Hi, my name is Wendy Bloy and I live in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I began dyeing both wool and cotton a number of years ago and my aunt showed me how to spin on a small wheel my uncle made. My husband has since given me an Ashford Elizabeth and I often use my Ashford Traditional as well. Once I was hooked on dyeing I decided that I preferred dyeing wool and it seemed quite natural to dye roving for my spinning.
My love for dyeing soon developed into a small, home-based online business. I now spin for my own pleasure as I have found local mills who will supply me with natural spun yarn and combed fleece for dyeing. My dye lots are intentionally small - no more than 6 x 100g hanks at a time but often only 2-3. I love the idea that you will knit or crochet an item that uses one of a kind yarn so I very rarely attempt duplications. I use commercial acid dyes endeavouring to be as environmentally careful as I can when disposing of the leftover water after each dyeing session. With current drought conditions I also ensure that my water is used carefully to limit wastage. My home is both smoke and pet hair free.
I hope you enjoy the results of my dyeing days as much as I do.