Indigo Fingering

Beautiful Indigo Fingering weight yarn in a wool/mohair blend, dyed in a fermentation Indigo vat right here on the farm.

The Yarn

  • 70% Shetland/Cormo Wool
  • 30% Mohair
  • 3 ply heavy fingering
  • ~408 yards/4.4 oz (125 g)

The Natural Dye

  • Un-mordanted yarn dyed in an Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) Vat prepared in a Madder (Rubio cordifolia) bath

Washing

  • Hand wash or gentle machine cycle
  • warm/warm small load
  • inside out in sized delicates bag is good practice (not too loose, not too snug)
  • no bleach
  • dry flat

This is Beauregard, whose fleece forms the base of this Indigo fingering weight natural dyed yarn. His mother, Beaulagh, is a Shetland x Cormo Ewe and his father, Chas, is a purebred Shetland Ram who hails from the home of the original North American breed rescue flock of Colonel G.D. Dailley, the first person granted permission to import the rare Shetland Sheep directly from the Shetland Isles to Canada.

Beauregard is a Wether, so his only job is to grow beautiful fleece. His fleece is processed at Wellington Fibres, a short drive from the farm. There it is blended with 30% mohair from the mill’s own her of Angora Goats. It is spun and plied with a good twist into a 3 ply sock yarn.

I made this small, laborious batch with an Indigo Vat. I first made a Madder bath for the reducing agent to convert the insoluble Indigo powder into a soluble form that can be taken up and fixed by the yarn. The resulting yarn is the same denim colour world renowned as the base of blue jeans. Different shades of blue are obtained by dipping the yarn in the vat for shorter or longer times, and by adding more or few dips.

Beauregard, a Shetland x Cormo Wether