Natural Dye - Merino Wool -Cochineal and Rabbit Bush

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**I cannot reproduce this color with great accuracy so PLEASE get as much as you think you will need.**

Cochineal and Rabbit Bush
This yarn was first dyed with a combination of Rabbit Bush and cochineal creating a soft rose color that is really beautiful.
I have a lot of rabbit bush growing wild in my yard. Collecting from wild sources is called "wild crafting" and should always be done with respect to the environment. I collected a little bit off of many plants in order not to damage the population or the individual plants.
Rabbit Bush is a shrub that blooms with vivid yellow flowers in the spring and again in the fall. They really light up the Mojave when they are in bloom. Their sweet smell fills the air.

Cochineal is a insect found on cactus. They are collected, dried and then used for dye. Cochineal has been used since at least the 15th century when tributes were paid to Montezuma in the form of bags of cochineal dye and decorated blankets. Peaking in the 1770's cochineal became one of Mexico's most valued exports. The use of cochineal has nearly died out because of cheaper and more accessible dye stuffs. The tradition was carried on though and now is making a re-emergence. Enjoy this prized tradition in this gorgeous yarn.

The end result is the beautiful color you see in the photos.

100% South American Merino Wool SportWeight Yarn. Approx 3.2 oz, 300 yards.
This is a wonderfully soft and nice feeling yarn. Use this yarn for all your sport weight projects, hats, sweaters, scarfs, shawls etc. Let your imagination be your guide.

Hand wash and lay flat to dry.



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