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New Introduction: Rainier

May 27, 2014

For those of you who loved Tahoe, we have a great new addition to our yarn line! Rainier is a 3-ply, 100% Superwash Merino, 100% product of the US! Rainier has a tight twist, great for stitch definition, but necessitates conditioning prior to use.  This yarn has next to skin comfort making it ideal to…

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Washing instructions for Lotus

May 8, 2014

Even though the merino in our Lotus yarn is superwash treated, we recommend that you hand wash/lay flat to dry. In the picture below, I knit the swatch and blocked it to the size of the white outline. As an experiment, I washed it in the washing machine hot wash/warm rinse regular cycle. You can…

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Falkland Island Sustainable Wool

April 28, 2014

Imagine an unpolluted environment with clear blue skies, seamless horizons and vast, unspoiled open spaces. That’s the Falkland Islands. This isolated archipelago, some 300 miles east of the Patagonian coastline in the Atlantic Ocean, just happens to be an ideal place to raise sheep. And for more than 160 years, the farmers on these remote,…

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South African Cape Wool

April 28, 2014

To ensure you always have the finest materials – at the best possible value – Ashland Bay literally sources fibers from all over the world. This is just one of the great places that Ashland Bay sources our 21.5 and 19 micron merinos. South African Cape Wool is just one example. It is a beautiful…

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Dyepot Double Dipping

April 18, 2014

Have you ever hand dyed a yarn, with a specific idea in mind, only to have it turn out the complete opposite of what you wanted? This has been a reoccurring theme for me lately. I wanted to knit a cowl using one solid color and one hand painted yarn for contrast. I choose the…

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Brand New Luxury yarn: meet Lotus

March 31, 2014

We have been anxiously anticipating our newest arrival of luxury yarn and, it is finally here! Introducing Lotus– Superwash Merino/Yak/Silk. 60/20/20   This meticulously spun 3-ply yarn is a beautiful soft natural grey fingering weight packaged in 2.2 lb bags with 10 – 100 gm (approximately 400 yd) skeins. The fiber combination of superwash merino…

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Easy Fiber Ideas from Creative Bloggers

February 25, 2014

Fun with Fiber – Felt Ball Crafting Need new felting Ideas for 2014? Time to get back to the basics and create fun projects using one of the simplest techniques – felt balls!  Felt balls are easy and fast to make and can add a splash of cozy color your home’s decor. Never made felt…

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a deeper look at silk yarns

January 28, 2014

The history of silk culture goes back over 5,000 years and is a fascinating study of economics, politics, warfare, fashion and secrecy. The lustrous beauty and natural properties of silk have long made it a highly sought after fiber. The visual beauty of this high luster yarn draws the eye. The soft, silky feel draws…

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NEW: 100% Cultivated Silk Yarns

January 17, 2014

One hundred percent silk. Need we say more? Ashland Bay is proud to offer 100% cultivated silk yarns. These 2 and 4 ply yarns are spun in Italy, inspiring their names, Milan (2 ply) and Venice (4 ply). These ultra-lustrous, ultra-luxurious yarns are available in 2.2lb packages, already skeined into convenient 100 gram skeins.                                       …

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Out with the old, in with the new!

January 9, 2014

We need to move inventory out to make way for our new products coming in! We have some special dyed products that we would like to offer to both our ecru and full accounts. First we have two dyed blue corrie cross, a light blue and a navy. We also have a dark orange. We…

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