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The first great thing about alpaca wool is that it is not superwashed, and so has a smaller carbon footprint. Despite the fact that it is untreated, it takes the dye like butter, and it looks and feels like you would expect a luxury yarn to - warm, durable, silky and light. Alpaca is a shorter staple yarn, and so it has a halo, somewhat reminiscent of the mohair halo effect.
Boucle yarn is another one of my fun, textured favourites! It is made using lengths of loops/circles of similar size. So fun.
The other jewel in the crown of Neatnik Yarns, this bulky base is impossible to resist! Composed of the perfect blend of 80% superwash merino wool (sourced from New Zealand) and 20% nylon, I buy it from a mill right here in Canada. It is fantastic for chunky hats, scarves and mittens.
The yarns that put Neatnik Yarns on the map. Big, chunky yearns that work up quickly to create gorgeous gifts and accessories. Jumbo merino, super bulky merino/nylon, natural alpaca, and spiral-ply untreated sipan cotton to name just a few.
Both pima and sipan cotton are considered luxury yarns because they both have a longer staple length than conventional cotton, resulting in an ultra-smooth (shiny!) fabric that is soft to the touch. And breathable. And durable. And moisture-wicking. Sigh. I just love this yarn for weaving, but I've noticed more cotton and linen patterns for crocheters and knitters out there, and if you are allergic to wool, this is a great alternative to wool yarn.
My Wooly Wall Hangings are made with a combination of my handspun art yarn, roving, and jumbo/braided yarn made from recycled plastic. Very cool, I know. I try to use locally sourced, natural materials as much as possible. It is attached to a wooden hoop and is ready to hang.
Fibre, you say? Oh yes, spinning is the new yoga. But no bicycle required! This insanely soft, 22 micron top is a dream to spin with. The gorgeous superwash merino is sourced from New Zealand and combed in Ontario, Canada. My BFL fibre, also lovely, a wee bit loftier and sturdier, is from my UK mill.
Hand dyed fingering and sock weight yarns for all of your summer, shawl, baby blanket, you name, it needs! Ranging from the classic (superwash fingering merino) to the fancy (fingering slub merino), this collection also includes pima cotton and eco-processed merino for the environmentally savvy also.
Tools for the trade. Crochet hooks are made with birchwood from Nova Scotia, and sandalwood shawl / hair pins are from afar. Vintage brooches are selected by me (expert vintage brooch sniffer) because of their beauty. To be saved. And worn. And treasured.
The jewel in the crown of Neatnik Yarn's chunky collection, this jumbo single-ply yarn is so deliciously soft and fun that no one can resist squeezing it and sighing. My precious (my nickname for this base) is milled in Ontario using merino sourced in Australia and New Zealand (that's where all of the merino comes from).
This gorgeous girl is composed of fine (20.5 micron) Superwash Merino and Pima Cotton (85/15). As you can see, the cotton does not take the dye, creating a marled effect. Isn't it fun? This yarn is lightweight and would be perfect for warmer weather tops and shawls.
DK, worsted and aran weight yarns galore! Perfect for hats, scarves, sweaters, and blankets. Available in superwash and eco-processed, and tweed!
Merino wool is regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep [mic drop]. Seriously though, this particular base is a joy to work with. Bouncy, light, ridiculously soft and a dream to dye, it's a classic. We use only the softest 100% superwash merino wool sourced from New Zealand and spun in Ontario, Canada or the UK. Okay, there are likely softer yarns, but this one is pretty cozy.
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This yarn is so. Incredibly. Fun. One ply of sproingy superwash merino wool is spiral-plied with one ply of nylon to create a gorgeous, textured yarn with fun little fuzzy bits. This yarn is milled in the United Kingdom.
Tweed yarn features contrasting flecks of colour mixed (either rainbow or black/brown) in to the yarn. The flecks of color are small pieces of short fibre leftover from carding spun together with plies of another fibre. It makes for an interesting yarn with a pop of extra colour! This superwash merino yarn also comes to us via a mill in the United Kingdom.
My handwoven scarves are made by me on my rigid heddle loom using my hand dyed yarns. My ice-dyed organic cotton items were hand dyed in the heat of the summer in Edmonton this past year.
Zebra Swirl is a fun yarn that plies two contrasting colours together (in this case, black and white), which is why it also known as barber pole yarn. What I love about this yarn is the pop created by the black ply, and the wonderful mill that supplies it in the United Kingdom. My Zebra Swirl DK weight yarn is composed of untreated highland wool. I normally don't go for highland wool but there is something magic about this yarn. And good news for my sock knitters out there! I now carry a sock weight Zebra Merino Blend (80% Superwash merino and 20% nylon) yarn. It has the perfect amount of twist and nylon for durability. I’m crushing hard.