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Hand-Dyed Yarns From Lorna's Laces

Lorna's Laces skein  Lorna's Laces sock

If Koigu's colors are too dramatic, or if you need a yarn you can toss in the washing machine, look no further than Lorna's Laces. Tremendously popular with sock knitters, this yarn was originally brought to market by Lorna Miser in Somerset, California. In January 2003, the company was sold and moved to Chicago, Illinois, where it now thrives under Beth Casey's direction.

There are several yarns under the Lorna's Laces label. Most popular with sock knitters (and shown in the image above) is the Shepherd Sport, which knits up at 6 stitches to the inch and comes in 200-yard skeins.

The price is an unusually reasonable $7 per skein.


You'll find almost 60 colors for Shepherd Sport alone, in both solids and multicolored blends. Hand-dyed yarns often produce subtle color variations in the solids, and Lorna's Laces is no exception.

It's an attractive effect I happen to prefer. If you're looking for 100% color consistency, you probably don't want hand-dyed yarns in the first place.

The multicolored blends are a world in their own. They produce a marvelous "flame" effect, which you can begin to see in the image above.

Choosing a color can be painfully difficult. At $7 per skein, I recommend ordering several and having fun.

Lorna's Laces offers several yarn bases including a silk/wool blend, an angora/wool blend, and a kid mohair/nylon blend yarn.

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(Article originally published in June 2001)


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