Pre-order FAQs

We're trying something new this year and opening up pre-orders for Norwood and Elora, our locally sourced 100% Canadian yarns. We're planning to close pre-orders on June 15th, but as our quantities of fleece are very limited, we will close earlier if need be.

Norbouillet: From sheep to yarn

Why should I pre-order these yarns?

Both the Norwood and Elora yarns are custom-spun from fleece we buy directly from a farm in Norwood, Ontario. Because we have a limited supply of fleece each year, we've had to guess how much to allocate to Norwood and how much to Elora. We also have to decide how much to dye in each colourway.

Last year we sold out very quickly of a few popular colours, so this is your chance to order exactly what you want and know that we will have it spun and dyed just for you!

If I pay for my pre-order now, when will I get my yarn?

We're planning to ship out the finished yarn in early September. As of now (May 20th) we've finished washing all the fleece and will be delivering it to Donna from Wellington Fibres at the PEC Fibre Fest next weekend. It's a busy time of year for the mill, so we typically don't get the spun yarn until August, at which point we'll dye it all up and send it out to you!

What exactly is "Norbouillet" and what is the story behind this yarn?

Allison, the sheep farmer we buy from, calls the fleece from her flock "Norbouillet" as it is a Rambouillet cross that she has been breeding for so many years that it is now specific to her farm.

You can read all about our process in developing this yarn on our blog. Debbie wrote this post in 2015 when we first started this project and we've been gradually increasing the amount of fleece we buy each year. We are up to 40 lbs this year!

Will I still be able to buy these yarns later in the year?

Yes, we won't pre-sell absolutely all of our fleece, but we can't guarantee that we'll have a specific colourway available later. If you'd like to know as soon as the 2018 batch of yarns is available for purchase on our website, please join our mailing list.

Still have questions? Email us at info@sweetpaprikadesigns.com.