OUR YARNS ARE NAMED FOR OUR FAVOURITE PARTS OF ONTARIO
At The Blue Brick we are always on a quest to find the best yarns for your projects, for our planet, and for the practices that resonate with our own.
Mulesing is a controversial practice; common in some parts of the world and banned in others. We are on a quest to ensure that all our yarns are mulesing-free in accordance with our own personal ethics. We understand
that it's a complex issue and we do not pass judgement which we are unqualified for (given our total lack of knowledge on what challenges farmers face). We've put a lot of thought into it, and this is simply where we choose
Superwash yarns are a bigger challenge for us. I really enjoyed this article by Jillian Moreno that puts superwash into perspective. For a start, a very small percentage of superwashed wools come to the hobby industry (that's us), and the bulk of it goes into commercial use. The process involves reducing or removing the scales on the fiber and then smoothing it down, often with a polymer. I am greatly oversimplifying here, but that, in short, is why superwash yarns cause concern for the environment. While I do understand the crafting industry to represent a very small portion of the environmental concern, I do believe everyone needs to do their part and I am investing the time and funds to find alternatives.
On the flip side, our gradient process requires yarns to have quick and effective dye take-up that simply isn't possible with non-superwash or eco-treated yarns. We are not closing the door on this; we're working hard to find alternatives that take the dye just as well and allow us to replicate our signature colours predictably ,and with the vibrance and quality folks have come to expect of us. Sadly, we're just not there yet, but it is our ultimate goal to find a sustainably treated wool that our customers will love just as much, without making any drastic moves that will compromise the product you love.
Below you can see the yarns that we currently work with, their fiber content, origins, and treatments. We will be culling this list in the near future, but this is a snapshot (current as of fall 2020).
Each of these yarns was dyed at the same time, in the same bath, using the same treatments. We have tried to illustrate the differences in how the dye takes on different fiber blends; most notably those with a high cashmere content. You can see that our one organic blend doesn't take the dye well at all and won't be staying with us; I'll continue my hunt for a solid alternative but Killarney sock will remain a staple in the meantime.
Please do bear in mind that this is only one illustration and that other dye colours may show more or less variance. Please also note that these are hand dyed products and will vary by batch. Finally, please bear in mind that your device may not be illustrating the same colours as we see on our end. Because our yarns are dyed in advance and sold as inventory there is no guarantee that they will be a precise match. Please email us prior to ordering if this is a concern.
Additional information such as gauge, wraps per inch and recommended needle sizes will come soon. Once we've settled on a line of yarns we all feel good about you can look for more details :)