New product: Top Comber’s Silk Noil

October 24, 2016

Attention spinners, felters, paper makers and art batt producers: we just received a shipment of a brand new product that we think you will really love: comber’s cultivated silk noil top. These noils are the last of the short silk fibers that are combed out of the cultivated silk top during the top making process.…

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Create Color Gradients with Ashland Bay Multi Colored Merinos

August 16, 2016

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

July 13, 2016

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 say a picture is worth…

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Glitter and Glam: Introducing Ashland Bay’s Newest Yarns

April 4, 2016

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

March 24, 2016

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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March 8, 2016

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

February 22, 2016

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

January 22, 2016

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

October 26, 2015

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

October 12, 2015

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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