This week I’ve been dyeing some gorgeous Wensleydale fibre. Like Bluefaced Leicester, Teeswater and Lincoln wool, Wensleydale is a very lustrous fibre. It takes the dye really well, giving some lovely deep shades shown off to great effect by the lustre, or shine. Wensleydale doesn’t felt well making it a great fibre for socks or other items that need to be hard wearing.
Fresh out the dye pots this week, a new yarn base to introduce. Tyan Lace (I’m naming all my yarn bases for the sheep counting system Yan, Tyan, Tethera etc) is an 80% British Bluefaced Leicester and 20% Silk 2ply lace weight yarn. It’s beautifully soft and the silk gives it a wonderful shine, perfect for a lace shawl to keep your neck warm. Here’s the first three colours in Tyan Lace – Sea Green, Plumlicious and Rose.