Naturally dyed British wool for knitting, weaving and crochet.
Dyed with British grown madder and mordanted with my very own home grown rhubarb leaf, on a naturally light cream fleece, a lovely blend of BFL, Teeswater and Shetland. It's soft, squishy and has a lovely subtle sheen. Made up of 2 strands of yarn, 2/14 YSW (2/7 NM), 4 ply weight.
Weight: a bit over 50g (varies slightly as the skeins have been hand wound), around 190m in length. If you prefer cakes, I can cake them for you upon request.
The wool comes from a regenerative farm in Sommerset. I only work with one supplier for my naturally dyed yarn. They are Regenerative, GM free, Grass fed (no grains), High Welfare certified as well as EOV (Ecological Outcome Verification) verified. In a nutshell, this means that instead of depleting the soil, they improve it!
It has been hand dyed in my kitchen in very small batches. All the dye baths are non-toxic, environmentally friendly and the water is used in the garden when the colour is exhausted. Any remaining plant material goes in our compost and back into the soil.
Natural dyes go beautifully together. Please note that natural dyes look different depending on the light (photos taken outdoors at noon). Also please note that even though I did my best to take an accurate photo of the colour, it can differ from screen to screen.
Hand washing and drying flat is recommended.
Natural dyes are PH sensitive, therefore they must be washed with PH neutral soap (I use Ecover Delicate of which I have tested the PH myself).
The yarn has been rinsed and washed without any residual pigment coming out, but this can happen in some cases.