Deb Clemens

Frankly speaking..... to dye or not to dye

Deb Clemens

As my many fans know, I am many goats for many persons.... I am the pivotal goat around this place, and nothing happens without my say so.  I am, after all, Frankie the goat, and I am your fiber authority.  

 Official portrait of our fearless leader

Official portrait of our fearless leader

In any event, even I must admit that sometimes, the public demands additional things which I, the original yarn on the hoof, can not provide.  

SO, we take the time to seek out and provide for you some items in our store not grown by a goat (or a rabbit).  An example of this is Eucalan, a wash for your fine washables.  Eucalan conditions yarn, and does not require a rinse, so you can wash your skein and squeeze or blot it dry, and the light scent will remain - either Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit, Jasmine or no scent at all - your choice.  

We also stock african market baskets in various sizes and shapes, to store your stash, as well as Woolskins, a stretchy mesh bag for those of you who have serious stash or fleece to store.  

Now, we introduce our dyed yarns.  Wench has been dyeing some of our angora and kid mohair yarns into very nice variegated and tonal yarns, and posting the results on facebook.  These yarns don't usually make it into the store here because they go quick.  We are stocking up for the fiber festivals, so one of a kind yarns will be available this summer.  Be sure to check us out at Powhatan's Festival of Fiber and the High Fiber Festival in Toano, VA.

Recently, wench began dyeing sock yarn.  This is not grown here, but is imported from our british cousins, of the finest superwash merino, with either added nylon, or bamboo, or cotton!  These are sock weight, and great for socks or shawls or things of that nature.   Here are some of the colors she has been working on:

 Just a small sample of what's in the dyepot.

Just a small sample of what's in the dyepot.

and coming soon....... dyed roving!   So, if you have a color in mind and would like some custom work done, shoot us an email (deb@mountaintopfibers.com), message us on facebook, or look us up at one of the Virginia/North Carolina fiber festivals..... and, as always, thanks for reading Frankly Speaking!