Yellow (Tansy) Yarn

Yellow (Tansy) Yarn

Regular price £15.00 Sale

100% wool from Cheviot sheep, dyed in tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) flowers.

Thickness: Aran

Perfect for knitting, crocheting and naalbinding!

About the yarn:
The Cheviot originated in the Cheviot Hills, on the border of England and Scotland. They did well in those bleak, windswept conditions. They were first described aboud 1370 as 'a small but hardy race'. The Cheviot ewe can be found grazing up to 3,000 feet and is expected to live off the hill throughout the year. Nowadays they are appreciated and kept all over the UK.

About the dyestuff:
Tansy is common British specie and for ages was used for different purposes – not only for dyeing! Thanks to it contains of aromatic oils it is very good bug repellent and was used to scare away mosquitos, flies and moths. Bunches of tansy flowers were used in the Medieval Ages in a way a lavender is used nowadays – they were put in chest between clothes to prevent them from being attacked by moths. Maybe this is how the plant become dyestuff – as a result of somebody's attempt of  making wool moth-safe?