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Canadian Worsted is the perfect choice for those heavy workhorse knits needed in a cold northern climate. Coming in closer to an aran weight, it holds stitch definition beautifully, making it a great choice for chunky winter lace shawls or rich cables to help keep chill winds at bay.
Working with independent Canadian mills sourcing wool directly from Canadian farmers at pay rates ranging from 2-4x what they would receive from the standard wool buying organization, Canadian worsted is usually sourced from range wools like rambouillet, targhee, cotswold, and suffolk, and may begin as natural white or light grey sheep shades before going through their respective natural dye pots.
Processed with minimal cleaning agents (usually vinegars) and usually spun on turn-of-the-century equipment that mimics handspinning, it is a thick yarn that may contain handknots in the skein (made during the milling process and reducing wool waste) as well as vegetable matter.
Upon arrival at tiny coven studios in treaty one territory, ash scours and mordants every skein before dyeing them with natural dyes, including homegrown, foraged, and redirected food waste from local farms. ash finishes the process off by handwriting every label to indicate their dye and mordant journeys.
Ash works exclusively with natural dyes and canadian-sourced and -manufactured fibres. they dye every skein themself in their home studio under the watchful eye of the resident coven pooch, willow. ash loves working with small canadian mills and farmers to create beautiful, sustainable, long-lasting yarns that can handle the wear and tear of everyday life, and hopes that with a little bit of extra care to help your naturally dyed skeins maintain their beauty for a long time, you’ll be crafting items that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
100% Canadian Wool
216 yards [115 grams]
2ply heavy worsted
16-20 sts = 4"
needles + hook size 4.50mm - 6.50mm
Hand wash gently in lukewarm