- About the shop:
- About the yarn:
- A Note about Crocking:
Brambleberry Yarns came about as a gradual progression through all of my hobbies and passions. About 10 years ago my husband was in the military and was stationed overseas. To help me deal with the long days of our separation I learned to knit and was immediately addicted for life. It was not long after my love affair with yarn and knitting began that I found myself combining my other passion for gardening with my new found love of fiber. I began experimenting with using plants from my own garden to dye yarns for my knitting. Some of my first results were disastrous but through much trial and error I began to achieve amazing results. I really love being able to combine my love of gardening and plants with my love for yarn and fibers.
A few years ago, on a whim, I started up my blog, Brambleberries in the Rain. From Brambleberries in the Rain I gained the confidence to take on selling my naturally dyed yarns online through my own little shop. I am so thrilled to be able to offer you these yarns for sell. Believe me, each and every skein is filled with so much love!
Every yarn found here has been dyed using only natural dyes. The beauty of natural dyed fibers is hard to describe. They simply glow and like magic compliment each other, naturally.
Natural dyes are unique in that they require a multi-step process of first applying a mordant to the yarn or fiber before being dyed. I use food grade alum which is both safe for the dyer as well as the environment. I only dye with materials that I know are light and wash fast.
Naturally dyed yarns tend to bleed a bit when washed which is normal and will not effect the overall color of your skein.
When you knit or spin with some of our blue, green, or purple fibers you may notice some blue rubbing off onto your hands and needles. This is called crocking and is a characteristic of indigo dyed fibers. The pressure of knitting and spinning causes some indigo residue to be released that remained after rinsing. This is completely normal and will not affect your finished fiber. The blue will wash off with a little bit of soap and water.