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This is the yarn represents many months of dyeing, and I am so tickled at how it turned out! I am committed to using local fibers from happy, sustainably rasied animals, and while i do use a variety of dyeing techniques, natural dyes are quite close to my heart. This skein uses 100% natural dyes from a wide variety of sources, and is extremely ecofriendly and 100% natural.

I begin with fiber - excellent locally produced fiber. This skein contains a variety of fibers - several types of wool, as well as mohair, alpaca, angora. ALL of it is from happy healthy family-farm raised animals. Each color in this skein is a different blend, including 100% wool, 2 different wool/mohair blends, wool/angora, 100% alpaca and 100% mohair. The slight variation in texture as well as color is one of the things I love about this yarn.

And then...and then. There's the natural dyeing. It is so much fun to color fiber with barks, roots, weeds, leaves, and even bugs (yes, bugs). I've been slowly building my stash of naturally dyed fibers. Each dyepot gives me several shades of color, starting with rich saturated color, then going through medium shades, and finally into delicate pastels. I get 3-4 shades of colors from one dye pot, usually aruond a pound of fiber in each batch, until the dye material is completely exhausted and ready to be composted. This is a very eco-friendly process, but takes some time and care.

This yarn is a culmination of my interest in local fibers, natural colors and natural dyes. I will be doing more like this, in different colorways, as my stash of naturally colored and dyed fibers grows and changes. However this takes time, so for now this is what I have to offer. Then, it's back to the dyepot for me!

I used indigo, cochineal, madder root, osage orange, goldenrod, logwood, and copper to dye this yarn - sometimes singly, and sometimes as a combination. The goldenrod and osage orange were locally sourced, and the copper use was reclaimed from my mom's farm.

I spun this yarn on my Ashford Traveller wheel so I could make a BIG skein. It's spun as a single ply wool, so the colors will be naturally self-striping. Overall weight is a thick worsted weight, but it varies from worsted weight to bulky.

I have included a picture of a scarf I knit with one of these skeins of yarn, so you can see how it works up. The pattern could make one wide or two skinny scarves, using this yarn. Convo me if you'd like a link to the pattern, it's a freebie on ravelry :) also this listing is for ONE skein of yarn, I just included a group shot of them for fun.

This skein is a WHOPPING 284 yards, of lovely lush soft yarn. a HUGE 8.5 oz. skein.

$6 ships one skein of yarn or 100 (in the US)., $9 internationally.

I run an herb store and keep my yarns there - so they smell pleasantly of herbs. Just FYI!

My life is very pet friendly. I do try to keep the kitties and housebunny (He's an angora! my house-sheep) out of the yarn, but it is possible you will find a stray bit of cat or bunny fluff.

Bottle of wine and spinning wheel not included with purchase of yarn, but if you purchase the yarn we promise to drink to your health and use the wheel to spin more yarn. :)

Rainbow Warrior 3 naturally dyed handspun local fiber eco friendly yarn 284 yards


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  • Materials: wool, mohair, alpaca, angora, cochineal, goldenrod, madder root, logwood, osage orange, copper, indigo
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