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New Crazy Stripes Colorway!

Colorway - What a Jewel

80% Superwash BFL and 20% Nylon
Fingering Weight
115 gram skein
413 yards / 377 m

This crazy stripe is dyed in a 5 color stripe sequence of varying width stripes with each individual color being named after a semi-precious gemstone and "What a Jewel" it is! Keep reading for a description of each color and the gemstone it has been named after to find out some interesting tidbits of information.

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!

BFL which is short for Blue Face Leicester, is wonderful for socks due to is longer staple length as the Blue Faced Leicester Sheep is a longwool breed of sheep. Due to this is will resist abrasion more so than merino, but still has a soft very soft hand making it nice for next to the skin wear such as socks, scarves and shawls.

This yarn is a perfect blend for socks, mittens, gloves, fingerless gloves and mittens. Also wonderful for scarves and shawls. These all new Crazy Stripes are perfect for weaving on the Cricket or Knitters Rigid Heddle Looms producing beautiful striped scarves.

I fell in love with this colorway and also kettle dyed a subtle version of fibre so if you like to spin your own yarn please take a look at my other listings.

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 some very deep colorways.

Self Striping Sock Yarn 80/20 BFL Nylon - New Crazy Stripes Colorway - What a Jewel


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  • Materials: yarn, dye, nylon, self striping, wool, blue, turquoise, green, bfl, gray
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