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A Unicorn craft and a fun new look!!

 

Hello friends! You may have noticed some changes in your recent orders of our awesome Unicorn products. The bottles are a bit different! The labels have changed and the tops are now these round pop lids instead of the pump lids. Aren’t they pretty?

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We are quite happy with the look. Those fun round pop tops even inspired a craft! They can be used in various ways, but one fun idea is to use them as tops for tassels. The tassels can be used to decorate inside or out, on your holiday trees, and in various crafts. There is a great video tutorial that shows how to make these tassels over at Jessie At Home! If you pop over there quickly, there is a giveaway for some of our products. The giveaway ends on 8/22 at the end of day, so go enter before it’s too late!

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Next month we will also have a revamped website, with new images and lots of awesome resources! We think you’re going to love it. There will be clear tutorials on how to use all our products, cleaning tutorials for raw wools and fibers, cleaning fabrics, cleaning specific items, removing stains, and removing odors. The new site will be a comprehensive laundering and fiber washing resource in addition to being the place to go to order your Unicorn products.

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As for those products, they are the same amazing products they have always been. While our look is changing to reflect our fairy tail clean theme, our products are NOT changing. So no worries, inside our shiny new packaging is still the same products you have come to love and trust. So keep on cleaning Happily Ever After!

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Lots of love!!

Lots of love!!

We love love! It’s always a thrill when you email us, or post on Facebook or Ravelry or somewhere else and tell us how much you love our products. We’ve collected some of your lovely testimonials to share today. Please feel free to share this blog post with your friends and colleagues who may find use in our products. For those who want a scent free version of our products (which normally have a lavender scent), we have the beyond line: perfect for cloth diapers and baby clothing and accessories. I know I like to pre-wash baby gifts before I give them, and I certainly use the Unicorn products to do so. You could even include a little gift set of the beyond products to give with the gift.

So now, without further ado, here are some testimonials and pictures to show off our fabulous products!!

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Beyond Clean is the best! My 11 month old got juice from an orange all over one of his dress shirts. I had washed it twice already in my normal detergent and it was still stained. It accidentally made its way into a load of diapers and it looks brand new!! – Nicole G.

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It was a dreary day and I was experiencing what I call “fiber deprivation” so I remember the products I’d promised to test. I tested them, and with my hands still damp from the rinse water, I ran to the phone (I’m pretty sure it was on a Saturday or Sunday) and although I thought that I’d reach her answering machine….she answered the phone! I almost screamed into the phone, “Anna, it’s Connie Alexander! I just finished washing a baby alpaca fleece AND I LOVE THESE PRODUCTS!” I was almost out of breath I was so excited! I tested it on my Huacaya and then tested it on Suri….OH MY GOODNESS…the dirt that this product eliminated was nearly unbelievable. I even took some yarn that I’d previously washed in my “former favorite Louet product” and Holy Toledo the dirt that was released, from this already washed four times yarn, was also nearly unbelievable, it was as though the yarn had never been washed!

Please, take it from someone whose “been there, did that”, don’t let down all of those sheep, bison, alpacas, goats, rabbits, and silk worms who’ve worked so hard all year to grow the best fiber they can for you, protect their fiber from harsh chemicals that can damage their hard work and leave you disappointed.

The “Fiber Wash” products absolutely remove the dirt without hurting the fiber!!!!! DIRT IS GONE…..ONLY FIBER REMAINS!!!!! Soft, luxurious fiber!

And, oh, if you don’t make any products, and have natural fiber sweaters in your possession, trust me, these products are just as great and gentle on already made products too!

Don’t take my word for it…be skeptical…try it yourself! –Connie A, Crossroads Alpaca Farm

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Ok, I’m sold!
I washed two cashmere sweaters this weekend and they are absolutely irresistible.
It’s fabulous, we definitely need to get this into the hands of people who will go “Wild” over the softness.
Who needs diamonds when you can enjoy the luxury of Unicorn Fibre Rinse? – Linda C., Wildfibers Magazine

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My friend gave me some samples of the unicorn wash for my child’s wool diaper covers/pants. I’ve been using another brand of wool wash for about 2 years. That said, I WILL NEVER USE ANOTHER WOOL WASH EVER AGAIN!!! The filth that had built up in my woolies was disgusting and Unicorn washed all that dingy, nastiness right away. The colors were brighter, the fiber was softer, they smelled so much better. I even took a picture of my wash water to show my friend because I was in such disbelief. Thank you for such an awesome product!!! – Heather P. – Heather provided us with the image below⇓

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I recently got back from my Level I class in Olds College’s Master Spinner Course in Davis, OK. Thank you so much for donating small packs of your wash and rinse as door prizes! I’ve seen your ads many times, but never got around to trying your products. I won a pack, and just used it for the first time on a 2 pound shawl I spun, knit, and dyed black. It worked beautifully!

It got the excess dye out, and the rinse gave it a gentle soft fragrance and hand that were a delight to experience. Thank you again, and I look forward to purchasing your products, as soon as I can pick a retailer! – Erin H.

