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 sheep comes originally the Cheviot Hills, area on the border of England and Scotland. They were first described in 1370 as 'a small but hardy race'. They survive well even in harsh conditions. The Cheviot ewe grazes up to 3,000 feet and can live off the hill throughout the year. Nowadays Cheviots are appreciated and kept all over the UK.

About the dyestuff:
Tansy is a common British plant and for ages was used for different purposes – not only for dyeing! Thanks to its content 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 the same way lavender is used nowadays – they were put in the 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 to making wool moth-safe?