Bases

Changes are afoot here at Brine Dyeworks. New bases are coming to the shop, and a bunch of old ones are being cleared out!

 

75/25 Merino Sock ($32): 75% superwash treated Merino wool, 25% nylon; 4-Ply; 463 yds/100g; light fingering weight

Perfect for socks, shawls, light sweaters, and summer tops. This base takes dyes vibrantly, and speckles appear crisp. Nylon adds strength, and superwash treatment adds easy washability. As a general rule, you may notice pilling with merino fibres.

 

Eco Sock ($32): 80% eco-processed organic Merino wool, 20% Global Standard recycled nylon; 3-Ply; 420yds/115g; fingering weight

Perfect for socks, shawls, light sweaters, and summer tops. This base dyes up vibrantly with crisp speckles. Recycled nylon adds strength, and eco-processing (a non-conventional method of superwash treatment) adds easy washability. As a general rule, you may notice pilling with merino fibres.

 

Organic Merino Fingering ($33): 100% eco-processed organic Merino wool; 2-Ply; 420yds/115g; fingering weight

Works up beautifully for light sweaters, shawls, etc. The eco-processing adds washability. Lack of nylon in this base means it dyes up more like an untreated (non-superwash treated) yarn; speckles are less crisp, and colorways are slightly less vibrant than in yarns containing nylon. As a general rule, you may notice pilling with merino fibres.

 

Organic Merino Sport ($33): 100% eco-processed organic Merino wool; 3-Ply; 280yds/115g; sport weight

May be used in place of DK, but will yield a slightly lighter fabric. Works up beautifully for sweaters, shawls, etc. The eco-processing adds washability. Lack of nylon in this base means it dyes up more like an untreated (non-superwash treated) yarn; speckles are less crisp, and colorways are slightly less vibrant than in yarns containing nylon. As a general rule, you may notice pilling with merino fibres.

 

Organic Merino Worsted ($33): 100% eco-processed organic Merino wool; 4-Ply; 210yds/115g; worsted weight

Works up beautifully for sweaters, shawls, etc. The eco-processing adds washability. Lack of nylon in this base means it dyes up more like an untreated (non-superwash treated) yarn; speckles are less crisp, and colorways are slightly less vibrant than in yarns containing nylon. As a general rule, you may notice pilling with merino fibres.

 

BFL Fingering ($32): 100% untreated Blue Faced Leicester wool; 2-Ply; 420yds/115g; fingering weight

Blue Faced Leicester fleece has a natural butter yellow color to it, so colorways dyed on this base will have a slightly warmer undertone. BFL also has a beautiful, inherent sheen to it. Untreated (non-superwash treated) yarn dyes up with more of a "water-colour effect"; speckles are less crisp, and colorways are more blended, and slightly less vibrant. As a general rule, BFL is more resistant to pilling than Merino wool, and knits up into a fabric with more drape and strength than Merino.

 

BFL Worsted ($32): 100% untreated Blue Faced Leicester wool; 4-Ply; 210yds/115g; worsted weight

Blue Faced Leicester fleece has a natural butter yellow color to it, so colorways dyed on this base will have a slightly warmer undertone. BFL also has a beautiful, inherent sheen to it. Untreated (non-superwash treated) yarn dyes up with more of a "water-colour effect"; speckles are less crisp, and colorways are more blended, and slightly less vibrant. As a general rule, BFL is more resistant to pilling than Merino wool, and knits up into a fabric with more drape and strength than Merino.

 

Mohair/Silk Lace ($34): 70% Kid Mohair, 30% Silk; 1 ply; 476yds/50g; lace weight

This yarn is known for its gorgeous halo. Colorways dyed on this base are drastically different than on other bases. Due to the halo of the yarn, colorways tend to be very blended, and can sometimes appear less vibrant, though dyes strike with exceptional vibrancy on silk fibres. This is a great yarn to hold double with others while working up. This yarn can feel irritating to those with fibre sensitivities.

 

FARM TO NEEDLE BASES  

These bases are somewhat seasonal, and are subject to availability.

 

REVOLUTION

I currently have a small amount of the following bases available for sweater quantity orders:

Revolution 1 Ply ($32): 100% untreated Canadian wool (mainly Dorset); single ply; 430 yds (393m)/110g; fingering weight

Revolution 2 Ply ($32): 100% untreated Canadian wool (mainly Dorset); 2-Ply; 270 yds (246m)/110g; DK weight

Revolution 3 Ply ($32)100% untreated Canadian wool (mainly Dorset); 3-Ply; 180 yds (164m)/110g; worsted weight

These bases are from Revolution Wool Company in Ontario, 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 has more of a flat finish (if that makes sense). 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!

