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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!
If you want to place an order to pick up at the show please pay for these at least 1 week before, so that I have time to prepare it. Thank you.
|Sat 27 Jul – Sun 28 Jul 2013|
|Redborne Community College, Ampthill, Bedford (map)|
(The grey has a Jacob in the bloodline, so it has a slightly longer staple and better hand feel.)
Texel was originally a Dutch breed, brought over to the UK in the 1970s. It was bred by ‘meat’ farmers for it’s sturdy nature and good lambing.
Although a ‘meat’ breed, Texel is popular with spinners and a good fleece has been known to be very fine, almost like a Shetland. This cross bred fleece remains fine in most places, not that unlike a Zwartbles with it’s sun tipped staples.
It is a dense fine fibre and is both easy to spin and felt.
Staple length 5-10cm
Bradford count 48-56, micron 31-34.
Breed as meat sheep orginating in Yorkshire in the 19th century by crossing Leicester Longwool with Teeswater, the Wensleydale has fast become a popular longwool breed. With it’s darker face and bigger build the sheep produces some wonderful lustrous curls.
Wensleydale fleece is ideal for yarn and felt blending and hand dyeing. It has so many wonderful curls across the length of the fibre that you can create some really stunning crimp and slub effects.
Count: 30-33 micron/Bradford 50-54, Staple: 8-12cm