Q: Where do you source your yarn from?
A: Our nonsuperwash merino is from Australian and/or South American mulesing free farms. Our Corriedale & Mohair are from British Farms under the Campaign for Wool Foundation.
Q: What does nonsuperwash mean?
A: Nonsuperwash means that all of our yarn has not gone through the Superwash Treatment. Superwash is a treatment used on wool fibers where they are either given an acid bath that removes its scales or they are coated with a plastic polymer or resin in order to make the wool machine washable.
Q: How do you care for nonsuperwash yarn?
A: Hand wash gently with a ph neutral delicate wash, like Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Never wring or hang-dry, since wet wool stretches easily. Lay the garment flat to dry
Q: Where are your dyes sourced from?
A: All the natural dyes used are from either food scraps, foraged plants, or grounded extracts. Grounded extracts are sourced from around the world depending on the origin of the dye material.
Q: Will naturally dyed colors fade over time?
A:I use several methods in my dyeing process to ensure the yarn is colorfast (will not fade with washing or exposure to light), including using mordants, and carefully selecting my dye plants. That said, the color may change slightly over the years. I see this as part of the evolution of an heirloom quality product that is ultimately biodegradable.
Q: Some small particles come out from the yarn when I use it, is this normal?
A: This is normal. I dye all of my yarn inside dye baths that still include the original natural products. I try to eliminate most of the residue when drying and skeining the yarn but some particles might still be caught in the fibers. These particles do not harm the yarn and will easily come out during the winding process.
Q: I purchased more than one skein of the same colorway, but they look slightly different. What’s going on?
A: As with all hand dyed yarns, there will be variation in color and variegation between skeins depending on dye lot. If your project requires more than one skein, I would highly recommend knitting them both at the same time, alternating one row of each, to make sure the colors are distributed more evenly. If you are planning to make a sweater or larger garment I highly recommend requesting a custom sweater quantity order in order to ensure all skeins are dyed in the same dye lot to prevent pooling and drastic color shifts.