Hello to Darnie, Sale on Cascade
Stocking a retail specialty store presents an ongoing series of related--and always interesting-- challenges. Beyond guessing which colors and fibers you all will be excited by, there are lots of other factors to consider, many of which are less exciting but still extremely relevant to making a shop run smoothly. What are a vendor's minimum order requirements, how many skeins are in a bag, and where are they shipping from? How secure is the supply chain? What kinds of yarns are designers using for their patterns? (This one is always changing, and unpredictable!) Where do I have gaps, either in color or yarn weight, or type of fiber? I could go on, but you get the idea.
At times, it becomes necessary to make larger changes, and these are a challenge to execute smoothly. Please know that I'm undertaking this transition with a lot of forethought, and if you're not immediately thrilled about the change, it's my sincere hope that in time, you will be.
Going forward, I will be stocking Berroco's Ultra Wool as my primary, solid colored superwash wool. I have swatched it, and tested how well it can be both machine washed and dried. It is soft, pleasant to knit with, and reasonably priced. The entire production process happens in Peru, including the superwash processing. With the potential for tariffs affecting yarn from China on the horizon, this was a significant consideration.
In the realm of untreated wools, I will be adding Plymouth Galway, focusing on the solid colors in the extensive palette. For some of the more beautiful heathered colors around, I will be adding all 21 colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Woolstok.
In anticipation of these changes (which will begin taking place mid-late September), Cascade Yarns are 25% through the month of September, with an additional 5% discount extended if you purchase all remaining skeins in a dyelot. This offer is limited to stock on hand, and there are no returns on sale merchandise.
Darnie is a two-ply, tweedy, lambswool fingering weight yarn, just released from Studio Donegal, makers of one of my favorites, Soft Donegal. Each skein has approximately 450 yards, and I have ten gorgeous, classic colors. This is Knit, a shop in Dublin, has had the yarn since May, and has had a bit more time to play with it. It shows lace and cables equally beautifully--take a look at this blog post featuring a few beautiful projects!
I recently changed distributors for knitting and crochet books, and got my first order from my new vendor this week--some beginners' books, some sock options, a few stitch dictionaries, and more. Come have a browse, and see if you don't come away inspired.
Just a sampling of all there was to enjoy at the fair! Clockwise from top left, Joan CawleyCrane and Lynn Bethke demonstrating wheel and spindle spinning in the Fiber Arts booth; the Needlework booth; Knitting & Crochet 4-H projects; Wool & Fiber Show; and a painting from Youth Arts Crafts & Hobbies.
Just about finished with Silverfox--it needs an underarm grafted, both sleeve seams sewn, and blocked. It's been a pleasure to knit--the way the cables alternate keeps the knitting interesting, but is easy enough to memorize after a couple of repeats. Also, since it has i-cord edging and an i-cord bind off, the finishing is minimal!