Monday, April 5, 2010

Shop Update

I am listing new items! If they aren't currently in the shop they will be soon. I will update this post with links directly to the items as I list them. You can find all of these items in both my Artfire and Etsy shops.

Alice Colors
2 of the 3 Alice colors have sold out. I have added a 4th Alice color as well. 

Off With Her Red! is still available.

I dyed another batch of Hookah You? inspired by the Caterpillar.

This is the second batch of Mock Turtle.

I love this new color called "Flamingos on a Croquet Lawn". I used this color in a new base yarn I am testing out and knitted a pair of fingerless mittens. Click the picture to enbiggen. Thanks to Deborah for modeling and for helping me so very much lately. 

More Sock Yarns
I dyed a new batch of Pumpkin in the Strong Arm base (75% sw merino/25% nylon). The lot came out nice, but much darker than Pumpkin usually is. 

Many customers have requested more semisolid sock yarns. I had 2 skeins of undyed yarn left after dyeing the above, so I tried out a turquoise at the request of customer MaryJo. She immediately snapped up one of the skeins, but I have one skein of semisolid turquoise left. I will be dyeing more semisolids very soon. Some will be listed here and some, locals, will be going to Knitorious.

Cotton Slub
Knit on a 4-6US with a gauge of 5-5.5 stitches per inch for a loose fabric, perfect for summer. 2-3 skeins are enough for a summer sweater at this gauge, 3-4 for a February Lady Sweater of nearly any size, 1 is enough for a baby garment or maybe even 2 garments. This yarn looks very nice at tighter gauges, as well, but check your yardage before buying. Note: The skeins are sold at 100g. Most actually contain 5-10 extra grams at no extra charge.  

I have 8 skeins of Perfect Turquoise. I am only listing 4 right now, so if you need any more than that, please let me know. 

I switched dyes for Peculiar Purple and love the results. The hue is the same, but the purple is more saturated. The picture doesn't show it well, but there is some lovely semisolid variegations.

Jadeite is a new color. I have asked and looked at many shades of green trying to name this color. It is a little greener than aqua, a little deeper than seafoam. It is very close to what some people call spring green, although I'm looking out my window at the spring blossoms and and do not see this color. Thanks again to Deborah who finally narrowed this color down to "Jadeite".  

"Olive You" is my new favorite color. I want to keep it for myself and knit a Skif-esque cardigan, but I have a rule. I get to keep 2 projects worth of my own yarn in stash. Right now I am over my limit with 3 projects worth in stash. So, sorry Olive, I've got to list you. It is a comfort to know I can redye you any time I choose, but you have to know as Dye Lot #1, you are my favorite. 

There is one skein left of this Tussah Silk. This is the same color I made the cowl from last week. One of a kind!

There is one skein left of this teal Tussah Silk. At 150 grams, it is enough for a long scarf or great shawl.

And now to the Silkerino....

I have talked about the Silkerino before. It is a wonderfully luscious, soft, gorgeous, beautiful, amazing, awesome, great yarn. I have been doing some thinking about this yarn. I was thinking about keeping this yarn as a regular yarn. I sent it to Kate who knitted the lovely shawl above. She gave it great feedback. I personally love it. People have ooh'd and ahhh'd over it since I first dyed it up, but these last few skeins haven't moved. I took them to the Knit-In yesterday and there was more oohing and ahhing, but no sales beyond the few I made last year. Shoot. 

I did some mulling over this morning, including some hard core mulling that involved a calculator and have come to a decision. I'm lowering the price...a lot. *coughcoughsputtersputter* Someone hand me my inhaler.  

 There are some new silk blend yarns on the market, primarily sock yarns, that are a lower base price. I still believe the Silkerino base is superior for the purpose I intended it for. The new bases are, obviously, superior for the purpose they were intended for, namely socks.  Silkerino has loft and drape. It shines well. It dyes well. It has a very mild halo-ing effect that looks very nice in shawls. It is NOT a sock yarn and was never meant to contend with sock yarns, however....

....wellll, the specs for the silk sock yarns and the Silkerino base sure look pretty similar. They are mostly about 400-450 yards per 100g and they are a 50 silk/50 merino fingering weight. If you compare numbers to numbers, the silk sock bases are a better value if you don't know how the yarns are different. And there's the rub. People don't know they are different just by looking at a picture. They know one is a lot less expensive than the other even though the fiber content is the same.

...BUT, the numbers only give half the story. The Silkerino base and the silk sock yarns are different yarns. Different numbers of plys, different qualities of silk, different kinds of silk, the angle of the twist, the method of spinning (worsted vs. woolen) all make a huge difference in the final product. It is difficult just to look at a picture and tell that one skein is fairly priced at $24.50 and the other is also fairly priced at $42.50. 

Both are excellent yarns, both would look good in shawls, just in different ways. Knowing the difference is something that is born out of experience and (or?) a geeky academic love of fiber. I do want people to experience the difference between the two, while simultaneously accommodating a perceived downward trend in silk blend costs. [See me use my degree there? Good to know it isn't completely wasted.] For that reason, I have lowered the price on my last 4 skeins of Silkerino to....



If these last 4 skeins sell quickly, then I will bring in more Silkerino colors at this lower price (assuming that the supplier doesn't up their prices).  If it doesn't sell well, then in to my stash it will go and I'll investigate bringing in the silk sock yarn (or a different 50/50 blend). That wouldn't be a tragedy by any means. I mean, how awesome would it be to throw your gorgeous silk socks in the machine?

It isn't that I don't love the silk sock yarns dyers are using now. I DO love them. It's just that Silkerino is one of the few non-supewash yarns I do and I really really really really really really really really like and I only have so much room in the brand for a fingering weight silk blend. 


Silkerino is a 50% merino wool/50% silk base yarn. It is a fingering weight yarn ideal for shawls and scarves. It has 440 yards per 100g. I have one skein left of the light blue-green that Kate made the above shawl out of and I have 3 skeins of Evil Jeanius.

Buy 'em. Tell me you love them. I would love to bring more of this yarn in.


  1. Thanks for reminding me - I still need to photograph and review that other silk blend! I've been wearing the shawl a bunch and have good things to say about it, too :-)

    And FWIW, the silkerino would be a bargain at twice the price. I LOVE that stuff.

  2. I love the silkerino. In fact, I may just have to make my top from it this summer instead of waiting. Who cares that it'll be too big next year. :)

  3. Love the Flamingo on the Croquet Field and as a test wearer the yarn is awesome.


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