'Heliotrope'. A muted pinky purple. 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.
Heliotrope is a sweet cherry-pie smelling shrub used by the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans as a perfume ingredient, but it is best known from the Victorian age where it was used as the colour of mourning clothes. In the Victorian language of flowers, Heliotrope signified devotion, making it a most suitable colour for widows. Oscar Wilde's anti-heroine Mrs Chevely makes her entrance in Heliotrope and Diamonds, and subsequently gets all the best lines in the play:
'Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike' - Oscar Wilde.
'Heliotrope' co-ordinates with the other 29 colours in our semi-solid range. See image 4 for the full range of colours available through our online shop.
Chunky Base 100g:
100% 23 micron merino wool. 100g = 100m (approx). Needle size 5-6mm. Tension/gauge 4 stitches, 5 rows per inch.
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.
Merino sheep produce a fine, soft wool that is also strong and durable. The fibres can be as fine as 18-23 micron (the Kent Romney averages 28-30 micron thickness) making it feel soft and itch-free next to your skin.
Other benefits of merino fibre include its warmth relative to its weight, as it has a natural loft that traps heat very effectively between the fibres (and is warmer than a synthetic fibre of the same weight). It is also good in warmer climates as its breathability and moisture management properties efficiently regulate your body temperature; in fact, merino can absorb 30% of its own weight in moisture and still feel dry to the touch. This ability helps with odour-management, because the bacteria that can cause odour don't have the moist environment they need to thrive.
Our merino is responsibly sourced by our suppliers in Yorkshire, the heart of the British wool & textile industry.
Natural & man-made fibres & pollution:
FHY's use of man made fibres (nylon, polyamide and stellina) is kept to an absolute minimum to prevent micro-fibre pollution, and these fibres are only included where it is necessary for the strength of the yarn (sock and lace) or for the aesthetic properties of the stellina sparkle. If you are concerned about micro fibre pollution, laundry bags which catch fibres before they leave your machine are produced by brands such as Guppyfriend. Natural fibres like wool will biodegrade and do not cause pollution. We use professional quality acid dyes to colour our yarn, and always re-use water and/or neutralise the mild acid used to create the dye bath before disposal.
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.