the yarn

ash works exclusively with natural dyes and canadian-sourced and -manufactured fibres. they dye every skein themself in their home studio under the watchful eye of the resident coven pooch, willow. ash loves working with small canadian mills and farmers to create beautiful, sustainable, long-lasting yarns that can handle the wear and tear of everyday life, and hopes that with a little bit of extra care to help your naturally dyed skeins maintain their beauty for a long time, you’ll be crafting items that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

yarn support

ash is pleased to offer wholesale prices to designers and knitting publications looking for yarn support. please email ash at ash.sunflowerknit@gmail.com with yarn support enquiries with the base you’d like to work with, number of skeins, colour preferences, a sketch and write-up of your design proposal, your timeline, and a link to your ravelry designer page and/or website.

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canadian worsted

100% canadian wool

2 ply, heavy worsted weight

216 yards/112g

the inaugural base of the sunflower knit canadian-sourced and milled bases, canadian worsted is the perfect choice for those heavy workhorse knits needed in a cold northern climate. coming in closer to an aran weight on the scale of worsted weight yarns, it holds stitch definition beautifully, making it a great choice for chunky winter lace shawls or rich cables to help keep chill winds at bay.

working with independent canadian mills sourcing wool directly from canadian farmers at pay rates ranging from 2-4x what they would receive from the standard wool buying organization, canadian worsted is usually sourced from range wools like rambouillet, targhee, cotswold, and suffolk, and may begin as natural white or light grey sheep shades before going through their respective natural dye pots. processed with minimal cleaning agents (usually vinegars) and usually spun on turn-of-the-century equipment that mimics handspinning, it is a thick yarn that may contain handknots in the skein (made during the milling process and reducing wool waste) as well as vegetable matter.

upon arrival at tiny coven studios in treaty one territory, ash scours and mordants every skein before dyeing them with natural dyes, including homegrown, foraged, and redirected food waste from local farms. ash finishes the process off by handwriting every label to indicate their dye and mordant journeys.

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forage sock

100% canadian corriedale

3 ply, sock weight

399 yards/~110g

forage sock came about as a result of experiments with long way homestead to create the perfect all-natural sock yarn using locally sourced fibres. after creating fleece-specific special edition sock yarns blended with mohair all sourced within the pembina fibreshed, ash wanted a more generic yarn that would still make a cozy, squishy, durable sock while being easily replicable to go through their dye pots regularly. enter corriedale!

while many of the more familiar durable sock breeds can be found on the canadian prairies, including bfl, cheviot, romney, and wensleydale, most farms with these breeds have limited numbers, restricting the accessibility of these yarns and making them more appropriate for future fleece-specific projects. corriedale, on the other hand, is grown primarily as a meat breed in the region, resulting in larger flocks and less interest in their sturdy fleeces, which are the perfect creamy base for natural dyes. by working with these flocks, we are able to redirect perfectly wonderful wool away from the compost or burn piles while also providing local farmers with a secondary income for the same animals.

spun on mini mill equipment just 45 minutes east of their home studio, tiny coven studios, forage sock is a particular love affair for ash, whose handknit wardrobe revolves around all-natural socks these days.

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pasture dk

100% albertan finn

2 ply, dk weight

218 yards/100g

this semi-limited collaboration yarn between sunflower knit and the alberta yarn project comes courtesy of the fort saskatchewan finn flock. these sheep have been used by the town of fort saskatchewan in treaty six territory for nearly three decades to help maintain the local parks. this eco-friendly method of mowing saves the city money, helps to sequester carbon, and reduces reliance on fossil fuels, alongside creating a unique tourism experience for visitors.

alberta yarn project purchases the flock’s fleeces directly from the farmer at shearing time and sorts them into lots according to fibre quality to make different bases, including a thick lopi, springy single ply, and lustrous 2ply. all are spun at custom woolen mills in treaty seven territory. ash sources the 2ply yarn from alberta yarn project after it returns from the mill, completing the pasture dk process by naturally dyeing every skein by hand in their home studio, tiny coven studios, on treaty one territory.

due to the flock size and variables such as annual weather conditions impacting pasture conditions, hay quality over the winter months, and general health and size of the flock (currently around 70 head), this yarn is slightly more limited than the other primary yarn lines under the sunflower knit umbrella. in the event of the base selling out, restocks will have to wait until the following shearing season.

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roots fingering

100% canadian wool

1 ply, fingering weight

432 yards/112g

the most popular of all the sunflower knit yarns, roots fingering is the perfect yarn for shawls, warm drapey garments, and delicate accessories. with great stitch definition for a single ply yarn, it’s ideal for cables and lace, holding its shape to show off the simplest stockinette to the most complicated textures.

working with independent canadian mills sourcing wool directly from canadian farmers at pay rates ranging from 2-4x what they would receive from the standard wool buying organization, roots is usually sourced from range wools like rambouillet, targhee, cotswold, and suffolk, and may begin as natural white or light grey sheep shades before going through their respective natural dye pots. processed with minimal cleaning agents (usually vinegars) and usually spun on turn-of-the-century equipment that mimics handspinning, it is a lofty yarn that may contain handknots in the skein (made during the milling process and reducing wool waste) as well as vegetable matter.

upon arrival at tiny coven studios in treaty one territory, ash scours and mordants every skein before dyeing them with natural dyes, including homegrown, foraged, and redirected food waste from local farms. ash finishes the process off by handwriting every label to indicate their dye and mordant journeys.