Update on Frostagarn — New Price Break on Vintage Swedish Frostagarn

October 8, 2017–update:  Since last month’s bulk discount announcement, three colors have run out.  The photo to the left reflects the current availability.

I purchased many boxes of the Borgs Swedish yarn called Frosta over a year ago from an estate sale on the west coast.  It was produced in the mid-century modern period and is no longer made. I have listed it in my etsy shop, and sales have been brisk at $8/100gram with 110 Meter on the skein. Generally yarn of this caliber ranges from $10-16/skein

As of this blog-posting, I will be reducing the price for larger orders to help move the yarn to fiberartists who are on budget or just looking for a good deal.  It is currently the lowest priced yarn I carry, and frankly I need the space for newer yarns coming in.

If you are buying 1-14 skeins, the price is $8 per skein.  Notice the price drops significantly as you buy greater quantities.  If you want to order for a group of friends, why not bring the price down to $5/skein.  There will be no delay in shipment because it is on on premises right now.

A color sample card is included in my Samples package sold on etsy. The colors are limited to two basic color ranges: HOT pinks, oranges, and yellows ….

and COOLER natural greens, browns and golds.

Note: The chocolate brown, rust, and two other greens are now gone. See sample card at the top of post for availability–though quantities are less.

They can be used with other Frostagarns or mix them with Rauma, Lundgren, or Asborya (currently made by Borgs selling at $13-16/sk.)   You can mix and match colors as you choose. Any quantity, as long as it is still available or any Frostagarn color, just send me a list of what you want and I will send you an online invoice.  Or if you’d rather purchase through etsy, send me an etsy message telling me what you want, and I will do a special listing just for you.  Very easy.

Here are the price breaks:

1 – 14 skeins @ $8.00/skein

15 – 25 skeins @ $7.00

26 – 49 skeins @ $6.00

50+ skeins @ $5.00

Here is a close-up shot of a totally Frostagarn-made rya.  It has a coarse feel as most rya yarns do.  The twist is looser than other rya yarns, but the twist is maintained when the loops are cut.  I made sample swatches of rya rugs (like the photo below) using every type of rya yarn I carry, and was very pleasantly surprised at how nice the Frostagarn functioned solo on a backing.  I have been adding maybe 10-20%  Frostagarn to most my kits I offer along with a mix of the Lundgren, Rauma ryegarn and prydvevgarn, and Asborya.

By comparison (for those in the know), the same company, Borgs in Sweden made Frostagarn as they still make the Asborya today which sells for $13-$16.  The older yarn has the more characteristic coarse rope-like twist than the new which is definitely more on the soft side.

 

4 thoughts on “Update on Frostagarn — New Price Break on Vintage Swedish Frostagarn

    • Aloha, Janice!
      OK… that was a good math question for me… I weighed many Frosta skeins and found they averaged 103 grams. Nice! multiplied by 50 skeins and added the weight of a box that will hold them all, and the USPS.com tells me the cost would be $48 for Priority mail to Honolulu. You are one of my very best bargain shoppers. Let me know how much of whichever colors you want. There are some beauties in there!
      Nice to hear from you, Janice.
      Melinda

  1. I have some Ege rya rugs, the midcentury abstract ones. How does this yarn compare to the yarn used in those in thickness, or to the Lundgren yarn (I have an actual sample card from decades ago)? From your email newsletter, it sounded like it might be different?

    I am really looking forward to your book. Any approx idea when it might be available?

    Thanks,

    Karen

    • Hi, Karen, Thanks for your really good questions. I would say that the Frosta is fairly comparable to the Lundgren with a slightly looser twist, though it does not untwist when cut as all good rya yarns mustn’t do. It may be a tad coarser than Lundgren. It blends well with all the rya yarns and it is great to mix. The Rauma ryegarn is the go-to brand for the very best qualities for functional floor use as well as beautiful sheen and twist. I added a new photo to this blog so you can see more clearly what the Frostagarn looks like in rya format.

      Oh–so funny! I was just about to tell you that you really might benefit from ordering my yarn sample cards listed on etsy, when I suddenly realized that my listing had sold…I looked at the sale and see YOU bought it. Good for you!!! Now you can see first hand. And I will relist the sample cards on etsy for the next person. Thanks, Karen, and it is risky for me to pick a release time for the book, but my book producer and I are working hard on it and I believe it will be early spring. (Don’t hold me to it…life happens.)
      Cheers,
      Melinda

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