summer handspinning! introducing a light summer blended roving with ramie (China grass), bamboo, yearling mohair, and Romney lambswool. This is an airy, silky roving that drafts easily and has more "tooth" than bamboo, making it easier to spin. It is extremely drapey. The wool introduces both a little grip caused by the crimp of the wool fiber as well as some memory to the finished yarn. The last picture above shows a yarn dyed with fiber reactive (procion type) dyes.
This was a lot of fun to spin. Ramie is a bast-type fiber harvested from the stems of a plant, used in blends frequently with linen, bamboo, silk, cotton, and wool. It is extremely strong (tensile strength)as a fiber, especially when wet, so it enhances a blend that has rayon bamboo since rayon is weakened when wet. It does not have great abrasion resistance, hence, the addition of mohair which is extremely strong and very durable. Ramie has good wrinkle resistance compared to other bast fibers such as linen, and it is lustrous. In point of fact, all fibers used in this blend have luster, so on the "luster scale" it would be "knock your socks off" or a 5.
Because there are two different types of cellulose (plant) fibers and two different types of animal (Protein) fibers, this roving blend offers several options for dyeing. It is a lovely cream to warm white and can be left natural (the mohair was light "blond" color"). Dye uptake in the cellulose fibers is shown above with fiber reactive dyes. An alternative is acid fast dyes which will cause good dye uptake in the wool and mohair. Additionally, an all purpose dye such as Dylon, I dye, or Rit could be used or natural dyes using an alum mordant or without mordant (such as walnut). If you use a combination like Alter Ego, theoretically both types of fibers will have dye uptake. I can't wait to try some of this...Uses for this roving suggest yarns for weaving, crocheted or knit lace stitch projects. This listing is for 2 ounces.\Beautifully processed at Dakota Fiber Mill.
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