DROPS Fabel

Superwash treated sock wool

Content: 75% Wool, 25% Polyamide
Yarn Group: A (23 - 26 stitches) / 4 ply / fingering
Weight/length: 50 g = approx 205 m
Recommended needle size: 3 mm
Knitting tension: 10 x 10 cm = 24 sts x 32 rows
Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / Don’t use fabric softener / Dry Flat

Hard wearing as only a sock yarn can be, DROPS Fabel is a 4 stranded yarn and is superwash treated, which makes it machine washable and easy to care for. Compared to regular sock yarns, DROPS Fabel is spun in a softer wool quality, which makes it an amazing all-round yarn, suitable for far more than socks - try it for baby garments!

With one of the largest colour charts in the DROPS assortment, DROPS Fabel is available in 3 different types of shades: uni colour, a selection of solid colours; print, where each shade is made of various colours that repeat regularly and long print, similar to print colours but with longer repetitions of each colour.

Both print and long print colours in DROPS Fabel are produced with a method called “fancy dyeing” that differs from other methods in that each dye lot has small variations in both pattern and nuance. This is not an error, but an element of the yarn’s character.

Keep in mind that the knitted colour samples displayed below show the pattern you get when you knit with a fewer amount of stitches, as on socks. If you make a wider piece, the pattern will look different. As with all jacquard-prints there may be differences in colour shades and pattern within the same dye lot.

Made in EU

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 25.3.0099), Standard 100, Class I. This means that it has been tested and found completely free from harmful chemicals and that it is safe for human use. Class I is the highest level, and it means the yarn is suitable for baby articles (ages 0-3).

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DROPS FABEL UNI COLOUR
2.20 GBP
2.00 GBP

Stores selling this yarn online

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Cotton Pod
Webstore
2.00 GBP
50g
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Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
2.05 GBP
50g
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LindeHobby
Webstore
2.09 GBP
50g
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The Novello Wool Shop
Godstone, Surrey
2.09 GBP
50g
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Always Knitting and Sewing
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Damsel In This Dress Ltd
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Hop Stitch & Jumper
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Little Woollie LTD
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Ritohobby
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Stitched Up!
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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The Orry Mill
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Wool Zone
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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Woolpatch Gallery
Webstore
2.20 GBP
50g
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DROPS FABEL PRINT
2.30 GBP
2.09 GBP

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Store name Online price
The Novello Wool Shop
Godstone, Surrey
2.09 GBP
50g
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Cotton Pod
Webstore
2.10 GBP
50g
Order
Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
2.15 GBP
50g
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Always Knitting and Sewing
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Bùth Bharraigh Ltd
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Ewe and Ply
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Fibre and Fleece
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Hop Stitch & Jumper
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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LindeHobby
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Little Woollie LTD
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
Order
Ritohobby
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Stitched Up!
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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The Needle Works Ltd
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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The Orry Mill
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
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Wool Zone
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
Order
Woolpatch Gallery
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
Order

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DROPS FABEL LONG PRINT
2.50 GBP
2.09 GBP

Stores selling this yarn online

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Store name Online price
The Novello Wool Shop
Godstone, Surrey
2.09 GBP
50g
Order
LindeHobby
Webstore
2.18 GBP
50g
Order
Cotton Pod
Webstore
2.30 GBP
50g
Order
Purple Sheep Yarns
Webstore
2.35 GBP
50g
Order
Always Knitting and Sewing
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
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Ewe and Ply
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
Fibre and Fleece
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
Hop Stitch & Jumper
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
Little Woollie LTD
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
Ritohobby
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
Stitched Up!
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
The Needle Works Ltd
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
Wool Warehouse Direct Ltd
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order
Wool Zone
Webstore
2.50 GBP
50g
Order

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Colours in DROPS Fabel (49)

yellow/pink
print 903
texmex
print 153
sunset
print 310
bourgogne
print 672#
red chili
print 159
picnic
print 911
pink dream
print 161
lavender
print 904
berry dreams
print 330
green/turquoise
print 677
shoreline
print 914
turquoise/blue
print 522
blue lagoon
print 340
blue sea
print 162
candy
print 901
sea mist
print 910
guacamole
print 151
green
print 542
soft chocolate
print 912
salt and pepper
print 905
winter
print 913
rose mist
long print 623
wooden rose
long print 655
ocean view
long print 604
forest
long print 650
sand
long print 651
silver fox
long print 602
grand canyon
long print 916#
deep ocean
long print 917
emerald city
long print 918
off white
uni colour 100
light pearl grey
uni colour 114
light grey
uni colour 115
grey
uni colour 200
beige
uni colour 101
brown
uni colour 300
mustard
uni colour 111
rust
uni colour 110
red
uni colour 106
dark pink
uni colour 109
pink
uni colour 102
ruby red
uni colour 113
purple
uni colour 104
blue
uni colour 107
royal blue
uni colour 108
grey blue
uni colour 103
turquoise
uni colour 105
apple green
uni colour 112
black
uni colour 400
Please be aware that the colours shown may vary from screen to screen in the same way that shades may vary slightly from dye lot to dye lot.
(*) coming soon, (#) discontinued.

