Hello Jeaba!

My husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday. Conveniently I discovered that they’ve opened a covered market (Saluhallen Slakteriet) in Västerås where Gårdsmejeri Ostbiten och Ateljé Norrgården has a small corner. Among cheeses and yarn they also sell Jeaba for dying yarn. I wished for the start kit!

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Needing some yarn to try my new colors on I set to spin the last of my white alpaca fleece into a nice single ply fingering weight.

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Your chair?! How do you mean??

Learning a few tricks about a good soaking and drying the yarn stretched to keep my single ply from twirling itself. (Both I and Tove are EXTREMELY fond of single ply yarns). Oh, and I had some soap in the water as the alpaca fleece wasn’t washed.

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Then to the dying part (wearing plastic gloves to keep from dying myself too…) I found it easiest to work the color into the yarn using my plastic glove covered fingers.

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Then the yarn and the color will rest for about 24 hours.

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Washed and hanging to dry. Sneaky tip of how to stretch the yarn while drying.

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TADA!

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