Yarn Bases

If you are new to yarn, here’s a great place to get some info on the differing yarn weights. 

Hand-dyed yarn needs to be wound into a ball or cake before it can be worked. There are lots of great online tutorials about this and if you are planning on Getting Really Into Yarn, a swift and ball winder are a good one-time investment.

Also, let’s all just have a good giggle about the fact that my most frequently used yarn weight is called “fingering.” I’ll wait.

  

LACEWEIGHT

Mohair Silk

 72% Kid Mohair/28% Mulberry Silk

 459 yards/ 50 grams/single ply

It has a lovely halo and is a treat to work when held double with a fingering weight yarn (IT'S SO FLUFFY!)

 

Suri Silk Floof

 74% Baby Suri Alpaca/26% Mulberry Silk

328 yards/ 50 grams/single ply

Suri has less stitch definition than mohair and looks like a wet Muppet in the skein BUT it is lovely and soft and provides a wonderful texture. It's a little beefier weight-wise than the mohair silk, and is also great for those of y'all who are allergic to mohair! 

 

Yak Floof 

41% Baby Alpaca/13% Merino wool/10% Yak/35% Silk/1% Vibes❊ 

437 yards/50 grams

 

Alpaca Silk Cashmere Floof

53% Baby Alpaca/34% Silk/13% Cashmere

438 yards/50 grams

The fanciest floof in the Republica Unicornia lineup!

 

FINGERING

Bluefaced Leicester Wool Bases

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) is a British sheep breed that produces the most glorious wool: it's soft but a little sheepier than merino, which means it is less prone to pilling. It has a beautiful luster, takes dye wonderfully, and has good stitch definition. (I love it so much.)

 

BFL Sock

75% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester Wool/ 25% Nylon

464 yards/100g/4-ply

 

 

Pure BFL

100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester Wool

438 yards/100 grams/4-ply

 

BFL Silk 

55% Superwash British Bluefaced Lecister Wool/45% Silk

438 yards/100 grams/4-ply

 

BFL Silk Cashmere

70% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester Wool/20% Silk/10% Cashmere

438 yards/100 grams/3-Ply

 

Targhee Sock

Targhee is a US sheep breed that produces the most glorious, springy, sturdy-yet-soft wool. The Targhee Sock base is more of a heavy fingering (giggles)-to-sport weight and is excellent for socks, accessories, and garments. 

90% Superwash US Targhee Wool/10% Nylon

465 yards/115 grams/3-ply 

 

Highland 4-Ply

Highland 4-Ply is a properly sheepy non superwash fingering base. It doesn't take dye as intensely as a superwash base, so colors aren't quite as saturated and speckles aren't crisp as on some of the other bases, but it's a lovely workhorse of a yarn and shines in garments and colorwork. 

100% Peruvian Highland Wool

459 yards/100 g/4-Ply

 

Merino Wool Bases

Merino Sock 

80% Superwash U.S. Merino Wool/20% Nylon

434 yards/115g/4-ply

 

Supersoft Merino Sock 

75% Superwash U.S. Merino Wool/25% Nylon

463 yards/100g/4-ply

  

Sparkle Sock

75% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon/5% Gold Stellina

400 yards/100 g /2-ply

 

Silver Sparkle Sock

75% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon/5% Silver Stellina

400 yards/100 g /2-ply

 

Bronze Sparkle Sock

70% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon/10% Silver Stellina

438 yards/100 g /2-ply

  

DK

 

BFL DK

100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester Wool

246 yards/100 grams/4-ply

 

 

 

WORSTED

Rambouillet Worsted

100% U.S. Grown and Processed Superwash Rambouillet Wool

196 yards/115 grams/5-Ply