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When The Fibre Co. set out to design a sock yarn, they stayed true to their guiding principle of harnessing the beauty that nature provides in a way that is gentle on our planet. They waited until a recycled nylon and an alternative to the standard chlorine processed washable wools became available. The end result is a soft yet durable yarn from Merino wool and alpaca fibres processed with an eco-friendly anti-shrinkage Easy-wash treatment. The recycled nylon adds strength and durability. The name, Amble, reflects the kind of slow, relaxed walking enjoyed in the English Lake District. The shades are borrowed from the successful palette in The Fibre Co.'s Cumbria yarn with the cream and all heathers using a natural ecru Suri alpaca whilst the others use a natural brown Suri alpaca.
What does Easy-wash mean and why is it used?
Easy-wash is a trademarked name that refers to a process used to make the wool and alpaca fibres in Amble machine washable without shrinking. The Easy-wash method is chlorine-free and AOX-free, making it the best environmental choice for producing machine washable wool. The wool and alpaca fibres are treated with eco-friendly oxidants to remove the scales that ordinarily cause wool and alpaca to shrink when washed by machine. The oxidants used are sourced in Germany and are certified under the REACH, Oeko-tex and ZDCH (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical) standards. This means that the Easy-wash treatment does not create hazardous chemicals, which is not the case with most machine washable wools in today’s market.
Much of the available machine washable wool yarn is made with a chlorine treatment process that produces high levels of toxic Adsorbable Organohalogens, known as AOX. While yarns produced in this manner are not known to be toxic to the user, AOX used in the treatment end up in wastewater and have a detrimental impact on tributaries, wildlife, and fauna.
What is recycled nylon and why is it used?
Nylon fibre is not easily biodegradable. However, it has strength qualities that give yarns and the socks made therefrom more durability. The recycled nylon used in Amble sock yarn comes from leftover industrial waste of processing nylon, thereby diverting waste from landfills, and using fewer production resources like water and fossil fuels than virgin nylon.
Yarn weight: Fingering
Hank weight: 100 g
Fibre: 70% Easy-wash Merino wool, 20% Easy-wash alpaca, 10% recycled nylon
Length: 355 yds / 325 m per 100 g hank
Tension / Gauge: 32 sts per 10 cm / 4 in
Needle size: US1.5 / 2.5 mm
Care: Machine wash on wool cycle or hand wash at 30C / 86F. Dry flat.
Made in Peru.
25 g mini-skeins will also be available to use for contrasting heel/toe/rib socks, stranded colorwork and stripes. Please let us know if you are interested in these.
Images courtesy of The Fibre Co.
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