Hello! I'm Lyla, the color-splatterer behind Terrapin Fiberworks. I've been dyeing plant yarns since 2021 and loving every messy second of it. I live in Maryland with my husband, two cats, and tiny parrot. Nachos are my kryptonite.
I learned to crochet before I learned to knit, which is how plant yarns first wooed me. Crocheters love a good cotton yarn! I've made it my mission to explore a variety of rich, earthy, and wearable colors with Terrapin Fiberworks. We're here to make beautiful things and try our best to take care of the earth and those living on it as we go.
Below are some of the most common questions we receive about our yarn. If your question isn't answered here, please feel free to get in touch via the contact form at the bottom!
How Should I Wash My Finished Objects?
Plant yarns are a little easier to care for than wool yarns, because they cannot felt and will tolerate a cold water/delicates cycle in the washing machine. (This makes them great for gifting to non-knitters!) That said, for best longevity of colors and fibers, we recommend hand-washing our yarns in cold water with a gentle detergent and laying flat to dry.
Plant yarns are dyed with a fiber reactive dye, meaning the dye chemically bonds to the fiber--it is permanent! While we thoroughly set and wash our yarns, plant fibers can release a little color on the first few rinses (particularly dark, red, or blue colors). Think of them like dark wash jeans and plan accordingly -- we recommend a prewash if you plan to mix colors in your project.
To prewash, unwind your hank and soak in cool water and detergent as you would for the finished project. Cold water and detergent are strongly recommended for any wash thereafter. If you're combining a darker color with a lighter color, we recommend putting a Shout color catcher sheet in your rinse water for the finished project.
How Are Your Yarns Sustainable?
All our fibers are free of animal products and suitable for vegan crafters or those with animal fiber sensitivities. We select our bases with sustainability first in mind, opting for fibers with reduced impact on the planet compared to the average plant yarn. We also repurpose rinse & soak water in our dye process as much as possible to reduce our water usage.
Our yarn ships with minimal 100% plastic-free materials using primarily recycled paper products. All our shipping materials are recyclable, reusable, or compostable, so we encourage you not to trash them!
We encourage you to read more about our bases here!
Do You Offer Yarn Support?
We're always looking for opportunities to spread the plant yarn love! If you're a designer with an upcoming pattern, get in touch via the form below to discuss your project.
Do You Accept Wholesale Orders?
We'd be delighted to discuss wholesale with you! Please reach out via the form below to start a conversation.
Who Are You Donating To This Quarter?
10% of profits are donated each quarter to a different charity -- we gravitate to organizations that promote racial justice, empowerment, equality, and sustainability, as these are some of our most important values. We post every month on our Instagram @terrapinfiberworks to share which charity we're supporting! For January-March 2023, we are supporting The Florence Project.