Bestiarium yarn: Borametz
The yarns in the Bestiarium series are all plant dyed by hand, by me in my little garage dye studio. I use an array of organic materials such as plants, roots, flowers, insects, husks - some foraged near my home in the forest, some imported from faraway (warmer!) places.
Borametz is a DK weight, woolen spun base with 75 % Bluefaced Leicester and 25 % Masham wool. The grey base is carefully dyed using organic materials into deep, heathered shades.
The skeins in the same colour have all been dyed together, but as with all hand dyed yarns, it is recommended to alternate skeins to avoid a visible line between two different skeins. As the process of plant dyeing is complex, it won’t be possible to order more skeins of the exact same shade, so make sure you get enough for the project in mind. All shades are more or less variegated, creating a lively and organic fabric when knit up. Som may have spots of contrasting colours.
Even though all skeins have been thoroughly rinsed, some colours may bleed. Colours dyed with indigo may make your hands blue (“crocking”) when working with them. It washes off with soap and does not affect the colour of the yarn. Hand wash your finished item in cold water only, with a mild, pH neutral detergent suitable for delicate fibers.
Yarn weight: DK
Hank weight: 100 g
Fibre: 75 % BFL, 25 % Masham
Length: 240 m per 100 g hank
Gauge: 21-24 sts per 10 cm / 4 in
Needle size: 3.5-4.5 mm
Care: Gently hand wash in cool water