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cade | singles

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{cade; a measure of herrings or sprats - Suffolk}

Cade is a blend of superwash merino and linen spun into a single-ply yarn with a tight twist. This makes it a gorgeous yarn for garments and accessories, the linen gives the yarn strength and texture and it knits into a gorgeous soft fabric. The 10% linen doesn't absorb the dyes we use and the result is a softly heathered effect and we think the linen adds a wonderful cosy dimension to this yarn, seeming almost to make it 'woollier'.

We chose the name because we sometimes spot shoals of herring fry really close to the shore here; thousands of little glimmers of silver dancing in the light on the water, a bit like the glimmers of pale linen in these shades...

We've dyed Cade in a range of soft neutrals, semi-solid/tonal pastel, and rich jewel shades, as well as our ~fluid~ shades – perfect for colourwork sweaters and modern accessories.

This yarn qualifies for our 'sweater quantity' discount ~ Buy 6 full size, full price skeins of meadowyarn hand-dyed yarn and get 15% OFF ~ Discount applied automatically ~ Mix-and-match across yarn bases ~ Does not apply to mini-skeins, limited edition collections,  or 'sale' yarn ~ May not be used in conjunction with any other discount code. Some shades of cade | singles are also available 'dyed-to-order' here.

We dye Cade in small batches using a combination of kettle dyeing for semi-solid and tonal shades and low-immersion and hand-painting for variegated shades that will 'pool' or 'flash' depending on gauge. Even within a dye batch, each skein is unique as a result of our dyeing techniques.

Although Cade is a superwash fibre, we recommend hand washing in cool water to preserve the vibrancy of the dye.

As with all small-batch, hand-dyed yarn that doesn't have dye lots, we also recommend knitting alternate rows from two skeins when working on larger projects to avoid noticeable changes between skeins.

We use professional acid dyes with good light and wash fastness and do our best to exhaust every dye bath and reuse water wherever possible to reduce any further environmental impact. Occasionally a small amount of 'loose' dye may remain in the yarn after rinsing (most likely with deeply saturated shades) and we always recommend hand washing in very cool water and pre-washing your yarn separately if you are intending to mix light and dark shades in a single garment/project.