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Oh this delightful mushroom! One of my favorites to dye with. I have a favorite spot now in one of my favorite places where I'm sure to find these every year now. The Lobster mushroom is an interesting dye stuff to work with. All the dye pigment is on the outside of the strange shaped mushroom and will give quite a color punch.

About Shetland wool:
Working with Shetland wool has become one of my favorite fiber pastimes. A primitive breed hailing from the Shetland Isles in Great Britain, Shetlands are known for their dual coats, and soft, often coveted, almost downy (that's what I'd call it) undercoat. Working with a beautiful, clean shetland fleece is always such an honor.

I work with whole raw fleece, one fleece at a time. Sometimes I find them at my local fiber events or help out the grower with skirting or shearing in exchange. I process the fleece myself in small batches by soaking with mild soap until the water is clear. Though, often lanolin, the natural grease, remains in the wool, leaving a nice soft conditioned feeling on the hands. The fleece is then air dried either in the sun in warm weather or by the fire in cold weather. I look for the softest, most clean fleeces that I can find and always hand pick them myself. Something that is growing into quite the pilgrimage each year as close to shearing season as I can get. I mostly spin single ply, woolen with a loose twist in order to keep the character of the fleece alive, sometimes letting crimp escape my fingers before it gets twisted. I use a hand crank drum carder and spin all my yarns from batts. Then each skein is mordanted with safe and non toxic mordants. I use a variety of powdered extracts, local plants, mushroom, and lichens. When foraging, I harvest no more than 10% from any given spot and only once a year.

Dye Stuff: lobster mushroom
Yardage: 86 & 88
Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 7-9 US
Care: if needed, hand wash your finished piece in a basin by soaking with warm water and a mild dish soap.
Project ideas: next to skin, outerwear, or woven rug intended for bare feet to enjoy. Also suitable for baby wear like a sweater.

You will receive this skein wound for you into a center pull ball. If you would like it to be kept in the skein, please send along a note at check out.

Yarn, Hand Spun, Mushroom Dyed, Maine Shetland Wool, Single Ply, Worsted Weight, Lobster Mushroom


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