A collection of hand dyed colourways. Not designed as a true Fade set, but as a set of colours that all work together, providing contrast, difference in tonal value, but still colours that will work together when used in one project.
Perfect for many of Andrea Mowry's patterns like Nightshift, or Shifty, ideal for the spinner who wants to get creative with their handspun.
Hand dyed on British Southdown Wool
Southdowns come from the south coast of England, this fleece comes from the standard traditional Southdown sheep not the Babydoll, or Toy Southdown's that are more common in the USA. This sheep is classified as a conservation breed, meaning it's numbers are in decline in modern agriculture.
It's fleece has a short staple length, and the classic volume you get from the Down breeds of sheep. Micron count is around 30. The classic use for this wool is as a sock wool, it creates lovely warm socks, and like all other down breeds is hard to felt, so some people report that they machine wash and dry their socks with no ill effects.
A previous customer did a test on this using some of my hand dyed Southdown and has kindly let me share the results on my blog
This fibre was reviewed in the Spring 2013 Edition of Knitty, see what they had to say about it here
~60g (2.1oz) of each colour way.
This fibre is hand dyed in small batches. Each colour way is unique, and not dyed to a recipe.
These fibres have been dyed to exhaust using acid dyes, and then rinsed using hot water and detergent. I recommend you hand wash your spun yarn in warm water, using a mild pH neutral detergent. The no-rinse wool washes seems to be the most prone to causing bleeding so are best avoided.
Always wash a swatch in your machine before washing a finished item, for best results use a low temperature or cold water. Dye will fade at a faster rate if you machine wash compared to gentle hand washing.