Category Archives: Dyeing

Tweed Lopi

I have long loved Lopi yarns.  Lopi yarn is a single ply yarn spun from the dual-coated fleece of the Icelandic sheep (a descendant of the Norwegian Spælsau, which, by the way, provided the yarn used to weave the Viking ship … Continue reading

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Die drei Männlein im Walde/The Three Little Men in the Woods

A professor of German language and literature at a well-known U.S. university recently contacted me with some fiber-related questions. Preparing reading selections for a class, the professor read through stories by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.  Her specific questions arose from … Continue reading

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Smelly Silk & Soda Ash (Not Smelly)

Going through my stash, I discovered two cones (each weighing over 1 lb.) of tussah silk spun at 1800 yards per pound/1646 meters per .45 kilograms.  Tussah silk, sometimes called “wild silk,” is produced by the uncultivated silk worm and … Continue reading

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Reaching for the Cotton …

Do you want mercerized or unmercerized cotton?  What’s a “pearl” or “pearle” cotton?  What is “mercerization” and how does it affect the cotton?  Simply, mercerization alters the chemical structure of a cellulose fiber, and “pearl” or “pearle” cottons have been … Continue reading

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An Explosion of Small Project Knitting

I, like so many knitaholics, knit year round.  When the mercury rises in the middle of the summer, I start to knit accessories (and a few sweaters that I can knit quickly) slated for autumn and winter family birthdays and as … Continue reading

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“But It Itches!” – Part II: What to Do

So the question remains: Assuming the wearer doesn’t have allergies to wool as described in my previous post, why is some wool sometimes itchy to some people? There is more than one explanation. Though not allergic to wool, anyone who … Continue reading

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3 Days of Delight: Black Sheep Gathering

As I try to cut down the next post in my new Fiber series to a much more readable length, I thought I would share some highlights of the Black Sheep Gathering (June 20-22, 2014).  Living once again in Eugene, … Continue reading

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