If you’ve tried to order Tern recently, you’ll know that we’re out of every color but one, Sea Grass.
We planned carefully and thought we’d given the mill enough lead time. But the things that can go wrong, oh, the things that can go wrong.
Tern is a blend of wool (domestic) and tussah silk. Tussah fiber is harvested after the silk moths have flown their pods, and the wild fiber left behind varies widely in form and quality from mulberry, its consistent and cultivated sister silk.
Our last bale of tussah fiber stubbornly refused to be blended with wool as completely as need be. We found tiny little nubs in the final yarn. We loved the little nubs for their interesting addition of texture. But our Tern, the one you’ve come to love and expect, is nub-less. So after weeks of combing, blending, spinning, and skeining, we had to say NO to that batch of Tern.
We’re working on our next batch now, and believe me, it will be as perfect as it can be. We’ve learned from our mistakes. Think the fibers are blended? Good. Time to blend, blend, and blend some more.
After spinning, the yarn will go to the dye house. And should be back in OUR house by the end of June. With luck, the yarn will be home before then. We’ll let you know by e-letter when this little bird is back in its nest.