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Lots of New Products November 15 2016
If you haven't been following us on social media, you've been missing out on our new products! There's just not enough hours in the day (less now that it's fall), and I'm only now getting around to this blog post. Sheesh!
This summer, we came up with a new way to dye our Colorado-grown yarns that would allow us to more intricately hand-paint them and still avoid plastic. We avoid using plastic wrap or bags in the heat-setting of our dyes because we don't want our homes or our yarn filled with chemicals that result from heating plastic. Using non-toxic "acid" dyes - meaning they're set with vinegar - we hand-dye all our yarns in our home kitchens and want to keep everything safe for ourselves, our family, and our customers. Anyway, with the new method, we were able to create six new colorways in our sock and bulky yarns. Here's a peak at the three sock colorways:
Some of those colorways were so lovely we decided to dye some of our new Colorado-grown Rambouillet combed top, and are offering the natural as well as the dyed top:
The third new and exciting product is not a new product, per se, but an improvement on an existing one. Our stitch marker necklaces (charm necklaces whose charms are stitch markers) were previously offered in two styles - one with the charms on a chain and one with a large clasp on a cotton cord. Now we have added a sterling silver clasp to the chain version, for much easier use of the stitch markers:
That's it for now. Keep your eyes open for our upcoming promotion for Small Business Saturday (Nov 26)!
Thanks & take care!
I found it pretty exciting to send off over 250 lbs of wool off to the mill to be made into yarn, but maybe that excitement was because we were done skirting, sorting, and packaging 250 lbs of wool! It was a lot of work, but it will be so fun to get the yarn back. The yarn will be a 50/50 Corriedale/Tunis* blend, and will be available in a worsted yarn and a sock yarn with 25% nylon for durability. We will offer the yarn in plain and dyed 4 oz. skeins.
Both the Corriedale and Tunis fleeces were grown by farmer/friends near us in Colorado.
The Corriedale fleeces are so gorgeous!
I forget the exact numbers, but I think it was about 20 fleeces each of Corriedale and Tunis. That's a LOT of skirting!
* The Tunis sheep is one of the oldest indigenous breeds in the U.S., and were preferred by Thomas Jefferson over Merinos. They are a heritage breed listed on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy: http://www.livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/tunis. The wool is soft to medium, semi-lustrous, and resists felting.
Thanks for reading!