🧧 Loving Chinatown 🧧
This very special color was created as a love letter to the color red in our Chinese culture and history. The proceeds from this color will be donated to Heart of Dinner, a team of badass cooks and volunteers who are serving up kindness, hot meals, and meal assistance to the elderly and vulnerable in New York City’s Chinatown and Asian community.
A wearable blue-red with a slight orange base, but definitely not a tomato red.
Bouncy, soft, squishy, and perfect for just about any project from socks to sweaters, this base is a sock weight yarn made of soft superwash merino wool and a pinch of nylon for strength.
80% Superwash merino wool
400 yards / 365 meters
*Please note, this is hand-dyed yarn. Colors are truly unique to each skein and therefore may vary from skein to skein. We recommend alternating skeins every other row in the round, or every two rows when knitting flat if using two or more skeins. True colors may vary slightly from screen. We do try.*
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A great question! The process of hand-dyeing yarn is much different than store bought yarn. While store bought yarn is often dyed in giant batches in an assembly-line fashion and with machine-like precision, their method is of course much more affordable. The hand-dyeing process takes more time and energy, and requires a Hermione Granger-like dedication over pots of boiling water: Waiting for the exact temperature, continuous dunking of fiber, and making sure that each dye recipe is followed to a T. It is a chemical reaction—both a science and an art—that allow these colors and fibers to marry. You are paying for the dedicated manual labor, hard work, and unique colors found here.
You betcha! While we understand the application of the method, we do not agree with it being used as a regular method for controlling fly strike. Mulesing is a technique used to remove skin from the sheep’s rear end to help prevent fly strike, a parasitic infection—this infection is incredibly painful, and can be fatal. Merino sheep have many folds of wool-bearing skin, so they are often at a higher risk of this infection. However, mulesing is a quite controversial as it is not yet fully regulated; for now, we choose to use mulesing-free wool.
Typically, low-exhaust is when very little if any dye is left over. This is great for the environment as it means that very little if any heavy metal dyes get poured down the drain. Most of the dye is absorbed by the fibers, but often with rich and saturated colors there is a little (or sometimes a lot) leftover in the pot. We take it one step farther and use an extra skein to soak up any excess dye just to be safe! The benefit of this is a gorgeous, unrepeatable skein with layers and layers of dye. And guess what? You get the chance to purchase these for next to nothing!
As Bob Ross teaches us, we don’t make mistakes: We make happy little accidents. Our HLA section is full of discounted yarn from our dyeing adventures! It’s still beautiful, usable colors—just a happy little accident that didn’t make the quality control cut.
🎶On Penny Skein, there’s a dyer showing photographs / Of all the dye she’s had the pleasure to know🎶
Our exhaust skeins are created from any leftover colors from our dye. Occasionally, our other skeins won’t absorb all the dye in the pot; rather than pouring heavy metal dyes down the drain, we throw in an extra skein at the end of our dyeing to absorb it. The result is layers upon layers of pastels and diluted vibrant dyes—truly beautiful colors that we cannot repeat! Since very little work goes into these, we feel that it’s only fair that you get to reap the benefits of these beautiful skeins at a ridiculously low price! We takes notes and occasionally semi-recreate exhaust colors to the best of our abilities.
Jan 27, 2021
This yarn is luxurious! The color is exactly as shown (Loving Chinatown) and it was shipped quickly! I am knitting a "Chinese Kites" lace shawl with beads with this yarn and it is so far a delight to work with. I would definitely order again from here! I even got a hand written note from April! Excellent shop!!!
Nov 27, 2020
Simply gorgeous soft yarn. Well packed. Fast shipping. Excellent seller.
Oct 4, 2020
This is such a lovely yarn.. very distracting from other projects ...thinking of what pattern to use for it. This is a perfect and versatile red, would definitely compliment any skin tone. I am so excited to work with it that it will likely be a sneaky side project while working on some gift knits. Thank you so much for this gorgeous yarn!!
Aug 21, 2020
This yarn is gorgeous and soft!
May 14, 2020
Stunning color! Even better than the photo.