YOUR 'ROYAL BLUE' HALCYON HOODIE

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?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ROYAL BLUE YARN

  • Created using the 2012, 2013 and 2014 wool clips from the Portland sheep in my flock

  • Sheared on my first farm in Pencuke, Cornwall

  • Delivered to the Natural Fibre Company on the 5th July 2014

  • Worsted spun into a 3-ply chunky yarn

  • Organic and metal free dye process at The Natural Fibre Company's own dye house

  • Returned back to me on the 1st December 2014

HOW WAS YOUR WOOLLEN MADE?

Techniques

The Halcyon Hoodie is made fully fashioned, which means I shape each segment whilst knitting - so there is no wastage from off-cuts. The hem, sleeve and hood ends are creating with a rib technique. Each knitted piece is hand sewn together.

Time

It takes me a minimum of 4 hours to knit the different sections of the Halcyon Hoodie, and then at least 3 hours to steam each piece, sew in the ends and hand stitch the segments together. 

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.