#moekeyarns before and after a bath. This would have effected my guage if I didn't wash it before knitting with it. The natural (off white ) plumped up much more than the brown skein. They're both softer and more flexible now. I'll still need to wash again after I knit with them. I love how the brown skein looks like very neatly dreaded hair. .
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There are but a few yarns I can accept to buy and this is and has been one of them for as long as Iโ€™ve known about it.
The reason why I am picky about it is because I care about the animals, the workers and the environment. This yarn ticks of all three of the โ€boxesโ€ listed.
Thank you so much for this beautiful yarn I got in my mail yesterday dear @moekeyarns It is wonderful and I know exactly what to use it for. Itโ€™s never a problem getting up with a design for your yarn, it inspires me so.
#moekeyarns #moekeyarnselena #knittersofinstagram #knitting_inspire #ecofriendly #romanianwool#yarnlove #plantdyed#handdyedyarn #knitdesigner #romanianyarn#moeke

My hands are almost too small to hold them... In love with these big skeins of Moeke Yarns! Ik ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Now available online! #moekeyarns #moekeyarnselena #romanianwool #naturalyarn #ecoyarn #sustainableyarn #sustainable #yarnshop #wolzoeerlijk #fortheloveofyarn

In May I contributed to @moekeyarns #indiegogocampaign to fund their fiber mill and dying vat. Today I received my perk ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Five different colours of handed-dyed Elena yarn. The dyes Ioana used are all natural. How lovely are these colours? Now I just need to decide what to crochet with it! Too many choices!!!

Last day in the village ๐Ÿ˜ž Taking photos of all the shades I dyed and then wrapping up the parcels. I want to send these babies to all of you next week! ๐Ÿ˜„ #moekeyarns #moekeyarnselena #moekeonindiegogo #romanianwool #plantdyed

Hereโ€™s for a full week! We did a lot!
Monday we went on the road. First to buy wool. We got to see how fleeces that are collected from shepherds are NOT skirted๐Ÿ˜ฌ and only rudimentary sorted based on the ๐Ÿ‘ breed and then made into big bales (260kg each ๐Ÿ˜ฌ)
Then we went to visit one of the oldest large scale fiber mill that still operates in Romania.
We turned back and visited the traditional fiber mill that spins our #moekeyarnselena and got some yarn.
I got seriously car sick and spent half Wednesday in bed. Kid was restless, who can be sick then? So I stopped being sick and went further with dyeing yarn ๐Ÿ˜‰
Friday and Saturday I added on my list of activities sorting wool. Was a lot of ๐Ÿ’ฉ involved ๐Ÿ˜ฌ But we sorted around 500 kg ๐Ÿ’ช Meanwhile the dyeing went on and all the reds and pinks are done and most of the yellows (also for those who chose green ๐Ÿ˜‰) I have to dye only 6 kg more on Monday and I can start my indigo vat ๐Ÿ˜‰
As an addition (cause I had a lot of free time of course ๐Ÿ˜‚) my parents bought 3 tons of coal that needed to be broken into smaller pieces (it came in HUGE pieces ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) and moved to a shed 50 m further ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I helped with that also and we have sorted around 2.5 tons already ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜‰ Oh yes, and there was a kid involved in the mix and emails and you know, sleeping ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ This said, I think it was a pretty good week, donโ€™t you think? #moekeyarns #romanianwool #viatalatara #moekeonindiegogo #madder #pinkyarn #redyarn #madder #botanicaldye

Here is the dirty truth: romanian sheep are dirty ๐Ÿ˜ฌand i mean really dirty ๐Ÿ˜ฌ like full of ๐Ÿ’ฉ dirty ๐Ÿ˜ฌ We are sorting fleeces. It is hot. There is also a lot of ๐Ÿ’ฉ. A great day all in all ๐Ÿ˜‰ #moekeyarns #dirtyjob #romanianwool

So these are the three red shades I pulled from the dye bath this evening (I dyed them on Sunday and left them to relax while I was away ๐Ÿ˜ฌ). I must say, lac (the one to the left) is not my color because I am just not into this shade. But, this said, I admit that it is pretty ๐Ÿ˜Š I am amazed by the strong red that I got from madder! I am testing several sources of madder and I am pretty happy with this one! (the right one). In the middle a soft pinkish shade, the second lac dye bath - dyed not solid because i like the depth and texture added to the simple stockinette by not solid yarns ๐Ÿ’• These are all candidates for the future (I am absolutely determined to set up a dyeing station in the fiber mill!). Do you want to help decide which shades I will introduce in the future? Then please check out my #instastory and let me know how much you love these shades ๐Ÿ˜„ #moekeyarns #plantdyed #romanianwool #purewool #madder #botanicaldye #lacdye

Who asked for reds?๐Ÿ˜„โค๏ธ The first sweaterโ€™s worth of yarn in the pots! For red I need to buy dyes because madder is not easy to find in the wild around here๐Ÿ˜ฌ For these dye baths I used lac (first photo ) and madder roots (second photo). I absolutely love both shades! One reminds me of red wine ๐Ÿท and the second one of bricks ๐Ÿ˜„.
Tomorrow and Tuesday the dye pots take a break. I will leave to buy wool, and visit old and new partners here in Romania. #moekeyarns #moekeyarnselena #plantdyed #purewool #romanianwool #madder #lacdye #redyarn #moekeonindiegogo

