Katla, spun with love…
The fleeces selected by Hélène from Icelandic farmers are sent to specialty mills in Italy which can handle the unique challenges posed by Icelandic wool. It is composed of two very different types or hair, the long and coarse “tog” and the fine and short “þel”, makes it difficult to spin into a fine yarn. No mill in Iceland is able to make such a fine yarn (Love Story Einband). See the blog post I wrote about the making of my yarns here. Katla is made of 4 strands of Love Story yarn tightly spun together as sock yarn (it used to have a very fine silk thread (1%) in it but it is not the case anymore). It can be used as a yarn base for indie dyers. Katla has his name from a famous Icelandic trolless, see her story here.
The wool is washed with an organic soap and dried very gently so that it stays soft. Five of the colors are composed of the natural colors of the Icelandic sheep (white, brown, black and grey). The white is not bleached and serves as the base for the other 15 colors which are dyed with acid-dyes with low impact processes. The water used for the washing and dyeing process is recycled so that no harmful material is released into the open water.
Katla comes in 11 colors: four natural colors of the Icelandic lamb (white, black – a very rich and dark brown -, brown and grey; and 7 colors inspired by the Icelandic landscape. Note that the colors shown are as closed as they can be from the real colors but there can be variations from one monitor to another, as well as from one dyelot to another.
The black and white picture shows the colors values and will hopefully make it easier for you to choose contrasting colors for your stranded knitting projects.
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