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Newsletter 2018

14 May 2018

Purchase scarves directly from us

We are now offering scarves, and maybe hats, for sale directly from us. We've had numerous queries about this, and some sales too, so will give it a try.

Visit our Scarves page, and purchase as you would any of our other products.

 

Price increases on some products, effective 1 June 2018

Unfortunately, because of wholesale price increases during the past few years, we shall have to increase some of our prices. However, we will still be well below other Canadian and US retailers.

Also, at the same time, we will change the free shipping cutoff from $100 to $120.

Code Description Current
price
Unit New
price
M18W Superfine Merino Top, natural white, 18.5 microns

9.00 100g 10.00
M18D Superfine Merino Top, dyed, 18.5 microns

10.00 100g 10.50
M19D Superfine Merino Top, dyed, 19.5 microns

9.00 100g 10.00
M23D Fine Merino Top, dyed, 23 microns

8.00 100g 9.00
FMP19S Superfine Prefelt Blend, 80% merino, 20% silk, dyed, 19.5 microns, width: 120cm (47")

19.00 metre 23.00
FMP19 Superfine Merino Prefelt, dyed, 19.5 microns, width: 120cm (47")

19.00 metre 23.00
VF2 Finn top, natural colours

7.00 100g 9.00

 

Spring at last

What a winter! Very long and very cold - going out for walks with Rocky, or anywhere, was a real chore. We spent a lot of time beside the wood fire which was lovely, but by April even this was getting a bit old! Finally we are into warmth and sunshine and are preparing the garden beds for planting. Winter is just a distant memory.

I finished my yearly handspun and knitted sweater early in the winter and needed something to do on those long afternoons beside the fire. So, another sweater - one can never have too many and there is nothing like a wooly sweater to keep one warm. This time I wanted to get around the problem of pilling (merino is bad for that) and shrinking. Despite all the care in laundering, my sweaters do eventually get smaller. So, how to get around that? My strategy was to spin singles, and three ply them using the Navajo plying technique. This is a really neat way of making three ply yarn from a single.

Here's a nice video demonstrating the Navajo plying technique.

The sweater will be made 2 sizes too big, and then fulled down to size. Hopefully, that will make a sturdy, fairly windproof, fabric with minimal pilling. That's the plan, but it's going to take some time, several months at least, as I'm only partly through the spinning and don't usually do much knitting in the spring and summer.

 

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