sweater quantity library FAQ

What is the Sweater Quantity Library?

The Sweater Quantity Library (SQL) is a collection of historical colorways, available to order at any time, across all bases, in quantities of 3 or more across a single colorway & base.

How do the minimum quantities work and why?

In order to offer the SQL year round, I need to make it practical for myself to dye up historical colorways in quantities that don't create large amounts of extra inventory in the studio. 

What is the timeline for SQL orders?

You can expect your order to ship between 6-8 weeks of your order date. This allows me time to order any bases or supplies needed for your order, if not already in stock at the studio, and work these orders into my production schedule.SQL orders do NOT affect existing pre-order timelines.

Can I combine an SQL order with an existing order I have with you?

You absolutely may - I request that you put your existing order number you'd like to combine with into the comments section when checking out, or send me an email of the two or more orders you'd like to combine. Please note that because SQL orders are on a separate timeline from collection pre-orders, your order will move to follow the longest timeline of the items you've ordered. This ensures that I am still adhering to my quoted production timeline for pre-order collections, and that SQL dyeing won't interfere with that timeline.

If you don't request to combine your SQL order with an existing order, I will ship them each according to their previously quoted production timelines, individually.

Will inclusivity discounts apply to the SQL?

Yes! Please note the inclusivity discount applies to orders of 6+ skeins on a SINGLE colorway & base, and is intended to be used honestly - please only apply this discount if you consider yourself plus sized and would benefit from this discount. For example, if you are knitting a size M for a top and need 6+ skeins for a project, please refrain from using this discount. However, if you are knitting a plus size top that needs 6+ skeins for a project, this discount exists to help shoulder the additional cost of skeins needed for you to have the perfect fit for your size. It isn't fair for garments to cost you more!

Which bases are photographed in the SQL listings and why?

I have used my sock / fingering base and my baby suri base to re-trial and photograph SQL colorways. I selected these bases because I find they accurately represent the expected visual of a colorway across the widest range of bases - sock / fingering is representative of any superwash bases available (sock, tweed, sport, DK, worsted, and bulky) and baby suri is representative of any non-superwash bases available (non-superwash fingering, non-superwash worsted, and mohair silk). While each base still dyes up with its own unique visuals, these two trialed and photographed bases felt like the most efficient way for me to test and represent colorways. If you have any questions about a specific base, just shoot me an email or DM!

Occasionally I will run new bases that were part of a specific collection or colorway (Heritage Aran and baby alpaca, for example). Since these dye up quite uniquely, I will exercise discretion when adding these bases to the SQL. Some specialty bases may only be applied to tonal colorways; others may only be available in the colorways they were originally released in.

Will SQL skeins match skeins I have in my stash?

I cannot guarantee this due to swapping my production from burner to warming cabinet, and slight variances in dye styles or material dye lots over time. I recommend you order the amount you need for a project in its entirety from the SQL, versus mixing with existing skeins you have in your stash. While I strive to keep color consistency over the years, the SQL is my opportunity to perfect recipes and create a new color standard go forward and there is a chance this might vary slightly from older productions. However, SQL orders of the same colorway that occur at separate times are intended to match one another, though I still recommend alternating skeins due to dye lot differences.

I need help! Can I email / DM you?

Always! Part of the fun of building the SQL and creating current color standards for each colorway is the development of a color standard wall in my studio! This means I keep a skein each of sock / fingering and baby suri on hand for auditing each pan I dye, but also to answer any questions you may have - particularly if you want to chat color combinations. I am happy to pull and photograph any combos you want to see to help you create your perfect order!