The Bases

You can be confident that your Fiber for the People® yarn is ethically sourced and 100% mueseling-free. All fiber used to produce the yarns offered here is shorn or shed naturally prior to being spun.  

Superwash-treated Bluefaced Leicester yarn bases are 100% British and come from small farms all throughout the UK and are spun in traditional family-operated spinneries.

The BFL DK is spun in a longstanding family owned Italian spinning mill known for its production of high-quality yarns. This mill employs traditional techniques in both spinning and preparation of skeins, which includes hand-tied knots instead of yarn splicing. Hand-tied knots are considered more durable than splicing and are typically used in traditional spinning mills when connecting the end of one cone of yarn to the beginning of another. Industry standard for the number of knots in a single skein of yarn is three.

Non-Superwash Merino is Peruvian and sourced from small family-run farms as well as larger farms in Peru. The new Super Bulky 50/50 (50% Peruvian highland wool/50% Extra-fine Peruvian highland alpaca) base is spun by hand by wives and mothers of alpaca shepherds in the Andes mountains of Peru, the sale of these yarns contributes to the economic well-being of the families of these talented women.* 

Superwash-treated Merino yarns come from Australia, Argentina, and Uruguay. 

Yak is sourced from farms in the Tibetan Plateu and surrounding regions.

All Superwash-treated yarns are scoured and Superwash-treated in the UK to the highest environmental standards.

The term “untreated” is used to refer to yarn bases that have not undergone Superwashing, either through a chemical removal of the wool fiber cuticle, or the coating of the fibers in polymer. I may use either “untreated” or “non-Superwash” interchangeably.

Where the terms medium and extra-fine are used, it is in reference to the grade of the Merino fiber. Most wool fiber is graded using the Micron scale. A Micron is a unit of measurement used to determine the diameter of a single wool fiber. A Micron is 1/25,000 of an inch. The fewer the Microns, the softer and smoother the yarn or the more suitable for next-to-skin wear. The lowest count I offer is 19.5 (extra-fine/very soft) and the highest is 27 (medium-much more “rustic”, great for socks).

*My purchasing of this yarn for use in my business contributes financially to the aforementioned cause.


Yarn bases are subject to change due to supplier availability and base popularity.  Yarn prices reflect current material costs and wool market prices.  Due to the fluctuation of wool prices, these values may change unexpectedly.   

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Kid Mohair/Silk

70% Ultra Fine Kid Mohair 30% Silk; Lace


459 Yards/50g

$34 ($32 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

A beautiful accompaniment to any yarn for adding strength (mohair is nearly as strong as Nylon!) and a gorgeous halo. Mohair has about twice the thermal properties of wool and provides real warmth and comfort for the wearer.

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Yak/Silk Light

50% Tibetan Yak/ 50% Silk; Light Fingering


218 Yards/50 grams


This is a warm and elegant luxury yarn. The yak fiber is warmer than wool and rivals cashmere in softness and the silk adds a beautiful drape. The natural brown color of the yak makes for a beautiful, deep undertone. There is little stretch to this yarn due to the percentage of silk, however yak has a natural springiness, which allows the yarn to maintain resiliency.

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80% Superwash Extra-fine Merino Wool/25% Nylon; Fingering


400 yards/100 grams

$29 ($27 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

This is a favorite of mine because of its softness, versatility, and the gorgeous 2-ply twist. It's a flat yarn so it has a bit more drape than a typical 4-ply sock-weight yarn. For socks, it’s usually my go-to. Simple as that.

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NSW Merino Fingering

100% Non-Superwash Extra-Fine Merino; 4-ply; 437 yards/100grams

$29 ($27 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

A sturdy and rustic non-Superwash option for fingering-weight projects.

*Due to the nature of untreated wool yarn, non-Superwash yarn bases will show the dye-job less intensely. Speckles will be more like watercolor details and variegated colorways will be more subtle and blended.

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80% SW Extra-Fine Merino 10% Nylon 10% Cashmere; fingering


382 yards/100 grams

$33 ($32 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

A classic luxury yarn. Spun using only the longest staple cashmere fibers, this MCN blend is highly-resistant to pilling.

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75% Superwash Medium Merino 25% Nylon; Light Fingering


437 yards/100 grams

$28 ($26 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

Hearty and durable. This lofty 4-ply yarn is a great, simple sock base. The merino used in this yarn is medium grade at 27 microns which, when blended with Nylon, makes for a sturdy and springy fabric. You may find that it has a slight bite upon first handling, however you’ll come to love it for that very reason.

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Merino Single

100 % SW Extra-fine Merino; single-ply

437 yards/100 grams

$30 ($28 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

Made from extra-fine Merino wool, this soft single-ply yarn is ideal for shawls and light wearing garments. Not recommended for heavily-worn items or those that may experience constant agitation in places, as this yarn will have a natural tendency to pill due to its lighter twist and single-ply construction. Save this glamorous beauty for the fancy stuff.

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Merino Sport

100% Non-Superwash* Extra-Fine Merino; sport


328 yards/100 grams

$28 ($26 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

A durable, yet soft sport weight yarn. This hearty and rustic yarn will hold up to some good wear and is perfect for cozy winter garments.

*Due to the nature of untreated wool yarn, non-Superwash yarn bases will show the dye-job much less intensely.


100% Superwash British Bluefaced Leicester; DK


246 yards/100 grams

$30 ($28 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

This is the most barnyard-y yarn I offer. It smells like it comes from a sheep (in all the right ways, mind you), it looks like it comes from a sheep (it’s slightly creamier in color, which provides a natural warm undertone), it feels like it comes from a sheep. If it could speak, it would sound like a sheep. It’s rustic, hearty, and “unrefined”. Though it is Superwash treated, it retains it’s earthy character. The BFL gives it a bit of luster and plenty of strength. A great yarn for all walks of knitting projects in the DK-weight range. Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a few bits of hay in the fibers as you knit. It’s been known to happen and, in my professional opinion, is a bit of a treat. (BFL DK is my favorite for thicker socks!)

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Merino Worsted

100% Non-Superwash* Extra-fine Merino Wool; worsted


218 yards/100 grams

$26 ($24 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

Classic worsted-weight yarn in all natural Merino wool.

*Due to the nature of untreated wool yarn, non-Superwash yarn bases will show the dye-job less intensely.

Merino Aran

100% Non-Superwash* Extra-fine Merino Wool; Aran


181 yards/100 grams

$28 ($26 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

Traditional Aran-weight yarn in all natural Merino wool. This yarn is just slightly chunkier than the Merino Worsted and slightly less chunky than the Merino Bulky. A true in-betweener.

*Due to the nature of untreated wool yarn, non-Superwash yarn bases will show the dye-job less intensely.

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Merino Bulky

100% Superwash Extra-fine Merino; Bulky

109 yards/100 grams

$29 ($27 solid colorways/Lucky Strikes)

A true bulky yarn. Plump and hearty and ready to party.

(I had to.)

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Andean 50/50

50% Peruvian Highland Wool/ 50% Peruvian Alpaca; Super Bulky handspun

54 yards/100 grams


A naturally luxe, hand-spun, super bulky yarn. The alpaca gives it heft and density that makes for a beautiful drape and soft, elegant hand. And, of course, a little squish. It is yarn, after all. (Please read the information provided at the top of the page for background on this new yarn base.)