Lana Plantae Rambouillet DK
We’ve been working on carrying Marcia McDonald’s naturally dyed yarn for over a year now. It’s finally here, and we are so thrilled.
Marcia McDonald lives in Buxton, Maine. She dyes using natural extracts and plants, and the results are exquisite. For our special edition, Marcia had a batch of long-staple, soft Rambouillet wool spun to a DK weight. Then she set to dyeing it in four shades: Sumac, a gray that falls between light and dark. Osage, a lively lime-y green. True Indigo, vibrant and so very blue. And Cochineal, an astonishing pink that seems impossible to have come from tiny bugs.
Specs & Details
We love Marcia’s statement about her Lana Plantae yarns. From her website:
“The color of nature is magnificent and varied. Plant genetics, sun, rain, soil conditions, and temperatures all play a vital role in color outcomes. The color possibilities in nature are endless. On our farm we handle all the duties ourselves. The care and husbandry of the alpacas, the shearing and sorting of fiber. Much of the wool goes on to a mill for spinning into yarn, but some is retained for washing, carding, and spinning by hand. All the natural dye work is done on the farm and many hand-crafted products are made.
“There is an increased interest in buying local foods and knowing where your food comes from. We want to encourage people to apply that same interest to their apparel. . . .
“To take that a step further, we dye our wool only with plants and insects. . . .
“Lana Plantae: Latin for wool and the plant kingdom.”