It’s been a very busy few weeks here at The Knitting Swede.
For some time now I’ve been planning to retire my felted sleeves and enter the realm of Hand Dyed Yarn!
The last few weeks have been about putting it all in place; coming up with a few colour ways, successfully recreating them and dying at least 3 skeins in each colour way so I would have something to open up the shop with.
But before that last stage, the biggest challenge was to find good quality un-dyed base yarns. That turned out to be... well, not as easy as I thought!
I new I wanted to carry BFL (Blue Faced Leicester). I love the lustre and strength of BFL, and the fact that it is a ‘local’ breed was also a deciding factor.
After some research I eventually had a list of 5 possible suppliers.
I contacted them to either buy one skein each of 100% BFL and BFL/Nylon mix to compare price and quality, or ask if they had samples to offer me.
To keep a long story short, Fyberspates, was the one supplier that ticked all the boxes.
I like her yarns personally so next step was to check out the reviews on Ravelry before I settled for Fyberspates as my first supplier!
I bought a couple of kilos of her BFL/Nylon mix and a kilo of her 100% BFL.
The mixed yarn is the one you can currently find in my shop, as BFL Sock, and the pure BFL will be going in the dye pot soon!
Wishing for spring to arrive, my first few colour ways are quite ‘spring like’ which I hope you will like, and if it’s not to your taste, I hope to see you back here soon to check out what else I come up with!
By the way, if you wonder about the title, it is one of my colour ways :)