Minimally processed and beautiful, Garthenor's yarns are produced to the highest organic standards. Garthenor woollen spun laceweight yarns have a slightly rustic nature, and they reach their full potential once they’ve been wet blocked – the way the fibres fill out and relax is simply stunning.
Knit this on some 5mm needles for some open and airy lace work, or switch to 1.5mm for a denser, tighter knit fabric. This laceweight yarn also works amazingly well knitted as two strands – either to create a single colour 4 ply gauge, or a custom marl.
Garthenor stumbled across this rare beauty quite by chance, as so often happens with sourcing fibre. When grading the Romney wool for its worsted spun blends, Garthenor managed to pluck out a handful of naturally coloured, silvery fleeces. Very rarely found in commercial English Romney flocks, this was quite a delight. They managed to pluck out just enough for a small spinning run - out of around 2,000 sheep on the farm, only around 12 were coloured.
This tiny batch is a reflection of how unsual the fibre is, the streaks of several shades of grey in this silver base add interest and character. The longer fibres - about as long as we can spin using the woollen system - add more weight and drape than some of the other Number 1 yarns.
Garthenor’s mission is to promote and provide a variety of sustainable, organic & British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Every single product Garthenor produces is Certified Organic by The Soil Association to Global Organic Textile Standards. Their yarns are never dyed or bleached. There are only ever 2 substances that come into contact with the fibres during processing: a gentle detergent and a spinning oil. Both of these liquids have been approved the Global Organic Textile Standards, and are fully biodegradable. In 2003, Garthenor became the first fully certified organic yarn in the world.
This item is sold as a 50g skein. We are happy to wind the skein into a ball for you (just leave us a note to do so in the comment box). Please note that all skeins once wound into a ball are non-refundable. We only carry washed versions of this yarn, i.e oils used in the spinning process have been removed.