I shared this already in the Knitting community on LiveJournal, but I thought I'd post here, and wave my pom-poms about my recent experience with WoolGirl.com.
I came across this vendor while checking out the stockists for my friend Axelle's gorgeous cashmere. I'll pause now, to allow you to pick your jaws up off the ground. :D Anyhow, I was surprised at the selection of hand-dyed yarns, mostly sock, that WoolGirl offered -- many from dyers that I'd never heard of. I was click click clicking along, when...I found it. The *perfect* yarn for my Clapotis. My knitting rite of passage. :P
Now, I'd come across several yarns earlier that had tempted me for this project (Lorna's Laces in Gold Hill and Patons SWS in Natural Earth were contenders), but nothing had fully "clicked". Sock yarns offered the greater variety of colors, but a Clapotis in sock yarn would take me forever to knit. So, imagine my delight when I saw this ENORMOUS, 560 yd. skein of pure worsted loveliness:
This is Miss Babs 100% Superwash Merino in Bronzed Plum. There was only skein left, and so I pounced. The colors are much deeper and muted than they appear in the picture -- just fabulous.
The icing on the cake, however, was all the thoughtful attention that WoolGirl put into the packaging:
Wrapped in tissue, complete with ribbon, shiny sticker, Soak sample, and handwritten note. Not only that, but I ordered the yarn on a Friday, and it arrived on the following MONDAY.
WOW. They've won me over. I'll be back. :)