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The perils of a yarn company: Lonesome shelves


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.

12 Responses to “The perils of a yarn company: Lonesome shelves”

  1. Linda R. says:

    WooHoo! I, for one, cannot wait for the new batch of Tern to arrive. I’ve got sooo many projects waiting!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    What will now happen to all that yarn???

  3. Suzanne says:

    From the glass half full perspective, the empty shelves are proof that you have a wonderful fiber that knitters are happy to clear off your shelves.

  4. Mary says:

    I am wondering about the yarn that didn’t make the cut, like Elizabeth. It might not be Tern but it might be a fun special edition.

  5. Jenna says:

    I agree with Mary. It would be such a shame for all the hard work of those worms to be wasted! Nubby tern sounds lovely.

  6. Marianne says:

    I’m with the rest, nubby sounds good to me.

  7. Monhegan Seas says:

    Sell that yarn as a special edition… Can’t wait to try it!

  8. Jen. says:

    Would love to see the nubby Tern…please?

  9. Kate G says:

    This post makes ordering a skein of Tern that much more of a pleasure. It’s so wonderful to watch your business grow.

  10. Diana says:

    Yay! Thanks sooo much for this info about Tern. Really looking forward to getting some when it’s in.

  11. Becky says:

    In trying to order yarn recently, it looks like you’re still all out of Tern…any word yet on when we might expect a new batch?

  12. Andrea says:

    Did I miss this little bird coming back to the nest? The blog mentions June but I see it’s still not available. Did it just sell out quickly when it returned? Thanks!

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