Thicket/ Rustic Canadian Sheep's Wool Blend in River Rock
River Rock is a versatile medium grey with just a hint of lavender, and it really sings on the rustic Thicket yarn base.
This wool blend is sourced from 100% Canadian raised sheep. Soft and squishy, airy and bouncy, it's great for outerwear, and has beautiful definition when cabled. Ooh or make a pair of the coziest thrummed mitts. Or a giant cabled circle scarf. So many possibilities.
Worsted weight. 2 ply.
115g, ~240 yards (219m)
6.5sts= 1" and 8 rows= 1" using 3.25mm needles (US 3)
Sumac trees are native to North America, and can be found on many a roadside or forest edge throughout Ontario. In addition to providing excellent food for native birds, sumac berries are a gorgeous dye plant. I carefully forage the berries (making sure to leave enough for the birds) from around Toronto, and use them in my dye pot to create a stunning range of browns and greys.
A Note of Natural Dyes
Natural dyes are sources of colour derived from plants, minerals, and in some cases insects. Not only is natural dyeing a fascinating and magical experience, but it the process can have a lesser impact on the environment than dyeing with synthetic dyes, many of which contain petroleum derivatives. All skeins of Westlake yarn are dyed with natural dyes, some foraged, some grown in my backyard garden, some grown for me by local farmers, and some purchased as ground powder.
I use several methods in my dyeing process to ensure the yarn is colourfast (will not fade with washing or exposure to light), including using mordants, and carefully selecting my dye plants. That said, the colour may change slightly over the years. I see this as part of the evolution of an heirloom quality product that is ultimately biodegradable.
As with all hand dyed yarns, there will be variation in colour and variegation between skeins, especially for the hand painted colours. If your project requires more than one skein, I would recommend knitting them both at the same time, alternating one row of each, to make sure the colours are distributed more evenly.
Each Westlake Fibres yarn is hand dyed with care in a smoke- free environment.
Please note that colours may appear different on different monitors. I've made every attempt to photograph the colours accurately, however they may be a slightly different shade than your monitor shows.
All items are shipped from Canada by Regular Air Mail. This is the most economical shipping option, so it does not include tracking. If you would like to upgrade your shipping to Express Mail (tracking and insurance included), please send me a message and I'd be happy to set that up for you.
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Shipping & policies
I am the only knitter behind Westlake, so please allow 5 days for me to knit, package and mail out your handmade goods. Thanks in advance for your patience!
In order to ensure that your Westlake piece reaches you safe and sound, each smaller hand knit item comes swathed in a bubble envelope. Larger orders will arrive in sturdy poly-mailers.
I package and ship items through Canada Post's regular air mail service, which means that, once mailed, your Westlake item should reach your door in:
- 2 to 9 business days (within Canada)
- 6 to 14 business days (within the USA)
- 6 to 21 business days (international)
PLEASE NOTE: Holiday shipping deadlines for regular air mail are as follows:
Within Canada Dec 11
US Dec 4
Worldwide Nov 27
This is the most economical shipping option, and so it unfortunately does not come with a tracking number or delivery guarantee. If your item hasn't arrived within the above timeline, please get in touch.
If you would like your package sent Express (comes with a tracking number and delivery guarantee), please get in touch and I would be happy to send you alternate shipping rates.
Please note that International and US parcels may be subject to customs fees at the border, depending on the country you're in, the value of the item and, well, luck (the process seems to be random). Unfortunately, this is out of my control, and I cannot be responsible for paying the fees. You can find out specific fees and duty free thresholds from your local postal service.
If you live in Toronto as well, feel free to contact me about pick-up options.
I accept payment via PayPal, credit card and Etsy gift card. If you'd like to discuss another method of payment, please send me a message.
As soon as I receive your payment, I will prepare your Westlake piece to be shipped out to your mailing address.
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Digital downloads
If you would like to refund or exchange your Westlake Design, it must not be worn or damaged. As soon as I receive the item, I will refund its cost minus the original shipping charge. Unfortunately I cannot be responsible for covering the shipping charges for returned or exchanged items.
I package my items with care, but if for some reason your Westlake Design was damaged in the mail, contact me as soon as possible to arrange an exchange of the item. Please take a photo of the damaged packaging before opening.
As a small business owner your feedback is very important to me! I would really appreciate the opportunity to make your shopping experience a positive one so please contact me with any concerns before leaving feedback.
I do my very best to take pictures that show an item's colour accurately, however colours may appear different on different computer monitors.
Feel free to contact me regarding custom orders, questions, or comments. I'd love to hear from you!
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