About Green Elephant Yarn
Hello! I'm Fiona, the dyer behind Green Elephant Yarn! Lovely to meet you x
We are an independent yarn dyeing company producing luxury high quality hand dyed yarn for knitting, crochet and other crafts - let your imagination run wild! We are based in Waterford in the South East of Ireland.
I fell in love with yarn when I started to crochet after my first daughter was born in late 2013. I quickly became very passionate about all things yarn and this is what led to starting Green Elephant Yarn. I am a stay at home mum to my two girls and run the business around this. I still crochet but spend most of my time dyeing yarn and knitting.
Green Elephant Yarn is also part of the collective known as Irish Dye Junkies; we hold monthly themed market nights on our Facebook page.
About The Yarn
The yarn I use most is superwash merino wool which is imported from Argentina and Uruguay via a mill in the UK. It is ethically sourced and mulesing free. It comes to me spun and undyed. I then dye it into a range of colours. I also use various merino blends; the most popular of which is sw merino and nylon which is perfect for knitting socks. Check the shop for any other blends we may currently have in stock; we like to try new ones all the time.
I use (non-toxic/safe) acid dyes with acetic acid + heat to set them. They are then gently and thoroughly rinsed to ensure minimal colour bleeding on washing later.
You should wash your finished object in cold or very slightly warm water with a little wool wash. Using hot water may cause colour to bleed and your item could felt. Most of my yarn is superwash treated and therefore can be machine washed; though I recommend hand washing to ensure a longer lifespan for your beautiful creations.
Bricks & Mortar Shops -
Winnies Craft Cafe - Dublin, Ireland
The Constant Knitter - Dublin, Ireland
The Baldy Sheep - Longford, Ireland
Handmade Studios - Hants, UK
Dublin Bay Knitting Company - Portland, OR, USA
Festivals 2017 -
The Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival, 20th - 21st May, Co Cork, IE
Yarnfolk Festival of Wool, 5th August, Whitehead, Belfast, NI