Naturally Dyed Folkvang Knitting Kit - deep pink, tan, yellow

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$20.45
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Made in Holstebro, Denmark

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Yarn kit for knitting a Folkvang Tam OR a pair of Folkvang Mittens, hand dyed using all natural dyes.

If you wish to make a matching set of Folkvang Tam and Mittens, please purchase two kits from the same listing, as one listing contains only one dye lot.

When purchasing just one kit, please make a note telling me if you wish to receive the pattern for tam or mittens.

The first photo shows the yarn kit, the next two show examples of the finished tam. The last photo shows the finished mittens.

This kit contains the following skeins of yarn:
33 g (1.16 oz) of natural white Fenris
33 g (1.16 oz) of deep pink Fenris, dyed with indigo and cochineal
10 g (0.35 oz) of orange-tan Fenris, dyed with cortinarius mushrooms
10 g (0.35 oz) of yellow Fenris, dyed with yarrow
10 g (0.35 oz) of natural white Bestla.

Fenris is a two-ply wool (450 m / 100 g, or 492 yd / 3.53 oz), strong but soft, and similar to Shetland-type yarns. Bestla is an extremely soft laceweight mix of 35% silk and 65% merino (600 m / 100 g, or 656 yd / 3.53 oz).

Both yarns are spun in the North of Denmark, by one of the country's last remaining spinning mills.

All yarn is washed and wound in cakes, ready to knit!

The price of the kit reflects the price of the yarn, the PDF pattern (available in English and Danish) is supplied free of charge when buying the kit.

After purchase, I will e-mail the pattern to the address you indicate. If you wish to add the pattern to your Ravelry library, please also put your Ravelry name in comments, then I will send it to you there as well.



About natural dyes in general:

Natural dyes have been used for millennia, and are extracted mostly from plants, but can also come from animals, lichens, and mushrooms. Some natural dyes are not as light-fast as the modern dyes we are so used to - the dyes that come from fossil fuel by-products.

I use natural dyes that have the highest light-fastness, but in order to make sure that the color lives as long as the wool it's bound to, I recommend that the item is not dried in direct sun when washing it, and that it is stored away from direct sun when not in use.

Bits of plant matter can occur, since yarn and dyestuff come close together during dyeing,


About the Folkvang Tam:

Folkvang is a classic tam with a lined hem. Beginning with a provisional cast on, the hem lining and then corrugated ribbing is worked. The hem is closed, and the rest of the hat is worked in stranded knitting, with two colors per round.

The color pattern is syncopated by strategic purl stitches, a nod to Bohus knitting, but symmetric and much simplified compared to traditional Bohus patterns.

A suitable project for intermediate to advanced knitters.

Tam as shown:
- Adult size, approx. 57 cm (23 inches) head circumference
- Yarn: Midgaards Have Fenris and Bestla
- Needles: 2.25 mm (US1) and 2.5 mm (US1 1/2)
- Gauge: 26 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches) in Fenris colorwork using 2.5 mm (US1 1/2) needle.


About the Folkvang Mittens:

The Folkvang Mittens are knit in the shape of classical Norwegian mittens, but with an afterthought thumb and silk-merino lined cuffs. Beginning with a provisional cast on, the cuff lining and then outside is knit. The cuff is closed, and the rest of the mitten is worked in stranded knitting.

A suitable project for intermediate to advanced knitters.

Mittens as shown:
- Adult size, approx. 23 cm (9 inches) hand circumference, and a total length of 26 cm (10 1/2 inches)
- Yarn: Midgaards Have Fenris and Bestla
- Needles: 2.25 mm (US1) and 2.5 mm (US1 1/2)
- Gauge: 26 sts x 32 rows = 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 inches) in Fenris colorwork using 2.5 mm (US1 1/2) needle.


PS: The name Folkvang comes from Norse mythology, and is the name of the fertility goddess Freya's home. She took half of the dead to her place, letting Odin take the other half. Odin let his dead fight and party in perpetuity, who knows what Freya did with hers?


FAQs

Ordinary yarns and fabrics are dyed with synthetic dyes - that means chemicals that often come from oil, and a made in a chemical plant. There are thousands of dyes like that, some of them very safe, some of them being questioned. When you buy ordinarily dyed products, there is no way of telling which dye was used. Our yarn is dyed with natural substances only. That means plants, insects, mushrooms and even lichens. Whether picked in nature or bought from tropical growers, natural dyes are renewable resources. The only other substance we add to our yarn is alum, which is a salt that fixes the dye to the fiber. Alum has been used for this very purpose since Antiquity.

You can find a lot of information on natural dyeing on our webpage, midgaardshave.com

We use the best natural dyes in terms of wash- and lightfastness. But they do not behave the same way that synthetic colors do. Some, especially yellows, may slightly fade and mellow over time. Others may have an initial rub-off, but then stay light- and washfast after that. Madder and especially indigo behave this way - this has been known for centuries if not millenia, and is not considered a flaw in the product.

Our yarns are special and one-of a kind. We dye in very small batches, and furthermore, natural dyeing is inherently unpredictable. If knitting larger projects, we recommend changing between skeins every couple of rows. Even when dyeing the same base yarn with the same dyestuff, results cannot be replicated. If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure to order them all at one time - we are happy to take custom orders if the yarn/amount you wish is not currently in stock. Since yarn and dyestuffs come in close contact during dyeing, dyestuff dust or bits of plant matter can occur in the yarn. Also, colors are not always completely even, but we find that just adds a bit of personality.

Ordinary yarns and fabrics are dyed with synthetic dyes - that means chemicals that often come from oil, and a made in a chemical plant. There are thousands of dyes like that, some of them very safe, some of them being questioned. When you buy ordinarily dyed products, there is no way of telling which dye was used. Our yarn is dyed with natural substances only. That means plants, insects, mushrooms and even lichens. Whether picked in nature or bought from tropical growers, natural dyes are renewable resources. The only other substance we add to our yarn is alum, which is a salt that fixes the dye to the fiber. Alum has been used for this very purpose since Antiquity.

You can find a lot of information on natural dyeing on our webpage, midgaardshave.com

We use the best natural dyes in terms of wash- and lightfastness. But they do not behave the same way that synthetic colors do. Some, especially yellows, may slightly fade and mellow over time. Others may have an initial rub-off, but then stay light- and washfast after that. Madder and especially indigo behave this way - this has been known for centuries if not millenia, and is not considered a flaw in the product.

Our yarns are special and one-of a kind. We dye in very small batches, and furthermore, natural dyeing is inherently unpredictable. If knitting larger projects, we recommend changing between skeins every couple of rows. Even when dyeing the same base yarn with the same dyestuff, results cannot be replicated. If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure to order them all at one time - we are happy to take custom orders if the yarn/amount you wish is not currently in stock. Since yarn and dyestuffs come in close contact during dyeing, dyestuff dust or bits of plant matter can occur in the yarn. Also, colors are not always completely even, but we find that just adds a bit of personality.


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