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Superwash Merino Wool Hand Painted/Kettle Dyed Spinning Fibre
Colorway - What a Jewel

100% Superwash Merino
Approx. 100 grams

If you are interested in seeing the matching sampler pack or the matching semi-solid colorways please see the links below.

What a Jewel! And a beauty it is, with each individual color being named after a semi-precious gemstone as well.

Pale Grey - Howlite is a white to grey stone that has darker grey, black or brown veins running through it, often in a web like pattern, (how suiting for us spinners!), it was named after Canadian Henry How, who first described it. It has also been found in my home province of Nova Scotia, but most sold today is found in California. Of interesting note, howlite can and quite often is dyed and sold as imitation turquoise.

Light Green - Gaspeite is usually a pale to bright green color quite often described as apple green. The name comes from the Gaspé Peninsula in eastern Canada as this was the location, in 1966, that it was first described. Gaspeite was first discarded as a worthless byproduct in the mining of nickel sulfide, but thankfully has been gaining popularity within the gem market.

Dark Blue/Green/Grey - Variscite is often confused with turquoise though variscite tends to be more green in color rather than blue. Its name derives from Variscia, the historical name of Vogtland in Germany, where it was first found in 1837. At one time it was also called Utahlite, since it is also found in Utah, USA. It is a relatively rare mineral and high quality specimens are used as gemstones and for carvings.

Turquoise Blue - Amazonite, strangely it has been named after the Amazon river in Brazil, even though none has ever been found there. Amazonite is said to calm one's emotions and soothe nerves, and to enhance creativity and the ability to express oneself. It has also been said to make your married life happier.

Pale Blue Grey - Smithsonite (Light Blue/Green) is a beautiful mineral discovered in 1803 by British chemist and mineralogist James Smithson. James Smithson was also a shrewd investor who amassed a considerable fortune during his lifetime. Upon his death, though he had never visited the United States, his will stipulated that his wealth should go "to the United States of America, to found at Washington, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men." In 1846 the Smithsonian Institution was founded with Smithson's fortune. What an amazing legacy he left for all to enjoy!

I have also separately dyed each of the five colors used in this braid to create individual semi-solid colorways, if you are interested in seeing these colorways please see these listings:

Howlite - https://www.etsy.com/listing/105742698/superwash-merino-wool-roving-kettle-dyed?ref=v1_other_2

Gaspeite - https://www.etsy.com/listing/105742873/superwash-merino-wool-roving-kettle-dyed?ref=v1_other_2

Variscite - https://www.etsy.com/listing/105743399/superwash-merino-wool-roving-kettle-dyed?ref=v1_other_2

Amazonite - https://www.etsy.com/listing/105743707/superwash-merino-wool-roving-kettle-dyed?ref=v1_other_2

Smithsonite - https://www.etsy.com/listing/105744155/superwash-merino-wool-roving-kettle-dyed

Sampler Set - http://www.etsy.com/listing/105745474/superwash-merino-wool-roving-sampler

I have used by own dying method which, overtime has resulted in a combination of hand painting and kettle dying. This dying method gives these beautiful semi-sold colorways a depth and variety of colors and shades that will add life to your spinning and finished garments.

All of Three Little Crows' yarns and fibres are dyed with professional acid dyes and well rinsed, but please do be aware of potential color in your wash water with very deep colorways.

Superwash Merino Wool Roving Kettle Dyed - Colorway - What a Jewel


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