Greetings from Toronto! I'm about to get on a plane to head back to the states, but I thought I'd pop by the blogosphere to share a few snapshots I took while on a tour of the Spinrite yarn factory in Listowel, Ontario.
For those of you who don't know, Spinrite is the new(ish) parent company of Caron. They also own Patons, Bernat, Lily and Phentex; all lines produced at their mill. The Caron yarns however, remain distributed from the U.S.
I love factory tours, and this one didn't dissapoint. Although I only nabbed a few photos, I got an eye-full of information in the form of color and fiber. Here's a glimpse.
Undyed Fiber being wound.
Roving being stretched.
Twist added to roving.
Acrylic and wool fibers mixed. This color variation will ultimately be a heathered green.
Dyed roving being wound.
Variegated cotton dye process. Jets spray dye in sections.
Kettle dying cotton yarn.
Special thanks to JoAnn for the tour as well as sharing her impressive knowledge of the process and machinery with me. I had a great time!