Have you ever wondered what is involved in our dye process? Is it safe? Are we ruining Mother Earth with our processes? What about our fibers–how are they sourced?
Our Merino fibers come from various sources from around the world. Our supplier insists that none of their merino fibers are to come from farms practicing mulesing, so you can be confident that our Merino is mulesing-free.
Our Natural Mom base is Peruvian Merino from small herds in the mountains where sheep are the livelihood of the shepherds. It is in their interest to look after their livestock carefully in order to receive the highest price possible for the fleece and to guarantee themselves an income. Our supplier’s Peruvian mill also provides education programs to help shepherds get the best out of their animals.
Our other bases come from Argentina and Uruguay. They are sourced from many farms of varying sizes, from smaller to larger farms.
You’ll find that our yarn is springy, bouncy, squishy, alive, and comfortingly soft! It’s a dream to knit with, and we know you’ll love it!
The Dyes + The Dyeing Process
It’s important to us as a company to keep my carbon footprint as small as possible, and to use a dye process that is sustainable not just for us, but for the environment. After doing some pretty extensive research of both acid and natural dyes, Melanie decided to use low-impact acid dyes for our yarns. Our dye supplier only has two colors that contain heavy metals — and we do not include those in our palette. The only chemical we use in the dye process is citric acid — something found in everyday living, even in our favorite foods and drinks!
We use a small amount of water and cook them for a small amount of time, and we ensure that there is no dye left in the dye pot when the yarn is done. This means the only thing going down the drain after we’re finished with a yarn skein is water! This process is also less expensive, which means we’re able to pass the cost savings down to you. We’re confident that this process is not any more harmful to the environment than natural dyes – and we think you’re going to love the results when you hold that yarn in your hands.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us.