Many wools are cleaned by carbonizing, an acid process which burns up bits of hay chaff while cleaning the wool. Some wools are bleached as well, ours is not. We believe the scouring process which retains some lanolin, is kind to the wool fibers and to the wearer of the finished garment.
The Heather Colors of Burgundy, Blue, Green, Lilac and Light Heather are flattering to wear and will coordinate easily with each other for your personal wardrobe. You can create classic designer sweaters, Chanel types or any of today’s newest styles. Our sport weight is great for basics like socks or light weight sweaters and vest. The worsted weight will give you the body and hand for great winter weight sweaters, hat or mittens. Since the Natural and Light Grey Worsted wt. yarn is sold out, many knitters (including myself) are using 2 strands of Marr Haven Sport and successfully getting correct gauge for a worsted weight pattern. It is difficult to show true color on every monitor, the only color that may cause confusion is the Burgundy Heather. The name of the dye for this color is Burgundy; however the actual shade of the yarn is more a deep rose color. Any pattern that uses worsted weight or sport weight can be made with Marr Haven Fine Wool Yarn, or you can order knitting and crochet patterns plus Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks from us. Average stitch gauge for worsted weight is 4 1/2 stitches per inch on size 8 needles. Stitch gauge for sport weight is 6 1/2 stitches per inch on size 5 needles. If you would like the sport weight in a 4 ounce cake, let me know by email. It may take a few days extra to ship.
All Marr Haven yarn is mule spun to keep the natural elasticity of fine wool; this not only improves the look of your garments but gives them a better feel and longer wear ability. You can learn more about the mule spinner in the Frequently Asked Questions
Natural &-8 skeins will knit a full sized adult worsted weight sweater. The thinner strand of sport yarn is on a cone which eliminates balling of skeins and possible tangling when knitting. One sport weight cone is 16 ounces, 1,750 yards, enough to make an average adult long sleeved sport weight pullover sweater. The sport cones can be used on knitting machines as readily as hand knitting or crochet. Yarn on the cone is temporarily stretched and appears thinner; it will loft to true weight if left off the cone for a short period. We suggest you make a small swatch and wash the swatch to get your actual stitch gauge before starting your project. It is not necessary to wash all the yarn before knitting, weaving or crochet. Read a review of Marr Haven yarn on the website. Also, the Yarn Harlot has a comment on her blog about knitting with our yarn. Our Natural, Light Grey and Medium Grey may be used to dye your own colors. We use Jacquard Dyes for our own color creations. See the amoebas (at the bottom of the page) knit with Lilac worsted weight.