Answers to the questions we are often asked:

Q: My skein of Perran Yarn has arrived untwisted in a flat parcel; how do I twist it again to keep it tidy in my stash until I use it?

A: Single skeins of Perran Yarn are posted in a Large Letter box to minimise postage costs. A twisted skein doens’t fit into a Large Letter size, so I untwist the skein to send it. It’s quick and easy to retwist the yarn skein – here’s a short video that shows you how!

Q: Can I knit/crochet/weave directly from the skein?

A: No – if you try you’ll find that the skein very quickly becomes a tangled mess that will take a long time to recover! You need to wind the yarn skein into a ball first; here’s a great set of instructions showing how to do that.

Q: I bought a yarn blank – do I need to wind it before I start to knit/crochet/weave from it?

A: A yarn blank is a skein of yarn that has been knitted before dyeing, to give a different dyed result. You can wind the yarn into a ball if you want to, but you don’t need to. You can simply pull on the loose end and pull; directly from the blank as you work your project. The yarn will be kinked but that’ doesn’t matter; once you wash & block your finished item the kinks will disappear.

Q: I bought a pack of sari/chiffon ribbon – if it gets wet will the colour run?

A: I handdye the sari/chiffon silk ribbons in the same way as the silk blend yarns i.e. using professional Jacquard acid dyes and rinsing with Synthrapol to remove any excess. There may very occasionally be a slight tinge from some of the colourways if they get wet, but in general they should be colourfast.

Q: I bought the Light & Lacy Shawl crochet pattern but I’m not sure how to do the setup rows – can you help?

A: Yes, I have done an illustrated blog post to get you started – see Light & Lacy Shawl Pattern Tips.

Q: Your kits are sold with options for ‘No packaging’ or ‘Ready to gift kit’ – what’s the difference?

A: These are packaging options which you can choose from depending on whether the kit is for yourself or to be given as a gift. It impacts on the materials used and the shipping cost of the parcel.

Kit with no additional packagingNo packaging‘ means the yarn skein will be untwisted and laid flat in the mailing box on top of the printed pattern.

This is the most cost-effective way to ship the kit via Royal Mail as it can generally be sent at Large Letter rates; it also minimises waste as it has no additional packaging.

 

 

Kit in organza bag packagingOrganza bag‘ packaging means that the yarn is presented in the skein (or wound into yarn ‘cakes’ for the White Horses Mittens knit kit) with a folded copy of the printed pattern and a kit contents card packaged in a sheer organza drawstring bag. The kit contents card specifies a link to yarn winding instructions, and any applicable blog posts about the specific kit.

This packaging has to be sent via Royal Mail’s Small Parcel rates which are more costly than Large Letter. However the kit is ready to present as a gift and can be sent directly to the recipient along with a message and gift-wrapped if you wish – just choose the option at checkout. The drawstring bag can also be used as a project bag while the kit is being made!

Chevronn Cowl crochet kit in gift boxGift box‘ packaging means that the yarn skein is untwisted and laid flat on top of the folded printed copy of the pattern inside a recyclable cardboard gift box with a kit contents card. The kit contents card specifies a link to yarn winding instructions, and any applicable blog posts about the specific kit.

This packaging has to be sent via Royal Mail’s Small Parcel rates which are more costly than Large Letter. However the kit is ready to present as a gift and can be sent directly to the recipient along with a message and gift-wrapped if you wish – just choose the option at checkout.