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Cleopatra- Famous Couples Fiber Club 2012 (Catalog)

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 Product Description

You can purchase any FatCatKnits colorways during the first week of each month, in the Fiber Open House (see that section).

'Cleopatra' is one half of the club paired colorways inspired by the historically Famous Couple, 'Antony and Cleopatra'. The other half of this pair is 'Antony', available in a separate listing. 

How will MY fiber selection look? (Mouse over or click photos for details)
-Superwash (SW) bases: The colors will appear bright with distinct edges and some white. 
-Non-superwash single ingredient bases (Falkland, Merino, Polwarth, BFL, Corriedale Cross* and Wensleydale): The colors will have softer edges and blend slightly where they meet, with less or no white, depending on the colorway.
-Bamboo and Tencel blends: The wool portion will take the dye as usual, but the bamboo and tencel are not affected by acid dyes- the bamboo appears as silvery streaks and the tencel as glossy, translucent streaks.
-Silk blends: These will look much like their non-silk containing counterparts, but with a bit of extra delight (depth of color and sheen) where the silk fibers sparkle with color.
-VBFL (variegated natural brown and ecru) Bluefaced Leicester: This base allows for a lovely depth of color, with interesting, subtle heathering in your yarn.
-Panda (SW Merino/Bamboo/Nylon 60/30/10): The brightness and whiteness of superwash Merino, with the silvery streaks of bamboo. The nylon takes the dye really well, too, similarly to the SW Merino.

* A note on Corriedale Cross combed topthis fiber is from South America, and I am not sure of the full lineage of the sheep, just that it is Corriedale with other breeds bred in. The fiber is rather coarse, similar to Romney, averaging 29.5 microns and 3.5 in/90 mm staple length. Delightful to spin, takes dye wonderfully.

All fiber bases are commercial combed top preparations, hand dyed by Ginny of FatCatKnits. Colorways are dyed according to recipes and processes developed to produce the most consistently repeatable colorways. That said, this is a HUMAN operation- please expect some degree of variation between batches, and even from braid to braid.

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Dyer's Notes regarding the Club Pairing, 'Antony and Cleopatra' (included on original club fiber labels):
"Marc Antony and Cleopatra were a complicated, powerful couple. While it was politically and financially sound for Cleopatra to unite with Marc Antony, history tells us they also had a strong passion for each other. Their story has been told numerous times, most famously by William Shakespeare. Here I interpret their match for you: Marc Antony and the Roman Empire in shades of brown, burgundy red, rich orange and gold, and Cleopatra in jewel tones of emerald, ruby, sapphire and amethyst, as this splendid Queen of the Nile so deserves."

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