Sirius is a satisfyingly thick and thin ‘flamme’ yarn that looks and feels like handspun, creating a lovely textured fabric as you knit, weave or crochet with it. It’s hand painted using low-impact dyes, bulky weight made from 100% organically grown and fair trade cotton.
The color varies gently through the skein so your project will have greater visual depth than with a commercially dyed yarn. The process of dyeing naturally takes time, but requires no nasty chemicals, and the colors are always soft on the eye. Typically plant-dyeing takes anywhere from 3 days to two weeks, starting with scouring (cleaning), mordanting twice (preparing the fibre to help it accept the dye better) with natural mordants like oak tannin, myrobalan (a nut), and potassium alum, a naturally occurring mineral (the same kind used in deodorant crystals). Then finally a ‘tea’ is made with the plant used for dyeing. The process of naturally dyeing yarn takes more time and effort, but its worth it, knowing that no harmful chemicals were used in the process.
These bulky skeins weigh 225g (8oz) and contains approximately 293m (320 yds).
The base yarn used is EKO Certified Organic by USDA, GOTS, Control Union, SKAL & Certified Fair Trade by Control Union Fair Choice, it comes from Peru Naturtex, and it is hand dyed in small batches at the Vegan Yarn studio in New Westminster, BC, Canada.
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NOTE: Sirius yarn is (hopefully only temporarily) discontinued. The supplier is having some production difficulties, and they’re working hard to fix it. As soon as they find a solution Vegan Yarn will be dyeing up fresh batches again and we’ll be ordering more.
Banana and cotton blended together is beautifully soft and feels just like cotton wool. Single ply and easy to knit with, this yarn is so full of lustre and very popular in the knitting work as it makes super soft clothing, sweaters, throws, baby blankets and more.
Produced by a women’s co-operative in Northern India for Yarn Yarn. This soft eco yarn has been spun using a charka not a drop spindle giving the yarn its uniformity.
Each 100g skein is approximately 120 yards. Handwash in light detergent, lay flat to dry.
Biodegradable. Fair trade.
Yarn Yarn prides itself with handmade craft supplies and eco-friendly, recycled yarns that are fair trade and handmade by women’s co-operatives and small communities in rural India. Many of their yarns are made from waste leftover from the sari mills in India. Every sale of their products helps to support and provide sustainable living within these communities.