Yarn Bases

Here are the yarn bases I regularly stock:

Sparkly Merino Sock - This 4-ply yarn is made of 92% superwash merino and 8% lurex. There's enough lurex to really sparkle without compromising the softness of the merino. The neat thing about lurex is that the sparkle shows even more on darker colorways. This comes in extra-large 115 gram or 4-ounce skeins with a total of 409 yards, so it's on the heavier side of fingering weight. Sparkly Merino Sock tends to dye up brightly. This can be hand washed or washed on a gentle cycle in the washing machine on cold. It should be laid flat to dry. Uses: Knit, Crochet, and Weft in Weaving.

So Silky Sock - This yarn is lusciously soft! It's a 4-ply made of 50% mulberry silk and 50% superwash merino. It comes in 3.5 ounce or 100 gram skeins with a total of 438 yards per skein. So Silky Sock tends to dye up fairly softly. I recommend washing it by hand in cold water because of the silk content, though there's nothing that will felt in this yarn. Uses: Knit, Crochet, Warp and Weft in Weaving.

Sock Perfection - I have finally found the perfect yarn base for actual socks! It is a light fingering weight that combines 80% extra-fine 19.5 micron superwash merino with 20% nylon. It's a good solid 4-ply yarn that comes in 100 gram skeins with 450 yards per skein. It can be machine washed on cold and air dried. It tends to take the dye rather brightly. Uses: Knit, Crochet, Warp and Weft in Weaving.

Donegal SockDonegal Sock is a wonderful tweed fingering-weight yarn made of 85% superwash merino and 15% nylon nebs that don't take dye. This is a 2-ply yarn with 438 yards per 100 gram skein. This can be machine-washed, though I think it would be better to hand-wash this one. It should be air-dried. Donegal Sock takes the dye fairly brightly. Uses: Knit, Crochet, and Weft in Weaving.

Buttery Soft DK - This is a wonderfully soft 2-ply DK base with great stitch definition. It's made of 45% extra-fine merino (non-superwash), 45% baby alpaca, and 10% silk. It is a dream to work with! Each 100 gram skein contains 245 yards. This should be washed by hand in cold water and dried flat. Buttery Soft DK dyes up softly. Uses: Knit, Crochet, Warp and Weft in Weaving.

Squoosh DK - Squoosh DK is a squishy, soft, stretchy yarn made of 100% extra-fine superwash merino. It's a 4-ply yarn that comes in extra-large 115 gram skeins with 250 yards. This can be machine or hand washed in cold water but should be air dried. Uses: Knit, Crochet, and Weft in Weaving.

Handspun Yarn - I spin worsted-weight, bulky, and super bulky handspun yarn, but each colorway is its own creation. I typically use some combination of merino, polwarth, BFL, alpaca, tussah silk, mulberry silk, muga silk, sari silk, kid mohair locks, teeswater locks, camel down, yak down, angelina, and firestar in my handspun yarn. All of my handspun yarn should be washed and dried by hand. Uses: Knit, Crochet, and Weft in Weaving.

 

Here are the yarn bases I carry occasionally or on a seasonal basis:

Silky Sparkly Lace - This is a lovely 2-ply lace that is a bit heavier than many lace-weight yarns, which I find makes it easier to work with. Each skein is 100 grams or 3.5 ounces and contains 875 yards. The yarn is made of 75% non-superwash merino, 20% silk, and 5% stellina. The sparkle shows best on lighter colorways. This yarn should be hand-washed in cold water and laid flat to dry. I usually only carry this in spring and summer.

Squishy Sock Minis - This is a nice squishy and stretchy 100% superwash merino sock-weight base. They come in 20 gram mini skeins with 87 yards per skein, so these are great for colorwork. I carry these individually and as sets of 5. These can be machine washed and air-dried. These dye up rather brightly.

Silky Cashmere Sock - This is a true luxury yarn made of 70% superwash merino, 20% silk, and 10% cashmere. All the good stuff! This comes in 100 gram skeins with 437 yards per skein. I recommend hand-washing Silky Cashmere Sock. It tends to take the dye at a medium level.

Super Sport - This is a nice, solid 3-ply sport-weight base that is great for baby items, sweaters, slightly heavier socks, and other everyday items that need to be easy to care for. It's made of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. It comes in 100 gram skeins containing 328 yards.This can be machine-washed on cold on a gentle cycle but should still be air-dried. It's very stretchy and soft. Super Sport dyes up brightly.

Donegal DK - This 4-ply DK yarn base is a neat tweed yarn with 85% superwash merino and 15% bits of fiber made of nylon that don't take dye, so the tweed shows well even after the yarn has been dyed. Each 100 gram skein contains 231 yards. This can be machine washed on a cold gentle cycle, but it is my opinion that this yarn would be better off hand washed. It should still be air-dried either way. Donegal DK takes the dye fairly brightly.

Silken Cloud Worsted - Silken Cloud Worsted is made of 50% fine alpaca, 30% merino wool, and 20% silk, and it has just the hint of a halo from the alpaca and a nice sheen from the silk.These are really big skeins of yarn made of 4.4 ounces with 275 yards each. The alpaca gives the yarn a slight halo while the silk gives it a lovely sheen. This yarn has been discontinued by the mill, so I don't think I'll be able to get more. This is NOT a superwash yarn and should be washed by hand in cold water and dried flat.

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