Hand dyed yarn infused with travel & adventure

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Note from shop owner 31/08/21 - Phileas Yarns is now closed. For a long long time. Time for me to set aside the dye pots and focus on some university studies. A different adventure.
Thanks you to every one of you who has shown support, friendship and love throughout the years. It has meant and still means the world to me. ❤️

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 31 Aug, 2021

31/08/21 - Phileas Yarns is now closed. For a long long time. Time for me to set aside the dye pots and focus on some university studies. A different adventure.
Thanks you to every one of you who has shown support, friendship and love throughout the years. It has meant and still means the world to me. ❤️


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About PhileasYarns

Sales 946
On Etsy since 2015

Phileas Yarns combines a love for wool and knitting, and a passion for travelling

Phileas Yarns has been named after the famous fictional globetrotter Phileas Fogg (from Jules Verne's Around The World In 80 Days), a name perfectly fitted for a hand-dyed yarn which colourways are inspired by travel and the many sights around the globe.

We work hard to ensure this brand, shop, and related media, are a safe space for all crafters around the world. Regardless of their gender, life and relationship choices, ethnicity, religion, abilities or disabilities, or body shapes and sizes.
If you would like to engage in a conversation, or have any query about anything and everything, I invite you to get in touch.

At Phileas Yarns, we want to give you the best products. When you receive your yarn, you will find a whole load of information in the inside of the ball band. But I know you want to know about your yarn before you buy, that's only fair!

Phileas Yarns uses professional grade acid dyes. No panic, the acid element is white vinegar, nothing too dodgy. After the dye bath, the yarn is rinsed and washed with a soft shampoo. I, Sylvie, hand dye all the yarn in my kitchen at home.

All yarns have been Superwash treated. This treatment means the yarn can sustain a wash in the washing machine. I would still recommend you wash your hand dyed yarn and knitwear by hand or on the hand wash program of your machine where applicable. And also because colours may bleed in hot water.

About the different yarn bases...
EXPLORER is a Merino yarn comes from South America, specifically Argentina and Uruguay. None of the farms, which provide our undyed yarn supplier, practise mulesing (a pretty nasty way to treat the Merino sheep against some fly infestation in the big folds of their backside skin and fleece). Please be assured that those sheep are being well cared for by the farmers, giving you the best of fleeces and yarns.
The Bluefaced Leicester in WANDERLUST, PASSENGER and RAMBLER has been sourced in Britain, through the British Wool Marketing Board, who buys fleeces from small farms all over the U.K to provide our undyed yarn supplier.
PASSENGER contains some bamboo fibre, which is collected from the inner part of the sturdy plant we know, providing a natural alternative to nylon.

Find me on Facebook and Twitter as Phileas Yarns; and Instagram as sylvie_phileasyarns

Shop members

  • Sylvie


    Hello! I am Sylvie, and I am the wandering mind and busy hands behind Phileas Yarns. My shop is born out of two passions, travelling and knitting. When I'm not doing either of these two things, I'll be baking, sewing, reading or being with friends.

Shop policies

Last updated on 31 May, 2021
Dear shoppers,
Please make sure you take a moment you read through the policies and information below. I just want to make sure we are on the same page here; honesty makes good friends...

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Klarna Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Refunds : Up to 14 days after receiving your order. Such is the law in the UK. From cancelling your order, you have 14 days to send the goods back (at your own charge); then it can be again up to 14 days until the refund is processed.
Items will be dispatched upon confirmation of payments, usually within a week.
Phileas Yarns is based in York, UK. We do ship worldwide.

UK orders are dispatched with Royal Mail 1st Class
International orders are dispatched with Royal Mail International Standard

Shipping profile is set to 1 to 2 weeks, but really your yarn should in the post within a week of placing your order (unless otherwise notified in the “shop announcements”).
Additional policies and FAQs
Washing : Hand wash only, in cold water and dry flat. You can use wool soap, or shampoo can do as well (I use baby shampoo when washing the yarn coming off the dyeing pot).
Some colours will bleed when washed. You can use white vinegar to stabilize the colours if you are washing several hand dyed colours at one time.

Photography : I endeavor to photograph the yarns with getting the colours as right as possible. But please be aware that colours rendition do vary from one computer, tablet or phone screen to another. When you get your yarn, it might look slightly different from the picture.

The laws of hand dyed yarns : because of the process of hand dyeing yarns, a skein may be looking slightly different from another (even within a same batch), and a dye lot may be lighter/ darker than the next. It may not look like it when you hold the skeins in your hands, but once knitted up it's all different business... I recommend you alternate your skeins every two or three rows/rounds to ensure a lovely uniformity in the colour and that your garment will look beautiful.

Gauge : I find gauges very subjective. I for one pretty much never gauge as a yarn or pattern recommends, and end up going down a needle size. Please follow the gauge instructions on your chosen pattern and the yarn weight it calls for. Any question, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me; I'm here to help!

Custom orders : if you'd like a jumper or cardigan worth of yarn, please get in touch and I will dye a fresh lot or two for you, depending on how much you require. It will help with colour consistency (see "The laws of hand dyed yarns" above). - THIS IS CURRENTLY A BIT DIFFICULT TO STICK TO FOR ME, BUT WE CAN DISCUSS...
Available with Explorer Sock and Explorer Sport (dye lot = 400g); Wanderlust DK, Wanderlust 4ply, and Passenger (dye lot = 500g).

Allergy : If you are severely allergic to cats, please note that Phileas Yarns HQ is home to a cheeky feline friend who, despite my best effort to keep her away from it, may manage to leave a hair or two on the yarn. She likes to think her job is to run quality surveys of the yarn I dye for you!

Miscellaneous : I am a French native speaker. Having lived in the UK for over 10 years now, I am fully bilingual. Si vous avez quelconques questions a propos de la laine Phileas Yarns, n’hésitez pas! Je vous assisterez du mieux que je peux...