Origin of Yarns
Voluptuous is British using sheep bred in North Devon (the Exmoor Blue is a cross between the Exmoor Horn and Blue Faced Leicester) and the yarn is spun in Devon. The 20% organic merino now comes from the Falklands.
Sonsie is British. The Corriedale and Polwarth fibre comes from the Falklands and is spun in Devon.
Blimey and Smashing are 100% British - grown in the UK and spun in Yorkshire.
All of the Blue Faced Leicester is grown in the UK - some is spun in Peru.
Cracking is currently a blend of South American Corriedale with Corriedale from the Falkland Islands.
Most of the other merino comes from South America and the Falklands with the exception of Delectable, Blush and Splendid which come from my Chinese supplier, a superior mill based in Hebei province. The Opulent and Sumptuous 100% cashmere is fine quality Mongolian cashmere at approx.15.2 microns fibre width and 36mm fibre length.
All silk, cashmere and camel originate in China - some come directly from China and some are purchased through my UK supplier and come via spinners in Italy and Peru. Except for the silk in Ripple which is Swiss Mountain Silk.
The alpaca is from Peru.
The Swedish wool, Ullvärme, is collected by a company who can't bear to see this beautiful natural material go to waste as a by-product. They therefore gather wool from their local farms on the island of Öland and some on the neighbouring mainland and turn it into yarn. This wool can contain a blend of Dorsets, Suffolks, Dalasau and some Friesian milk ewes.
A word on the superwash process. There are very strict rules on processing the fibres and the treatment is a resin rather than a plastic which bonds permanently with the wool fibre and biodegrades along with the wool. The superwash process creates longevity to the fibres, meaning that finished knits last longer and can be machine washed at low temperatures. It's not perfect for everyone because there is a chemical process involved. So I just wanted to make you aware of the pros and cons. We stock both superwash and non-superwash yarns to give you the choice.
We tend not to use cotton, bamboo or tencel yarns because of the huge amount of processing involved.