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Color - Indigo
This yarn was dyed with the Indigo Plant. This dye has been used since ancient times and is one of the most interesting of all natural dyes. What makes it so interesting is that it is not water soluble as other dyes are. In order to make it water soluble it must be fermented which removes the oxygen. Along with a chemical reaction that occurs with a mordant and reintroducing the oxygen to the yarn immediately after dying the incredible results you see here are what happens. It is amazing! The yarn is pale greenish in the liquid. When it hits the air it is magically transformed permanently into a glorious Indigo Blue.
The plant is processed into cakes in preparation for the dying process. This is what you see in the picture to your right.
(Resource: The weaving, Spinning, and Dyeing Book by Rachel Brown)

Approx 2.4 oz, 120 yards of 50% Baby Alpaca, and 50% Superfine Merino Wool. 2 Ply handspun yarn. Averaging from 10-13 WPI Medium Weight Yarn

A message about plying yarn. Plying the singles gives them balance. A single strand pulls in the direction it was spun. Spinning two or three of these spun singles in the opposite direction balances out the twist so it won't pull either way. Plying also increases the strength of the yarn and adds elasticity.

Check your pattern recommendations to be sure if this yarn is suitable for your needs. Hand wash and lay flat to dry. Suitable for felting.
Color varies from monitor to monitor. I have tried to offer the most reliable photos as possible.

Hand Spun Yarn - Alpaca and Merino Wool - Natural Dye Indigo

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