Monday, August 20, 2007


Wooly Wonka Fibers

On the left Wooly Wonka Fibers Merino Laceweight in Northern Lights; on the right, the same in Buckwheat Honey.

These were both purchased to make KnitSpot Anne's Bee Stoles/Shawls. I think the Northern Lights will become a Honeybee Stole as a Christmas present for someone who likes blue. The Buckwheat Honey is for me, but I'm not sure if I'll make the stole or the Bee Fields Shawl.

I have to tell y'all about the great customer service from Anne at Wooly Wonka. I originally ordered the Buckwheat Honey Shawl Kit. When the stole pattern came out, I decided I liked it better, so I ordered an additional skein of Buckwheat Honey yarn, since the shawl takes more yarn, plus the Northern Lights yarn. (I ordered the stole pattern directly from the other Anne, at KnitSpot.)

When Wooly Wonka received my second order, Anne emailed me, worried that I hadn't ordered enough yarn for either of the Bee Shawls, since, I suspect, that's what most of the orders for Buckwheat Honey Laceweight are for. I explained that it was just to supplement the previous order. She offered to send me one big skein of Buckwheat Honey, so there would be fewer ends and the dye-lots would match, if I just sent the original order back. She also sent the Northern Lights in one big skein. Isn't that nice? And isn't that a great reason to order from a smaller company that actually looks at the orders as they come in?

What's funny is that my first order came after we had agreed to do this, and I realized that I had ordered the wrong color in my original order -- I had ordered Tupelo Gold instead of Buckwheat Honey! So this really all worked out really well!

So -- there are my future knitting plans. In the meantime, I'm still working on Hidcote. I also pulled out the Flared Lace Smoke Ring, since I really need to get it finished before the weather gets cool.

Flared Lace Smokering


Bezzie said...

Oh that's right, you're in a place where it's actually going to get cold for more than a minute!

Purty yarn! And thanks for linking and not just making some silly game out of trying to find the online store ;-)

Chris said...

*makes mental note of Wooly Wonka*

Deb said...

Good customer service just makes your day doesn't it?

SYLVIE said...

I ordered the Honeybee Stole (Buckweat Honey) from Wooly Wonka Fibers yesterday! I can't wait to receive it and I'm glad to hear about the great service.

Can you tell me what size needle they recommend for that stole?


Stacie said...

you are quite the lace shawl knitter! Do you ever buy yarn at Crazy Girls? I have no LYS, and have thought about making a trip to Iowa City or their Muscatine store... is it worth an hour drive each way?

Anonymous said...

Wooly Wonka. *laugh* I love the name!

Anonymous said...

that is a great name for a store, I bookmarked it.

I hear you guys had some storms roll through yesterday, my sister got caught in one between Cedar Rapids and Marengo.

Anonymous said...

I'm anxious to see what you decide to do with your buckwheat honey. I just started bee fields in tupelo gold and so far, I'm loving it. Have fun!
Shelr, marion, oh

Amysatx said...

You find the coolest yarns and patterns! I always enjoy checking out your latest discoveries!!

Anonymous said...

Nice yarn selections - I can't wait to see the varigation when you start knitting the blue one up.