Using and caring for your yarn.
All of our wool is ethically sourced and comes from non-mulesing farms and small-holdings.
We use acid or fibre reactive dyes.
Your yarn will arrive in a skein, or hank. If you have a swift and winder you’ll probably know what you’re doing already! If you haven’t and skeined wool is new to you, gently slide the yarn band off and untwist the skein. Look for the ties around the skein and check that the strands of yarn are all inside these ties. Place the skein over something like a couple of chair backs - pull the chairs away from each other to pull the yarn taut. You could also use a helpful person to hold the yarn over their arms, or you could sit with it around your knees. Once you have the yarn in place, carefully cut the ties. I like to pull the knot away from the yarn, so I’m not cutting the yarn itself. Find an end and wind the yarn into a ball.
Every skein is dyed by hand - even those dyed together may be different, and no two batches will be the same. You may wish to alternate skeins as you work.
Whilst superwash wool can generally be machine washed on a cold, gentle setting, we recommend hand washing items made with wool and wool blend fibres. This helps keep your garments looking good for longer. Use cool water and a gentle wool wash (eg. Soak, or Eucalan), or just water, to do little more than soak your garment, carefully squeeze the excess water out, lay out flat, shaping as you go, and leave to dry. Wool is more like hair than cellulose fabrics, so please treat it carefully.
Although all wool is carefully rinsed after dyeing, you may experience a little colour in your washing water. This is perfectly normal and is akin to your new jeans needing to be washed separately for the first few washes. Your water may have different minerals in it to ours, and this may cause a little loose dye to colour the water a little.
You may occasionally see colour on your hands as you are knitting or crocheting with your yarn. Scents, hand creams, or even your own skin's pH can upset the dye molecules on the yarn. This is often known as 'crocking' and happens with commercial, as well as hand dyed yarn. This doesn't necessarily mean that your colours will bleed.