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Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on a fairly serious fiber crafts kick lately. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get completely hooked on a project or a craft, and want to do only that for a good while. This fall, it’s been spinning and dyeing yarn. I realize there are people — and that includes many of my readers — who don’t automatically start drooling at the sight of wool yarn, no matter how pretty. And so I promise I’m soon going to turn to other topics for a while, after this one last post!

You see, after the indigo project, I came up with a certain idea for holiday gifts, and decided I still needed some more colors to be able to make it into a reality. I had the materials, and still enough steam in me, for one more a natural dyeing extravaganza. So I spent much of last weekend dyeing purples and lavenders with logwood, reds with brazilwood, and yellows and oranges with cota. Once the rinsing and drying was done, I found myself with skeins upon skeins of gorgeous blues, purples, reds, oranges, and yellows. IMG_0816These are some of the brightest, boldest colors I’ve been able to create so far, and will be perfect for cheering up a gloomy winter’s day. For the yarn, I’ve been using the Bare Wool of the Andes in natural, which takes on color beautifully. The logwood and the brazilwood I got from here and the cota from here.

Now the natural dyeing workshop over here has closed for the winter, and I’m going to cast on and start knitting. This year, my family will find under the tree some hand-knits, in these very colors… and I’ll be able to tell exactly where each color came from.

7 thoughts on “The last of the dyeing (for now)

  1. You definitely caught my attention with that beautiful wool and your story about spinning and dyeing! Check out Chargeurs Wool USA in Jamestown, SC. It’s a big wool mill. We used to take tours of the factory and buy wool straight from the source there. The wool comes in in big dirty clumps on boats from Australia and New Zealand. The mill washes, cards, and winds it.

    1. Mari says:

      Thank you, this sort of info is always useful. If I ever own sheep myself, I’ve thought I would send the wool to a mill to be washed and carded — since that’s so labor-intensive — leaving the fun part, the spinning, still for me to do myself. So it’s good to have info about local wool mills!

    1. Mari says:

      Thanks! The yarns ended up, in various combinations, under the tree as gifts for my family and friends.

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