Lately, as part of my , I've been entertaining the idea of buying yarn wholesale. I'm planning to explore creating a line of knit winter wear & evolving my current line of handbags & purses such that I could make them to order in custom colors. In order to do this, I'd need a reliable supplier &/or my own stock of yarn, and to cut costs it might make sense to just break down an buy wholesale.
I'm in the very, very early stages of this. I've contacted just a few companies via email, and consulted some trusted atrsy allies who have gone through this process before. But I'd like to keep you informed of my progress and also request your participation in the process of both yarn scouting & designing since my main goal is to buy supply somewhere in between "what the people want" and what is of good quality & sustainable for me.
I've asked you what colors you prefer in scarves & coats and I really, really appreciate all of the responses I got. I value your opinions and am happy to have such a chime-in type of audience! I also asked you about the weight of yarn you prefer. But this week, I'm focusing on fiber-content.
At one of the holiday shows I sold at this winter, a lady picked up one of my scarves and said, "I have very specific things I look for in scarves: I am a daily MARC train commuter and I need something that I can throw in the washer and something that travels well- that's why I don't go for wool scarves." And some people just plain hate the way wool can feel, especially around their neck.
Here's my 2 cents: I'm a yarn snob. I value quality over convenience. 100% natural fibers are all that I usually pick up. And wool isn't always itchy. Picture a super classy blend of alpaca, cashmere, & silk. Sound nice? Sure. But do you know what that feels like??? Or how expensive a 50G ball is (can run you upwards of $14 commercially). Also, yarns like this can only be hand washed and air dried. Sigh.
I thought I found the perfect solution: 100% Superwash merino wool. It's still wool. And it's SO nice, and SO soft. And you can throw it in the washer & dryer. So I went to talk to my local yarn store expert about it since I've never really knit with it before. She said the bulky weight knits up stiffly, and all weights tend to loose shape in the washer- so hand washing is not necessary, but recommended. Sigh again. Not the perfect solution. I might try it out for myself though, despite, just to see.
So, I ask you: How do you feel, in general about the fiber content of your knitwear? Do you avoid anything that says, "hand wash only"? Do you hate or love any particular fibers?
Your two cents will be very helpful, and might just make it into another highly nerdy pie chart;)