'Saffron'. A strong vibrant orange. 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.
Saffron, also used as an expensive spice, comes from the three stigmas at the centre of Crocus Sativis, a small purple flower which, surprisingly, is sterile and can't grow in the wild. It must have been cultivated by early man as 50,000 year old cave paintings in Iraq are known to contain it. Not just grown in the East and Mediterranean, it was cultivated in England for centuries, giving name to the Essex town of Saffron Walden, which has three crocuses surrounded by walls (saffron walled-in!!!) as its coat of arms. It's most famous use is for Buddhist robes, and also the flag of India.
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.
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.
1-3 business days
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
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