About Fiddle Knits Yarns
Technical Info: Fiddle Knits yarn is dyed using “acid” dyes which means the dye color is set using an acid (Fiddle Knits yarns use vinegar). After dyeing, the yarns are rinsed in water only. Fiddle Knits avoids using any soaps or cleaning products on the finished yarn to try and prevent allergic reactions some people may have to soaps or fragrances. Because of this you may notice some color bleed during the first washing of saturated colors (like deep reds, greens, and blues). This doesn’t mean you’ll be left with faded yarn! It’s simply the excess dye that was unable to penetrate the fibers and needs to be cleaned off the top of the yarn. Fill a tube with warm water and your choice of wool wash. Let stand for at least an hour. Rinse and gently squeeze out the extra water. If your yarn is being stubborn repeat the process as necessary. The more saturated the color, the longer it should rest in the warm water bath.
There is a chemical available that pulls off the excess dyes. Sounds good, right? We checked into it and found that it’s so toxic it was nearly banned, but just slipped by. We don’t know about you, but we’d like to avoid anything that harmful from coming in contact with our yarns! And since not all colors bleed anyway, we’ll be sticking to the vinegar and water rinse.
Yarn is always dyed and stored in a non-smoking environment!
Allergen Alert: Fiddle Knits is Mom to 2 little kitty cats. While they do not visit the dyeing studio there is no guarantee that a stray cat hair won’t travel near the yarn. If you’re extemely allergic please use proper caution. When you get your yarn you may place it in a pot or glass dish with water heated to 140 F, cover, and let stand until water cools completely. According to studies this will remove 90% of dander, 100% of dust mites, and 97% of pollen.