Would you prefer a fibre thrill?

(Caroline’s preferences noted)

OK. Perhaps I short changed us with today’s all-natural Thursday Thrill. Would we like a quick fibre jolly as well?

I’ve been keeping this one quiet. To be honest, I did not dare to even think about it.

I have been hanging out (briefly) in the Ravelry KAL group that goes with the Silk Road Socks book.  I mentioned there the challenge of obtaining sock yarns in the heavier gauge that our Transatlantic Cousins seem to favour — at least at an affordable price. Somebody very kindly mentioned a US source that mails parcels free to the UK.  I internally huffed a little and have not yet responded (though I must, this very day). The current exchange rate is not in our favour and I anticipated exceeding the import limit and paying VAT if I should order.

Well, I looked anyway.

Nice yarns.

Today I looked more closely. I had been looking up sources of Smooshy now that Alice no longer sells sock yarns. The price for that hovers around £16, with few colour choices now available in the UK (that I can see so far)  plus p&p at varying levels. Smooshy is a nice yarn.  A very nice yarn. It makes great socks — when funds are in.

Well, I took a closer look at Colorsong. I found this merino/nylon sock yarn at just $17.95 delivered. At today’s rates that is, according to Google, 11.295702 British pounds. Which is cheaper even than many UK based indie dyers before adding postage. And you get a larger skein. More bits for the blankie.

I have sent away for one skein. Two would be risking that £8 admin fee from the Royal Mail. Just to research on everyone’s behalf, of course. Magnanimous of me, don’t you think? 🙂

Oh, it’s tangerine – for a pair of these.

I think I need to look even more closely at the Colorsong site — but first of all I need to go an make an omelette, with new poatatoes, grilled tomatoes and petits pois.

ADDENDUM: I forgot to say… I managed to select 12 yarns from stash – with the tangerine skein on order, I need just one more skein to complete the book.

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