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Moeke Yarns – Elena (naturally dyed)

9,75

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Moeke Yarns – Elena (naturally dyed)

9,75

Elena yarn (called after Ioana’s Grandma) stands for being close to nature: no harsh chemicals were used while cleaning, washing and spinning the wool. This yarn has personality: its twists and curls were worked by machines that are 100 years old. It is honest: it is about going back to basics, to the core of things. Any garment worked in this yarn will have a rustic, rough feel and even basic textured stitches will be accentuated. The wool is washed in water at different temperatures, salt and mild eco-friendly detergent. Still, the yarn retains some of the protective layer of lanolin. Lanolin is the wool wax that help sheep to shed water from their coats and so, Moeke yarns are especially suited for making garments that need to keep moist at bay, for instance gloves or socks.

These naturally dyed skeins of Elena are all hand dyed by Ioana herself and are available in: Cherry Leaves, Indigo, Madder & Marigold. These are truly one of a kind skeins and are limited until stocks last!
Please note: all skeins come in different weights. Make sure that you calculate the right amount of meters based on the weight of the individual skeins, in stead of the total amount of skeins.
In general skeins carry approximately 165 m per 50g, 330m per 100g,  590m per 180g.
The weight of the skeins are not identical, as the traditional machines of the fiber mill aren’t modern enough to produce consistent weights. Instead, it is the spinner that knows from experience how much wool has to be processed in every batch in order to get ‘more or less’ the same weight skeins. In addition, after washing, the yarn will loose weight and this is amount is again not equal between skeins. As skeins are drying (and they do that even on the shelf), they will become lighter.
Moeke decided to weight the skeins AFTER they’ve been washed and dried in the sun. Skeins are then assigned to weight categories by following the +/- 5 gram rule: for example, between 46 to 55 is considered to be 50 gram, between 56 to 65 gram is considered to be 60 gram, etc. This is the best compromise that Moeke can do in order to respect the technological limitations of the traditional fiber mills and to also ensure some kind of standardisation that is required by the nowadays commercial trades.
We recommend before using Moeke yarns to wash them in tepid water and a mild pH neutral detergent. This will allow the yarn to blossom and it will improve softness.
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Brand

Ball Weight

60g

Colour

Cherry Leaves, Indigo, madder, Marigold

Gauge

Metres per ball

approx 165m per 50g

Needle Size

Yarn Weight

4 ply/ sport

Content

“Hello! My name is Ioana and I am the co-founder of the Lana Moeke company. I started the company together with my brother Radu and his wife Simina, in the beginning of 2014. I live in The Netherlands where I am about to get a PhD in Sociology and they have their life and business in Romania. You are probably wondering: so how did they come up with the idea of starting a wool company? Well, it is a long story but the short(er) version goes like this…

I was born in 1978 in Romania in a city called Oradea. That was still during the communist dictatorship. My brother is 3 years younger than me. During those times our parents had to work 6 days a week and the childcare facilities were not great, so our grandparents from my mother’s side took care of us. They lived in a small village surrounded by woods. We grow up in this wonderful place, with the purest air, the cleanest waters and the best food in the world. Of course, I am a bit biased but not very far from the truth!

Our grandparents were very special persons – loving, caring and hardworking. Especially our grandmother was a very important figure for both me and my brother – she was the glue that kept the family together. She was also very gifted with all things handmade. Not that she had a lot of choice – those times the shops did not have much to offer.

But life moved on: the revolution in 1989 brought the dawn of the communist era, my grandparents passed away, I grew up and followed my dream of becoming a sociologist and my brother started his own little business in Oradea. Maybe because I live now so far away from Romania and my life is so busy, I started to appreciate more and more those times when I was a child – the free and careless life following the natural rhythm of things. I took crocheting and knitting as hobbies as a way to reconnect to that part of my life and to keep alive the memory of my grandmother.

But then, last year, something happened. I went to visit my parents who now live in my grandparents’ house and looking through the things left from my grandmother I found two big bags with yarn. I remember that yarn: was hand-spun by my grandmother 16 years ago because she wanted to wave some bed spreads for us. But then she ran out of time due to a vicious illness…

The moment when I found that yarn was an inspiration to me. I realized that there is a potential there that is lost… Romania has quite a number of traditional sheep breeds and a long tradition in wool processing. But nowadays, due to bad economic circumstances, shepherds cannot sell their wool anymore so they burn it. Such a waste…

My decision to do something about it was immediate. I told my brother about my plan and he was immediately in. We would make yarns from Romanian wool, produced with traditional methods and no harmful chemicals, spun them in a traditional fiber mill and dye them with plants.

And here we are, a year after my holiday in Romania. It was an absolutely amazing adventure this year, but we managed to do what we aimed for: our first minimally processed traditional Romanian yarns are ready! I hope that you will enjoy them just like we enjoy our small contribution to the preservation of the traditional heritage of Romania!”

Additional information

Brand

Ball Weight

60g

Colour

Cherry Leaves, Indigo, madder, Marigold

Gauge

Metres per ball

approx 165m per 50g

Needle Size

Yarn Weight

4 ply/ sport

Content

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