Dyeing Yarn

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Longwool Yarn

Finally, I had a chance to skein up some of my new yarns.  I have a cone of fingering weight longwool that I have been really wanting to dye.  This wool is spun from a blend of luster longwool sheep.  It has a nice sheen to it.  I also skeined up some super soft chunky merino.

Chunky Merino 3-Ply

The merino will be used as warp/weft for some scarves on my Flip rigid heddle.  I have been wanting to make a few more scarves and knit some hats.  This yarn is going to be just perfect!

I dyed the longwool in semisolid colors and the chunky wool in a blend of purple/mauves. I mixed up some more dyes tonight and plan to do some more skeining and dyeing.  I have a couple of cones of sock yarn that I will be skeining for dyeing also.

Dyeing Bamboo

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I have been dyeing quite a bit of bamboo lately using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes.  These dyes are used for plant fibers like bamboo/rayon and cotton.  Since the fiber reactive dyes are a little more labor intensive than the acid dyes, I usually dye a lot of fiber at once.  The dyeing is quite easy, but the rinsing can be a chore.  Once I have dyed a batch of fiber with reactive dyes, I am happy to go back to dyeing with acid dyes for awhile!

Bamboo is one of my favorite fibers to use as an add-in for carded batts.  The fiber is soft and silky.  It adds shine and soft texture.  I will be adding some to the shop soon!

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