Ton Of Wool sample – a review

TONOFWOOL was founded by Kylie Gusset in 2011.  I must admit I looked at the product then and dismissed it as I don’t usually knit with white/cream yarns and also usually not with anything heavier than a DK (I didn’t realise it was available in fingering weight or in black & grey). I also had reservations about how soft it was. I had visions of this Merino Corriedale cross resulting in a more “rustic” yarn. I was so wrong, on all levels.

Since then I have heard how amazing this yarn is & how soft; and so I was keen to try it but still hesitant to spend the money.

I entered a competition to win enough yarn to take part in the Amanda KAL, being run by Fringe Association. I even have the book. Unfortunately I didn’t win.

But then Kylie offered samples of the Aran Weight. Luckily I was able to get my hands on one of these. It is more a natural creamy white than the bright white that this photo depicts.

Ton Of Wool Sample

The first thing I noticed was how squishy the yarn is, and soft. I imagined this knit in an Aran style sweater – it would look & feel amazing!

I used 5.5mm needles (just some cheap straight bamboos that were handy at the time) and tried out a few stitches.

A 2×2 rib, stocking stitch, moss stitch, reverse stockinette, cables, bobbles ……

Ton Of Wool Swatch

 

It is a dream to knit with, soft & easy on the hands yet with great stitch definition. I definitely want to knit a garment with this yarn, something with a fabulous texture pattern, maybe some cables, ideally in black or grey, but we’ll see.

Turmeric

I’ve been experimenting with natural plant dyes. I love how gorgeous this silk yarn looks after being dyed with turmeric.

I’m hoping to have a range of natural/plant dyed yarns available soon.

Turmeric silk

Changes

You may have noticed some changes to the website. For a number of reasons Yarn About Yarn is no longer an online store, it will be returning to its former state as a blog. Patterns are still available for download via Ravelry. Any yarns, accessories and ready to wear items can be found in the etsy store (which can be accessed by clicking on the shop button in the menu).

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The Fate of Yarn About Yarn

 

I have been having some serious doubts as to whether Yarn About Yarn would continue as a store. I’ve been unable to get new stock on the shelves for a while now. My desire to bring quality yarns to Australia is just not feasible when the Australian dollar is so poor against other currencies, particularly the US dollar. Not only are products more expensive for me to buy but the shipping costs to get them here have skyrocketed. This means that the end price I am charging becomes even higher.

I’ve absorbed some of the extra costs but all this means is that there is very little profit. Any profits I get are put back into the business, so less profit = less stock.

But I love my little store and love the interaction with my customer, so for now the store remains open. I’ve bit the bullet, so to speak, and am pleased to say that a few new products will be arriving this year.

First up I’m trialing a new range of shawl pins handcrafted in India. You’ll find them in the accessories section of the shop. Let me know what you think.

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