How do I wash my yarn?
All of our yarns are different, but we recommend hand-washing in cold water and laying flat to dry. If you use soap, please use a product developed for washing handmade items such as Soak or Eucalan; never use detergents or fabric softeners. Do not machine dry.
Some of our yarns are machine washable, please refer to your label. If you machine wash, you should use cold water and on the gentle cycle only. We recommend the shortest wash cycle available on your machine. Always use a cleaning agent intended for hand dyed yarns such as Soak or Eucalan; never use detergents or fabric softeners. Do not machine dry.
Where can I get one more skein in the same dye lot?
Because we dye in small batches, getting the same dye lot can be quite difficult. We always recommend buying a little more than you think you will need for your project.
Sometimes that isn't an option, you already started, or changed your mind on what you want to make. We recommend getting another skein in another dye lot and stripe the new skein into your project. You can break this skein up and stripe a little along with each of your skeins, strip it with the second half of you last skein to make the transition less noticeable. You can also use it for your border, cuffs, button bands, necklines, etc. All of these are great places to sneak in another dye lot.
What do I do if my yarn is bleeding?
It's pretty rare for our yarns to bleed, however it does happen. Here's what you can do to help
For finished projects with multiple colorways: If your finished project is bleeding, you can use a color grabber to pull the color out of the water. If you have a large project, use extra sheets. We recommend using very cold water.
For finished projects in one color or for yarn still in a skein (stove top method): Make a mixture of 1 quart water and 1/4 cup vinegar in a pot. This pot should not be used for cooking afterwards so if you have a pot for dyeing, making soap, etc. that's the one to use for this. Use more water and vinegar for larger projects or multiples skeins. You want just enough liquid to soak and cover. Submerge your yarn/project and heat on low until steam appears, do not boil. Turn it down and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool completely. Once cool, rinse in cold water until the water runs clear.
For finished projects in one color or for yarn still in a skein (microwave method): Make a mixture of 1 quart water and 1/4 cup vinegar in a microwave safe bowl. This bowl should not be used for cooking or eating afterwards. Use more water and vinegar if need to cover your project/yarn. Submerge your project/yarn and allow it to rest for a few minutes to fully saturate. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat 1 minute at a time until water is steaming. Wait 5 minutes, heat for 1 additional minute. Wait 5 more minutes and heat one last time for 1 additional minute. Allow to completely cool in the microwave. Once cool, rinse in cold water until the water runs clear.
If you don't have a pot or a bowl that you want to use exclusively for dyeing, you can also place the soaked garment with about 1 cup of the vinegar solution in a heavy duty ziplock bag. Place it in the microwave with the opening closed but facing upwards. Press out excess air when sealing the bag. Heat slowly, about 30-45 seconds at a time. There is less liquid and the temperature will rise quickly, you do not want it to boil. Once it's heated allow it to cool completely. This method will cool the fastest. If you notice there is still color in the water you can repeat the heating process once more. Once cool, rinse in cold water until the water runs clear.
Can I buy yarn directly from you?
We're a wholesaler only - we sell only to retail shops. But with so many shops carrying our yarns, you most likely will find one close to you. And if not, you can always order online! We take special orders from all of our shops, so if you don't see what you need at your favorite shop, ask them about placing a special order.
My shop doesn't have the yarn/colorway I want, where can I get it?
All of our shops can take special orders - no special order is too small, you can even order just one skein. Ask your favorite shop to place a special order for you. We will dye it just for you and send it to your shop!
Where is Anzula yarn made?
All of Anzula's yarns are spun in the United States and Canada. Every skein is hand dyed in Fresno, CA.
Where do Anzula's fibers come from?
Anzula's fibers come from all over the world and we do our best to source the most ethical and highest quality fibers available. All of our merino is from non-musled Australian flocks, with a small portion also coming from New Zealand. Cashmere and silks are grown predominantly in China. Our fibers are blended in Europe and Canada. All yarns are spun in the United States and Canada.
Are you looking for a 100% American made yarn? Gerty is grown, spun, and dyed in the USA.
Where is Anzula dyed?
Each skein of Anzula is hand dyed in downtown Fresno, CA. After dyeing, every skein is lovingly re-skeined to remove tangles. Before shipping, skeins are labeled by hand and checked one more time to make sure you get a perfect skein every time.
What kind of dye does Anzula use?
Anzula uses acid dyes. Acid refers to the acetic acid (vinegar) or citric acid. Acid dyes are safe for both the dyer and the environment. The dye is absorbed into the yarn and the remaining water is safe to dispose into the sewage system. There is a great article on how acid dyes work at Dharma Trading Co. (here) and we encourage you to read it if you want to know more about dyeing.
While natural dyes are lovely, they can be dangerous and on occasion create heavy metals. We expect that many natural dyers are aware of this and dispose of their runoff responsibly. We have made a choice to use acid dyes to avoid the risk of creating contaminants that need to be disposed of in special ways.