We just received a much anticipated restock of De Rerum Natura from France! It includes their new colors for fall in Ulysse and Gilliatt. (Merlot is also available in Cyrano). They are subtle dyed in fleece shades that match well with the whole palette.
De Rerum Natura is a special yarn, exclusively available in the US here at fibre space. The mastermind behind this beautiful line of ecologically friendly yarn is Solenn who lives with her family in Toulouse in the south of France. Solenn made the transition from working with 17th century French literature to the yarn world when she became increasingly frustrated with the transparency of wool and yarn production, worried over everything from the mistreatment of sheep to working conditions and the chemical treatments that went into the production of the yarns she was working with. Driven by this frustration, she went on to found De Rerum Natura which focused on transparently produced, ethically sourced yarns with a minimal ecological footprint.
The merino used to produce De Rerum Natura yarns is even special in its own right. All the flocks are from France and Portugal and spend the majority of their time outside in the fields of Provence, the southern French Alps, and the Aletenjo Valley in Portugal. The majority of the fibre comes from the “merino d’Arles” breed that originated in France in the 19th century. While these sheep produce extremely fine fleece, the animals are small and only produce around 2 kilograms (about 4.5 lbs) of fibre per year, making them that much more special. The remaining fibre comes from the “petra” black merino sheep of Portugal, which adds a lovely heathered finish to the final yarn when the white and black fibres are mixed together.
De Rerum Natura yarns are spun semi-woolen. You may be familiar with the lofty twist of woolen spun yarns like Brooklyn Tweed Shelter or Loft, but this method is not ideal for merino wool. In order to still produce a lofty yarn, Solenn convinced the mill operator in Creuse, France to combine combed and uncombed fibers into the airy finished product. While the yarns look rustic, they still have the softness we all know and love from Merino.
- Worsted weight
- 273 yards (250 meters) per 100g
- 100% merino
- 17-19 stitches over 4” on a US 6-8 (4-5 mm) needle
- Sport weight
- 202 yards (185 meters) per 50g
- 100% merino
- 22-24 stitches over 4” on a US 2.5-4 (3-3.5 mm) needle
New patterns in this yarn:
There are some gorgeous new patterns designed for the de rerum natura yarns, ready to inspire you fall stitching.
This pattern is in the latest issue of Laine Magazine (now available at the shop) and is made using Gilliatt.
This pattern is available on Ravelry and uses two colors of Gilliatt.
Black Forest Light
This pattern is on Ravelry and is created with Ulysse.
This gorgeous sweater is in the latest issue of Pom Pom Magazine and is created with Ulysse.