Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Where to Purchase Undyed Wool

I love dyeing my own yarn. For many projects, it is a cheaper dye my own if I only need a little of one color. For other projects I can achieve the exact colorway I want. Thus far, I have purchased all of my bare yarn from KnitPicks, and I've been extremely happy with the results. I wanted to do some research on prices and availability of other fibers from other companies.

  • KnitPicks, prices starting at $3.79/100g (3.5 Oz) for Peruvian Highland Wool. Starting at $6.29/100g for merino wool.
  • Bear Farm Yarns - 4 oz skein $5.5, 1 lb cone $22. They have three natural colors for purchase (although it is not clear which is which looking at their website.)
  • Catnip Yarns - The website offers good pictures of what the fibers look like (you see the skein/cone and then a strand next to a dime.) They will send up to 5 yarn samples for free! A 1 lb merino cone for $33.
  • yarnundyed - Their ebay store has very favorable references, but it is cheaper to order from their website since they say shipping is included in the price. Located in England. You can order hanks or cones, and marino prices are range from $30-37/500g (1.1lbs).
  • Lion Brand Yarn Classic LB 1878 Wool from Amazon - This $21, 1 lb cone of Fisherman color wool is classified as "super fine" and size 3 needles are recommended. I've worked with Lion Brand Wool in the past, and it was pleasant to work with.
  • Yarn Workshop - A variety of fibers, weights and prices. Unfortunately the product has to ship from australia, so it will not arrive quickly.
  • Wool2Dye4 - Many options at various price ranges. You buy most yarns by the kg.
  • Wool Peddler- Looking at about $20 for a half pound of many different fiber blends.
  • Paradise Fibers - Wide variety of yarns and fibers. I see $7/100g for Merino.
  • A Child's Dream - Wool/mohair blend for $8/4 oz.
  • Pacific Wool and Fiber - They even have a sock yarn dyeing kit, 6 colors + 100 g undyed washable sock yarn for $22.
  • Fine Fibers - ~$20/8 oz. They offer merino and mohair/wool blends. 4 oz skeins are available, too.
  • Yarn Market has a category of undyed yarns. About $30 per half pound.
  • Thirteen Mile Lamb & Wool Yarn - Offers undyed skeins ($16/100g) and plant dyed yarns.
Note: It is possible that some of these stores may have changed their prices since I've did my search.

I am sure that here are many stores out there I did not find in my search. Where do you (preferably in the US) purchase your undyed yarn to feed your dyeing habit?

10 comments:

  1. I know this is a really old post, but I wanted to respond anyway. I'm an avid lover of fiber and have been wanting to start on my own indie dyeing venture with no clue how to start, lest of all where to get the yarn. I've been searching online for a while and I haven't really been successful in finding out the answer to that until I found your wonderful list. Thank you, thank you for having hthis list, and for all the beautiful work youve shared, I'm really loving your b!og!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad that I was able to help! Wool2Dye4 has whole sale discounts if you are going to place a large enough order. I have only purchased samplers from them, but I can recognize that the bases from some other indie dyers I buy from come probably come from there. Good luck!

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  3. Hi, not sure if my previous comment went through but I wanted to say thank you for the list. It's been a big help!

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  4. Just wanted to put in a plug for Catnip Yarns. I was extremely happy with the cones of silk and mohair I purchased from them.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I'll have to check them out.

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  5. www.heartsdesirefiber.com

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  6. Thank you soooo much for this list. Because of your dyeing videos on You Tube, I have been experimenting with yarn dyeing and I'm addicted now. I'm really hoping with more practice, I can dye yarn for sale. My youngest graduates from high school in a week and I'm ready for my next chapter in life of an empty nest. This would be a fun way to occupy my time. Thanks again for all your information. Keep it coming!

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  7. Hey! I realize this thread is super old, and you may not even respond...but I'm an avid knitter and crocheter and want to start dying my own yarn! I've been looking for wholesale sources without much luck until I found this list! Do you know of any awesome suppliers of hemp or bamboo yarn? Hopefully ethically sourced.

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