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These are hand-dyed by Mary.
The Ditto is dyed on the 'Audrey' fibre base: It is a blend of Audrey, a red angora goat orphan from the hard winter of 2016, and her playmates. A blend of lambswool, baby alpaca and kid mohair.
All gathered from the animals Mary Pettis-Sarley cares for on her California ranch.
Please note: these are regular dyes - if you would like to see the naturally dyed colours of twirl ditto that Mary has dyed for us please see other bases such as Ether and Urubamba by Twirl. We also stock many different fibre bases in ditto that are undyed and just beautiful in their natural undyed state.
Twirl Yarns. We love this story - each skein is handled from fleece to skein with the utmost loving care.
Ditto is Mary's newest twist on Twirl. Ditto is two strands of Twirl Petals plied together.
The gauge varies a bit from 16 to 24 sts per 10cm with 180 to 200 yards per 50g cake depending on Mary's whimsical combination.
Twirl yarn comes from a small company in Napa Valley California . It is a world of sheep, angora goats, alpacas, llamas, a few angora rabbits, and Mary.
Some of Mary's most valuable tools are her livestock guardians. Twirl Ranch uses guardian dogs, donkeys, llamas and alpacas! Mary uses the fibers the animals produce to make a rustic yarn that is the culmination of the Twirl Ranch land. Many of the plant dyes used are grown right on the ranch.
Mary raises her animals to graze on the land, and they in turn produce incredible fibers that she then washes, and blends together, then takes to her local wool mill, Yolo Wool Mill, for spinning into yarn.
Then, once home, she dyes, or uses the natural colors of the fibers to make into 50 gram balls for happy knitting fingers. Mary's intent is to offer as many *good experiences* as possible to the beings that touch her fibers. To the animals, to herself, to the mill, to the folks that sell her yarns, to the knitters and to the wearers of the finished product.
Wool - Wensleydale
Wool - California Variegated Mutant (CVM)
Camelid - Alpaca
Goat - Mohair
Sport / 5 ply
125 yards(114 meters) approximately
50 grams (1.76 ounces)
16 to 24 sts = 4 inches/10cm
Plied and fluffy
We always recommend hand washing in order to prolong the life of your knitwear.