As many of you know, there has been much “volatility” in the yarn industry for the past year or two. Many tried and true favorites have been discontinued, such as Mission Falls 1824 wool and cotton yarns, in addition to higher prices for the remaining wool and cotton yarns. Several factors have lead to the higher wool and cotton prices, including an increasing worldwide demand for natural fibers, and flooding and drought in India, which is one of the largest regions for cotton production. These price increases are now being passed onto us at the retail level, and as a result, you can expect to see the prices of cotton and wool yarns increasing a bit.
Another yarn that has “bit the dust” is one of our favorites, Manos Cotton Stria. This is what we nicknamed our “bumpy” yarn. We still have a good supply of this yarn in stock, but, if you want it, you should buy it before it’s all gone. While we cannot find an exact replacement for Cotton Stria, we have found a good alternative. We will be replacing Cotton Stria, with Classic Elite’s Seedling. Seedling is a machine washable organic cotton yarn, and is part of Classic Elite’s Verde Collection of eco-friendly yarns. This yarn has the same wonderful texture and softness as Classic Elite Sprout but in a lighter weight. We have pictures of Sprout on our website, and this blog. This will give you a good idea of what Seedling looks like. We expect to place our order for Seedling this week and if it’s in stock, we should have it online by mid-November.