Carrie Hoge loves texture. Her latest piece, Liesl, is a densely cabled cowl in Lark (color: Peacock). I absolutely love this cowl. And I love the rocky ledge behind it in the photograph. Such patterns. In rocks. In stitches.
Archive for October, 2011
Hey–quickly. If you’re going to the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck this weekend, look for Carrie Hoge and Immie (in a stroller). They’ll be walking the isles and admiring the sheep–and giving away Quince pins and a card with a special offer. It’s supposed to be beautiful weather, have a great time!
Today we announce our new heathers–a limited edition for winter knitting. We love them! Four shades, all named after sea gulls. From dark to light they are: Sabine, Kittywake, Kumlien’s Gull, and Iceland. And we have all four colors in each of our yarns. You’ll find them on the yarn detail pages, the ones with the colored dots.
You may have noticed a small bump up in our prices since last Friday. Here’s the bad news: Did you see the graph that I posted here last April? The line trajectory spoke eloquently of the continuing rise in the cost of wool–the raw material from which we make our yarns. That line is finally beginning to level off. But from its peak last April, it has continued to climb. And climb. And climb. It costs considerably more these days to make our yarns than it did last April.
Why? Good question. Two reasons, primarily. Climate (floods and drought) and demand (did you know that China buys 70% of the world’s wool?). So here we are again.
In fact, it is becoming increasingly hard to even get enough yarn from the United States. We recently had to order a shipment of fine wool for our Osprey and Chickadee from South Africa. We do everything we can to source from America, but when we can’t, we will continue to source responsibly and we will let you know.
But here’s the good news: We have spent a good deal of time analyzing the economics of our business, and it turns out that we can continue to bring you our great, American yarns at very reasonable prices. It’s our goal to make an American yarn, not only spun, but sourced in this country, that isn’t an expensive niche yarn. We want to be competitive, and we think that we will remain so even with a small price increase. We’d love to think we could help to revitalize our dwindling New England textile industry. Grandiose idea, of course, but it’s a good dream.
Purl Diva at 3 Summer Street in Brunswick, Maine, is now carrying Quince & Co. For those of you who drive up and down mid-coast Maine, Purl Diva is the big white house that you can see from Route 1, on that little strip of road between the highways.
Light pours into the Ellen’s colorful shop and you’ll find much along with Quince to tempt you to up your stash. We’re delighted to be a featured yarn in Ellen’s lovely store—find us in our very own Quince room!
And looking at the old shale pattern in the afghan pictured above–what a great way to use up odd ends of Quince yarns. No?
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