soft but grabby. It is harder wearing than the Prime base so it is perfect for socks! Approx. 461 yards, 100 grams
- Shimmer and Glimmer is a 75% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon, 5% Stellina (Shimmer is silver Stellina, Glimmer is gold Stellina) 2-ply light fingering weight. This yarn sparkles with your movement. It catches your eye and draws you to look closer. A shimmer on a semi-solid / tonal yarn will draw the eye to the detail of your complicated pattern, but a variegated yarn will draw the eye to the colors. Approx. 435 yards, 100 grams
- Lavish is a 100% Superwash Merino 8-ply. This is heavy sport or light DK weight yarn that is very round and creates great stitch definition! A great sweater yarn! Approx. 271 yards, 100 grams
- How do you dye your yarn?
I use professional grade acid dyes and citric acid. After the dye has been set with heat, all yarn is washed to be sure the dye has set properly and to insure that any bleeding is minimal. To ensure you don't have troubles winding the yarn at home, I reskein the yarn. All of my products are made in a smoke-free home.
- Can I expect colorways of a different batch to match exactly?
As a hand dyed yarn, colors may vary from batch to batch. If you are planning on a large project, it is best to try to order all of your yarn at one time to ensure that you are getting them all from the same dyelot. For orders of multiple skeins, I will always try and get the same dyelot. You can always contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or using the Contact page if you require an order of multiple skeins of the same dyelot and I will make it happen!
If you are knitting something like a sweater, even if you get yarn from the same batch, I strongly suggest that you alternate skeins. Even on a very slightly tonal colorway, those colors do pool. You will be much happier with the results if you alternate skeins. (Believe me I know!)
- How should I wash my yarn?
There has been much debate about the washing of yarn and I could go on about it all day. I personally wash all of my socks in a lingerie bag that is thrown in the washing machine with the water on cool (as I wash all of my daily laundry). Sweaters and shawls I hand wash, because while the yarn may be superwash, throwing it in with other laundry items may agitate the yarn and snag it (I'm thinking of buttons, zippers, and velcro here).
Your washing methods may be different! Use your best judgement and don't forget that knitting those swatches is a great way to not only measure gauge but determine how your yarn will react in the final product after washing. You can catch a yarn that felts or grows with washing before you have devoted days or months knitting a project.
Now, that all being said, to extend the life of your yarn as far as it will go, hand washing is recommended. But if your lifestyle is such that hand washing is not in the cards for you, never fear! You can still have a long, happy life with gentle machine washing.
I let most of my knitted items air dry. Sometimes an unsuspecting and helpful husband throws hand knitted socks into the dryer and they have been fine nestled in their lingerie bag, but for the long happy life of my woolies, I don't mind draping it over the drying rack.
- Will my yarn bleed?
It is normal to have a little bit of bleeding after the first few washes, just like you do when you buy a new pair of jeans. Most of my yarn has very little to no bleeding at all, but I strongly encourage you to wash all of your new yarn (not just from my store, but all new yarn) by itself the first time. You can also use a color catcher for yarns with more than one color to be sure they won't bleed onto each other and muddy the light colors. I had a friend who knit a two colored shawl (this one was made with high end commercial yarn) and when she washed it, the darker color bled onto the lighter color. I don't want that to happen to you with my yarn or anyone else's!
As I mentioned above, I wash my yarn before selling it to you to help ensure that the dye has set correctly. If, when I wash the yarn, I decide there is more bleeding than a minimal amount, I won't sell it. If I find the color has bled out or dyes are being muddied after rinsing, I won't sell it. I want you to have the best product and I want you to be happy!
- Can I find you in stores?
Yes! I take on wholesale orders very slowly and thoughtfully so there are not many at this time, but it is growing. Currently you can find my yarn sold in the following yarn shops:
ImagiKnit Yarn Shop in Omaha, Nebraska
Yarn Folk in Ellensburg, Washington
Colorful Yarns in Centennial, Colorado
Must Love Yarn in Shelburne, Vermont