No animal ingredients:
100% linen hand-dyed (including LinenNaturals).
100% linen plant dyed.
Flaxi 100% linen.
And of course the undyed 100% linen yarn (natural or soft white)
The Alpalini range is obviously not vegan, since it's 50% alpaca fibre, but you can safely use any of the 100% linen yarns. Some natural dyes are derived from insects (cochineal, lac) but we have never bought or used any of these. Any natural dyes and mordants we use are of plant or mineral origin. Synthetic dyes and washes are not derived from animal ingredients. I am not sure about the wax used on Fil au Chinois linen thread. I would have to contact the company that makes them to check.
Question: I love all your beautiful coloured linen yarn. I hear that linen softens the more you work it. Do you have any tips for speeding up the process of softening the linen like if I wanted to use it for a baby?
I often compare linen to a new pair of leather shoes: they need breaking in so you wear them round the house a few times until the leather becomers more supple. Similarly, linen needs 'breaking in'. As you mentioned, it becomes softer the more you handle it, or the more you wear it. Interesting that you should mention baby knits, because I've recently been knitting/designing quite a few projects for babies. I find that by the time I've finished knitting the item, I've fiddled around with it and handled it so much that the finished object is already quite soft! Having said that, before being worn, you will probably want to wash your baby knit. As well as resulting in a nice clean garment this will also even out all the stitches. You can use your favourite fabric softener. However, linen often dries crisp if you leave it to air dry, but if you give it a good shake when it's nearly dry, it will regain its softness. Even better, before it's completely dry, give it a whirl in your tumble dryer on a low heat setting for 15-20 minutes. If you think it could be a bit softer, add a damp tea towel in the dryer and give it a bit longer, but I don't recommend leaving in the dryer until it's bone dry. You can finish off the drying in a gentle breeze out of direct sun or simply laid flat.
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