TofG – Thanks everyone!

August 25, 2007 @ 1:48 am
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Can you believe it sold out in a matter of seconds??? Dear lord, you people are rabid! :) I will talk to the dyers about another Taste of Germany sometime soon! Maybe next time it will be green? A lot of you guys like green…

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Taste of Germany – Yarn and Order Info

August 24, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
posted by kris
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OK, people, after teasing you for weeks and weeks, the time has finally come! All 5 yarns are in and all 5 are fabulous! All different, each unique to it’s dyer. Here are the yarns with info:

Wollmeise Sockenwolle Vergißmeinnicht colorway in med-dark intensity

Wollmeise needs no introduction! Her yarns are 100% superwash merino and a whopping 525m per 150g skein. I love this yarn for it’s smoothness and deep intense colors.


Sheepaints Sockenwolle Wunsch Brunnen colorway

Sheepaints yarn is up-and-coming! I love her unique style to her dyeing and I can almost always spot her yarn, even if I’ve never seen the colorway before! The base yarn is the German standard for sock yarns – 75% merino and 25% polyamid (nylon), 420m per 100g skein. It is machine washable.


Das Schneeschaf Marisilk in a special Taste of Germany colorway

Andrea (the snow sheep) has a very unique style of dyeing – she airbrushes her yarns! Each one is individual and has amazing colors that blend so well together. And how can you NOT love Marisilk? I am super addicted to this stuff and can’t get enough. It is incredibly soft and it’s like knitting a cloud. Marisilk is 70% silk and 30% sea cell, 400m per 100g. Hand wash only.


Drachenwolle Merino/Silk/Ramie Sockenwolle in a special Taste of Germany colorway

Christiane of Drachenwolle is a master of dyeing with non-toxic and natural dyes. I love the subtle shades of this yarn and the merino/silk/ramie blend is very common in Germany but not anywhere else (at least that I could find). The yarn is 70% merino, 20% silk and 10% ramie (which is a plant fiber) and 400m per 100g. It is machine washable.


Handgefaerbt.com Sockenwolle Merino Light Downstream colorway

Kirsten of Handgefaerbt is another prolific dyer in Germany and she creates masterpieces with her yarn! I love the intense colors and the amazing variety. Her yarn is super squishy and very soft. It is 100% superwash merino and 475m per 100g.


Cost: The kit that contains one of each of the yarns above is 70 euros + 12 euros shipping outside of Europe. It would be 6 euros shipping within Europe and 4 euros within Germany.

How to order: At midnight tonight (Central European Time), I will take the first 10 email orders sent to bockstark.knits (at) gmail (dot) com. That is 6pm Eastern time and 12pm (noon) in Hawaiian time. I will notify you by email if you are chosen (as well as if you are not) and send you a paypal invoice. You will need to pay within 3 days, and if no payment is received, I will take the next person in the queue.

Don’t worry, if you don’t make it this time, I will put together another Taste of Germany soon!

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Taste of Germany, part 5

@ 1:26 pm
posted by kris
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Sock yarn from Handgefaerbt.com

OK, this is the last and final yarn shipment! Woohoo! This is from Handgefaerbt.com, dyed in a special colorway for the Taste of Germany. I am putting together another post with all the info, but just wanted to share this picture now.

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Taste of Germany, parts 2, 3 and 4

August 21, 2007 @ 12:20 pm
posted by kris
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Wollmeise Sockenwolle Vergißmeinnicht

Das Schneeschaf Marisilk in a special TofG colorway

Sheepaints Sockenwolle Wunschbrunnen

Oh my look at this luciousness!!! You guys are in for a treat! :) Still waiting on one more, I’m hoping tomorrow I will get it.

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Taste of Germany, part 1

August 15, 2007 @ 4:11 am
posted by kris
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Drachenwolle Merino/Silk/Ramie yarn arrived!

The first of the 5 yarns have arrived! It’s puuurrrrdy! Christiane from Drachenwolle did an excellent job! This is the Merino/Silk/Ramie blend sock yarn dyed with a non-toxic dye with no heavy metals in it.

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Taste of Germany update

July 31, 2007 @ 2:54 am
posted by kris
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OK folks, this is really happening!!! Woohoo! I put my order in to the dyers and I’m giving them 3 weeks to get it to me. I am making 10 kits and it will be first come, first served. Whenever I post the final data + picture, I will tell you from what time I am accepting orders. From there, I will take the first 10 emails I get and invoice them through paypal. I am still trying to finalize how much it’s going to cost but it looks like 70 euros will be it. And I was wrong on the shipping, it’s going to be 12 euros worldwide and 6 euros within the EU. If there are German buyers (which I doubt), it will be even less. It’s just going to be the yarn and a little info on each dyer (no extras, sorry!). I will post a picture here of what the yarns will look like and you can decide from there if you want it or not. This kit will be “blue” and will contain:

1 skein Wollmeise sock yarn
1 skein Marisilk (sea silk lace weight)
1 skein regular sock yarn (75% merino/25% Polyacryl)
1 skein Merino/Silk/Ramie sock yarn
1 skein 100% merino lightweight sock yarn

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.