"Get Wool" Yarn
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Hand dyed in a solar process at the farm. The mineral dyes are fixed in seawater and applied directly in the skeins. The colors are variegated as we see them in nature. Soft wool with no chemical itch or harsh boil, each dye lot is small, only 2-4 lbs, one of a kind and as whimsical as our New England weather.
Lightweight worsted yarn
This raw wool is never “carbonized,” and it is washed in soap, not detergent. In order to fix a dye (plant or mineral derived) in a protein fiber (wool is a keratin chain made of amino acids) it needs a catalyst of acid, salt and heat to help it “bite” the wool and create a chemical bond. Instead of using chemical salts or acids, or petroleum sourced heat, I developed a system using natural salts and acids, and solar derived heat, that adds neither a chemical itch, nor a boiled wool itch, trading time for temperature, and slowly “melting” the colors into each other and into the yarns, and featuring colorways that emulate the weather, as soft and easy as the wool itself.
Meet the Maker ~ Get Wool
Nanne Kennedy is a guild artist focusing on spinning and color work. Nanne integrates her superfine wool with color and details that emulate moments in nature. A hand-spinner for 30 years, every fleece is handled with care and used for its specific purpose, as not all wool is created equally. Her sheep are bred for extreme softness and wouldn’t itch even if it wanted to. She adds other local fibers to blend for purpose and performance. Her SEACOLOR yarns, sweaters and blankets are soft, one of a kind, built to last, and low impact in every step. All production and processing are bio-regional. Nanne is also a sustainable farmer committed to creating viable agricultural models that support both economics and ecologies. A grass farmer who raises 100ish fine wool sheep, she innovated a solar dye system using seawater vats, eliminating chemical salts and acids, and complementing the soft wool breeds. Nanne and her faithful border collies can be found most of the time stuck at home and happy as a lark.