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How do I care for this yarn?

yarn wash

Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / Don’t use fabric softener / Dry Flat

See the washing symbols explanation

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What other yarns can I combine this one with?

Many of our yarns can be combined together to get a different tension, texture or feel. Here's a few combination ideas to inspire you.

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1) What type of fibers make the DROPS yarns?

Yarn can be made from a large number of natural and synthetic fibers. DROPS carries mainly yarns made from wool, cotton, alpaca, linen, mohair and silk. Each fiber type has its own qualities, and they are often mixed to take advantage of the best properties of each one. Coarse yarn has the advantage of being stronger and more durable, and finer fibers offer more softness and comfort. Here a bit about the main fibers we carry:

Alpaca:
Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca, and it is similar in structure to sheep wool fiber. Its softness comes from the small diameter of the fiber, similar to merino wool. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. Yarn made from alpaca fibers does not felt or pill easily, and it can be light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpacas come in 22 natural colors, with more than 300 shades from a true-blue black through browns-black, browns, white, silver and rose-greys.

Mohair:
This fiber comes from the Angora goats, and it's considered a luxury fiber. Mohair yarn is warm as wool, but much lighter in weight; it is durable, dyes well and does not felt easily. Mohair fibers have also a distinctive luster created by the way they reflect light. Despite being a hard fiber, mohair is usually spun into a very fluffy yarn, resulting in airy and lustrous garments.

Wool:
The wool fibers come from the skin of sheep and are relatively coarse fibers. Two striking characteristics of wool are its susceptibility to heat and its felting property, which is caused by the scales on the surface. Depending upon the breed of sheep, the appearance of the wool varies.
Wool from Merino sheep is considered the finest type of wool, having as characteristics that is finely crimped and soft. All the Merino wool in the DROPS yarns has its origins in South America, coming from sheep that have not been subject to Mulesing.
Pure new wool is wool made directly from animal fleece, and not recycled from existing wool garments. Machine washable wool is wool treated chemically to minimize the outer fuzzy layer of the fibers, and be therefore fitable for machine wash (see Superwash).

Silk:
The silk fiber is a fine continuous fiber produced from the cocoon of a moth caterpillar known as the silkworm. While silkworm is cultivated, the wild or tussah silk is obtained from uncultivated silkworm cocoons. Silk fiber is one of the strongest natural fibers and makes a wonderful knitting yarn. It blends really well with other fibers, especially wool. Silk also dyes beautifully with natural dyes.

Vegetable fibers:
There are several varieties of vegetable fibers, found in the cell walls of plants or vegetables. Of all the varieties, two are recognized as major knitted or textile fibers. They are cotton and linen.
Cotton is the fiber surrounding the seeds in a cotton pod, and it is almost pure cellulose. Cotton is usually white in color but there are green and brown varieties as well. The cotton fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile that is good for summer clothing and accessories, making a weaker yarn than silk or linen but stronger than wool.
Mercerized cotton is cotton that has been through a mercerization treatment. This treatment gives cotton fabrics and threads a lustrous yarn that is more lustrous than conventional cotton. It is also stronger, takes dye a little more readily, makes the yarn more resistant to mildew and reduces lint. It also may not shrink or lose its shape as much as "regular" cotton.
Linen is a fiber derived from the stalk of the flax plant that is durable and stronger than any other fiber. The linen fiber is relatively soft, straight and lustrous and becomes more beautiful with age. Linen is more comfortable to wear in hot temperatures than cotton, due to the fact that it absorbs moisture better and dries more quickly.

Other materials used in our yarns include synthetic fibers such as acrylic, viscose, polyamide (nylon) and polyester. These fibers are used mostly to give strength to a yarn (like our sock yarn, DROPS Fabel) or a special kind of structure (like our blown yarn, DROPS Air).

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2) What is polyamide?

The polyamide fibre, commonly known as nylon, is very strong, durable, lightweight, easy to care for (can be machine washed and dried), and elastic, which makes it perfect for blending with other fibres to produce hard-wearing yarns like sock yarn.

Compared to polyester, polyamide is softer and more flexible, but it also absorbs more water and dries slower.

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3) What type of information can I find on the DROPS yarn labels?

