Our yarn is special. We know you put your heart and soul into your crafts and we want to create the very best materials for you to work with. Every hank you buy is destined to have many hours in your stash and on your needles before it becomes a garment or accessory item that you will wear proudly - with each skein, we strive to reflect the same passion that you have for your projects and craft in our yarns.
We start by creating very best base yarns to give you the best materials to work with. All of our bases are milled in Italy and Canada and spun to our exact specifications with the fibre content, structure and makeup carefully designed by our Creative Director, Roxanne Yeun in consultation with the mill.
For example, our Serenity 20 is a fingering weight yarn spun in 3 plies for durability, with 10% nylon added for strength and to deter pilling. Another popular yarn, our Trio base, is made up of 2 plies spun into a 4-ply yarn, adding strength without the addition of nylon while also giving it an interesting texture and feel.
All of our yarns are made out of natural fibres (with the exception of those where nylon is added). We choose superfine Merino for softness and next to skin wear, adding fibres such as cashmere and silk to make our bases extra luxurious. These natural fibres serve another purpose, however: they give our dyers a wonderful canvas to dye on, allowing for saturated colours and unique applications.
Once we receive our luxurious base yarns, the fun with colour begins! Each skein of yarn is carefully dyed into a beautiful work of art. Neville Yeun is our Lead Dyer, Production Manager & Colour Chemist. He works hand in hand with our studio team to make sure that each hank of Zen Yarn Garden shines — whether you are buying a dozen for a sweater or a single treasured skein. Dyes are applied carefully and accurately to re-create colourways you love, while our painterly one-of-a-kind colourways reflect the artistry and celebration of the process. The depth, tone, and colour of Zen Yarn Garden is dyed on hand-picked, luxury yarn bases, spun in Italy and Canada and dyed in Canada.
To learn more about us check out the short video below which highlights what is so special about Zen Yarn Garden and the yarns we create:
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A few of our recent patterns use brioche knitting techniques to create a lofty, reversible, ribbed fabric that's oh-so-squishy. Brioche may look complicated, but it's actually quite simple - all you have to do is slip stitches to create yarnovers in one row that are then knit together with stitches in the following rows.
Many patterns use two colours of yarn, which can be easier when you’re first starting out, but you can also knit 1-colour brioche as well.
Creating and working with yarn is such a labor of love for all of us in the fiber community.
That’s why we believe that it’s so incredibly important to employ the most environmentally-friendly practices throughout the production process, every step of the way. To us, honoring the planet that nurtures the gorgeous animals we get our fiber from, conserving the water we use to dye with, and using as little energy as possible is one of our top priorities.