FAQ, frequently asked questions

There are about 5 FAQ that customers at shows ask me. I thought it might be useful to answer them here as it’s unlikely there will be any “real” shows this year for you to be able to ask in person.

Is this colour fast, will it fade?

The honest answer to this FAQ is yes. Anything made of natural fibre will fade eventually. Whether it is dyed with synthetic dyes or our lovely natural dyes, it will fade in UV light and with washing. Your favourite blue jeans will fade over time, as will furnishings, your wool coat and even leathers. Yarn dyed with natural dyes will fade faster, but I carefully swatch test each colour to assess whether it fades too quickly to be good enough for you. The swatch testing also checks for colour fastness, ie will it run in the wash. During the process of natural dyeing I rinse the yarns very thoroughly until the rinsing water runs clear, but some dye may still remain and be released by your washing detergent.

Chamomile Dye and yarn

How do I wash it?

If you wash your yarn projects by hand you will protect the stitches of the garment/project and prevent stretching it out of shape, or worse, felting it. Personally I prefer not to use superwash yarns because they are treated with environmentally unfriendly chemicals, but I understand they are ideal for children’s wool garments for ease of washing. Even so, I would only put them on a wool wash in the machine…..

What Size Needles do I need?

All our yarn is carefully labelled with a description of the fibre type, its weight and thickness, its average tension and the average needles to use to knit with it. Some patterns call for a larger or smaller needle, depending on the texture of the stitch, the details on the label are an average over stocking stitch. Some people knit tighter or looser than average, so you will need to adjust your needle size up or down accordingly.

Is this British Wool?

Where possible, we source our yarn from UK spinners and producers who use British fleeces. Some fibres like silk and cotton, cannot be produced in the UK, but in general all our wool fibres and Alpaca are British. The Merino comes from the Falklands, stretching a point I suppose, but still British. We are also very careful to ensure that our yarns are ethically and sustainably produced. Quality is not compromised for cost.

How Do I do That?

Did you know we have a You Tube Channel? I post lots of video clips on techniques, information and fun things for you. If you aren’t sure, for example, how to set up your solar dye pot, (a FAQ) check out our videos to see how. Not sure what kind of pot to use for your DIY Daylight Dye kit of the month? Have a look on You Tube Gorgeous Yarns. I also post any unusual stitch technique videos too which go with our patterns, the latest one is the Star Stitch which goes with the July free pattern in the kit.

Have a look at these links to blog posts too for more information

Gorgeous Yarns and sustainability

About our yarns

Postage and Gift Wrapping

Posting around the World

Of course, if I haven’t answered your FAQ here, please contact me at gorgeousyarns@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to help, it will be nice to “chat”, albeit by email.

Bye for now,


Your Comments

  1. Dear Caroline – just as we are about to move from Cornwall….I find you and your beautiful yarns!! Additionally, I live in The Lizard, so literally next door!
    I would like to purchase a set of Chiaogoo needles and possibly some yarn. Whilst I appreciate you probably prefer to do everything online – would it be possible to come and collect the needles and have a quick look at your wool as well?

    No problem at all if you’d rather keep to online!!
    Kind regards

    Mary Mewha

    1. Hi Mary,
      It would be lovely to meet you. You are welcome to come to my home by arrangement. Please drop me an email and we can fix something up.
      Best wishes,

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