olann [uh – lan] wool
Ireland has an abundance of great yarns and indie dyers, and here at Kaleidoscope we are very pleased to be stocking another fabulous Irish yarn!
‘Olann’ is owned and run by Jess Kavanagh, a very talented young artist and dyer who likes to create sophisticated colours on ethically sourced yarns.
In their small workshop they dye yarn in small batches, using experimental dye techniques and traditional materials, they are makers and designers. Colour inspiration comes from the surrounding Irish countryside, the mountains, valleys, forests and sea.
Olann source their yarn from farms with ethical practices in Argentina and Uruguay. These farms guarantee mulesing free processes of obtaining the fibres which means a fair and humane treatment of their sheep.
Olann are environmentally friendly using non toxic acid dyes and a food grade citric acid as a setting agent, all the dye is exhausted so that there is zero nasty stuff being poured into the drains. Water is often re-used to also minimise our water usage and wastage.
You can now see the beautiful new Olann yarns at Kaleidoscope and in our E-shop – 23 colours in merino singles ( fingering 4 ply) 9 colours in Sock lite ( 3 ply fingering ) and 6 colours in merino DK.