YOUR 'HEDGEROW' WRIST WARMERS

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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RASPBERRY AND MOSS YARN

  • Created using the 2018, 2019 and 2020 wool clips from the Portland sheep in my flock

  • 2018 wool clip: Sheared on the 14th July by Jason Cox of Gloucestershire Shearers whilst grazing at a conservation site in Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire. 

  • 2019 wool clip: Sheared on the 7th July by Jason Cox of Gloucestershire Shearers whilst grazing at my home near Cirencester.

  • 2020 wool clip: Sheared on the 31st May by Jason Cox of Gloucestershire Shearers whilst grazing at the Bruern Estate in the Cotswolds.

  • Delivered to the Natural Fibre Company on the 23rd December 2020

  • Woollen spun into a 3-ply chunky yarn

  • Organically dyed for me at Paintbox Textiles to GOTS standards

  • Returned back to me on the 12th March 2021

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MOCHA YARN

  • Created using the 2018, 2019 and 2020 wool clips from the Portland sheep in my flock

  • 2018 wool clip: Sheared on the 14th July by Jason Cox of Gloucestershire Shearers whilst grazing at a conservation site in Frampton Mansell, Gloucestershire. 

  • 2019 wool clip: Sheared on the 7th July by Jason Cox of Gloucestershire Shearers whilst grazing at my home near Cirencester.

  • 2020 wool clip: Sheared on the 31st May by Jason Cox of Gloucestershire Shearers whilst grazing at the Bruern Estate in the Cotswolds.

  • Delivered to the Natural Fibre Company on the 23rd December 2020

  • Woollen spun into a 3-ply chunky yarn

  • Undyed

  • Returned back to me on the 12th March 2021

DOES THIS PRODUCT HAVE ANY CERTIFICATIONS?

The moss and raspberry colours are dyed to GOTS organic standards. 

HOW WAS YOUR WOOLLEN MADE?

Techniques

I knit my wrist warmers on my hand-powered knitting machine and ribber bed. Each one is made in one complete piece so there is no wastage from off-cuts and finished by hand. I put my design onto a punchcard which the knitting machine can read, to help me replicate the repeat pattern in the knitting.

Time

It takes me at least an hour to make my wrist warmers.

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.