Saturday, April 12, 2008

Let me count the ways.

As Elizabeth Barrett Browning said, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." I could not phrase it any better. As you can see, the yarn we received from Fourth Coast Fibers has the most yummy colors. I want to make socks out of every color.

Here is how they say it: "We harvest our own locally available dye material in an ecologically responsible manner. The color sources we purchase are also sustainably harvested to insure a right livelihood for villages in the countries where they are gathered. Peoples are remembering traditional ways of living and working in harmony with the earth, as they revive renewable practices of growing and harvesting dye sources for artists around the world."

The two Kathys use plants, barks, and bugs to dye their yarn. This process takes them approximately 2 to 7 days, along with another 2 days to prepare the dye bath. Once that happens, the fiber will simmer and steep for at least 24 hours. They assure me that once the weather warms up (it will happen), that we will be able to have blues and purples.

At this point, they are using the Louet Gems Fingering Weight yarn for their dying. Which means you can match their yarns with the Louet Gems we already have.

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