Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Green Prairie Fibers

It's up in the shop, go check it out.

I'm finally getting to it. I'm going to put some of my naturally dyed yarn up for sale in the Green Prairie Fibers etsy shop by 10 a.m. tomorrow (April 25, 2007). There will be 4 bundles of sock yarn, one reddish brown (in the background of the image) and 3 dark brown (foreground). Each bundle is actually 2 skeins at 276 yards each. It is enough to make long knee socks or large men's sized socks. I have size 7 1/2 feet and I can actually make exactly one pair with one skein. They even have a cuff the length of my hand and a 2 1/2 inch heel flap. Pretty sweet right? They are $18.50 a bundle during this trial time (about the next year or so I am thinking). I'm not sure if I posted about Green Prairie Fibers or not, so I might be repeating myself here, just to warn you.

I've been scheming for awhile now about starting my own brand of yarn called Green Prairie Fibers. It will be/is, all natural hand dyed yarn. I'm starting out with just sock yarn. I was going to just jump on the scene and dye a ton of yarn, but I've decided, for now, I better start small. Plus I want to nail down dyeing processes and figure out what works well and what doesn't and what types of colors I can get. You know, really become an expert at natural dyeing.

One of the other main reasons why I'm holding off is that I'm not done experimenting with fiber content either. My ideal would be an organic wool blended with hemp, cotton, flax, or soy silk.... something of that kind. Getting a supplier when I'm not really sure what I want is pretty difficult.

I use only collected dye stuff at this point, things like: cuttings from my mom's garden that normally get bagged up and taken away from the city, walnuts collected over a wide variety of places so as not to mess up ecosystems, lettuce and leafy veggies that start to go bad in my frig, etc. I use a minimum amount of mordants because they in themselves are pretty harsh stuff.

So all the boon for you guys out there! While I am in this experimental stage I am going to dyeing more yarn than I can reasonably knit, so I'm going to put it up for sale as I dye it and you will always be the first to know. I'm setting up a mailing list just for green prairie fibers and I'll let you know when that is ready. I will always post notices in the shop and on here when yarn is on the way.

Speaking of, I just recieved what to me looks like a huge order of sock yarn, so I will hopefully have some more browns up in the next couple of weeks.

Well, back to cleaning, prepping yarn, and working on my c.v. (yuck). I think that all calls for a pot of tea! Have a good week!

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