Madder Chunky Lite

100% wool  –  Madder Chunky Lite yarn hand dyed in a dried and ground madder root bath right here on the farm.

The Yarn

  • 100% Purebred Columbia Wool
  • 2 ply Chunky Lite
  • ~220 yards/4 oz (112g)

The Natural Dye

  • Mordanted yarn dyed in a in a Madder (Rubio tinctorum) bath


  • 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 Josh, one of  the purebred Columbia sheep whose fleece forms the base of this Madder Chunky Lite natural dyed yarn.

Josh is a Wether, so his only job is to grow beautiful fleece. The fleece is spun on an antique mule spinner, one of only a few left in North America. It is a mule as in a crossbred, but in this case instead of a cross between a horse and a donkey, its a cross between the new technology and the old. The resulting yarn is loftier and softer than the same fibre spun on modern draw frames. When the yarn is freshly spun it is more of a worsted or even worsted light weight. The process of dyeing, washing and rinsing relaxes its loftiness, and the finished yarn more closely resembles a chunky light weight.

I hand dyed this batch of skeins in a lower strength Madder second bath. (‘Second’ because another group of skeins were first dyed in a full strength bath, then this batch went in afterwards, to get a less saturated softer colour). There is a nice tonal variegation in all the skeins. I would describe the colour as ‘a little redder than coral’.


Purebred Columbia Wether Josh