Bases

SUPERWASH BASES

75/25 Merino Sock 

This is a classic fingering weight sock yarn. Merino wool is beautifully soft, and nylon adds strength and durability. This yarn has good elasticity, and is great for fitted garments such as socks. 

  • 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon
  • 4ply, light fingering weight yarn
  • 463 yds (423 meters) per 100g skein
  • worsted spun
  • Also available in 20g/ 92yd mini skeins, and 50g/ 231yd skeins

75/25 BFL Sock 

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) wool has a longer staple length but less crimp than merino wool. This translates into a yarn that is stronger, more durable, and more resistant to felting and pilling than merino, but with a bit less elasticity. Combined with nylon, this yarn is amazingly strong, perfect for socks or projects that may get heavy wear. Superwash treatment allows for easy care. BFL has an innate sheen, and bare fibres are a pale buttery yellow which lend a slightly warmer undertone to colorways. 

  • 75% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester, 25% Nylon
  • 4ply yarn
  • 464 yds (424 meters), 100g skeins
  • worsted spun
  • Recommended gauge: about 7 to 9 stitches per inch.

Merino DK 8 Ply 

This base is super bouncy and round, takes dye beautifully, and is an absolute pleasure to work with!

  • 100% Superwash Merino
  • 8ply cabled construction, heavy sport/light DK weight
  • 274 yds (250 meters), 100g skein
  • worsted spun

BFL DK 

Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) wool has a longer staple length but less crimp than merino wool. This translates into a yarn that is stronger and more durable, but with less elasticity. Less crimp also means it has better drape when worked up and is more resistant to felting and pilling than merino. This yarn has an innate sheen. Bare BFL is a pale buttery yellow, so colorways dyed on this base have a slightly warmer undertone.

  • 100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester Wool
  • 4 ply yarn 
  • 246 yds (224m) 100g skein
  • worsted spun

Merino Worsted 8 Ply 

  • 100% Superwash Merino
  • 8ply cabled construction, worsted weight
  • 218 yds/100g skein
  • worsted spun

 

Merino Singles

  • 100% Superwash Merino 
  • single ply, fingering weight
  • 400 yds/100g
  • worsted spun

 

NON-SUPERWASH BASES

NSW Merino 4 Ply 

  • 100% Non Superwash Merino
  • This yarn has 2 ends but is a 4ply/fingering weight.
  • 436 yds/100g skein
  • worsted spun

NSW Merino Worsted 

  • 100% Non Superwash Merino
  • 4ply yarn
  • 218 yds/100g skein
  • worsted spun

 

NSW Highland 4 Ply

This yarn has a more rustic feel, with a bit of bite. It has gorgeous loft, and softens up nicely after a bath with some wool wash. Great for colorwork!

  • 100% untreated Peruvian Highland Wool
  • 4 Ply
  • 459 yds/100g 
  • worsted spun

 

NSW Highland DK 

This yarn has a more rustic feel, with a bit of bite. It has gorgeous loft, and softens up nicely after a bath with some wool wash. Great for colorwork!

  • 100% Non-Superwash Peruvian Highland Wool
  • 4 Ply
  • 246yds/100g
  • worsted spun
  • Also available in 50g/123 yard skeins. 20g mini skeins coming soon!

 

NSW Highland Worsted

This yarn has a more rustic feel, with a bit of bite. It has gorgeous loft, and softens up nicely after a bath with some wool wash. Great for colorwork!

  • 100% untreated Peruvian Highland Wool
  • 4 Ply
  • 218 yds/100g skein
  • worsted spun

 

REVOLUTION BASES

These bases are from Revolution Wool Company and are 100% untreated Canadian wool, grown and milled in Canada, from a single source farm.

The fibre itself is mainly Dorset wool. Dorset is a bit of a coarser fibre with 26-32 microns (vs BFL which has 24-28). It is strong and very springy, with a crisp handle. Unlike Merino and BFL, Dorset does not have lustre. It takes the dye beautifully, but speckles on this base give a washed out water-color effect, rather than the crisp speckles you see on Superwash treated yarns. Worth noting, Dorset is typically hard to felt.

In terms of what its like to work with, and the hand of the fabric, I would compare these bases to Briggs & Little, or Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift. This may not be a great base for next to skin for those with a wool sensitivity, but it does soften up quite a bit with wear and washing.

All three weights are woolen spun yarns!

I am currently offering a limited supply of the following Revolution Bases for Sweater Quantity orders: 

Revolution 1 Ply 

  • single ply, fingering weight
  • 430yds/110g

Revolution 2 Ply

  • two ply, DK weight
  • 270yds/ 110g

Revolution 3 Ply

  • three ply, worsted weight
  • 180yds/110g

I am hoping to expand these bases into dyed-to order and in-stock offerings in the near future!