New, New, New!

New Fibers:

Blues & Golds Grab Bag

Blues & Golds Grab Bag

Grab Bags!

2 oz of assort fibery goodness including any of the almost 50 fibers Tactile has carried.  How much fun is that?  Each grab bag will include at least 7 different fibers.  Maybe a bit of California Variegated Mutant (CVM) locks, or some merino-bamboo, could it be yak-tussah or shetland?

The picture shows an example of the Blues & Golds Grab Bag.  Each one will be different and will probably be completely different from the picture.  But, that is all part of the mystery isn’t it?  There is a slip of paper identifying which fibers are included.

Silk Noil!

Concord Grape Silk Noil

Concord Grape Silk Noil

Silk Noil is the waste bits from the silk reeling or combing processes. Much of it is the first bit of fiber the silk larvae spins, which has less luster and is more brittle. Noil is very chunky with a short staple length.

It can be spun alone, but most often it is blended with a wool fiber. Try blending it 50-50 with your favorite wool for a highly textured yarn. Spin it fairly fine so the noil bits pop out for maximum texture. For less texture, blend in less noil.

Packaged in 1 oz bags as a little goes a long way.

Silk Sampler

Silk Sampler

Silk Sampler!

Another fun sampler.  This one is  4 types of naturally colored silk.  You’ll get 1 oz each of tussah and mulberry silk top, 1 silk cap (approximately 21-25 grams or 3/4 oz), and 1/2 oz of mulberry silk noil.

Experience the variety of silk available to spinners and felters.

Ancient Breeds

Ancient Breeds

And, the return of the popular Ancient Breeds Sampler!

Five ancient breeds: Finn, Gotland, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Shetland.

It is not all about fiber though.

New Yarns:

Silk-Camel Fingering Weight

Silk-Camel Fingering Weight

Silk-Camel Fingering Weight!

Lovely fingering weight yarn made from 70% Silk and 30% Camel Down. A bit of shine and drape in a soft warm yarn. This yarn is suitable for lace knitting, weaving, or anything close to the skin.

The 4 oz skeins with approximately 375 yards (997 m) are enough yardage for a small shawl or a hat and mitten set.

Linen-Merino Sport Weight

Linen-Merino Sport Weight

New colors of Linen-Merino Sport Weight!

The deepest richest red (Pomegranate) I have ever gotten on this yarn, a rich dark gray (New Moon), a bright chartreuse green to remind us that spring will return (Spring), red and purple together at last (passion Flower) to name a few.

Featured Fiber & Yarn

Each month I will feature a fiber and a yarn.  The featured yarn will also be 15% off for the entire month for all sales through the webstore.

For November 2009, the featured fiber is Silk Noil and the featured yarn is Silk-Camel Fingering Weight

 

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