 

FROSTAD 

I currently only have a small supply of this lovely yarn, so availability is limited. I am hoping to be able to have a larger supply in late summer, 2022.

Frostad Bulky ($36): 100% untreated Finn wool; soft spun 3-ply (has the appearance of a single ply); approximately 137m (149 yds)/ 112g (4 oz); bulky weight

This is from Frostad Farms, which is located here in Alberta, about 4 ½ hours drive north from me (yes, Canadians measure distance between locations in time, haha). The yarn is spun at a local mill, Custom Woolen Mills. It is soft and lofty, with an inherent sheen. It has a long staple length, which also gives it a bit of strength. You will find small bits of vegetation in the yarn; I think this adds a wonderful rustic quality to the yarn. You may also have a knot in your skein. This is how it comes from the mill, and is considered normal. 

 

DISCONTINUED BASES:

The following bases are in stock in limited quantity, but are on their way out to make room for new bases! Once they are gone, they are gone.

 

75/25 BFL Sock ($33): 75% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester, 25% Nylon; 4-Ply; 464 yds (424m)/100g; fingering weight

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. 

 

BFL DK ($33): 100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester Wool; 4-ply; 246 yds (224m) 100g skein; DK weight

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.

 

Merino Singles ($32): 100% Superwash Merino; single ply; 400 yds/100g; fingering weight

This base dyes up beautifully! Due to the structure of the yarn, speckles are less crisp, but colors are very vibrant. You may notice more pilling with single ply yarns and merino fibres. Perfect for shawls and "low-traffic" projects!

 

Merino DK 8-Ply ($32): 100% superwash Merino wool; 8-Ply cabled construction; 274yds (250m)/100g; heavy sport/ light DK weight

This base is super bouncy and round! It takes dye vibrantly (probably the most vibrant of the line-up), and is an absolute pleasure to work with! Superwash treatment adds ease of washability. Nice for sweaters, shawls, cowls, etc. Due to the construction, this yarn is very smooth, almost slippery. Plies are less "locked together" than with some other yarns.

 

Merino Worsted 8 Ply ($32): 100% superwash Merino wool; 8-Ply cabled construction; 218yds (199m)/100g; worsted weight

This base is super bouncy and round! It takes dye vibrantly (probably the most vibrant of the line-up), and is an absolute pleasure to work with! Superwash treatment adds ease of washability. Nice for sweaters, shawls, cowls, etc. Due to the construction, this yarn is very smooth, almost slippery. Plies are less "locked together" than with some other yarns.

 

Highland 4 Ply ($30): 100% untreated Peruvian Highland wool; 4-Ply; 459 yds/100g; fingering weight

This yarn has a more rustic feel, with a tiny bit of bite. Highland sheep are a cross between Merino sheep and Corridale, and does showcase some of that softness that merinos are known for. It has gorgeous loft, and softens up nicely after a bath with some wool wash. Great for colorwork!

**In March 2022, my supplier made some changes to this base. The new version is smoother and softer, and also a very slight bit thinner. I will continue to bring it in for my yarn club as interest requires, but will not be continuing with the Highland bases beyond that going forward.

 

Highland DK ($30): 100% untreated Peruvian Highland wool; 4-Ply; 246 yds/100g; DK weight

This yarn has a more rustic feel, with a tiny bit of bite. Highland sheep are a cross between Merino sheep and Corridale, and does showcase some of that softness that merinos are known for. It has gorgeous loft, and softens up nicely after a bath with some wool wash. Great for colorwork!

 

Highland Worsted ($30): 100% untreated Peruvian Highland wool; 4-Ply; 218 yds/100g; worsted weight

This yarn has a more rustic feel, with a tiny bit of bite. Highland sheep are a cross between Merino sheep and Corridale, and does showcase some of that softness that merinos are known for. It has gorgeous loft, and softens up nicely after a bath with some wool wash. Great for colorwork!

 

Merino 4 Ply ($30): 100% untreated Merino wool; this yarn has 2 ends but is a 4ply; 436 yds/100g; fingering weight

     


    Merino Worsted ($30): 
    100% untreated Merino wool; 4-ply; 218 yds/100g skein; worsted weight

    This yarn is most comparable to Cascade 220. It's nice and round, gorgeously soft, takes the dyes beautifully. As a general rule, you may notice pilling with merino fibres.