This amazingly soft, squishy and luxurious blend of Non-Superwash Baby Alpaca, Silk and Cashmere has been beautifully dyed using only natural materials (plants, flowers and sometimes insects!). This is one of favourite yarn bases.
Zuzana at Trava & Wool is a wonderfully talented natural dyer and knitter.
She dyes her yarn in small amounts from her tiny studio in South Devon using plants which are foraged locally, in woods, on the fields and by the roads and natural extracts (highly concentrated powder or liquids from whole dyestuff).
The resulting colours are always full of warmth and so flattering next to the skin.
Washing and care.
Every skein is rinsed and wash carefully and individually to remove any excess dye.
It is strongly recommended that these natural dyed yarns are washed in ph neutral solution - even ordinary dish-washing liquid (dish-washing detergent) will do the job. Water temperature shouldn't be more than 30 degrees C.
Some words from Zuzana about this latest batch:
"All marigold is from my allotment.
"Walnuts are from Mr David's garden - he has a house on the end of the street and a lovely cocker spaniel (once he wanted to eat Ollie, my dog, and he's a very old, retired veterinary doctor).
"Indigo is from Valentina of Officina del Colore Naturale - it is fermended and fed with coconut sugar and honey.
"Cochineal is from Grand Canaria, personally delivered by Sophie of Kamalaine."
70% non-superwash baby alpaca
20% mulberry silk
gauge - 3 mm needles - 29 sts / 38 rows - 10 cm X 10 cm