Yarn Bases

What are your yarn bases?

Pure Merino, a soft base of 100% organic eco-processed merino wool in 2-ply fingering weight.

Plume, a feather-light base of 70% kid mohair and 30% silk in lace weight.

Both bases are RWS certified.

What is the RWS certification?

RWS stands for Responsible Wool Standard.  From the way the animals are treated to the progressive land management of the farms and social welfare of their employees, this certification recognizes the best practices in each and every processing step.  In my effort to respect and honor nature, I find that the RWS certification is in line with caring for the welfare of the sheep and the land they graze on.  Read more on the RWS certification at www.responsiblewool.org.

What is organic merino wool?

  Organic wool must adhere to the same rigorous requirements as organic meat.  This means that the sheep must be fed organic food and cannot overgraze (to avoid the land becoming unsustainable), that they cannot be injected with growth hormones and that the fleece cannot be scoured and cleaned with chemicals. And if like me, your skin is very sensitive, merino wool doesn't scratch or itch.  Aside from keeping you warm and cozy, merino is lightweight, odor-resistant and moisture-wicking.

What are the care instructions for the yarn?

Hand washing is paramount in caring for your woolen items. Use a bit of pH neutral gentle wool wash in cool or even cold water and leave to soak for 15-20 minutes. Rinse in cool water. You can squeeze out the excess water by wrapping the wool in a thick towel and pressing it with your hands (or feet!). Lay flat to dry. Avoid leaving the wool on damp towels, it will take longer to dry and might take on a musty smell. Kindly contact me if you have any questions regarding caring for your woolen items.

Where is the wool farmed and spun?

The farms are located in South America and the wool is spun in Ontario, Canada.