Point Five – Toucan
We dye our yarns in small batches in our dye workshop in Wiltshire, UK. Colours may vary from skein to skein, even within the same dye-lot. This is part of the charm of a hand painted yarn. If you buy more than one then we will do our best to match them as closely as possible. We take great care in photographing our yarns, but some colours may vary slightly.
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The Raw Fibre for a Perfect Yarn
It is often said that the key to great cooking starts with the ingredients, and I think the mediterranean diet is testament to this fact. Well, the same is true for creating great hand dyed yarn. Choosing exquisite fibres form the start will make for a genuinely knock out skein of yarn. We have been working with spinners for close to 40 years and in that time, we have learnt a thing or two about getting the magic exactly right. Soft, creamy, 100% wool are the key ingredients for success to our point five yarn. Every time I hold a freshly spun hank of this super chunky yarn I wonder at the feel, smell, and purity of the fibres. I know it is our passion to add colour but sometimes I am compelled to wait a little, a moment just before I start.
Dying the most beautiful Skeins of Yarn
I have sung the importance of the ingredients and rightly so, but without love and passion colour runs flat and dull. We have all watched the TV shows rolling through the mountains to find a little restaurant, one that has cooked up wonders through the years until the dishes become a ‘thing’. Well, it is true, and I like to think that over the years Point Five is our ‘thing’. We know it, play the transitions from raw materials to colour seeping into the strands, to finally allowing it to rest slowly, now on the path to becoming the soft patisserie like woollen twist that you hold in your hand. Love is in this cookery and so is pride, so when you hold these jewels think of it as a ‘thing’ of tradition if you like.
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 Point Five Yarn?
Point Five is Colinette Yarns signature dish made of 100% pure wool and spun to a thick and thin (slub) style yarn. It is classed as a super chunky and can be knitted using a 12mm or more knitting needle.
Will Colinette Yarns Point Five felt?
Yes is the short answer, people over the years have used this teased out and overlaid on to other materials then felted. If however, you do not want to felt this yarn then some care is needed when washing it.
Can you use a washing machine to wash the Point Five 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 threat 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 12mm upwards depending on the effect you are after. Colinette like the loose style and we have been know to go up to 20mm.
Will Point Five 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 ball 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.