Yesterday, I promised you information about new yarn and a relationship. Today, the yarn.
As a small artisan company, Lorna's Laces has always been concerned with how what we do affects the world around us and we've always worked hard to be environmentally responsible. We recycle what we can and use as many local sources as possible, not only here at work, but in our lives as well.
So, when a vendor came to me with a proposal for an organic yarn, I was all ears. It took some time, but we are delighted to announce the Green Line. These yarns (a DK and a Worsted) are spun from 100% organic merino wool, hand-painted with all natural dyes and are as soft and luxurious as all of our other products, which we now loving refer to as the Purple Line.
Here are some of the details. The wool is raised and certified as organic on a ranch in Argentina. As it turns out, South America is becoming a leader in producing organic fiber. After that, it moves to the only organically certified (IMO certification) mill in Europe for combing and carding. Then it goes on to the spinning mill where it's conventionally processed. So, it's not perfect, but it's a step in the right direction and we thought it was important to start taking those steps as soon as we could.
Once it gets to Lorna's Laces, we are using all natural dyes which is a new process for us. Things like cochineal and madder. *** After five years of doing the same thing, it's fun to work with something different! We have 9 colors right now and will continue to bring new ones to you over time.
From left to right, the colors are Hope, Silence, Solitude, Courage, Mirth, Dusk, Growth, Echo and Chagrin.
The Green Line DK is packaged in a skein that's appoximately 2 ounces/145 yards. It knits up at 5 sts/inch on US6's. The Worsted is approximatley 4 ounces/210 yards and knits up at 4 sts/inch on 8's.
So, there you have it. The launch of the Green Line. Rest assured that as we expand out horizons, all the products you've come to know and love from Lorna's Laces aren't going anywhere, they just have a new sibling.
***We've had to change our dye processes for the Green Line. Please see my post of March 3, 2008.