No filter colors of nature ๐Ÿงก First two photos are of two sweaterโ€™s worth sets from the first and second dye bath. The last photo is another sweaterโ€™s worth of yarn, first dye bath. The exhaus bath of this one didnโ€™t have enough color so the yarn will have to be dyed again. Ah well, it happens. No two dye baths are the same ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
When all the yarn will be dyed shades of yellow, I will see which ones will go into the #indigo vat for greens ๐Ÿ˜‰
#moekeyarns #moekeyarnselena #indiegogo #romanianwool #purewool #moekeonindiegogo #botanicaldye #plantdyed

While grandma and grandpa are entertaining the baby ๐Ÿ‘ถ, I am skeining the last of the yarn that was already scoured and dried. Next, weighing the skeins and mordanting. Tomorrow I plan to start dyeing ๐Ÿ˜„ #moekeyarns #moekeyarnselena #moekeonindiegogo #indiegogo #romanianwool #purewool

In the shadows ๐Ÿ˜ It is warm and I am a bit worried about our trip tomorrow... I tried on my #kumulusbluse in our #romanianmerino and @garnsurr #titsoutcollective - I cannot stop working on this project! Maybe it is my way to calm my nerves ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Or maybe the combination of yarns and pattern is ๐Ÿ‘Œ .
A word about the #crowdfunding #moekeonindiegogo campaign - #indiegogo has this option that if a campaign reaches its goal, it remains active. It is called โ€œin demandโ€ ๐Ÿ˜Š This is why some of you could still claim some perks these last days - so thank you @chise.takanashi for buying me a cup of coffee ๐Ÿ˜‰ and also, thank the anonymous supporter who chose the #leavesandflowers pattern by @breiwerken โค๏ธ .
#moekeyarns #indiegogo #indiegogocampaign #romanianwool #romanianmerino #knitting #knittingpattern @petiteknit

A little swatch and some yarn with a story โค๏ธ The beautiful (and unusual for me ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) silk-mohair by @garnsurr: yarn dyed by refugee women in Norway ๐Ÿ‘ Our #romanianmerino - one of the last skeins, since this base is at this moment discontinued ๐Ÿ˜ The spinner who spun our merino wool is old and sick. He will retire. And at this moment there is noone to take his place ๐Ÿ™ He was the only one who could spin merino on his ancient machinery. .

This is the reason #moekeyarns was created. Because when these old craftsmen retire, there will be noone left to keep the tradition alive.
At this moment we can not do much to replace him. We are also struggling with building the mill and setting up the washing station. Maybe in the future we can salvage the old machinery and ask the old spinner to help us train a young spinner. .

Until then I am enjoying this little swatch, and the beautiful mohair halo โค๏ธ I wonder what it wants to become ๐Ÿค” Iโ€™m thinking about the #cumulusblouse by @petiteknit . Any other suggestions? ๐Ÿ˜„ #knitting #mohair #titsoutcollective #romanianwool #knittinginspiration #knittersofinstagram #knittersoftheworld #breien #amimono #strik #stricken #strikking #tricot

Dopo tanti viaggi all'estero, finalmente il mio compagno incontra per caso la persona giusta, che gli porge il regalo giusto da portarmi a casa... In fondo basta poco per farmi felice ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Shoulder detail sass. Joan is wearing my just finished Palmetto Cardigan from @pompommag . The 2 natural shades are @moekeyarns , and the delicious duck egg blue/green is my Halo Honey DK in 'Mint to Be.'

Only 8 skeins (50 gr) left... Who's the first lucky one to adopt this last batch Moeke Yarns Elena Grey? 10% of your purchase will be donated to the Moeke Yarns Crowdfunding campaign. #moekeyarns #moekeonindiegogo #romanianwool #sustainable #yarnshop #wolzoeerlijk #undyedyarn #ecofriendly #moekeyarnselena #greyisthecoolest #shoponline #shoplocal #lys #yarn #yarnlove #yarnstagram

โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ Repost @moekeyarns --------------------------------
The results of my #indigo dyeing session from yesterday ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜ In preparation for my trip to Romania when I will dye the yarn that will be sent to our wonderful #moekeonindiegogo #crowdfunding campaign backers, I made some color tests! #moekeyarnselena takes dye wonderfully- I knew that already, and in this case was the same. A short dip resulted in the two deep blue shades - a vibrabt blue on natural Elena and a deeper petrol blue on grey Elena. And then the greens! One lovely mossy vibrant green and the teal in the middle made me so happy ๐Ÿ’š! The mauve is also nice (it is not my favourite color so it is hard to judge based on my taste - what do you think?) I hope that our backers will love the colors I will dye for them! ๐Ÿค— There are some more perks available for #plantdyed wool on #indiegogo - your support will help us make a good start on the dyeing station of the fiber mill! (Link to campaign page in profile โค๏ธ) PS: in case you are wondering - the mini skeins have the base color showing so I can match it when dying โ€œfor realโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‰ #moekeyarns #localbusiness #romanianwool #botanicaldye #indigodye #madder #greenyarn #blueyarn #nofilter

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