Get ready for some mini madness! This listing includes 5 mini skeins of 80 yards each, a total of 400 yards. You will receive 5 different colored skeins per purchase. I normally sell my minis for $8 each, so this is a STEAL! 😱
These skeins have been used primarily as exhaust skeins, meaning that I have used them to soak up excess dye left over at the end of my dye days. This can be a collection of dye from washing off my tools after speckling, unused dye stock, or any leftover dye in the pots. I'd hate to let it go to waste (and to pour it down the drain--yikes!), so I use these extra skeins to soak it up for some gorgeous OOAK colors. I never know what color will come out of the pot when I dye these, which is always so exciting!
Some of these have been used as test skeins for my regular colors as well.
All sets will come in a reusable cotton muslin drawstring bag. ♥️
No. 01 Base, a two-ply construction:
80% SW Merino
*Please note, this is hand-dyed yarn. Colors are truly unique to each skein and therefore may vary from skein to skein. We recommend alternating skeins every other row in the round, or every two rows when knitting flat if using two or more skeins. Each skein is rinsed after it is dyed, however saturated colors may still bleed. True colors may vary slightly from screen. We do try.*
From a pet-friendly, smoke-free home.
1-3 business days
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But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
A great question! The process of hand-dyeing yarn is much different than store bought yarn. While store bought yarn is often dyed in giant batches in an assembly-line fashion and with machine-like precision, their method is of course much more affordable. The hand-dyeing process takes more time and energy, and requires a Hermione Granger-like dedication over pots of boiling water: Waiting for the exact temperature, continuous dunking of fiber, and making sure that each dye recipe is followed to a T. It is a chemical reaction—both a science and an art—that allow these colors and fibers to marry. You are paying for the dedicated manual labor, hard work, and unique colors found here.
You betcha! While we understand the application of the method, we do not agree with it being used as a regular method for controlling fly strike. Mulesing is a technique used to remove skin from the sheep’s rear end to help prevent fly strike, a parasitic infection—this infection is incredibly painful, and can be fatal. Merino sheep have many folds of wool-bearing skin, so they are often at a higher risk of this infection. However, mulesing is a quite controversial as it is not yet fully regulated; for now, we choose to use mulesing-free wool.
Typically, low-exhaust is when very little if any dye is left over. This is great for the environment as it means that very little if any heavy metal dyes get poured down the drain. Most of the dye is absorbed by the fibers, but often with rich and saturated colors there is a little (or sometimes a lot) leftover in the pot. We take it one step farther and use an extra skein to soak up any excess dye just to be safe! The benefit of this is a gorgeous, unrepeatable skein with layers and layers of dye. And guess what? You get the chance to purchase these for next to nothing!
As Bob Ross teaches us, we don’t make mistakes: We make happy little accidents. Our HLA section is full of discounted yarn from our dyeing adventures! It’s still beautiful, usable colors—just a happy little accident that didn’t make the quality control cut.
🎶On Penny Skein, there’s a dyer showing photographs / Of all the dye she’s had the pleasure to know🎶
Our exhaust skeins are created from any leftover colors from our dye. Occasionally, our other skeins won’t absorb all the dye in the pot; rather than pouring heavy metal dyes down the drain, we throw in an extra skein at the end of our dyeing to absorb it. The result is layers upon layers of pastels and diluted vibrant dyes—truly beautiful colors that we cannot repeat! Since very little work goes into these, we feel that it’s only fair that you get to reap the benefits of these beautiful skeins at a ridiculously low price! We takes notes and occasionally semi-recreate exhaust colors to the best of our abilities.
Jun 9, 2021
Jun 7, 2021
Lovely bundle of color, which arrived before I even thought it would have shipped! (Adding a photo, even though I know each bundle was different.)
Jun 4, 2021
Jun 3, 2021
April is an amazing dyer! I ordered 2 of the mini sets. She chose two different vibes and nailed it!! These minis are gorgeous 😁