Yarn Review: Miss Babs Yowza

Yarn Review: Miss Babs Yowza in “Gray Skies Over Toronto” First Impressions: The swatched yarn was surprise yarn from my husband, so it was particularly nice to get. The Yowza skeins are exactly that – almost ridiculously large – and tremendously squishy. The ball bands tell you if it’s a one-of-a-kind “Wild Iris”, a “Babette” […]

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Yarn Review: Norah George Yarns “BFL Sock”

Yarn Review: Norah George Yarns “BFL Sock” in “Egg Nog”   First Impressions: I was a little nervous about this yarn, since it seemed rather thin compared to other yarn I’d been working with recently, but the hank looked gorgeous and everything was neatly packaged. The colours looked great in the hank.  I had not […]

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Yarn Review: The Lemonade Shop “Sparkle DK”

Yarn Review: The Lemonade Shop Sparkle DK, “Sparkle Stormy Day” First Impressions: It’s pretty? It’s sparkly and the yarn is nicely plied and plump – it’s definitely not a flat yarn – and the stellina is integrated nicely with it. It doesn’t sit out and poke out, but it’s still definitively visible – unlike some […]

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What Makes An Indie Dyer?

I have had to have a long, hard think about this topic, since the purpose of this blog is essentially yarn reviews with a focus on independent dyers. There are loads of options, suggestions, criteria, but in the end – I needed to come up with my own checklist in order to be able to […]

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Yarn Review: Mothy and the Squid “Donegal Sock”

Yarn Review: Mothy and the Squid Donegal Sock First Impressions: The yarn comes in a hank, and neatly packaged; looks very similar to what was on my monitor. No surprises! I was excited about this yarn in particular as my husband and I are avid scuba divers who enjoy macro photography.     Preparing: Hank fit […]

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The Story Behind The Blog

I have been really lucky to be in a position to acquire a lot of indie-dyed yarn. I live in China, where the textile industry is robust – but yet a lot of “nice” yarn is not available, because it’s sold as export only, or is of machine-knitting thinness rather than for handknitting. Or you […]

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Yarn Review: Havirland “Pax Sock”

Yarn Review: Havirland, “Pax Sock” base First Impressions: Wound up in a ball – I’ve seen it called a “gobstopper ball” before – when it is a self-striping yarn. Frankensock kits are packaged up in a plastic bag, with each set of yarn wound up on a plastic bobbin (think the same as for embroidery […]

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