My wife's yarn (wool) spinning pics

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    Are you going to tell us she dyes it too?
    Lovely soothing palette of colors.
     
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    Beautiful colors!

    Does she buy pre-dyed rovings or does she do her own dying?
     
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    She mostly buys pre-dyed, but sometimes she does her own. She once taught a class at the yarn store on dying yarn with Kool-aid. Of course, there's more to it than just soaking in in kool-aid.... Probably not for "yarn snobs" but it worked and looked great. If she's making something real expensive, I believe she buys the pre-dyed. Some of that wool is very pricy!
     
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    Dyeing with Kool-aid is a thing and I have done it myself. I don't remember what mordant we used, maybe vinegar. It was decades ago.

    I have a friend who is working on her third fleece in less than a year. She takes a fleece and washes it, brushes it out (carding) , spins, dyes, and sometimes weaves, but other times knits. She also has done some silk.

    I have two spinning wheels and a drop spindle, a set of cards. I haven't used them in years. I had 3 fleeces that got wool moths and I have had wool moths a few times since I threw out those fleeces. If I had a couple years go by without seeing a wool moth, I might consider spinning again.
     
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    I have never heard of a 'wool moth'.... ill have to look that up. I do know, however, how bad material can get hit with bugs. I tie flies and have a huge collection of feathers and other natural materials. I have been know to put my materials in a freezer for a period of time to make sure the eggs/bugs die. I've also heard microwaving for a few seconds does a great job too.
     
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    I call it a wool moth because it has damaged so much of my wool. There is a more scientific term, of course! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tineola_bisselliella
     
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