Yarn bases and the dyeing process

 

 

Bases

 

The yarn bases that I use to for dyeing are natural and come from farms that do not practice mulesing (animal cruelty):

Some of the bases have the superwash treatment which means that they can be washed in the washing machine. However, we always recommend hand washing traditionally dyed wool to prolong the useful life of the colors.

The indicated needle size is a suggestion. Depending on the project and your knit tension ,you should choose the size of needles that suits you best.

ALPACA

 

 

Composition: 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere

Care: We recommend handwashing your hand dyed yarns to extend the life of your colors.

Weight: 100g, Fingering weight

Meterage: 400m (438 yds)

Needles: 3,25-4mm

Mulesing free

Feliz y Punto ALPACA is a soft and marvelous yarn. Baby alpaca wool blends with silk, giving it a subtle shine and cashmere is responsible for the softness. With ALPACA can be created every kind of garments, which will be fabulously soft, smooth and delicate.

ALSILI

 

 

50% baby alpaca, 25% linen, 25% mulberry silk

400m/100gr

Nd: 3-3,75mm

non superwash

mulesing free

Origin: Perú, Mongolia

ALSILI is an interesting blend of 25% linen, 25% mulberry silk, 50% baby alpaca. The natural linen is softened by the baby alpaca, an extremely soft and pleasant material for the skin. The silk content gives an elegant luster. During the dyeing process each of the fibers absorbs the dye in another way. The linen fibres won’t take on dye, so these yarns have a very lightly heathered appearance when dyed up.

SOLARIS

 

 

75% mulberry silk, 25% linen

400 m/100 gr

Needels 2.75 -3.75mm

Gauge (3.5mm): 24 sts x 30 rws

Care: wash gently by hand in cold water, do not twist, remove excess water with the help of a towel, block gently, dry flat and in the shade.

SOLARIS is a personal and exclusive Feliz y Punto yarn.

Solaris is composed of mulberry silk and linen, two fibers with many beneficial properties.

We have chosen and gathered in this yarn the best materials to provide you with comfort and well-being in the hottest summer months. The idea of mixing precisely these two qualities is to give the yarn a more modern, versatile character and moderate the brightness of the silk.

LUXURY

 

 

Composition: 70% merinos, 20% silk, 10% cashmere

Care: We recommend handwashing your hand dyed yarns to extend the life of your colors.

Weight: 100g, Fingering weight

Meterage: 400m (438 yds)

Needles: 3,25-4mm

Mulesing free

Feliz y Punto LUXURY  is a soft and marvelous yarn. Merino wool blends with silk, giving it a subtle shine and cashmere is responsible for the softness. This yarn is high twisted that’s why all garments made with have a beautiful and smooth drape.

Seda 40

 

bases-y-proceso-de-tenir-madejas-feliz-y-punto-seda-4060% Merino, 40% Maulbeer silk; 4 ply

425m / 100gr (fingering)

Needles: 2.5-3.5mm

Mulesing free

Origin: Peru

SEDA 40 is a yarn with a special shine due to its high silk content. It is perfect for all types of garments and shawls with a touch of luxury. Hand wash.

Hand wash.

SOCK MERINO

 

Bases y proceso de teñir de lanas de Feliz y Punto.100% merino superwash (anti-felting treatment), 4 ply

400m / 100gr (fingering)

Needles: 2- 3.5mm

Mulesing free

Origin: Argentina and Uruguay

Our MERINO SOCK is very soft and offers a high stitch definition. The absorption of the dye is incredible, with which the colors stand out for their great luminosity. Ideal for all types of garments.

Sock 25

 

bases-y-proceso-de-teñir-de-madejas-feliz-y-punto75% merino superwash (anti-felting treatment), 25% nylon

425m / 100gr (fingering)

Needles: 2-3,5mm

Mulesing free

Origin: Argentina and Uruguay

SOCK 25 is soft merino wool with a beautiful twist. The small content of synthetic fiber makes it more durable, making it ideal for socks and accessories.

SOSOFT SOCK

 

 

60% merino superwash , 20% superfine alpaca  y 20% naylon

400m/100gr (fingering)

Nd: 2-3.75 mmmm

Mulesing free

Origin: Perú

SOSOFT SOCK is a very soft sock wool. Composed of merino wool and superfine alpaca provides maximum comfort for the feet and great pleasure when knitting.  The small synthetic fiber content makes it more durable, making it ideal for socks and accessories.

Singles Merino

 

Bases y proceso de teñir100% merino superwash (anti-felting treatment)

366m / 100gr, (fingering)

Needles: 2.5-3.5mm

Mulesing free

Origin: Argentina and Uruguay

SINGLES MERINO is a soft single plied yarn with a beautiful twist that offers a beautiful touch. Perfect for all types of drafts, your knit accessories or other garments.

SILKY SINGLES

 

 

50% Mulberry silk, 50% merino superwash

440m/100gr, singles  (light fingering)

Nd: 2,5-3,5mm

Mulesing free

 

SILKY SINGLES is a soft single plied yarn with a beautiful twist and smooth shine that offers a beautiful touch and drape. Perfect for all types of drafts, your knit accessories or other garments.

