Create Color Gradients with Ashland Bay Multi Colored Merinos

Really, who doesn’t love a good color gradient? In 2016 you can’t set foot in a yarn shop or fiber festival without visually experiencing the full spectrum of ascending shades and hues. Having a flair for the eccentric, I decided to create my own spin on gradient yarns using Ashland Bay’s Multi Colored Merino line.…

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A striking difference

We know that superwash treated wool and non superwash treated wool accept dye differently. The superwash treatment process results in wool that does not shrink when washed, and as a bonus, it also provides additional dye sites on the fiber itself resulting in a stronger depth of color in comparison to the non-treated wool. They…

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Glitter and Glam: Introducing Ashland Bay’s Newest Yarns

Ashland Bay’s newest yarns are a result of our recent trip to Peru. We are thrilled to introduce Newport, 92% superwash merino / 8% silver lurex. Lurex is a continuous filament introduced in the plying process. Two of the four plys of this yarn have the lurex embedded in it. The lurex remains silver after…

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Experiments in Mock Dyeing

Preface: Two things to know about me before we dive into this post. I love the texture and simplicity of a garter stitch. I have a degree in Biology with a mind for running experiments. My love for the garter stitch runs deep. It is extremely versatile; you can knit vertical stripes from side to…

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OUR TRIP TO PERU – COMMERCIAL SPINNING

Please join us in the last installment of our Peruvian blog series, inspired from our recent trip to Arequipa. We have covered traditional Peruvian fiber processing and weaving and commercial processing of alpaca. Next, on to the spinning! Clean locks are picked open in preparation for carding and combing. Below, is a photo of an…

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OUR TRIP TO PERU – Commercial Processing of Alpaca

This blog post picks up where we left off with our last post…in Peru! Previously we shared what we learned about traditional Peruvian techniques. (If you missed that post you MUST see the photos of the amazing tapestries!) Then we gained insight into the commercial aspect of processing alpaca. First, the alpaca fleeces arrive at…

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Our Trip to Peru – Photo Diary

Last month we had the opportunity and privilege of traveling to Peru to visit with a supplier of many Ashland Bay products. The mill is located in Arequipa, a city surrounded by volcanic cones. Our first stop was the office complex where the alpacas were ready for the holidays with festive adornments. The welcoming committee…

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Year of the Sheep – Masham

History Masham sheep were specifically developed to produce offspring that were hardy, long living and highly prolific with the added benefit of a more profitable fleece. This British sheep was developed by breeding a Wensleydale or Tesswater ram with a Dalebred or Swaledale ewe and are predominately found in the hills of Northern England. Distinguishing…

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Year of the Sheep – Jacob

History Although the origins of the Jacob sheep are unknown, there is historical documentation of spotted sheep in the Middle East, Far East and Mediterranean from three thousand years ago. These sheep were named after Jacob, a shepherd from the book of Genesis in the Bible, who bred spotted sheep. In England, the Jacob was…

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New Yarns!

It’s been some time since Ashland Bay has introduced a new yarn, although it is not for lack of trying! Developing new yarns can take quite a bit of time. We have been working on 3 new yarns for quite a while now, and now it seems they are all ready at the same time!…

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