Yarn Bases and Information

Here is the list of hand-dyed yarns that are currently stocked and only some of these are available depending on which have been added to the latest shop update. 

Light Weight Yarns

Name

Description

Length

Weight

Price

Cloudgazer 74% Suri Baby Alpaca 26% Mulberry Silk 300m 50g £19
Delectable 50% Merino 50% Silk 700m 100g £21
Finesse Nouveau 100% Ultrafine Merino 800m 100g £16
Floof 72% Mohair 28% Silk 420m 50g £20
Luminosity Lace 100% Mulberry Silk 800m 100g £24
Lustrous BFL Heavy Lace 55% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester 45% Silk 600m 100g £20
Oasis Lace 50% Baby Camel 50% Silk  800m 100g £23
Wisp 55% Silk 45% Cashmere 365m 55g £20
Wriggle Lace 100% Superwash Merino, singles 800m 100g £20
Yaksino Lace 60% Superwash Merino 20% Yak 20% Silk 800m 100g £22

Medium Weight Yarns

Name

Description

Length

Weight

Price

Blimey 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester 385m 110g £18
Blush 80% Merino 20% Cashmere 400m 100g £24
Cracking 100% Non-Superwash Corriedale 400m 100g £18
Crush 75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon  425m 100g £18
Crush Sport 80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon  300m 100g £16
Enchant 70% Baby Alpaca 20% Silk 10% Cashmere 400m 100g £22
Entwine 80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon, high twist 365m 100g £18
Entwist 100% Superwash Merino, high twist 365m 100g £18
Exquisite Twist 80% Superwash Merino 10% Cashmere 10% Nylon 365m 100g £20
Five for Silver 75% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon 5% Silver Stellina Sparkle 400m 100g £20
Flockly 70% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester 20% Silk 10% Cashmere 400m 100g £20
Linger 75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon, high twist 425m 100g £18
Lustrous 50% Silk 50% Superwash Merino 400m 100g £20
Luminosity 100% Mulberry Silk 400m 100g £24
Oasis Grande 50% Baby Camel 50% Silk  400m 100g £23
Opulent 100% Cashmere  183m  55g  £22
Ravish 70% Superwash Merino 20% Silk 10% Cashmere 400m  100g  £20
Ripple 69% Silk 22% Kid Mohair 9% Polyamide 350m  100g  £29
Selkino 70% Superwash Merino 30% Silk, singles 400m  100g  £21
Slinky Twist 80% Superwash Merino 20% Silk, high twist 365m  100g  £20
Smashing 75% Blue Faced Leicester 25% Masham 400m  100g  £19
Splendid  85% Superwash Extrafine Merino 15% Nylon 400m  100g  £19
Squash 100% Superwash Merino 400m  100g  £18
Tweedore  85% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester 15% Donegal Nep 400m  100g  £19
Ullvärme 100% Swedish Wool  300m  100g  £10
Voluptuous Skinny 80% Exmoor Blue 20% Organic Merino 666m  200g  £24
Voluptuous Skinny Minnie 80% Exmoor Blue 20% Organic Merino 166m  50g  £7
Wriggle 100% Superwash Merino, singles 366m  100g  £20
Yaksino 60% Superwash Merino 20% Yak 20% Silk 365m 100g £22

Heavy Weight Yarns

Name

Description

Length

Weight

Price

Blush DK 80% Merino 20% Cashmere 250m 100g £21
Crush DK 75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon  225m 100g £16
Desire 100% Superwash Merino - DK 225m 100g £16
Desire Bounce 100% Superwash Merino - Chunky 100m 100g £16
Enchant DK 70% Baby Alpaca 20% Silk 10% Cashmere - DK 225m 100g £20
Flockly DK 70% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester 20% Silk 10% Cashmere - DK 230m 115g £20
Grandiose 100% Organic Merino - Aran 165m 100g £14
Lustrous DK 50% Silk 50% Superwash Merino 212m 100g £19
Smashing DK 75% Blue Faced Leicester 25% Masham - DK 240m 100g £16
Sonsie 70% Corriedale 30% Polwarth - DK 506m 200g £24
Tweedino 85% Superwash Merino 15% Donegal Neps - DK 212m 100g £16
Voluptuous 80% Exmoor Blue 20% Organic Merino - DK 512m 200g £24

 

Mini Skeins

Little Crushes 75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon - 4 ply - 85m - 20g per mini skein - £20 for a bundle of 5.

Little Squashes 100% Superwash Merino - 4 ply - 80m - 20g per mini skein - £20 for a bundle of 5.

Little Wrigglers 100% Superwash Merino, singles - 4 ply - 73m - 20g per mini skein - £20 for a bundle of 5.

 

Origin of Skein Queen Yarns

Voluptuous is British using sheep bred in North Devon (the Exmoor Blue is a cross between the Exmoor Horn and Blue Faced Leicester) and the yarn is spun in Devon. The 20% organic merino now comes from the Falklands. 

Sonsie is British. The Corriedale and Polwarth fibre comes from the Falklands and is spun in Devon.

Blimey and Smashing are 100% British - grown in the UK and spun in Yorkshire.

All of the Blue Faced Leicester is grown in the UK - some is spun in Peru.

Cracking is currently a blend of South American Corriedale with Corriedale from the Falkland Islands.

Most of the other merino comes from South America and the Falklands with the exception Blush which uses South African merino and is spun in Italy. The Opulent and Sumptuous 100% cashmere is fine quality Mongolian cashmere at approx.15.2 microns fibre width and 36mm fibre length.

The silk and cashmere originate in China - some come directly from China and some are purchased through my UK supplier and come via spinners in Italy and Peru.

The alpaca is from Peru.

The camel is from Africa.

The Swedish wool, Ullvärme, is collected by a company who can't bear to see this beautiful natural material go to waste as a by-product. They therefore gather wool from their local farms on the island of Öland and some on the neighbouring mainland and turn it into yarn. This wool can contain a blend of Dorsets, Suffolks, Dalasau and some Friesian milk ewes.

A word on the superwash process. There are very strict rules on processing the fibres and the treatment is a resin rather than a plastic which bonds permanently with the wool fibre and biodegrades along with the wool. The superwash process creates longevity to the fibres, meaning that finished knits last longer and can be machine washed at low temperatures. It's not perfect for everyone because there is a chemical process involved. So I just wanted to make you aware of the pros and cons. We stock both superwash and non-superwash yarns to give you the choice.

We tend not to use cotton, bamboo or tencel yarns because of the huge amount of processing involved.

 

Sales Tax

From March 2017, Skein Queen became VAT registered and we are now obliged by UK law to collect 20% sales tax from UK and EU sales (with the exception of Andorra, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland). In an effort to keep the pricing structure simple, the prices that you see here are the prices that all countries will pay at checkout. The only additional charge will be for shipping (prices can be found under Delivery below).

The VAT Registration Number from 1st April 2019 is 317 8178 82.