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Friday, November 24, 2006
Let's get giftie! and an UPDATE
I had to put UPDATE in huge letters because it's a huge UPDATEFibers and yarns and kits, oh my. Including a new kit and a new sport sock yarn.
Happy fibering Everyone!
Onto the Giftie thing:
If you were around last year, I did a gift guide. I basically pimped the products I knew and loved. Well, I'm going to do that again this year. I'm starting today and I'll do it for the next 3 Fridays as well.
Before I get to the guide I want to show you the Wish List, if you don't already know about it. You can choose anything from the web to be in your wishlist, not just the stuff they have on their site. You keep this icon in your bookmark file, when you click it, a window pops up with the page info and space for you to make notes to Santa. Handy thing that is.
Today's guide is all about Yarn and fiber.
Indie yarns or small business yarns are the best. Spunky Eclectic, Pippi Knee Socks, and Hello Yarn. Sure one of those companies is mine and the other 2 are friends. I know my yarn and how hard I work on it and I know these ladies do the same. It's good stuff.
If you're into the commercial yarns then I have a few favorite places outside of my LYS:
Wool needle work has the best prices on Noro that I've found. The shipping is slow to the US so buy now if you want to get a giftie in time. I wouldn't say no to 10 balls or so of silk garden.
Peace Fleece has great yarn, fantastic kits and a wonderful philosophy. Not to mention they're here in Maine.; But beyond their location, the yarn is amazing. I want a sweater in each color.
Simply Sock yarn has the sock market all sewn up. If you want cool commercial sock yarns, this is where you need to go. great stock with fantastic service. Always a good place to shop.
Onto the FIBER
Again I mention us Spunky Eclectic, Pippi Knee Socks, and Hello Yarn. You know why. But we each have different spindles too. So if you're looking for new equipment then check it out. Hello Yarn also carries Louet wheels. Spunky Carries Louet and Fricke wheels.
Big companies with lots of products to choose from....
Halcyon Yarn has a great selection of wheels. They also really do have some amazing service. They're well worth looking at.
While I haven't purchased from them myself, The Woolery has a great reputation and everyone seems very pleased with their purchase from them.
Want something unique? The Merlin Tree has that sewn up with the old/new wheels and the cute little hitchiker.
If you're looking for a deal or that one of a kind wheel you can't find elsewhere, Check spinners and weavers housecleaning pages and check it often. I found my gem of a bulky wheel there.
Shop early and shop often. I love that phrase when I'm in a spendy mood. But seriously, some of these places need to time to drop ship you the big stuff and if you want custom items, order nwo so you get it in time.