Garthenor Organic is an independent, family-run designer and manufacturer of ethical, Certified Organic yarns. Their products are as enduring as their reputation; it's quite simply all they do.
Recently, Garthenor invited us to join their select group of stockists, and we could not be more excited to introduce their yarns to our community. The only challenge has been deciding which yarns to order first!
To create the subtle, complex pair of bases that make up Preseli, they're mill-blended as tops before spinning. By blending this way, Garthenor Organic is able to get a smooth, even top that keeps the deep grey blend, perfect for heathery tones once dyed.
A blend of Polwarth, Romney, and Hebridean, Preseli is their softest yarn ever. A dream for colorwork.
100% Organic Breed Specific Wool
Sourced in the UK and the Falklands
Scoured, spun, and dyed in the UK
Source: Polwarth from Dunbar Islands, Falklands; Romney from Wiltshire, England; Hebridean from The Black Isle, Scotland and Gwent, Wales
Scoured, spun and dyed in West Yorkshire, UK
Plied and skeined at Garthenor Farm in West Wales
200m / 219 yds
Approx. 50g skein
In a palette of 36 gorgeous colorways.
Sometimes, when the things you want aren't made by anyone else, you've just got to do it yourself. That's how Garthenor Organic started back in 1999, with a small flock of organic sheep and a local mill. At a time when no organic standards existed for wool yarns, they worked with the Soil Association and helped to write the first-ever organic standards for woolen yarns. In 2003, they became the first company in the world to produce fully certified organic wool yarns. Since then, they've been obsessed with traceable, ethical yarns. Everything they do is certified to Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).
All Garthenor Organic yarns are climate positive - they offset about twice the carbon dioxide released in the entire lifecycle of each skein, from growing through processing and into washing, wearing and disposing.
Images courtesy of Garthenor Organic.