Yes, that's another way of saying that this yarn is classified as seconds because of excess plant matter that didn't come out in the processing, and we can thus give you an incredible price. The company who made it isn't allowing us to tell you who they are, because they don't want to be associated with anything less than absolutely first quality goods. (That in itself should tell you something! Suffice it to say that we sell quite a lot of their absolutely gorgeous yarns and their standards are incredibly high ... so it's not necessarily a bad thing to be their seconds. Indeed, we've worked with some yarn producers who would be very happy to release a yarn like this as first-quality goods, so it truly depends on the company's quality control standards.)
Depending on your personal feelings while working with yarns, you may choose to remove the little plant bits or to leave them in for extra textural interest. They're pretty easy to work around and much more of a bother to remove, or so we've found. Some skeins, bags, colors, and pieces have more plant matter than others, but we haven't really been able to figure out a pattern -- just when we'll think "oh, all the (insert color here) yarns have a lot of veggies in them" we'll find a bunch with hardly any, and we can't go through the bags to select a specific one for specific customers. And really, as far as we're concerned even the bags with more plant matter are entirely useable and a very, very good deal.
These yarns are available in bags that contain the equivalent of approximately eleven skeins of yarn (for a total bag weight of between 1.75 and 2.1 pounds). As you can see in the pictures, some have been separated into skeins, some are in hanks, some are a mixture. Some are more tangled than others. All are eminently usable, though some with more work than others. Perfect for large projects (blankets and the like), schools and homeschools, learning to knit, and any situation where you'll want a LOT of organic yarn at a very good price. The bags are biodegradable, so please reuse until you can't any longer and then give them an opportunity to rejoin the earth.
You'll appreciate the excellent stitch definition and long staple length to reduce pilling. It's cozy, easy on the hands in warm weather, and softer with every washing. Spun from luxurious 100% Certified Organic wool and processed in accordance with the Organic Trade Association's Fiber Processing standards. The lack of harsh chemicals in processing making it durable, long lasting and a well-wearing fiber.
Weight: approx. 100 grams / 3.5 ounces per standard skein
Length: approx. 198 yards / 181 meters per standard skein
Needles: 8-10 US / 5.0 - 6.0 mm
Suggested Gauge: 4.5 sts / 1"
Hand wash in cool water and roll in a towel to remove excess water. Do not twist or wring, dry flat.
Made from organic Merino Wool from Australia. There is no labeling or certification available for this yarn -- as we said, most of it isn't even skeined. It is, however, certified organic and processed organically.
Swatches are available, and will include pieces of all seven colors. However, we can't guarantee that any plant matter will be included; that doesn't mean you won't get a lot in your yarn bag. But vegetables are healthy, and don't you want your yarn to be healthier?
The bottom images show a lunchbag Clarity crocheted using Sky and Evergreen yarns and lined in our Leaf Superfine Crepe. You can see the vegetal bits if you look closely (I put the arrows in to take the work out of looking closely), but they definitely don't distract from the usefulness and beauty of the final product.
Natural and Saffron are no longer available.