Yarn Care


How to wash and block

We recommend that all yarn is washed by hand. This ensures it’ll be beautiful for as long as possible and will wear well. When you’ve finished your project, dunk it in a sink of lukewarm water – with a no rinse wool wash if that takes your fancy, leave it to saturate for a while, then roll it up in a towel to squeeze out excess water and pin out flat to dry.

Bleeding Yarn

As with all textiles and all yarn, sometimes colour can come out. It can be caused by a difference in the water ph used to wash the item, detergents, or an over-saturation of dye that hasn’t quite finished rinsing out. All of our hand dyed yarn is rinsed by hand in the sink, and each batch is soaked, then individual skeins are rinsed to make sure no colour bleeds. This isn’t foolproof though, and occasionally skeins in darker colours can bleed a little. In case it happens simply put your yarn or finished item in a pan (that you won’t use for food), add water and a generous glug or vinegar or citric acid, and then slowly bring up to heat. It should be simmering but not boiling. Then turn the heat off, put a lid on the pan, and leave it – ideally overnight. You should find that the water is now clear, and all that remains is to rinse your yarn. If the water isn’t quite clear, rinse it anyway – much like with hair dye, there can be excess dye which needs to run off.

Slubs

Slubs are bits of fluff in your otherwise smooth yarn. In any yarn handspun with natural fibres, particularly wool, you can get the occasional bit of fluff and unevenness slight in thickness- this is inherent the artisan work. That will leave the yarn/knitting/crochet a unique character.