Woad Baby Blue. A light blue dyed using leaves of the woad plant (grown in our garden), on a sock/4 ply weight yarn composed of 75% wool and 25% nylon.
This colour is available (on request) on other weight yarn bases and in other lengths. Please contact us for more details.
About Natural Dyes / Care Instructions:
All colours have been 'mordanted' (ie fixed) with mineral extracts, to ensure the maximum light and wash fastness available from each extract. Despite this, naturally dyes fibres may fade, darken or change slightly over the course of their lifetime. This is part of the character (some would say part of the charm) of organic matter products, and these fractional changes over a long period of time should not discourage you from using environmentally friendly yarns.
You may also find that some excess colour particles come loose during the first few washes. As I hand grind the dyestuffs, the particles vary in size and some flakes may stick to the yarn through the final rinses. This is not a dye fastness issue, but you may wish to gently rinse and dry darker colours before knitting with them.
Your finished item should be gently hand washed in warm water using a mild detergent (I like ecover or no rinse wool products such as eucalan), before being laid flat to dry. I would not recommend harsh machine washing for natural dyes.
All of our natural colours have been dyed in small batches using age-old techniques with natural products, many of which I have foraged locally from flower, vegetable and tree matter. Only one 'animal' dye is used by us; Cochineal pink, which comes from South American insects, but I have included it in the range because of the vibrancy of the colours that can be achieved with it.
Rates for more than one skein may appear costly, particularly if 3+ skeins of 50g natural dye are selected. Costs reflect Royal Mail's rates for International Standard or Signed post, however Etsy's postage calculator does not allow me to enter these precisely, so in the likelihood that postage costs less than calculated at checkout I will refund the difference. If you are unsure, please contact me before purchasing yarn, and I can provide a custom listing with exact postage for the items you have selected.
FHY accepts payment by Direct Payments, paypal and credit and debit cards through paypal. If you have bought an item by mistake convo me immediately and I will cancel and refund your payment so long as the item hasn't already been shipped.
Covid-19: Delivery runs are made 3 times a week. Please be assured that the FHY workspace is normally clean and tidy and I am taking extra precautions during this period whilst packing your orders.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
FHY promises to refund or replace any item lost in transit.
With damaged items take a picture and attach it to a convo, we will replace all damaged items with out further charge... this hasn't happened yet! Please remember should your postie decided to sit/stamp or otherwise destroy your item it's not our fault and contact us before you leave negative feedback so we can sort this out amicably!
Items should be returned in the same condition they were sent out in.
Should an item be returned, please note that I am unable to refund the money already paid to the post office. This is something out of my control as a small business reliant on Royal Mail. Thank you for your understanding.
If you would like a custom order please convo us and we will agree a price, timescale and arrange a listing if you wish to go forward.