Today on the blog, we are so excited to announce that we not only have a brand new yarn in stock, but a beautiful new book, both from one of our favourite yarn companies, dLana!
Let me introduce you to our newest arrival, Sorrosal, a 2ply, sport-weight yarn named after the Sorrosal farm, a family-owned farm located in the Pyrenees mountains whose flock of Merino sheep provide the fibre for this gorgeous new yarn. It is the first yarn made of 100% Spanish wool with a distinct label from a single livestock farm and a love letter to the Spanish yarn industry and the people and animals involved in its production. So much time, knowledge and passion have been poured into its creation that there was only one way they could tell its story; they wrote a book about it.
Living Wool documents every stage of Sorrosal's production, and features nine stunning patterns from fellow designers created especially for it. But what makes this book even more special is it shares the journey of Ester and Javi, the founders of dLana, who not only discovered a passion for wool, but a deep desire to explore the bond we have with it as consumers, how that affects us, and how it affects the planet. In their own words:
"Each and every one of us has a connection with wool and that is what this book is about: your story, ours, and the one we can knit together."
If you are new to dLana, let me give you a quick introduction. Founded in 2017, dLana is a Spanish yarn company that has been making waves in the textile industry for its commitment to sustainability, ethics, and quality.
Esther and Javier, founders of the family business dLana
Ester and Javi, are dedicated to producing high-quality yarns made from locally sourced, sustainable materials, and their mission is to create yarns that not only look and feel beautiful but also have a positive impact on the environment and the communities where it is produced.
In this blog post, we will explore dLana's approach to yarn production, the farms and communities they work with, and their commitment to transparency and traceability in the supply chain. But before we dive in, what exactly does it mean when we say ‘traceable yarn’?
Traceable yarn is when that yarn can be traced back to its source, giving customers information about the journey of the yarn from the farm to the finished product. This means that customers can know where the fibres were sourced, how they were produced, and how the yarn was processed, dyed, and spun. This level of transparency in the supply chain allows customers to make informed decisions about the products they buy and promotes sustainable and ethical practices in the textile industry.
The herd from Luis Sorrosal sheep farm at Los Monegros in Spain.
Companies that produce traceable yarns often work directly with farmers, shepherds, and other producers to ensure that the fibres used in the yarn are produced sustainably and ethically. Which brings us right back to Sorrosal!
Wool begins its life with the animals that provide it for us, and the Sorrosal farm follows strict animal welfare standards to ensure that the sheep are well taken care of and healthy. The wool comes from their Merino sheep, which are known for their soft and fine wool fibres. Once a year, the sheep are sheared by hand to remove their wool in a way that doesn't harm the sheep or cause any distress. The wool is then sorted by hand to remove any impurities, and the highest quality fibres are selected for use in the yarn.
The selected wool is then sent to dLana's spinning mill, where it undergoes a process of washing, carding, and spinning to create the final yarn. The mill follows sustainable practices, including the use of renewable energy sources and eco-friendly dyes, to minimise its environmental impact. The result is a high-quality yarn that is a dream to work with and gentle on the environment in a palette of eight stunning shades that work beautifully alone and together.
dLana* Sorrosal comes in undyed and eight dyed colours.
But the process doesn't end there. It isn't enough for Ester and Javi to know all the work that goes into creating this yarn, they want us to know it too. Not only have they recounted their entire journey in their new book, Living Wool, but they have added QR codes to access even more information online about the farm where the wool was sourced, the shearing process, and the production of the yarn. You can also find an abundance of information on their own blog too! This transparency not only gives customers peace of mind, but is also a great example of how the textile industry can be transformed by introducing more sustainable and ethical practices.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look into dLana’s exciting new yarn, and if you would like to learn more about it, be sure to check out Living Wool. You can also shop all the colours of Sorrosal right here at Tangled Yarn and experience this special yarn for yourself!
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