Tseba is the Hebrew word for dyed ~
We were fortunate to cross paths with Suzanne the woman behind Tseba Yarn and her sister at Woolfest; a haven for knitters, and yarn lovers. In a hub of crafters, Tseba Yarn stood out, not only were they one of the few naturally dyed yarns, but the yarns were beautifully soft.. made with lambswool and organic merino, the same yarn used to make our lotte vests.
Finding out she was local to us (bonus), we headed over to fill our bags again. We were greeted by Suzanne and her husband, both of them so warm and welcoming. Her husband took the kiddies off to the chook house to find eggs, and to meet the horses and we followed Suzanne into her home. In 6 years her home has been filled with dye materials, yarns and books, there was so much to admire.
She showed us her current dye baths; marigold, madder and black beans... Suzanne sources her dyes locally, she is currently growing weld and madder in her backyard. She forages when travelling around NZ, some of her latest colours are from the East Coast and then some colours like indigo need to be sourced from overseas. Yarns are left in the dye bath anywhere from a few hours to weeks, these dye baths are used again and again until they are exhausted producing a range of colours every time.
Like us, Suzanne is wanting to craft and produce sustainably, "Organic fibre comes from animals farmed with organic principles which treat the land and the animal in a way that respects the health and the long term sustainability. Just as the taste of organic food has a deliciousness that titilates your tastebuds, so organic wool has a softness and silkiness that asks to be close to you." In all aspects her yarn is quality and full of goodness.
Our lotte vests are available in sizes 0-1Y and take up to 3 weeks to be make. If you would like a hand knitted lotte vest for your little one or would like more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who are interested in Wool Fest, it is all happening on the 25th of May in Kumeu, here is a link
for more info.