YOUR 'MOCHA' BOBBLE HAT
It’s really important to me, that when you buy one of my products you feel 100% confident about its provenance. By being totally transparent on every single stage of production, I hope to connect you closely with what you’ve bought and encourage us all to ask more questions about the production journey for everything we buy.
WHAT YARN WAS USED?
DOES THIS PRODUCT HAVE ANY CERTIFICATIONS?
The Rafter Scarf in Mocha is part of my undyed collection, which is accredited by South West England Fibreshed. Find out more about what Fibreshed accreditation means for regional, sustainable and environmentally conscious textile production here: www.southwestenglandfibreshed.co.uk
HOW WAS YOUR WOOLLEN MADE?
I knit my bobble hats on my hand-powered knitting machine and ribber bed. It is made in one complete piece so there is no wastage from off-cuts. I put my design onto a punchcard which the knitting machine can read, to help me replicate the repeat pattern in the knitting. The hat is hand sewn together and I have a small tool to help me create my big fluffy pom-poms.
It takes me at least 2 hours to make one of my bobble hats.
HOW CAN YOU CARE FOR YOUR WOOLLEN?
Airing is caring
Because of its odour, stain and crease-resistant properties wool can practically take care of itself. The best way to keep your knitwear fresh is to let it's natural properties do the work. Air and rest for 24 hours between wears and only wash when it's really necessary.
When it really is time to wash
Hand wash is the safest option. Just fill a clean sink/bath (depending on the size of the garment) with cold water and soak the garment for 15 minutes. After soaking rinse the garment with clean water once or twice to remove any soap from the fabric. You can then spin the water out in the machine on a slow 600 spin.
You can wash in a washing machine on a wool wash at 30 degrees and a slow spin at 600 - individual machine wool wash settings vary so check; as the yarn is not superwash it will felt if it is agitated and heated.
Using a non biological, bleach free wool wash detergent for a gentle clean and avoid using a fabric softener
Turn your wool clothes inside-out before washing
Dry flat to avoid over-stretching
Always dry away from any heat sources
Never tumble-dry woollens
Storing your woollens
Store folded in a cool, dry area - don't hang them
If packing away woollens during the summer, be sure to use vacuum packed storage bags to aid the prevention of moths
Lavender bags can be used to deter moths too
Wool naturally pills and they can easily be removed by hand. This should be done routinely after drying, or just prior to ironing.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH IT AT THE END OF IT'S LIFE?
As it's made from 100% wool you can compost it at the very end of its useful life and it will decompose, releasing valuable nutrients into the soil.