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Went to the Fleece Fair in Greencastle, Indiana last Friday with my partners in crime. I had never been to one of those events before, and am I ever glad I went! Not only did I score on yarn, but I picked up a good dyeing tip that I can't wait to try. It turns out that you can dye wool with fiber-reactive dye without cooking it, so you don't have to worry about the pigment's breaking down. To celebrate this new knowledge, I bought a couple of skeins of wool-cellulosic yarn to dye that I would not have attempted before. One is a superwash merino-tencel blend, and the other is wool and bamboo with a nylon binding thread; the latter has a really interesting texture when dyed.

Also got a skein of hand-dyed silk/seasilk, and a shawl's-worth of a lovely fingering-weight alpaca handspun in a black and white brindle, which may end up being overdyed.

But seeing all the rovings and carded fleeces really made me wish I hadn't flunked spinning. Well, I didn't so much flunk it as quickly give up on it after a brief and rather sad flirtation. What with the sewing and quilting, I really didn't need another vice, since there really isn't time for everything, especially if I wasn't really in love with it. Still, I couldn't look at all the ready-to-spin fiber without wondering what might have been!

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