About the yarns and textile care

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Using only the finest wools for dyeing, I draw on the colours of my garden and the forest around me – the resulting yarn palette is rich and jewel-like yet muted – infused with honey and earth tones.

I consider the yarns I choose to work with very carefully – being passionate about animal and environmental issues,  I feel it is important to source products that help support and care for the animals, the people and the land.  All of the Merino wool yarns on my site are sourced from farmers who do not practice mulesing.  Being superwash, the yarns are not organic – although I do have some organic wool textiles available which of course are non-mulesed as well. The silk available is mostly “peace silk”.  The Muga silkworms live outside in the trees (rather than in tiny cubicles).  After the moths have emerged, the tannin-coloured cocoons are then hand picked by locals of the Brahmaputra valley in India and handspun into fine silk yarn.

Currently, I am searching for more local wool farmers that I can engage with personally and who treat their sheep with kindness.  If you are such a farmer, or know of one please let me know.  Superwash yarns however are only available as non-organic imported yarn….there is no one outside of Australia, New Zealand or South Africa that I know of that is superwashing organic wool yarns….and it is highly unlikely that this is something that will happen in the near future.  

Having learned about “live export” which has been a huge business in Australia in 2015 I want to know what happens to the babies from the ewes that are not kept for wool production and what happens to the ewes (and rams) after their production drops off or the farmer is replacing older animals. I am often told that I want too much from the wool industry….but I will keep looking.  At least, for now, you can feel confident that all of my superwash Merino wool is non-mulesed.

You will notice a lack of cashmere products on the website as cashmere is devastating to the environment when commercially produced (I’m not talking about small home-based businesses). And angora –  when commercially produced it is tortuous to the rabbits (again I do not mean small home-based businesses but large commercial interests).

Care for textiles

Handwoven Canadian Wool Blankets – dry clean or wash as for wool with a no-rinse wool wash and no agitation. Just soak and then hit spin.  Remove from washer gently as wet wool will stretch.  Lay flat to dry.  No dryer.

Handwoven Superwash Merino Wool scarves, shawls and blankets – dry clean or wash on gentle cycle with no-rinse wool wash, spin and place in dryer gently (as wool may stretch when wet).  Do not over-dry.  Press if desired.

Cotton towels wash and dry as for cotton.  Press if desired.

A bit about the yarns.

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(all yardage is prior to dyeing so some shrinkage may occur as with all hand dyed yarns – also please be sure to make a generous gauge swatch with the superwash yarns as they tend to stretch after blocking as opposed to woolen yarns.)

“Island Time” is 100% superwash Merino Wool of the highest quality that is steamed to give a pearly sheen and twisted well to give great durability and bounce. The yarn is great for pretty much anything from hats and gloves to sweaters and scarves. 370 yards per 100 gm skein for the fingering wt and 200 yards per 115 gm skein for the worsted wt.

The Studio Edition worsted wt (SEW) Merino is sooooo soft and knits up beautifully! The twist is gentler than the Island Time worsted wt so is a more relaxed and softer yarn…though it too is steamed to give a gentle sheen with minimal pilling.  The colourways are softer which just seems right for this yarn. 🙂  It is also superwash like the Island Time so it won’t felt and can be cared for as the other superwash yarns.

“The Ultimate Merino Sock Yarn” is an awesome soft yet durable yarn base that is similar in thickness to “Island Time” – with 20% nylon added. It makes a soft and comfy sock. I waited years to find this blend that is as soft as the “Island Time” and holds it’s shape better for socks ….you’ll want a pair for every day! 420 yards per 115 gm skein