Raw Wool to Dyed Yarn: Tunis

American Tunis is a solid medium wool. By that I mean that it is medium soft and has a decent staple length, crimp, and lock structure. It’s an excellent choice for making mittens, socks, or the sweater that one pairs with a favorite turtleneck or other undershirt. Tunis has some luster and takes dye very well. Yes, solid and good qualities.

Moving on to the making of the yarn. Parts of this fleece were a bit yellow at the tips, so I decided to dye these locks.

photo of Tunis wool locks

Tunis locks before the dyebath

I was trying for a chartreuse color that is reminiscent of the very first leaves that come out on the trees in this region in the early spring. A decent reminder of Mother Nature’s work.

photo of dyed Tunis locks

Tunis locks after the dyebath

Another great quality of Tunis is that it is easy to comb and pretty much spins itself. It is not a fussy wool at all.

photo of combed Tunis

One of the combed nests

photo of spun Tunis singles


Although it’s difficult for this photography novice to capture properly, can you see the luster? Not shiny, but just a hint of shiny.

photo of yarn

Because the locks didn’t take up the dye evenly, the final yarn has that semi-solid look. Often, the tips seem to take up more dye than the rest of the lock.

photo of final Tunis yarn

Final stats:
Tunis 2-ply yarn
1.3 ounces (38 grams)
~ 200 yards (183 meters)

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