Naturally Dyed Homelea Bliss Yarn (super chunky Australian Merino Wool)
This dye lot of Homelea Bliss has been naturally dyed using gum leaves from the trees outside my back door.
Each naturally dyed skein has its own unique personality – there will never be another one exactly like it.
I’ve been experimenting with naturally dyeing yarns on and off for years, and this year I set myself the challenge to dye yarn with the smallest environmental impact possible.
It’s a unique, low impact, slow and local process, and the result is a range of natural colours that reflect what’s happening in the environment on our remote cattle property near Quilpie, South West Queensland.
- rainwater collected from the roof
- solar power generated on our property
- things grown on our property
- citric acid (this is needed to hold the colour, and is the same citric acid used in cooking)
- our Homelea Bliss super chunky yarn, fully made in Australia from merino wool which has been grown in Australia
Size: These skeins are slightly smaller than the standard 300g skeins of Homelea Bliss, and vary between 290g and 298g. The yarn is a super chunky / super bulky size that is about 1cm / 0.4in thick.
Colours: these colours are unique and I have made sure the photographs closely capture the actual colours of the yarn. Please be aware that different screens display colours differently. If you would like more information on the colours or would like to see some skeins side by side, please let me know in the web chat (bottom right corner of the screen).
Crochet patterns: find a range of patterns and online courses for this yarn here.
Construction: The twist in Homelea Bliss means that what you make will be an heirloom that you will use for many, many years. It will keep its good looks for a long time, it won’t cover your home, or you, in fluff and will only pill slightly after repeated use.
Hook and needle size: Homelea Bliss is ideally suited for using crochet hooks and knitting needles that are larger than the standard size. 15mm needles and hooks create a close fabric, whereas 25mm needles and hooks create a looser, more fluid fabric.
Care instructions: cold, gentle hand wash with a wool wash and lie flat to dry in the shade. As the naturally dyed colours are delicate, I recommend washing them individually and do not put them in the sun.
Good to know: you may find some vegetable matter in Homelea Bliss. I love how this links the making process back to what the sheep was eating as it grew the wool.
I hope you love crocheting, knitting or weaving with these special yarns as much as I do!
With love, Lynda.