All DROPS yarn labels include information about fiber content (wool, cotton, etc.), weight in grams and ounces, length in meters and yards, washing instructions and symbols (explained here), color number, dye lot number and yarn group information.

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4) What are the DROPS yarn groups?

All DROPS yarns are classified into 6 different thickness groups (A to F). Yarns in a same group have similar knitting tension/gauge, and can therefore be interchanged in patterns; however the length may be different, so when substituting always calculate the amount of meters/yards needed for the pattern to know the amount of yarn you need to get.

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5) Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

Yes, as long as the yarn can be worked in the same knitting tension/gauge. Always swatch to make sure you get the same number of stitches in width and rows in height as given in the pattern.

Remember that different yarns with different textures, will give the garment different looks. The yardage/length may also be different, so when substituting always calculate the number of yards needed, in order to know the amount of yarn you need.

Read more about how to calculate the amount of an alternative yarn - and how to replace 1 thread of a yarn with 2 or more of another, here.

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6) What does it mean when a yarn is “Superwash”?

A superwash wool is a special wool product that has been treated or processed in a way that allows it to be machine washable. Many people are afraid to work with wool because it is so easy to shrink (though some shrink wool on purpose) and superwash wool can allow them to work with great fibers without worry. (Read more here).

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7) What does “Oeko-Tex® certified” means?

The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 was introduced at the beginning of the 1990s as a response to the needs of the general public for textiles which posed no risk to health. The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. The test for harmful substances comprise substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, and parameters which are included as a precautionary measure to safeguard health.

For more info go to www.oeko-tex.com

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8) Where are the DROPS yarns produced?

You can read about where all DROPS yarns are produced in each of the yarns shade cards and in our price list.

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9) Why are your yarns so cheap?

As Northern Europe's largest brand of hand knitting yarns and designs, we have unique opportunities to work with the very best raw materials and make savings that benefit you. That's why you can buy DROPS yarn 20-30% cheaper than similar products!

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10) How accurate are the colours on the shade cards online?

When obtaining images for the shade card, we do our best to achieve the highest level of color accuracy. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee how images will appear on your computer screen. Every monitor displays color differently, some colors might look darker than they really are, and some colors might be more saturated on some screens. If you experience that many of the yarn colors looks different on your screen than the actual color of the skeins, you can adjust the setting on your monitor.

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11) What is a micron? What does super fine / extra fine mean?

The fineness of yarn fibers is measured in microns (thousands of millimeters). Super fine alpaca wool is 26-28 microns. Fine merino wool is less than 21.5 microns and extra fine merino is under 19.5 microns. The less microns the softer and more delicate a quality can be, the more microns the more hard wear the quality will be.

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12) Why are the colours in my skeins of print yarn different?

The reason why two skeins of a same print yarn look different can be 1) that both skeins are part of different dye lots; 2) that the skeins have been dyed using a technique called "magic print" (the one used for example in DROPS Delight), which provides unique patterns and smooth colour transitions to each skein, meaning also that within one dye lot, lighter or darker varieties might appear. This is no fault or defect, but part of the yarn's character.

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13) My store doesn’t have the colour I want, what can I do?

If your DROPS store doesn’t have the yarn colour you want, try contacting a DROPS Super Store (the ones with the golden badges) - they will make sure to get a hold of the colour even if they don’t have it in stock themselves. See a list of all DROPS stores here.

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14) Where can I find a specific dye lot of a colour?

Always try contacting your DROPS store first. If they do not have the dye lot you want we recommend you to ask other knitters and crocheters in the DROPS Workshop in Facebook or Ravelry, which may have the dye lot in their stash and might be willing to part from it.

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15) Why does my yarn shed?

Yarn sheds because there's not enough twist to hold all of the fibers together. All yarns have excess fibers (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding, in varied degrees that depend on how the yarn is spun. Brushed yarns ("hairier" yarns) like DROPS Melody, have more of these loose fibers than other yarns, and therefore shed more. Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibers. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding.

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

  • When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.
  • Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibers to become less attached to each other, and excess fibers will come off easier. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.
  • Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label. Garments worked with hairier yarns usually need to be shaken once dry after washing, so that the hairs rise and any excess fibers can come off.

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Comments / Questions (178)

Pia 01.07.2020 - 09:31:

Hej Drops. Jeg vil blot spørge om, er det ikke muligt at fremstille garn som Fabel i bomuld? Fabel er utroligt smuk i flerfarvet, med mange fine opskrifter🍀Jeg er veganer og strikker ikke i uld. Tak for Jeres meget fine bomuldsgarner. 🌺

Shelley Burt 18.06.2020 - 04:31:

Hi. Do you ship yarns to New Zealand? Thanks

DROPS Design 18.06.2020 kl. 10:30:

Dear Mrs Burt, please find list of DROPS stores shipping worldwide here. Happy knitting!

