BFL Silk Lace
At Ja, Wol we love sharing our passion for good quality, beautiful, luxury yarns and we're always on the lookout for new talent. Valentina's creations are striking and we love her use of animal and environmentally friendly materials.
- Fibres: 55% Bluefaced Leicester (superwash) and 45% silk
- One skein: 800m / 100 gram
- Weight: Lace/Light fingering
- Tension: 32-34 sts per 10cm
- Needles: 2mm (of 3.5-4mm voor kantbreien)
- Washing: Hand wash
"Two years ago, I started to dye just to play. At first, I used scraps of yarn and food dyes, but soon I decided that I wanted to improve my creations using professional dyes and quality yarns, and so the adventure began! Since then I've studied colour theory, I’ve made hundreds of mini samples, and my love for colours continues to grow more and more every day. I officially opened the Snailyarn shop less than a year later, in August 2014.
For now the magic happens in my home kitchen, but I soon hope to move in a separate studio.
I love highly variegated colourways, as well as subtle variegated shades, and stripes, so I create lot of tonal and semisolid colourways which can be mixed and used together to create colourful projects. The more unusual the pairing, the more I like it! All my yarns are kettle dyed in small quantities, usually in 5 skein batches.
I care about the quality of yarn and fibres, as well as the impact yarn product has on the environment and animals, especially on our beloved sheep, which provide us with this wonderful material, the wool, we knitters love to work with. For my yarn I only use Merino wool from South America or Falkland (in order to avoid mulesing issues), Bluefaced Leicester bred in UK, and other high quality fibres, all specifically spun for hand knitting.
I use environmentally friendly, weak acid, exhaust dye. This means that they only need a bit of vinegar or citric acid (which I use because it is odourless) to be fixed, as well as heat. They exhaust at the end of the process, which means that no residual dye remains in the water/solution used to dye the yarn. Plus they are guaranteed to be totally safe to be worn next to the skin.
And overall, I’m a knitter, I have loved to knit since my childhood, but after discovering Ravelry in 2010, knitting became an addiction and a real passion! I hope to transmit some of this passion to you through my yarns and my colours."