'Elizabethan'. A light grey neutral tone. Available on a variety of (mostly) merino yarn weights from lace to super chunky.
Our solid and semi-solid range is inspired primarily by Folkestone's Creative Quarter (where we are based) and references artists, art, craft and textile history, traditional pigments and colours, other creatives, and the local area in its inspiration and colour origins.
Most famously used in Elizabethan times, women (and men) used lead carbonate to make their complexions look pale and hide blemishes. Obviously in the long term it made blemishes worse, but the idea of ghostly pale Elizabethan beauties fascinates me. Names for this lead cosmetic included 'Plaster of Ceruse', 'Spirits of Saturn', 'Laird's Bloom of Youth' and 'Ali Ahmed's Treasure of the Desert'.
'Elizabethan' co-ordinates with the other 29 colours in our semi-solid range. See image 4 for the full range of colours available through our online shop.
Available Yarn Bases:
Chunky Base 100g:
100% merino wool. 100g = 100m (approx). Needle size 5-6mm. Tension/gauge 4 stitches, 5 rows per inch.
As colours can differ slightly between batches, we recommend purchasing enough yarn to finish your project from the same batch. If your desired number of skeins are not available on your chosen base, please message us and we will dye the needed quantity.
Merino sheep produce a fine, soft wool that is also strong and durable. The fibres can be as fine as 18-23 micron (the Kent Romney averages 28-30 micron thickness) making it feel soft and itch-free next to your skin.
Other benefits of merino fibre include its warmth relative to its weight, as it has a natural loft that traps heat very effectively between the fibres (and is warmer than a synthetic fibre of the same weight). It is also good in warmer climates as its breathability and moisture management properties efficiently regulate your body temperature; in fact, merino can absorb 30% of its own weight in moisture and still feel dry to the touch. This ability helps with odour-management, because the bacteria that can cause odour don't have the moist environment they need to thrive.
Our merino is responsibly sourced by our suppliers in Yorkshire, the heart of the British wool & textile industry.
Natural & man-made fibres & pollution:
FHY's use of man made fibres (nylon, polyamide and stellina) is kept to an absolute minimum to prevent micro-fibre pollution, and these fibres are only included where it is necessary for the strength of the yarn (sock and lace) or for the aesthetic properties of the stellina sparkle. If you are concerned about micro fibre pollution, laundry bags which catch fibres before they leave your machine are produced by brands such as Guppyfriend. Natural fibres like wool will biodegrade and do not cause pollution. We use professional quality acid dyes to colour our yarn, and always re-use water and/or neutralise the mild acid used to create the dye bath before disposal.
Care and washing:
Gentle hand washing of hand dyed and hand knitted/crocheted items is recommended. Yarns marked superwash can be machine washed at 30 degrees, but I personally prefer hand washing in warm water using a mild detergent before lying flat to dry (no-rinse wool specific products such as eucalan or soak are great for this). Please note that hand-dyed yarns may shed a little colour when first washed. This does not affect the fastness of the colour, and is due to excess loose dye particles.
We do custom requests:
Please note that custom requests such as a different base yarn or in larger quantities are easily achieved with no 'custom' surcharge added to the price. I am happy to oblige if I can, just message me and i'll quote you a cost and time scale.
FHY accepts payment by Direct Payments, paypal and credit and debit cards through paypal. If you have bought an item by mistake convo me immediately and I will cancel and refund your payment so long as the item hasn't already been shipped.
COVID-19: During the time of Coronavirus lockdown, I will be posting once a week on Fridays.
Please bear with me, I will get your orders out to you. Please also be assured that the FHY workspace is normally clean and tidy and I am taking extra precautions during this period whilst packing your orders.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
FHY promises to refund or replace any item lost in transit.
With damaged items take a picture and attach it to a convo, we will replace all damaged items with out further charge... this hasn't happened yet! Please remember should your postie decided to sit/stamp or otherwise destroy your item it's not our fault and contact us before you leave negative feedback so we can sort this out amicably!
Should an item be returned, please note that I am unable to refund the money already paid to the post office. This is something out of my control as a small business reliant on Royal Mail. Thank you for your understanding.
If you would like a custom order please convo us and we will agree a price, timescale and arrange a listing if you wish to go forward.