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Jade Berry DK Gradient Yarn

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Jade Berry is a hand-dyed 100% Merino wool gradient yarn starting with a deep pink and progressing through pale violet to a bright green.

It's quite an involved process to create a gradient like this.  I mix up my starting and ending colours, then I prepare anything from five to nine beakers and do the maths to work out how much of each colour needs to go into each beaker to create a smooth transition from one colour to the next.

The yarn starts out as a knitted piece which is wetted, then carefully hand painted with the mixed colours in the correct order.  The knitting can create some tiny areas of resist, giving a heathered look to the yarn.  Once dry, it is unravelled and wound into cakes ready for use.

100% Superwash Merino Wool


Product Code:  QPY00317
Colour Family:  Green
Skein Weight:  100g
Yarn Weight:  DK
Meterage per skein:  225m
Yarn Base:  Dolly - 100% Merino

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The Dolly Family

Dolly (the sheep) is my signature yarn, a 100% merino in a choice of weights and finishes.

Dolly & Dolly SW

100% Merino available as a superwash or non-superwash yarn in different weights and skein sizes.

Soft and versatile, our best seller

 

Dolly Organic

Certified organic pure merino available in 100g skeins of DK and Aran weights.

Produced to the highest welfare standards

 

Dolly Tweed

Superwash and non-superwash merino plied together which gives a unique tweedy stripe when dyed.  Available in 100g skeins of DK weight.

Instant tweed, good for menswear

 

Dolly Singles

100% merino spun as a single strand, giving great stitch definition.  Available in 100g skeins of 4 ply and DK weights.

Awesome stitch definition

Aftercare notes for items made with hand dyed yarn

To get the most from your garments made from hand dyed yarn, please note the following:

Don’t leave lying around in bright sunlight

Although the dyes I use are lightfast, UV light from that giant ball of burning helium in the sky will fade pretty much anything over time.

Don’t wash wool in very hot water

Wool responds best to a warm wash with very little agitation.  Superwash wool can handle a fair bit of swishing around, but non-superwash wools (eg, organic) still have all their scales intact and are just looking for an excuse to lock together to make felt.  Scales on alpaca are smaller than wool, but given enough hot soapy water and agitation, it too can felt.

Don’t ‘shock’ wool

Switching from hot water to cold is one of the techniques used in felting, so unless you want to deliberately felt a non superwash wool or knitted/crocheted project, always keep that water at a consistent lukewarm temperature.

Superwash wool has been pre-treated to minimise the risk of felting and can be machine washed on a gentle wool cycle. Personally, I always hand wash – if I’ve spent that much time crocheting something, I’m not going to risk it!

Don’t wring it out too hard

I never use the machine for my hand made items and prefer to treat them to a gentle soak in lukewarm soapy water, usually in the bathroom sink.  I don’t agitate it as that can abrade the fibres and cause pilling.  I let the water drain, then gently roll up the wet item and press it flat against the side of the sink to get the bulk of the water out, so I can hold it while filling the sink again to rinse.  I never let running water hit the item either.  After a couple of rinses, I’ll press the bulk of the water out, then lay the item on a clean towel, roll up the towel to let it absorb some of the water, then dry the item flat.

Bleeding Dyes

I do all the right things to fix the dyes and create a permanent bond between dye molecules and the fibre I am working with. I wash everything and nothing leaves the studio until the rinse water runs completely clear.  However, when you wash an item, there are variables at play that could change things.  Water varies in acidity and hardness and certain soaps and washing powders contain enzymes which can affect dyes in different ways.  The first time you wash an item, these differences could cause a tiny bit of colour to leach out (particularly if you have the water too hot), but it should be very minor if it happens at all.

If you find any of my products are not colourfast at lukewarm temperatures, then please talk to me as they really shouldn’t do that.  If you are planning a project mixing strong colours with pale ones, then I strongly recommend that you make a swatch using all yarns involved and wash it to check everything is colourfast before you begin.

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