The original New York Yarn! Stanley is a 3-ply DK/worsted 100% Romney, from fleeces purchased at the NYS Sheep & Wool festival, and custom-processed for Spencer Hill. Like my other bases, "Stanley" is named for a favorite children's book character. This time, it's my mom's (a retired public-school reading teacher) favorite: Flat Stanley, the adventures of a boy who is squashed flat when a bulletin board falls on him at school. A good wooly wool perfect for colorwork sweaters, mittens, and hats.
Natural dye materials used may include (depending on the color) lac, madder, cochineal, logwood purple, weld, osage orange, quercitron, fustic, indigo, Saxon blue extract (indigo cooked with sulfuric acid), logwood grey, and chestnut. I mordant with alum and cream of tartar, and may also use chalk, ammonia, vinegar, or extremely small amounts of tin (only occasionally in red dyes).
Quantities and photos may not reflect what's actually available at the moment; please contact me for specifics.
Every effort is made to represent colors as accurately as possible.
220 yds/100 g
Gentle handwash in cool water and wool wash, then dry flat to preserve the beauty of the natural dye material. Please refer to the "Yarn Care & Knotty Problems" page for additional care information.
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