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Thank you so much for all the love!! We love all of our customers and are thankful for you every day.

Fibre Wash for your machine washable yarns!

Fibre Wash for your machine washable yarns!

Years ago it seemed as though the only machine washable yarns were the acrylics you found in the big craft stores. Now more and more higher end yarns in natural fibres  are labeled as machine washable. Take it from me: machine washable does not mean toss it in with your jeans and wash it in hot water and dry it on high. Don’t ask how I know. I was very young…

Machine washable yarns usually need to be washed on the gentle cycle and laid flat to dry. Honestly, even if they say they can be dried in the machine, I would still lay them flat to dry.

Now, did you know you can use Fibre Wash in your machine? My daughters and I have many hand made knit and crochet pieces of clothing that are made from washable yarns. We love to wear them. I have a special laundry bag just for those items, and when it is full enough (or someone wants to wear something that is in it) I toss it all in the gentle cycle and use Fibre Wash in place of my regular laundry detergent. I love the results!

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You can also use Fibre Wash for any of you machine washables, not just the yarnie ones! If you need to wash your non-machine washables, such as wool sweaters, you can see our washing guide, we even have a washing guide for cloth diapers!

Now that I’ve shared that tip, lets talk about meeting up in person! That’s right, TNNA is a few short days away and we are busily getting ready. Stop by booth 632 and say “Hi!” If you want a little goodie, hop on over to this post and see how to get one.😉

We will share booth pictures with you later. Don’t forget that we would love to hear your Unicorn Fibre stories, you can see the details here.

 

Power Scour Review from Jessie At Home

Hello lovely readers! Back in March a review of Power Scour was posted on JessieAtHome.com. It was quite a thorough review!

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For the review, Jessie spilled wine, oil, tea, and coffee on swatches of various fibres. She then used Power Scour to remove the stains, with great success. You can read all about the process over on Jessie’s blog post, HERE.

While we are on the subject of happy Unicorn users, do you have a great Unicorn product story? We would love to share some of your stories, tips, and tricks on the blog in July. If you have a story, pop on over to THIS Ravelry post in our group and share your story. You can also share your story as a comment on this post. Be sure to sign your comment with your name as you would like it to appear in the blog post. If you have a website, share that as well so we can link it if we use your comment.

Power Scour to the rescue!

Power Scour to the rescue!

Have you ever had to demote one of your favorite items of clothing to “housecleaning attire” thanks to a stain? I sure have. Specifically a comfy summer dress and a nice cream tunic. I’ve worn and washed both items many times since the stains happened, but just around the house. Earlier this month, I had an epiphany: Power Scour might be able to fix them!!

Let me show you. Here is the dress. I think those are cooking oil stains, but I’m not too sure. When I wear it, they are really obvious.

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Now the cream tunic. There is a tiny dot that sometimes looks like a shadow, but other times, depending on the light, it is really obvious and embarrassing.

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Both of these stained garments have been washed and dried with their stains many times. However, I had faith. So I put some Power Scour directly on the stains and rubbed it in a bit. I then filled a bowl with hot water and more Power Scour and let them soak for about half an hour.

Next I simply ran them through the washer and dryer and thought happy thoughts. Can you guess what happened?

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All clean!!!! I promise that’s the same dress, it’s just the light change from taking the photo later in the day that caused the color to look different.

I went to a conference last week and I wore the tunic. I wore the dress to the grocery store yesterday. I am a happy camper!

So, take a look in your closet, maybe you have some clothing that you can give new life to with Power Scour.

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Would you like a chance to win a set of Fibre Wash, Fibre Rinse, and Power Scour, along with an adorable plus baby unicorn named Blossom? Well, hop on over to Jessie At Home and enter her giveaway – CLICK HERE. Good luck!

Fleece Washing Time!

It may seem a little strange, but I love to wash fleece. Well, depending on who is reading this, maybe it does not seem so strange, but in my little circle of fibery friends, I do not know anyone else who does this for fun. It all started in 2010, when I went to my first Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. I was set up in a corner of Gail and Jim White’s Ozark Carding Mill booth (I wonder if Gail and Jim have retired–their site is not up,) helping sell Unicorn Fibre Products, while they sold their gorgeous fiber and yarn, and took fleeces back to process at their mill.

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I had used Unicorn Fibre Wash and Rinse to wash, block, and freshen knitted and crocheted FOs, and even to set my beginner handspun skeins. But when it came to Power Scour, I was relying on Gail’s expertise and the testimonials of other fiber processors, which I incorporated into my sales spiel. While they all raved about the performance of Power Scour, I felt a little left out, and thought it would make more sense if I personally knew what I was talking about. So I decided to buy a fleece from the booth next door to Gail’s, so I could test the product on my own. Must have been the wool fumes! I figured I would wash a pound or so and then send the rest off for processing. Little did I know that this would turn into an addiction source of such enjoyment. My first fleece was a large and quite greasy Romney, and I washed all 8 pounds of it in my back yard! My obsession began. I repeated the buy a fleece and wash it cycle for several more wool festivals. I’m still not sure why I love it so much, and my neighbors are not sure what to make of it either. It must be just a function of being outside on an nice day and doing something by hand. All you makers and growers know what I mean, right?

