Mini Skeins Red Panda- Red Dragon
Delve into the world of our DK Red Panda made with 71% wool and 29% bamboo. When you open this lovely box are presented with 7 mini skeins each weighing 20g. Ideal for creative projects and finishing touches the mini skeins are a fantastic way to own more of Colinette’s colours whilst not breaking the bank.
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Red Panda Wool and Bamboo Heaven
A great blend is not just the preserve of coffee makers, us yarn lovers have a say too. Take a pure super soft wool and then sprinkle in a touch of bamboo and what you get is a lusciously smooth, slightly shimmering yarn that is just perfect for knitted scarves, hats and gloves. By choosing these exquisite fibres from the start we are able to feed the hand dying process with ingredients that let the colours sing, dance, and sparkle in the lime light.
Hand Dyed Yarns In Blends of Bamboo and Wool
We all interpret things differently and this makes everything we say and do so wonderfully complex and compelling. When we place a yarn in our pasta pots ready for hand-dying there is fleeting energy that rises up. Take wool for example, always eager and ready to drink up the colours, but bamboos, viscose, and cottons need a little time to think things over. All these reactions and responses play out in font of my eyes as I hand-dye the yarn, and when the heat recedes and all the shades absorbed, a colour is born.
Colinette Yarns Packed with colour
Anticipation, wonder and joy, how can these things be gathered up and sent by land, sea, and air? Well, with care and pride we parcel up your goodies in neat boxes, sealing in all these feelings, knowing that you receive more than the yarn you have ordered.
My yarn parcel has just arrived . I just wanted to say thank you for the lovely presentation in it’s box and with the pink tissue . It feels so special . I love making my hats with the fabulous yarn.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Red Panda?
Red Panda is a Double Knit Yarn made of wool and bamboo blend (71% wool 29% bamboo). It is a single ply and has 127m/139yrds to a 50g skein.
How many skeins are there in a box?
The mini skeins come in a standard box of 7 x 20g hanks or a large box of 12 x 20g hanks.
Can I knit Red Panda to a DK pattern?
Yes, but as we all know DK is a general term, our tension swatch of 10cm x 10cm comes out as 22sts x 28rows on a 4mm knitting needle. So before you start we always suggest doing a tension swatch to make sure you get the right size.
Can you use a washing machine to wash the Red Panda yarn?
We do not advise machine washing for this yarn. As the fibre is very open, it will felt if overly agitated and or subject to big changes in temperature. A washing machine both heats up and agitates the items so the warning bells are ringing. So better to treat this hand dyded product with some good old fashioned hand washing in cold water using very little soap. Gently rinse and squeeze out some of the excess water. Lay the project flat on a towel to dry. Do not forget to turn once in a while and take away the towel once most of the moisture has been collected by it.
What size knitting needles and crochet needle do you recommend?
We suggest a 4mm or more depending on the effect you are after. Colinette likes the loose style but as always this is to taste.
Will Red Panda pill?
Pilling happens to most woolen yarns as a matter of course, over time the outer parts of the fibre rub and join to make little balls of fluff. But wait, with a bit of patience and maybe a combination of carefully pulling the balls off and things like sellotape even Velcro you can bring back a garment from looking tired to feeling fresh and new. Just go carefully when de-pilling and if you are pulling too much off then you are using the wrong technique.
Are these Yarns all hand dyed?
At Colinette we only hand dye our yarns, that is the way we have always done it. And the largest amount dyed in a single pot is a kilo. So we really are the artisan alchemist we say we are.
Is Colinette a real person?
As her son I can most definitely vouch for her. I do remember a conversation once at a TNNA show in the USA where the people at the table were discussing this very question. Finally a knitter joined the table and said that Colinette was real, and that she had taken one of her courses in the UK and even stayed overnight at her house. I was pleased I did not have to resolve this debate myself, and left the table with a small smile on my face.