Vintage Knits Update

October 30, 2011

Yarn Comings and Goings, and oh no, Price Increases!

Filed under: Vintage Meanderings — sadie @ 6:32 pm

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.

October 4, 2011

Sprout – A New Cotton Yarn

Filed under: Vintage Meanderings — sadie @ 8:24 am

Okay, we have had this box of yarn sitting here for more than three months, and have finally opened it, so it is still new to us. How did we let the season go by, and let this yarn sit? Well, one reason was that I unexpectedly had a foster child placed with me at the end of June. This was my first and last experience at being a foster mother. It is a lot of hard work that I was commandeered to do to help out a really good friend of mine. So, trying to run two businesses, take care of several dogs, and now the addition of a three and a half year old child meant that something wasn’t going to get done. You guessed it, all of the new yarn just sat, boxed and unopened. The “little one” is no longer in my care, so we are going through the boxes of unopened yarn one by one.

The first box had several colors of Sprout, a 100% organic cotton yarn. Sprout is from Classic Elite, and is part of their earth-friendly Verde Collection. If you are concerned about the environment, and are implementing organics into your life as I am, you will love Sprout. Here are two pictures of Sprout:

As you will see, Sprout has a nubbly texture. Sprout is a heavy worsted to bulky weight cotton yarn. It is made of one strand of cotton, with a thread twisted around the cotton, which gives it the nubbly look. Sprout knits on size 10 needles, making it the perfect yarn for chunky, quick knit, really soft garments. To see all of the colors of Sprout that we stock and to purchase the yarn, visit our online store.

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