Sheepspot

Photography

I do my best to use pictures that accurately represent the color of the yarns, but be aware that different monitors show color in different ways. Thus the yarn may look slightly different in person.

Prices

Our prices are in US dollars.

Privacy

Sheepspot will never sell your information to anyone, ever. 

Returns

I want you to be delighted with everything you buy from Sheepspot. If you're not happy, please email me at sasha@sheepspot.com so we can work together to come up with the best solution. 

I will accept returns of yarns and fiber as originally packaged for forty-five days after purchase, with shipping costs for returns the responsibility of the customer.

Shipping

Sheepspot ships worldwide via Canada Post.

Within Canada, we ship xpresspost (tracked and fully insured; 2 business days guaranteed) and regular parcel (tracked and insured, 7 business days).

We offer four tiers of service to the US: xpresspost (tracked and insured to $100; 2 business days guaranteed)expedited parcel (tracked and insured to $100; 4-7 business days); tracked packet (tracked and insured to $100; 6 business days) and small packet air (not tracked or insured; 6+ business days).

If you are outside Canada and the US, we offer two options: tracked packet international (tracked and insured; 6-10 business days); small packet international (not tracked or insured; 6-10 business days).

Please note: if you opt for untracked shipping, you do so at your own risk. Sheepspot cannot be responsible for items lost in transit. We ship Mondays and Wednesdays, and use 100% recycled and recyclable shipping materials.

Yarn

Why are breed-specific yarns important?

I talk about this here.

Why have you chosen these breeds?

Three reasons:

  • I've come to know and love these wools by spinning them by hand.
  • Each wool contributes something unique to the overall "mix" of Sheepspot yarns.
  • I want the yarn I make to have the smallest ecological footprint possible; most of these wools are available from flocks quite close to where I live. 

What is fill-in-the-blank yarn like?

You can find detailed information on each of the yarns Sheepspot sells on its information page. Go here for the links. If you need to know more, get in touch!

How can I get the best results using hand-dyed yarn? 

As hard as I try to make the skeins in a dye lot consistent with each other, there will be subtle variations among them. In order to knit a consistent fabric, it's best to knit from two skeins and use them in alternate rows. Also, be sure to order enough yarn to finish your project; if you need more skeins than is offered in a listing, just let me know what you need and I'll dye the number of skeins you need in that colorway just for you!

Why do you use acid dyes? Aren't "natural" dyes better for the environment?

I'm planning a longer blog post about this, but for now I'll just say that natural dyes are not necessarily safer or more environmentally sound than synthetic dyes. Some plant dyes are toxic, as are many of the mordants used in natural dyeing to bind the dye molecules to the wool. And natural dyeing requires significantly more water and heat that the chemical dye techniques that I use. 

Additionally, natural dyes are in general less light- and wash-fast than synthetic alternatives, and offer a narrower range of colors.