YAKME

 

 

Composition: 65% merino superwash, 20% silk, 15% yak
Care: We recommend handwashing your hand dyed yarns to extend the life of your colors.
Weight: 120g, Fingering weight
Meterage: 480m
Needles: 2.5- 3,75mm
Mulesing free

Feliz y Punto YAKME is a soft and marvelous yarn. Merino wool wool blends with silk, giving it a subtle shine and yak is responsible for the softness. With YAKME can be created every kind of garments, which will be fabulously soft, smooth and delicate.

MOHAIR

 

 

Composition: 70% merino, 30% silk

Care: We recommend handwashing your hand dyed yarns to extend the life of your colors.

Weight: 50g, lace weight

Meterage: 420m

Needles: 3,25-5mm

Mulesing free

Feliz y Punto Mohair Silk is a soft and luxurious blend of mohair and Mulberry silk. It adds a lovely halo to any garment or accessory, while staying light and warm at the same time. It is perfect mixed with our other merino lace, fingering bases.  Mohair also adds great texture to any shawl, either held together with your yarn, or striped in for instant lightness.

SPORT MERINO

 

Bases y proceso de teñir de lanas Feliz y Punto.100% merino superwash (anti-felting treatment)

300m / 100gr (sport)

Needles: 3,25-4mm

Mulesing free

Origin: Argentina and Uruguay

SPORT a 3 plie yarn with a beautiful high twist. This base offers beautiful colors and its texture allows a clear stitch definition. A perfect option for all kinds of accessories and knitwear.

DK MERINO

 

bases-y-proceso-de-teñir100% merino superwash (anti-felting treatment)

225m / 100gr (dk)

Needles: 3.75 -4.5mm

Mulesing free

Origin: Peru

DK MERINO is soft and bouncy yarn. It is ideal for accessories and garments for adults and children and babies.

DK MERLINO

 

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Composition: 70% Merinos, 30% linen

Care: Hand wash recommended.

Weight: 100g, Double Knit (DK) weight

Meterage: 233m

Needles: 3.75mm-4,5mm

Mulesing free

DK MERLINO is a fine and interesting blend of 70% merino and 30% linen that results in a soft and light yarn.

The linen content helps to make the garments made with this yarn light, with a spectacular drape and very suitable for our Mediterranean climate.

Linen fibers do not absorb dye, so this wool looks slightly heathered. Strong colors can bleed a bit at the beginning due to the linen content.

SILKY DK

 

 

Composition: 75% superfine Merino wool, 25% mulberry silk

Care: Hand wash recommended.

Weight: 100g, Double Knit (DK) weight

Meterage: 266m

Needles: 3.75mm-4,5mm

Mulesing free

SILKY DK is a perfect blend of soft merino wool and mulberry silk. Merino wool has a natural elasticity that helps stretch the garment, but in turn returns it to its original shape. It is warm and soft to the touch. Very pleasant for sensitive skin. Silk gives it an elegant and soft shine and makes the yarn feel soft and luxurious to work with. At 266 m by 100 g, it is a thin DK weight and can be used in many patterns. Perfect for projects that deserve more than just a pure wool thread.

The dyeing process

 

Feliz y Punto’s yarns are totally handcrafted.

I pre-wash our yarns to remove lanolin and any dust that may have been caught during the spinning stage.

When the undyed hanks are delivered to me, I store them carefully, in dry conditions and away from light. I only dye in small batches. Although for each colorway dyes and process are the same, every skein is unique.

I use non toxic acid dyes and a food grade citric acid as our setting agent. All the dye is exhausted from the dye pots so that there is zero nasty stuff being poured into the drains. Citric acid also looses its potency as it helps the dye absorb into the fibers. Water is often re-used to also minimize the water usage and wastage.

After the dye process is completed, our freshly dyed yarn takes a long nice soak in gentle wool wash to ensure all that citric acid water is scrupulously rinsed from the yarn. Our yarn is now super clean and super soft and is ready for your crafty hands.

 

 

CARE, BLOCKING AND OTHERS

I always recommend hand washing garments woven with hand-dyed wool. Whatever the wool to prolong the life of the colors. All Feliz and Punto wool come very well washed and are stored in boxes protected from dust. This means that the first time it is enough to spray the garment for its blocking.

Always use a suitable soap. I recommend a coconut soap for wool, SOAK, EUCLAN or if you do not have anything of the above, use a mild shampoo without keratin or softener. Industrial detergents and softeners destroy the linkages between wool protein and dye permanently.

In case of silk if it loses a little shine, wash it by hand in cold water with a stream of apple cider vinegar.

Silk and its mixtures are not as elastic as other wools. Block it gently without overstretching.

Wool in the wet state can grow up to 50%. That is why it is important to remove as much water as possible with the help of a towel.

There are some colors like ochre yellows, reds, and fuchsia pinks that can bleed at first. This also happens with wools that contain linen, since it does not retain the dye and takes time to completely remove the excess.

ALPACA FELIZ Y PUNTO