The goals of Green Mountain Spinnery are simple: to create yarns of the highest quality, to help sustain regional sheep farming, and to develop environmentally sound ways to process natural fibers. Did you know that one way we are able to do this is by using Eucalan, which is non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate free? We are pleased to participate in the Eucalan Wrapture blog tour so we can share with you how we use this great product!
Here at our spinning mill, we do add spinning oil to the fleece before it goes into the carding machine. A final wash with Eucalan removes the spinning oil and allows the yarn to bloom. We do this in a center spindle washer that is filled with warm water and Eucalan. The skeins are place in the water around the center spindle and allowed to soak for twenty minutes. We keep the washer lid up. After the soaking, the machine is set to spin and spin out. The skeins are then hung on a rack to dry.
We also recommend using wool wash products like Eucalan on your finished items as well! The Eucalan line has several scent options, and the newest one is Wrapture by designer Kristin Omdahl, infused with the beneficial essential oil of Night Bloom Jasmine. Like all Eucalan scents, Wrapture contains a touch of lanolin to naturally condition fibers and keep static to a minimum. Here in New England, we’ve already had a taste of winter weather! When you dig out your favorite hat, scarf, mittens or socks give them a pre-season wash, and treat your handknits with the care they deserve!
We want to share Eucalan’s latest scent, Wrapture, with you! If you would like to win a 100mL bottle of Wrapture, please come on over to our Ravelry group and leave a comment in the Eucalan thread we have there. A winner will be selected at random on Friday, November 23, 2012.