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 a blend of Tussah Silk, Yak Down and Royal Baby Alpaca.
Yak has the softness of cashmere, but with slightly less of an ouch to the price tag, it measures 17-19 microns.
Llamas are a camelid, who produce a luxurious fibre, Royal Baby Alpaca is the finest grade available, with a micron count of 18-19.
By blending the Alpaca with the Silk you get a more homogenous bend than pure Yak-Silk, that's much easier to spin. No more being left with a handful of fluff after you've drafted out all of the silk fibres from your piece of combed top.
The resulting yarn is soft, fluffy, and drapey.
33% Yak Down
33% Royal Baby Alpaca
33% Tussah Silk
~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.