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RIIHIVILLA YARNS


Riihivilla yarn is 100% wool from Finnsheep, an old landrace from Finland. Wool from Finnsheep is soft an it contains a lot of lanolin which makes it warm. The number of Finnsheep is diminishing year by year. There are white, brown, and black Finnsheep and so also Riihivilla yarn comes in seven different natural shades of sheep, different greys and browns in addition to natural white and dark brownish black.
 

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 Riihivilla yarns are processed as little as possible and they still contain natural lanolin which makes them warm and repels dirt, so that you don't have to wash them very often. Airing freshens garments made from Riihivilla wool. There is less lanolin left in the dyed yarns.

Riihivilla wool is not superwash treated as we try to avoid chemicals, so you have to wash garments made from Riihivilla wool by hand in lukewarm water. Do not rub, gentle wash is best, as the Finnsheep wool may felt when handled roughly or washed in a machine. Natural yarns are good also for felting, but our dyed yarns are best for knitted things. Depending on the soap and circumstances, the shade of the dyed yarns may change in rough handling like felting. Use neutral soap or no detergent at all. Dry the washed garment flat and away from direct sunlight.


Riihivilla Aarni is soft sport weight yarn from 100% Finnsheep wool with 2 plys and loose twist. There are 210 - 220 meters in 100grams (little over 4 ounces).
Gauge recommendation is about 23-25st/10cm(4 inches), but this depends on your project.  
Needle recommendation is 2,5-3,5mm (European) or according to gauge
Handwash in lukewarm water
This yarn is ideal for sweaters, hats, scarves and mittens, expecially in stranded knitting, but it is too soft for adult socks.
Riihivilla mitten kits are from this yarn.

 

 Riihivilla Velho is 100% Finnish wool, not solely Finnsheep, but there is also wool from mixed breeds and crosses with Finnsheep. Velho is made of long combed wool, and it feels soft to hand.

Velho is 3-ply, light fingering weight, almost lace weight
There are about 340-350 meters (380 yards) in 100grams, WPI is 20.
Gauge recommendation is 32 sts/10cm.
Needle recommendation is 2mm European or according to gauge.
Handwash in lukewarm water although this yarn does not felt so easily as Aarni.
Velho is a good yarn for scarves or anything you wear close to skin, but I don't recommend it for socks.


 Riihivilla Hiisi is 100% Finnish wool, not solely Finnsheep, but there is also wool from mixed breeds and crosses with Finnsheep. Hiisi is made of long combed wool with a very thight twist, and it feels very soft to hand.

Hiisi is 5-ply, worsted weight yarn, and there are about 160meters (175 yards) in 100grams. WPI is 12.
Gauge recommendation is 20sts/10cm and needle recommendation is 3-3,5mm European.
Handwash in lukewarm water although this yarn does not felt so easily as Aarni.
Hiisi is a good yarn for sturdy socks because of the tight twist it is durable. Hiisi is also a god all-purpose yarn for any other garments, and for instance cables show well when knitted with Hiisi. Hiisi is tighter more dense yarn than Aarni, which is more fluffy and airy yarn.

 

There are small variations in the thickness of the yarns, as these are not industrially made yarn. Also skein sizes vary, each skein is weighted by hand before going to the shop and the price goes according to the weight.

Prices of natural sheep colored yarns are 10€/ 100g, and natural variegated yarn is 12€/100g (18€/150g skein)
Prices of naturally dyed yarns are 17€/100g, and prices of smaller skein in selections are a little higher due to the extra work in reskeining.
You can find all available yarns in my shop. At the market we have all natural colors of the sheep and also naturally dyed colors, but not the exact same skeins as in the online shop. At the market we have also some discount yarns from time to time.


        EVERY YARN COMING FROM MY DYE POT IS ONE OF A KIND


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Colors to Riihivilla yarns come from natural sources: plants, mushrooms, barks and even insects, like cochineal. I grow many plants in my garden, collect mushrooms from the forests near us and also buy some historically important natural dyes, like madder, cochineal and natural indigo. The dyestuff is first extracted from plants or mushrooms by soaking, simmering or boiling and then bound to the fiber which is pre-treated with a so-called mordant. Riihivilla uses only the safest mordants, alum, cream of tartar and iron, which ensure the proper fixation of the dyestuff to the fiber. The dye process is slow, hours, days and sometimes even weeks or months. Fermenting plant material gives time for the natural enzymes in the plants or mushrooms to change or release natural dyestuffs, which then bind strongly to the mordanted fibers. Best results come with time, you can't hurry nature.


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Colors that come from plants or mushrooms are always a combination of many different dyestuffs. So many things affect to which dyestuff is bound to the fiber, or in which order they are bound and thus what the final color is: where the plant was grown, when it was harvested, how it was dried or processed before dyeing and how the actual dyeing was done. This is one of the fascinating things about natural dyes and which makes each color unique. Every yarn that comes from my dye pots is one of a kind! Sometimes the colors are close, but never just the same, and sometimes they are very different even with the same dyestuffs. With multi-colored yarns each skein is different, even when the colorway is the same and they come from the same dyepot. Please, keep this uniqueness in mind when you order my yarns. When I run out of a dyelot, it can't be repeated.

With almost 30 years of experience I aim at as fast colors as possible, so many of my colors come from historically proven natural dyes: many reds from madder and cochineal and blues from indigo-bearing plants. All these are grown for dyeing around the world. Finnish nature and forests give also many good dyeplants, tree leaves and barks and of course mushrooms, in which I am especially interested and which are abundant in Finland. I use a lot of local dye sources and also grow dye plants in my garden.


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I do everything by hand, starting by collecting the dyestuffs, preparing them and dyeing my yarns. My dye lots are not big, always less than one kilo, mostly only a few skeins, all one of a kind. I hope that my enthusiasm for colors from nature shows in my yarns and passes on to you who knit with my yarns.
My colors are often semi-solid, there is natural variation in the skeins and they are never dull flat colors. I emphasize this by dyeing a lot on natural grey or brown sheep wool and combining different dyestuffs. These colors go well together with each other and also with natural sheep colors. I hope that Riihivilla yarns have their own look.

You can read how I dye Riihivilla yarns from my blog.

I value lightfastness very much and try my best that my yarns are as fast as possible in every way, but natural dyes may fade a little in time, especially in strong sunlight. Think about the mellow colors in for instance old rugs, how beautiful they are. Sometimes in strong colors there is little extra dye which may come off in the first wash, or rub to your hands, but it is not harmful and the colors won't mix. If you have allergies to plants, then the best choice for you is our natural sheep colored yarns.