It is made of natural fibers, available in three bases: Merino (fingering), Double Merino (DK) and Silk Mohair (lace), with amazing quality and softness, at an affordable price.
I am so delighted to finally be able to release our own yarn! This project has been in my head for several years now, but like all good things, it needed time before I could finally get started. Ever since I released the very first Along avec Anna pattern, the most common question asked by our customers was “when can we knit Along avec Anna yarn?”. Oh if you only knew, I’ve dreamed about it for so long, but now the dream is finally coming true!
So what are our bases? There are three, which can be used together or separately, to knit many of the Along avec Anna patterns.
With the Merino alone, you can knit the Margot cardigan, Dandelion (Lady Mademoiselle), the Posy Tank top, or even the Rospico Tee (and many others)!
By knitting Merino & Silk Mohair together, you can knit the Silver Leaf, the Rosa sweater and cardigan, the Armelle Slipover, the Trescao, the Cozy sweater, and more.
What if you use two strands of mohair and one fingering? You can then knit the Minaouët cardigan.
Use a single Double Merino ? Yes, you could knit all our baby patterns !
Use Double Merino & Mohair ? You would easily obtain the gauge of the Blossom shawl and sweater for example!
Along avec Anna yarn is currently available in
9 stunning colourways that are both modern and timeless.
Details of the yarn
We want to be as transparent as possible about our products, so I will explain them to you in detail in this article.
I have been very thorough in looking into conditions of creation of the wool and its quality. So that’s what took the longest when developing this project: finding the yarn that really met my expectations and that you would like.
The raw materials for the yarn come from South Africa. Why South Africa? Quite simply because Merino sheep and Angora goats are not native to Europe, and these raw materials are almost always sourced mainly in South Africa or South America (but also in Australia or New Zealand). There are a few farms in England or France, but not enough to be able to develop a specific wool for all the brands wanting to get started, at an acceptable price and with the quality that we want to offer you. Note therefore that just because a wool is labeled as spun or dyed (or both) in Europe does not mean that the raw material comes from there.
We work with a RMS / RWS / REACH and OEKO-TEX certified spinning mill, and have been able to develop our own exclusive yarn. We chose the bases and created our very own custom Along avec Anna colours.
Thanks to this spinning mill, we can work with farms/farmers whose practices respect these certifications, and ensure the well-being of animals, humans, and also the environment.
The dyes/chemicals used for the colourways are APEO free and meet REACH standards. Green alternatives are therefore used to dye our yarn and our spinning mill strives to reuse and save water throughout the entire process of creating the yarn. A sustainable approach is therefore in place throughout to respect local and global resources.
we can’t wait to see your creations in our Along avec Anna yarn!
Please note that for orders to the European Union, sales will be made exclusively through our Etsy store. VAT will be charged by the platform, and this will ensure that you have no Brexit-related costs at the time of delivery! (applicable for orders under 150 € of purchase).
You won’t even notice we’re no longer in the EU!
Why not choose British wool?
We have thought a lot about the fibers we wanted to offer you. We are fortunate to live in the UK where there are a lot of yarns. However, these wools are a little more rustic to the touch, so we preferred to start our range by offering you merino, which is the softest yarn on the market. We hope that later on we can introduce a range that will allow us to support local UK producers.
Why choose superwash?
Although the superwash process is a bit less sustainable in terms of production, it can increase product life because it is easier to wash and maintain. It isn’t possible for us to offer a non superwash yarn at the moment, due to the large quantities of this wool requested by the spinning mill for a traceable version. Choosing the superwash version first allowed us to obtain traceable wool, which was also one of our criteria. And as mentioned above, the chemicals used are all REACH standard.
Why choose without Mulesing?
Mulesing is a surgical technique to remove part of the perianal skin of sheep. This is a common practice in Australia as a way to reduce the incidence of myiasis in Merino sheep. It is performed during the process of shearing by the breeders and is done without anesthesia. The sheep on which it is performed do not benefit from special medical monitoring following the removal of the skin. If the operation does not degenerate into an infection, it is usually estimated that 2 to 3 weeks for this wound to heal. The psychological trauma for the animal lasts a lifetime.
The presence of certain labels, in particular the PETA Approved and PETA Cruelty Free labels but also labels more specific to merino wool including ZQ and RWS (Responsible Wool Standard), also guarantee animal welfare and therefore entirely exclude the practice of Mulesing, which is the case with our merino!
Why choose cruelty-free mulberry silk?
Mulberry silk is 100% natural and contains no artificial fibers. The threads are secreted by silkworms. These worms feed on mulberry leaves until they are fat and full. Then, they will build a cocoon around them by weaving a very long, thin silk thread. Usually the process is that when the worms have finished spinning a cocoon, they are removed and boiled alive. Boiling helps untangle the silk from the cocoon. The worms are killed in the process and never turn into a moth.
As our mulberry silk is cruelty-free certified, this means that the mulberry silk threads of our wool are produced only by cutting cocoons where the moth has already flown out.
What do the mentioned certifications mean?
Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) & Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)
The Responsible Mohair Standard and the Responsible Wool Standard ensure the welfare of goats for the production of Mohair or sheep for the production of wool.
These labels guarantee:
- Better land management practice
- Respect for the welfare of goats (breeding, shearing, end of life) & respect for the animal welfare of sheep (breeding, ban on mulesing, shearing, end of life)
REACH is a European regulation (Regulation No. 1907/2006) which came into force in 2007 to make the manufacturing and use of chemical substances safe in European industry.
Its goals are to:
- Protect human health and the environment from the potential risks of chemical substances;
- Establish identical and transparent information on the nature and risks of substances, as they are or in a mixture, from the supplier to the final customer;
- Make the handling of chemical substances safe for employees;
- Strengthen the competitiveness of industry, in particular the chemical industry, a key sector of the economy in Europe.
OEKO-TEX is a quality label comprising several technical standards, aimed at certifying the sanitary and ecological qualities of textiles and leather, guaranteeing the absence of toxic products for the body and for the environment.
We hope this will have answered most of your questions
about our yarn ! We can’t wait to hear what you think!