'Cadet Blue'. A pale grey-blue. Available on a variety of (mostly) merino yarn weights from lace to super chunky.
Our solid and semi-solid range is inspired primarily by Folkestone's Creative Quarter (where we are based) and references artists, art, craft and textile history, traditional pigments and colours, other creatives, and the local area in its inspiration and colour origins.
The first mention in print of 'Cadet Blue' comes from The San Fransisco Chronicle in an 1892 article which describes the uniform of the local Baseball team. Versions of this gray-blue tone have been used as military uniforms for some time; Confederate soldiers had trousers of this shade, whilst the RAF has used the colour since it's formation in 1920. Incidentally the colour choice was not inspired by the sky, but was instead a pragmatic decision due to the surplus of cheap blue herringbone twill intended for use by the pre-Revolution Russian Czarist cavalry.
Bio-Nylon Sock Yarn Base 100g:
75% merino wool, 25% bio-nylon. 100g= 350m (approx). Recommended needles 3.25-3.75mm. Tension 24 sts per 10cm.
This colour is available on other yarn bases elsewhere in our shop.
As colours can differ slightly between batches, we recommend purchasing enough yarn to finish your project from the same batch. If your desired number of skeins are not available on your chosen base, please message us and we will dye the needed quantity.
Bio-nylon takes 5 years to decompose instead of 50-100 years, and can be turned into biomass and biogas.
Will it affect the wear and longevity of my handmade garments?
No. Bio-nylon performs in the same way as what I'm calling 'standard' nylon under normal washing and wearing circumstances. It will not start to disintegrate or break down whilst being hand or machine washed and worn or stored in your wardrobe.
What makes it more environmentally friendly then?
Bio-nylon has been designed to decompose 10 x faster than standard nylon and biodegrades in 5 years instead of 50-100. This happens only when buried in landfill, which is an environment with no oxygen and bacteria that can 'eat' the fibre and turn it in to biomass and biogas (which can be used to generate energy). This reduces the amount of waste left on the planet for future generations to deal with.
Is it free of toxic substances?
Yes, it is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 Certified, which guarantees the absence of substances which could harm the health of adults, children and babies.
Is it made in the U.K.?
Not yet. This Bio-nylon is made by an Italian company. The fibre is imported into the U.K. where it is blended and spun in to yarn by a Yorkshire based mill. Usually, I avoid products with a relatively high travel footprint, but given the benefits of bio-nylon I have made an exception. My hope is that the second generation of bio-fibre products will be developed by companies closer to home.
How can I find out more information?
A link to the website of the company that produce this Bio-nylon can be found here>> biodegradable nylon - AMNI SOUL ECO®, Fulgar
Folkestone Harbour Yarn is committed to minimising the environmental impact of our products and our business practice, and so I am always looking for ways to make changes. It has taken several years to track down a suitable alternative to standard nylon and I hope that more companies invest in eco-alternatives in the future.
Care and washing:
Gentle hand washing of hand dyed and hand knitted/crocheted items is recommended. Yarns marked superwash can be machine washed at 30 degrees, but I personally prefer hand washing in warm water using a mild detergent before lying flat to dry (no-rinse wool specific products such as eucalan or soak are great for this). Please note that hand-dyed yarns may shed a little colour when first washed. This does not affect the fastness of the colour, and is due to excess loose dye particles.
We do custom requests:
Please note that custom requests such as a different base yarn or in larger quantities are easily achieved with no 'custom' surcharge added to the price. I am happy to oblige if I can, just message me and i'll quote you a cost and time scale.
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.