Annie Moens 15.06.2020 - 10:30:

Geachte, Waarom zijn jullie prijzen voor Nederland en Belgie niet hetzelfde. vriendelijke groeten. Annie

Shawna Penonzek 29.05.2020 - 04:47:

I am sooo disappointed with this yarn! Bought at a little shop that is no longer open and I was so excited to see it. I got two skeins, same color and dye lot, and the socks are VERY noticeably different. I don’t think I’ll waste my money again.

DROPS Design 29.05.2020 kl. 08:57:

Dear Mrs Penonzek, Fabel is produced with a method called "fancy dyeing", which can give small variations in both pattern and nuance but this is not an error only an element of the yarn's character. Happy knitting!

Monique Lalonde 27.05.2020 - 18:10:

Wrong address on my order and cannot change it. What do I do

DROPS Design 28.05.2020 kl. 09:01:

Dear Mrs Lalonde, please contact the store where you place your order - even by mail or telephone. Happy knitting!

Ginette Fournier 23.05.2020 - 15:16:

Pourquoi au Canada je n'ai pas le rabais sur l'achat de la laine Why I don't have a promo when I buy some wool to Canada like in France

DROPS Design 25.05.2020 kl. 13:31:

Bonjour Mme Fournier, lorsque des réductions sont proposées par les magasins, ce sont eux qui les mettent en place, merci de bien vouloir les contacter pour plus d'infos sur leurs conditions de vente au Canada - retrouvez également ici, la liste des magasins DROPS au Canada (via Nordic-Yarn par ex). Bon tricot!

Alina 20.05.2020 - 11:27:

Hello! We would like to add yarn Drops to our yarn store assortment. It is very popular in Russia. Please tell us the wholesale terms of delivery of yarn for the store in Russia. Our shop is located in the city of Tyumen nenapryazhno.ru

DROPS Design 22.05.2020 kl. 10:35:

Dear Alina, please contact us via this page. Thank you!

Karin Bovidson 16.05.2020 - 19:52:

Mycket ojämn kvalitet. Sytrådstunn bitvis ganska ofta, nästan hela nystan ibland, väldigt ojämnt. Många knutar- en del nystan har haft många, fler än 5 knutar! Något nystan var förorenat av mörk olja. Har jag fått någon andra sortering? Är garnet inte kvalieteskontrollerat? Jag kommer inte att köpa ”Fabel” mer.

DROPS Design 18.05.2020 kl. 08:40:

Hei Karin. Det var kjedelig å høre. Fabel skal være en veldig god kvalitet og har ikke hørt om dette tidligere. Anbefaler deg å ta garnet med til din butikk og la dem se på nøstet, ta også med etikketten som viser partinr. mvh DROPS design

Małgorzata 14.05.2020 - 12:38:

Witam, ile potrzeba orientacyjnie motków tej włóczki na zrobienie sweterka z długim rękawem, w rozmiarze M, jestem początkująca dziewiarką i mam słabe doswiadczenie w tej sprawie, dziergam dość luzno, dziękuję i pozdrawiam

DROPS Design 19.05.2020 kl. 09:23:

Witaj Małgosiu, wszystko zależy od kształtu sweterka. Najlepiej na naszej stronie głównej, w wyszukiwarce po lewej stronie wpisz sweter, dalej zaznacz druty i na końcu wybierz grupę włóczek A. Wyświetlą ci się różne swetry, które możesz wykonać z takiej włóczki jak Fabel (mają wszystkie podobną próbkę). Możesz też wybierać wg rodzaju włóczki, wtedy wybierz sam Fabel. Popatrz co ci się podoba i dalej pójdzie już prosto. Jeżeli będziesz miała wątpliwości, to pisz. Pozdrawiamy serdecznie.

Mary Ross 05.05.2020 - 23:44:

Where in Nova Scotia can I buy online?

DROPS Design 06.05.2020 kl. 11:15:

Dear Mrs Ross, you will find list of DROPS stores shipping to Canada here - contact Nordic-Yarns to get the list of DROPS stores in Canada retailing this yarn. Happy knitting!

How can I replace this yarn? If you are looking to replace this yarn with another DROPS yarn, you can use another yarn within the same yarn group, or try our yarn converter!

Have a problem with the DROPS yarn you purchased? When you purchase yarn from the shade cards or patterns on our site, you are not buying directly from DROPS but from one of the hundreds of DROPS stores around the world. It is therefore important that you take contact with the DROPS store where you bought the yarn, and that you save the labels of all the skeins you purchased (they are your warranty). The DROPS store you contact will assist you and escalate the claim if necessary. Find a list of DROPS stores here.
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