Yarn FAQs

Yarn FAQs

Dyeing or Dying?

At Peg & Jane we are dyeing yarn.  Nobody is dying here.

What is a Rarity?

These are one of kind, non-repeatable colourways made with leftover dye and whimsy.

Caring for your yarn

1. Washing: I always recommend a cold wash and laying finished items flat to dry.  Bleeding may occur with strong blues and reds (see below).  A wool wash can cause bleeding in certain dyes as can heat.  As such, even if the yarn is superwash, keep it cool!

2. Bleeding: Science is great!  The wonderful thing about acid dyes is their ability to fully exhaust during the dyeing process.  However, some dyes, typically strong blues and reds, may bleed during washing (see above).  If I find that a particular batch is bleeding more than necessary, I will re-set the dye with heat and acid.  I am constantly looking for new and better dyes/processes to better set and create the colours you and I both love! If you have any questions or queries about this, please email me at pegandjaneyarn@gmail.com.

3. Storage & Pests: I love yarn.  I hate moths.  Once upon a time some moths ate the first hand-spun yarn I ever made.  They are hateful, horrible things.  There are several things you can do to keep pests away.  The below is fairly comprehensive, but I will have to write a blog post someday to cover this more in depth.

a. Visual inspection:  Especially when purchasing yarn from thrift stores, or accepting leftovers from others (we’ve all done it). Check for areas of loss and small brown eggs. If it is fresh wool or full of organic material jump straight to step c.

b. Cleaning:   Seems obvious.  Keeping your living spaces generally clear of crumbs and hidey-holes goes a long way in deterring insects.

c. Freezing:  Fiber and yarn from indie-dyers is usually recently washed and dried during the dyeing process.  However, if you want to err on the side of caution, place the yarn in a plastic bag/vacuum bag and get rid of all of the air.  Lay flat in a freezer for a minimum of 48 hours up to 2 weeks.  If think that you may have a problem in your house, go for the long haul.  Do not jostle when removing from the freezer and bring to room temperature before using yarn.  Frozen fiber can break, so don’t stack anything on it either.

d. Washing:   This is essential for storage. Clean sweaters and wool that are going into storage are less likely to attract moths if they’ve been cleaned!  If you’ve been wearing that fair-isle masterpiece all winter and haven’t washed it, don’t put it away for the warmer months without a nice wash and dry.  If you have an infested piece that you really want to hold on to, wash, dry and then freeze it before storing.

e. Storage:   Once your yarn or garment has been washed and frozen and all those good things, store it in a clean plastic container. I like to seal mine in their plastic bags again and put those bags in a plastic bin.  This way, if I missed anything, it won’t contaminate anything outside of its own baggy.  You can store a little lavender or cedar block with your yarns as well.

Knitting with hand-dyed yarns

It is always a good idea to alternate hand-dyed yarn on large projects, such as garments, to avoid pooling.  Even when changing to a new skein with tonal or solid yarns, it can be helpful to alternate for several inches for a smooth transition.  

Business FAQs

Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 60 days of original purchase with exceptions.  If the product is used, missing a quantity, or not in its original packaged condition, it will NOT be accepted for return.    Sale items are NOT returnable.

Peg & Jane is not responsible for return shipping costs. 

Due to the nature of small batch dyeing, exchanges are NOT possible at this time. 

Cake Winding

Peg & Jane does not offer winding services.  I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.    Friendly folks at your Local Yarn Shop will be sure to give you a hand!

Custom Orders & Wholesale

I am unfortunately not in a position to produce large wholesale orders, or custom orders as my prerogative is to create quality small batches of hand-dyed yarn.

Environmental Responsibility

I feel a great deal of personal responsibility to reduce waste and use recyclable material where I can.  Any excess dye or rinse water is used up in an extra skein or two.  Soaking water and dye baths are reused, neutralised and safely disposed of.  I use 100% recycled paper tags and 100% recycled poly mailers (which can be reused and recycled!).