At Swans Island we are dedicated to sourcing and using the finest materials. When we were looking into introducing a washable yarn to the line, we knew that we didn’t want to do a Superwash product. Superwash is the name of a process that strips the scales from the wool fiber, and coats the fibers in a plastic polymer to prevent it from felting when washed. It’s not an eco friendly process, and it affects the hand of the wool.
We were very excited to come across the Eco-wash process, which has been around in Europe for awhile, but is not common yet in the US. Eco-wash technology leaves the scales on the wool, and gently coats the fiber with an organic compound that leaves the yarn less stripped feeling, keeping the soft hand of the merino wool. Our GOTS certified organic wool is spun at a historic Maine Mill, then skein dyed with low impact dyes in our studio here in Maine. We love it for everything from sweaters to socks.
Since the yarn is washable the sport weight is great for nice, thick, warm socks. We’ve knit up a collection of colorful kids socks. We’ll be releasing this as a free pattern soon. Sign up for the Swans Island Newsletter to be the first to know when this free pattern is available!