Thank you for your purchase! We hope our bases and the fabrics they create will give you a wonderful knitting experience. To extend their life, we wanted to share a few tips and recommendations for both blocking and laundering.
While we do our very best to ensure colorfastness in our yarns, a small amount of color transfer is not uncommon in hand-dyed yarns, particularly when combining the more brilliant, saturated colorways with a lighter one (think of washing a new pair of jeans with a bright white tee shirt). It is for these reasons that we fully embrace spritzing and steam blocking. It gives complete control over the areas you want to smooth and straighten, yet still allows the yarn to bloom and lets you decide just how much to let it grow.
Most of our wool is considered superwash, and even for these we always recommend hand washing in a gentle wool wash such as Eucalan or Soak and then laying flat to dry. We pride ourselves on the luxurious fabrics that our bases create and due to the cashmere content in most, there are only a select few that we would consider machine washing (Feet, Trusty, Terra) and even then, only with the most minimal agitation possible or even no agitation. When blocking or washing a NON-superwash, please be mindful to avoid warmer water temperatures and any agitation, as this may lead to the felting and/or shrinking of your fabric.
When you do find the need to fully immerse a piece with several colorways, we suggest always creating a small swatch to soak first. All you need are just a few rows, no need to be in the pattern, just using all the colors. If the swatch does not bleed into itself, go ahead and bathe the full project with confidence. We have also had success using a Shout Color Catcher and/or a light vinegar rinse when immersing the various dark/light colorways together in a bath of cool water.
You can learn more about the contents of each of our bases on the yarns tab of our website and if you have additional questions please don't hesitate to let us know.
We hope this helps with your project planning!
DIFFERENT TERMS USED FOR VARIOUS METHODS OF DYEING:
Tonal - Shows tones of the same color throughout the skein and is considered solid.
Variegated - While still somewhat solid, this method allows for various undertones or over-washes to show throughout the skeins.
Speckled - Starts with a base color, then spots and speckles are added by hand, using one or more colors.
Saturated - This is a term used to describe vivid colors. While all hand-dyed yarns can give off some excess dye, deeply saturated skeins will have a higher potential of bleeding.