Naturally dyed British wool for knitting and weaving.
Dyed with organic indigo and locally foraged lady's bedstraw, 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. A lovely variegated yellow/green.
This colourway is the first one of my summer collection and a tribute to the marsh. Every summer I foraged a small amount of the marsh flowers (do not worry, I am a mindful forager and do not deplete the place and never pull out the roots. I only take if there is enough and make sure there is plenty left. Nature is generous and creating in this way is more Earth loving than changing it for agriculture) to create yellows, greens and teals!
I was initially going to give it a different name, but as I placed it on a fallen lichen covered branch to photograph it today, I was surprised to see how beautifully it blended in, becoming a symbiotic part of the image.
Weight: a bit over 50g (varies slightly as the hanks have been hand wound), around 200m 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.