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Final Tour de Fleece yarn… Not a huge haul of yarn, but a pretty little skein and mini skein combo.
Top - hand dyed Shetland and grey Shetland 144m/48g 4ply (std 2ply technique)
Middle - 32m/2g lace
Bottom - 17m/1-2g lace
The mini skeins are plied Andean to capture how the hand dyed colour might work on its own. Both could be used as a lighter weight edging to a knit project with the main yarn.
So how should I proceed with the Kal part of my Ravelry group SAL/KAL* competition? Well in all honesty, I’m really not sure… I want to make something for Darrin (D). D has supported me through everything I have been through in the last few months and so it seems only right that I treat him. As I’ll be knitting the final project in the evenings… and probably in his presence, I thought I ought to ask what he might like. After ‘cooing’ over the fact that the yarn is for him (he has been eyeing it up on my spindle!), D mentioned he’d love a lighter weight hat as his other hats are quite ‘winter’ heavy. A hat it is then! Just gotta find a pattern, or decide on making one up! What’s your favourite light weight hat?
Finally I thought I’d mention that I will be taking fleece and new fluff product to Fibre East this coming weekend… so if you fancy your very own ‘Roving Bon-bon ball’, or a ‘just shorn’ fleece, check me out!
*Sal/kal – spin along/knit along.
The Vendéen breed comes from Vendee in France originally, although this fleece is from a flock here in Devon. It is thought that the breed has a link to sheep lines from as early as the Spanish Armadas and so implies that there is possibly a hint of Spanish Merino about the breed… certainly the fleece is dense and fine.
In recent centuries the breed has been very much a meat producing animal (it has very lean meat) and has become popular among French farmers and now some British farmers for this very reason. The fleece however is lovely to spin and has a shorter staple of about 5-7cm.
Staple length 5-7cm
Bradford count 50-60, micron 33-23.
Wish me luck as I join the local branch of the Women’s Institute this evening to demonstrate basic needle felting techniques.
I have been tasked to demo for about an hour covering some baisc tips and tricks.
I have decided to go with a floral theme… this might be better suited to some of the other crafts that members might want to work feltmaking into.
I think I have everything together, just have to put my teaching hat on!