History of Contraception

by Dye Mad Yarns


This yarn isn't inspired by a whole museum but a particular collection available at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History at Case Western Reserve University. Dittrick explores the history of medicine through museum artifacts, archives, rare books collections, and images, including a historical contraceptive devices collection! It features the history of contraception in America, from folklore to condoms, diaphragms, IUDs and the birth control pill.

Few concerns have been so ubiquitous as those that concern fertility (or not!) The Dittrick Museum houses a truly unique collection, the Percy Skuy Collection on the History of Contraception. Mr. Skuy, past President of Ortho Pharmaceutical (Canada), assembled the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical contraceptive devices, numbering over 650 artifacts. Since its arrival the collection has grown through donations and museum purchases to approximately 1100 artifacts. The Dittrick also maintains a collection of literature on the topic, including primary source material as well as historical writings. 

History of Contraception yarn is a mauve, grey and burgundy variegated yarn. Think the inside of a 1800s doctors office with rich velvet! 


Hattie Floof: 50g, 459 yards, 72% mohair/28% silk (lace weight)
Chester Sock: 100g, 437 yards, blend of 75% superwash merino/25% nylon
Gladys Shawl: 100g, 438 yards, single ply blend of 70% superwash merino/30% silk
Tortie Sport: 100g, 287 yards, 80% alpaca/20% silk
Minnie DK: 100g, 246 yards, 100% superwash merino wool 
Genny Worsted: 100g, 191 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% alpaca
Chubby Trevor: 115g, 136 yards, 100% superwash merino
Chunky Trevor: 100g, 76 yards, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, single ply