UK Alpaca has added to its range with our brand new Vulscombe Farm Yarns. These 50g skeins in double knit and 4-ply British alpaca were dyed with bark, berries, flowers and vegetables that grow on farm in Devon or in the kitchen garden. This was Rachel’s lockdown project and a corner of the barn became a witchy brewhouse with steaming vats, buckets of soaking bark and amazing coloured skeins hung up to dry.
This was my first go at hand dyeing and it really was a voyage of discovery. Who knew that carrot tops, onion skins and foxglove flowers would produce such lovely yellows and that bright red beetroot does not produce red but orange. I love foraging so wandering around the farm picking wild cherries, gathering fallen lichen from the oak trees and realising that all the bark that peels off our eucalyptus could be made into a dye was amazing.
The base yarn I used is 75% British superfine alpaca and 25% wool. We buy alpaca fibre from over 130 breeders in the UK and Ireland. It is hand graded on farm and then goes north for processing.
The skeins have been grouped in sets of three making 150g per set and the subtle colours go together very well. There may be some very slight variation in the skein. We would advise hand washing the finished project.