C’mon UPS man!  I KNOW it’s on your truck!!  Just need the right truck to turn up, is all!  Which makes me wonder, why do they send 3 UPS trucks into the neighborhood during the course of the day, and not put my box on the first one???  The obviously don’t know how impatient I can be! 

I’ve got a 5 kilo box of fresh, ready-to-be-dyed-into-glorious-colors coming, and I can’t wait to get started!!  And with this box, I’m broadening my yarn dyeing horizons!  I’ve got 3 different types of super-wash merino coming (2 different sock and some more of that that lovely 2-ply lace weight), and this time, I’ve also got some super-wash Blue Face Leicester, and some 50/50 super-wash merino/silk blend! 

I’ve had requests from some of my online friends to come roll in piles of the silk blend, and honestly, I can’t WAIT to get my hands into it!  I’ve dyed silk fabric before, so I’m very interested to see how the blended yarn behaves in the dye bath!

But why all the super-wash you ask?  Well, a couple of reasons, actually. 

First, it takes up dye gloriously!  Actually, sometimes it takes it up a little too fast to be even, but we’ve learned a couple of tricks to work around that!  The first time I got my hands on super wash, I was a little stunned at how fast was the up-take! (our first dyeing experiments had been using Lion Brand Fisherman, which I’ve now come to the conclusion is a little slow-pokey about it’s take-up!)

Secondly, it doesn’t felt.  Not for me while I’m heat-setting the color, and not for you in your laundry!  Granted, even with the Fisherman, I’ve never had yarn felt while I was heat setting, no matter what method I was using, but better safe than sorry!

Now, I know I recommend on my labels that you hand wash your items and lay them flat to dry, but we can be honest with each other, laundry accidents happen!  To the best of us!  Even before you throw spouses and kids and a myriad of other distractions into the mix!   Just ask the glorious Andean wool sweater I got when I first moved to Colorado…the one that can now fit my 9 year old!

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