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These days, I have a No Fleece Buying rule for when I go to festivals, since I have several clean fleeces and have not done much with them. My plan for this year’s Spinzilla is to make a good dent in my clean fleece stash and card and spin up as much as possible, so I figured I should make sure all of my fleece is at least washed. I knew I had one that I had not scoured yet. It wasn’t the one I thought, and I honestly can’t eremember what kind of fleece it is. I know I have bought romney, romney-bond, shetland, coopworth lamb, cvm ram and I think that is it. All I can say about this one is that it is a nice chocolatey brown and it has been in the garage and I may have scored it at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool a few years ago. It could be part of the romney-bond, which was, as I recall, a biggie.

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A little VM, but otherwise, a nice looking fluffy fleece, and none the worse for aging in my garage for a while

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I’ve been meaning to wash this since the weather warmed up this spring, but somehow did not get around to it till now. It rained where I live all of June and some of July, and then I’ve been busy with my local community garden. But then there came a nice sunny Friday morning, and I couldn’t wait any longer.

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Like many of my product demo posts, this one involves my doing some cleaning first, in this case my many plastic buckets, and food. Here is my squash haul from the home garden so far this year.

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Whereas in the past I have “meticulously” laid locks with tips and cut ends oriented carefully and nestled in tulle envelopes for washing, this time I could not be bothered to find and use all of that stuff.

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A couple years ago my husband strongly suggested I put things in the attic that I am not currently using. I know, right? So it is more of a chore to go up there and get things that I “need.” So for this episode of fleece washing, we are going pretty low tech.

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I start with the hottest water out of my kitchen sink tap, about 130-140 degrees. I am pretty conservative with my use of the Unicorn power scour and Fibre Rinse.

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For the first wash, I start with about a teaspoon in 4 gallons of water, and probably a half pound of dirty fleece. It sits, with just a little gentle swishing, for about 20 minutes.

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Here is the water after the first wash.

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Each batch then gets removed and placed in a colander I just use for fleece, and the dirty water gets poured right into the garden, once it has cooled.

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I only pour it on the flowers and the fruiting plants, not on the greens or root crops. For the second wash, I use the same amount of water, but less Power Scour, about 1/2 teaspoon. Because I am doing this by hand and not in the machine, I can judge how much product and soak time I think each pile of fleece needs.

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Here’s the water after the second wash. You can see that most of the “stuff” (lanolin and farm dirt) came out in the first go-round. So there is really no reason to go heavy-handed with the product. You can experiment on your own, since every fleece will be different and water is not the same everywhere either.

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I like to keep the suds low, because even though I am reusing the water, the second half of my summer got so hot and dry that I am more conscious of my water use, and less suds means less rinsing.

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The next step is a Fibre Rinse soak.

Here is the water afterwards.

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For this I use slightly cooler, warm, not hot water, and one squirt in each bucket is fine. If I have a really dirty fleece, sometimes I will repeat this, but this guy is not too bad, and so the last step is a clear warm water soak.

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Then I go find my drying racks. In past years I have used our lawn furniture. but my husband is not a big fan of that, so now I have collected more appropriate materials, including my homemade fleece/sweater/garlic drying rack.

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Hot and dry weather is just the ticket for drying wet wool, and my blobs of clean fleece were good to go by the end of the afternoon. You may notice my garden is a little jungly. That’s August for you!

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If you have never hand washed a fleece, why not try it before this summer is over? I am curious how much of this I will be able to process and spin, and how much yarn will come out of it. A sweater’s worth? I have never spun for a sweater before, but maybe this is my year. Spinzilla is a great week-long spinning challenge, and Unicorn Fibre has been a sponsor for the last two years. Spinner registration starts tomorrow, so jump on board! The collective goal is to spin enough to stretch around the globe, and your personal goal is whatever you want it to be!

Now, up to the attic to find my hand cards!

Spinzilla Readiness Kit from Unicorn Fibre!

Spinzilla_editedHey Spinners–Have you all heard about Spinzilla, a handspinning competition/fundraiser that is in its 3rd year? The goal is to spin as much as you can during the competition week, but there is no reason not to start preparing now.

That is why we are offering the first of several Spinzilla Specials we will offer during our second year of Merino Sponsorship…The Spinzilla Readiness Kit!

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Perhaps your goal for Spinzilla 2015 is to spin a fleece (or two!) First, scour your locks with Unicorn Power Scour, then make them spin more smoothly by adding a dab of Unicorn Fibre Rinse as you spin.

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The kit gives you 16 oz of each product, which is enough for several fleeces, and a mesh bag for a better process. More careful processing = faster spinning!

Stock up for yourself, or go in with a Spinzilla teammate to save on shipping and also get $5 off any order over $50 with discount code UF5.

Stay tuned for more specials and crank up those wheels and spindles!

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