Chimera is a truly magical hand-dyed marl, entirely unique to RiverKnits, and we haven't experienced anything else like it.
Before we even get to the colours, we should talk about how surprisingly soft and squashy this yarn is, and yet wholesome feeling since it hasn't been chemically super-wash-treated. It is smooth, worsted-spun 2-fold yarn with a lot of lustre and definition - typical for this English longwool.
It makes a soft and strong yarn, and takes dye beautifully. This fantastic yarn is perfect for no-nylon socks, and everything else! Completely suitable for next-to-skin garments - fabulous for statement shawls, hats, mittens, and jumpers.
And then the colour! The multi-coloured marl will add a lot of fun and colour to your creations. We recommend combining skeins with each other or with a solid in stripes, or mosaic and stranded colourwork for some wonderful effects!
Please remember that this yarn is not a superwash wool, so it has the potential to felt. See below for care instructions.
Beautifully hand dyed by Becci and Marcus on their narrowboat studio on UK waterways. These incredible colourways are painstakingly dyed in layers in order to achieve these complex and subtle results. The yarn is hand dyed in small batches, and the colour consistency between batches is very good but can’t be guaranteed, so we recommend that you buy enough skeins for your project. If your project uses more than one skein, we also recommend that you alternate / stripe the skeins throughout.
Caring for your yarn: When it comes to blocking or washing your project, use lukewarm water with your favourite wool wash, and lay flat to dry. Do not machine wash or tumble dry this yarn. We take great care to thoroughly set the dye and rinse the yarn afterwards, but differing water temperatures and chemicals can cause some dye to bleed. If you’re using it in a multicoloured project, we recommend washing a swatch first to test for colour-fastness.
Becci and Markus, both engineers by trade, hand dye British wool yarns while travelling around the UK waterways on their narrowboat home and studio.
RiverKnits wool yarn is all sustainably sourced from within the UK, you won’t ﬁnd any Merino here! The majority of the range today is Bluefaced Leicester; a lustrous English longwool. It makes a soft and strong yarn, and takes dye beautifully.
The 100% BFL which is perfect for no-nylon socks, and everything else. RiverKnits' blends with silk and cashmere make drool-worthy shawls and other luxury garments.
RiverKnits yarn is dyed in layers, which takes a long time, but it is so worth it for the complex and subtle appearance!