Winter color

I bought 3 skeins of ecru laceweight alpaca yarn a few months ago. I dyed it last weekend using the resist-dye technique. Dyes were Washfast acid dyes, Terra Cotta over Pumpkin Spice.

I had leftover color in the dyebath and put in some “mop-up” fiber – in this case, it was a 4 oz batt of grey Icelandic wool from Misty Meadows, a local producer.

Although I have no plans for the batts, I am thinking about making a triangle shawl or perhaps a rectangular stole from the alpaca. I theoretically have 1311 yards of yarn. I found a pattern that I liked, but it calls for 1300 yards. Would you risk it?

More destashing – up next is a 100% wool roving. The fleece was purchased at a Massachusetts Sheep and Wool show ~4 years ago. It originally was a light brown and grey mix, and the uncovered animal that grew this nice fleece is a Merino-Romney cross. I dyed half of it purple, the other half orangey-red. The wool was carded into roving by Spinderellas – Lynn, as usual, did a wonderful job.

The downside – I think this fleece had some tip weakness. Also, I felted it a little bit during the dyeing, and that likely contributed to a little bit of tearing when the wool was picked during processing. You can see here that I needed to pick some bits out of the roving as I spun. (The picture in that link shows the amount of stuff in 4 oz of roving – too much trash to be “mindless spinning,” but it still makes a very nice yarn.) I recommend spinning this somewhat tightly.

ETA – Roving has sold

The fiber has very little VM, no bugs, and no smoke or funny odors. It has been around the cats, but it was stored in a bag during that time. This is 11.7 oz (332 g) of wool. Because of the neps, I’m asking $10 for the lot, and I’ll split the priority mail shipping with you if you’re in the US.

2 thoughts on “Winter color

  1. That is a nice bit of color to see, especially after the groundhog’s prediction of much more winter ahead 🙁

    As for the shawl, I’d have to see it to say whether I’d risk it. If it’s a shawl with repeats of a small pattern, I’d say go for it and skip a repeat to be on the safe side. Of course, you may not want to listen to me. You saw what happened to my Ice Queen.

  2. Are you selling the laceweight yarn?? If so, can you email me with the price? thanks so much, beautiful colour.

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