July 18, 2019

Summer Stravaigins + New Colours

  • Skeins of various shades of naturally-dyed pink yarn

Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great summer so far…

We are having a rather cool and wet summer in western Canada this year, so my usual foraging and stravaiging adventures for collecting dye plants have been postponed…

While I wait for those plants to be ready for picking I decided to dig into my natural dyes cabinet for some inspiration. I chose Quebracho Red, Cochineal, and Hibiscus to create a new colour palette. These three work beautifully together, complementing each other and blending subtly to create a slight colour veriegation in the yarn.

The yarn base is SYC’s Auchentoshan (OKH-en-TOSH-en) is an old Scottish Gaelic word translating to ‘corner of the field.’ This yarn hails from the fields of Alberta where local sheep farmers bring their fleeces to a family-owned and operated antique woolen mill for custom processing. A Mule Spinner from 1910 was used to produce this unique high quality handwork yarn. Mule spun yarns are drawn, spun, relaxed, then wound, mirroring the processing pattern of hand spinning. This 100% Canadian Rambouillet – traceable origin- 1 ply yarn is super soft and possesses an airy, lively characteristic that is a joy to work with. Suitable for detail work, socks, or a light shawl, it felts nicely and would be lovely in a woven project as well.

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