French mérinos d'Arles and black Portuguese merino woolen spun in France
202 yds /approx 50 g
Sport weight yarn, 2.5 to 3.5 mm needles
COMPOSITION & YARDAGE
French mérinos d'Arles and Portuguese black merino woolen spun in France
202 yards (185 m) / 50 g approx
GAUGE (for 10 x 10 cm of st st)
24 st x 38 rows, 3 mm needles / US 2
22 st x 34 rows, 3,5 mm needles / US 4
ORIGINS AND MANUFACTURE
Ulysse is, like its big brother Gilliatt, a woolen spun yarn made from a blend of white French Mérinos d'Arles (Provence) and black Portuguese merino (Alentejo valley) raised with a concern for the well-being of the animals and the valorisation of their wool.
All the manufacturing stages of this yarn are carried out in a short circuit (France and Portugal for sourcing, Belgium or Italy for washing, France for spinning and dyeing) with a constant desire for traceability and to reduce its impact on the environment.
It is offered in natural colours resulting from the blend of brown and white fleeces ("sel" (salt), "poivre blanc" (white pepper), "poivre et sel" (pepper and salt) and "poivre" (pepper)), and in a range of subtly heathered and dyed in fleece colours.
ON THE NEEDLES
Made up of two well-twisted strands, it is a light, soft and delicately fluffy yarn which is perfect for fair isle and colorwork but also for drawing delicate cables or enhancing a beautifully rustic lace.
This yarn is not superwash treated. We recommend that you wash your knitted fabric in warm water with soap or a suitable detergent and leave it to dry flat, avoiding rubbing or stretching it. If you wish to test the wool programme of your washing machine, we advise you to do so first with your sample.
Please note that very dark or particularly saturated colours such as "émeraude" are more likely to bleed during blocking. If you plan to knit with lighter colours, we recommend that you test a swatch first. If you find excess dye in the first wash, we recommend that you repeat the rinse bath until it is clear before drying your work.
A little background information:
Ulysses is named after the hero a of the "Odyssey" who fell in love with Penelope.