de rerum natura - Candide
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This yarn is made from the wool of Arles merinos raised in organic farming in Provence and from cotton recycled on the spot by the spinning mill thanks to a patented technique that preserves the length of the fibres.
To create this palette, part of the wool is dyed with natural plant extracts (indigo, chestnut, reseda, madder and cochineal) selected for their shade and strength. The dyed and unbleached yarns are then mixed to create the colour range according to the chosen blends and then woolen spun.
The range includes two undyed colours: the unbleached "sucre glace" colour and the "nougat" colour which is a blend of 60% unbleached Arles merino / 10% black French merino and 30% recycled cotton.
This yarn was dyed and spun in France in the Tarn region by companies with the "living heritage company" label.
Brand: De Rerum Natura
Fibre: 70% Organic merino d'Arles | 30% recycled cotton, including 2% of others recycled fibres
Yardage/Meterage: 202 yards | 185 meters
Gauge: 24 to 26 sts/4 inches
Needle Size: US 1½ - 4 | 2.5 - 3.5mm
Texture: Smooth, plied
Colour: Solid, heathered
Put-up: No winding required
Natural dyes are more "living" and fragile than synthetic dyes. These colours are likely to change over time as they soften slightly. De Rerum Natura have selected the most resistant plants and natural extracts but advise you to avoid exposing your balls or knitted garments for a long time to direct sunlight.
The colour "grand bleu" (big blue), which contains a high concentration of indigo, may bleed slightly when knitted. Indigo pigments are non-toxic and even have beneficial anti-bacterial properties. This excess dye is easily washed off with soapy water.
This yarn is not superwash treated. It is advisable to wash your knitted fabric in lukewarm water with a suitable soap or detergent and leave it to dry flat away from direct sunlight, avoiding rubbing or stretching. If you wish to test the cold wool programme of your washing machine, it's advised you do so first with your sample.