Dyed by Alfinete is a one-person business.
Every yarn dyed is done in the same kitchen where the my family shares our daily meals.
The production happens in small batches, due to the capacity of just one person and the limited space available.
Dyed by Alfinete yarns are dyed using food coloring, mostly because I believe that you should use near your skin something you can ingest. Also because the studio is the family kitchen, so that is a way of avoiding all kinds of contamination and also because I always search for substitutes for chemical products, in all aspects of my life, not only on my work.
You can usually find differences between my hanks, even in the same batch, since it is an artisanal product, and everyone knows that you cannot replicate something that you’ve done by hand. So you will not find 2 exactly identical hanks, which is what makes these yarns so special. On bigger garments, to avoid spooling or patches, I recommend to alternate your hanks in every round.
These kind of dyeing can make yarns bleach a little, mostly on the first and second washing.
I have a main concern with reusing water and using solar energy, as much as possible, which can happen almost all year long, since I live in the sunny region of Algarve, located in the south of Portugal.