Amble is the newest yarn by The Fibre Co, and it's a bit of an all-round superstar, even though they call it a "sock yarn".
This gorgeous blend of Merino wool and Alpaca fibre is both soft and durable (hence good enough for socks), and been created in a way that allows The Fibre Co to stay true to their guiding principle of "harnessing the beauty that nature provides in a way that is gentle on our planet".
For durability the yarn that's been processed with an eco-friendly anti-shrinkage easy-wash treatment*. TFC waited until a recycled nylon** and an alternative to the standard chlorine processed washable wools became available.
The shades are borrowed from the successful palette in Cumbria yarn with the cream and all heathers using a natural ecru Suri alpaca whilst the others use a natural brown Suri alpaca.
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*What does Easy-wash mean and why do we use it?
Easy-wash is a trademarked name that refers to a process used to make the wool and alpaca fibres in Amble machine washable without shrinking. The Easy-wash method is chlorine-free and AOX-free, making it the best environmental choice for producing machine washable wool. The wool and alpaca fibres are treated with eco-friendly oxidants to remove the scales that ordinarily cause wool and alpaca to shrink when washed by machine. The oxidants used are sourced in Germany and are certified under the REACH, Oeko-tex and ZDCH (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical) standards. This means that the Easy-wash treatment does not create hazardous chemicals, which is not the case with most machine washable wools in today’s market.
Much of the available machine washable wool yarn is made with a chlorine treatment process that produces high levels of toxic Adsorbable Organohalogens, known as AOX. While yarns produced in this manner are not known to be toxic to the user, AOX used in the treatment end up in wastewater and have a detrimental impact on tributaries, wildlife, and fauna.
**What is recycled nylon and why do we use it?
Nylon fibre is not easily biodegradable. However, it has strength qualities that give yarns and the socks made therefrom more durability. The recycled nylon used in our sock yarn Amble comes from leftover industrial waste of processing nylon, thereby diverting waste from landfills, and using fewer production resources like water and fossil fuels than virgin nylon.
70% Easy-wash Merino wool
20% Easy-wash alpaca
10% recycled nylon
Tension / Gauge: 32 sts per 10 cm (4 in)
Needle size: 2.5mm (US 1.5)
The Fibre Co'sstory began in 2003 in an old warehouse on the working waterfront of Portland, Maine, USA with a small spinning mill, lots of raw natural fibre and owner/founder Daphne Marinopoulos' vision of creating yarns that she couldn't find on the retail shelves.
From these humble beginnings to today's global brand now based in the United Kingdom, The Fibre Co works with a variety of producers and artisans to continue creating yarns that delight and inspire the enthusiast maker.
To hear the story in her own words, watch and listen as Daphne talks about fibres, dyeing and yarn development on some of the most popular video and audio podcasts: