August 18, 2010
I thought I had everything covered in my own personal Yarn Rules on Monday. (And I liked the yarn rules you all shared in the comments, too.) I have thought of another one. This one still must follow the first three rules, too, but here is the 4th rule:
4. If a yarn line or indie dyer is retiring and you really like their stuff, get it while you can.
It’s sad to me when I learn of dyers giving up their business. There are always good reasons for it, and I know that none of them make the decision lightly. But when I love their yarn (and I wouldn’t have them here at Loopy unless I loved their yarn), it’s sad. I wanted to let you know about two indie dyer companies who are closing up shop. Mona and Stephanie of Dye Dreams, have made the decision to stop dyeing their line. This has been one of my favorite semi-solids lines for a long time, and I’m sad to see them go. We still have some in stock in Comfy Sox (100% Superwash wool), Dream Sox (75% Superwash wool, 25% Nylon), Luster Sox (100% BFL wool), and Twinkle Toes (50% Superwash wool, 50% Tencel). I think that any of these bases and colors would make a beautiful pi shawl like the one Wendy is doing as a knit-a-long. Are you doing that with her? You will need 1300-1400 yards of fingering weight yarn for this circular shawl. I am working on it, too, and am using a fingering weight yarn as well. It’s going to be an easy knit – even for those of you who might not have done lace before. Part Two comes out in the blog today, so if you haven’t started yet, you’re not even really behind. It’s a fun knit!
The second company – I had an email this morning from Michelle in New Zealand, sharing the sad news that Needle Food is also closing shop. The first thing that attracted me to Michelle’s line were the intense colors and fun combinations. I’m glad that we still have some left here at The Loopy Ewe (and I might’ve plucked out a few skeins for myself this morning). But I wanted you to know, in case you’ve had your eye on some of these. I love these colorways knit up in socks, scarves, mitts and hats.
We wish all of these gals the best, as they move on to other things in their lives. I’m happy that we got to share in their talents as long as we did. (And I know they’ll keep up with their knitting!)
Of course that means we’ll be adding in a few more indie dyers in the coming months, and that’s always exciting, too. We’ll keep you posted as we have news to share.
And finally – something to make you smile. Check out this little lamb named Bea, who can hear her owner calling her, but can’t quite figure out where the sound is coming from ….