Friday, May 26, 2006

The Wool Stash

This is all about wool (lots of pictures). I'm spinning again. Only spinning. The wool has been whirling for twined knitting. And it is a good cause since there really isn't that much z-spun wool on the market.
A while ago I bought some wool from www.lisaknit.com. The wool is beautifully prepared and dyed.This is Wensleydale in colorway Petroglyph. I did not give much thought for the wool beforehand and I think I somehow spoiled the roving and my yarn turned into green without any bright yellow spots and I was a bit disappointed. (It is s-spun.)I had got the colorway Wild Things as well and had learnt my lesson and arranged the colors while spinning and am quite happy how this turned out. At first it appeared that Wensleydale could not take as much twist as like Merino but afterwards when I gave her a bath she was tamed and was not overspun after all. Did not have to use any weights - try to avoid them not to take out the stretch of the yarn.I have some BFL in color way Joseph's Coat and I will try to arrange the color sections so that it won't turn out to be dirty and ugly brown. Navajo-plying? There was an article about it is Spin Off Spring 2006 issue. There is more... (I did not realize that during my short history in spinning I have already managed to scrape together all this... and some of this I have received as gifts - warm hugs here ooo)

Blue CorriedalesMerinos (mostly from www.Merinovilla.com) Some Wool Silk Alpaca from www.lambspun.comSome Cashmere Shetland in white and moorit from www.fibrecrafts.com Polwart in grey and white and the Blues and the Ashes of Roses from www.rovings.comPolwart and Silk in Old Rose and Sky Show from www.rovings.comI don't think I left out much. And now you might ask what about the Finn Wool? I have not spun with it yet but I have used it for felting a lot. It felts very easily and is a pleasure to work with and there is the felting wool stash out there but that would be another story...

PS. Mostly the embroidery wool for the emboidered gloves is from www.naturaldyeing.co.uk. The crocheted chain was done with Sheep's Silk www.threadgatherer.com.

13 comments:

  1. deni17:42

    oh so beautiful - how do you choose which one to work on?

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  2. I have taken the plunge and started a twined knit mitten. I am working without instructions so I have lots of questions. I am going to order the Gibson book but just quickly - does this take 2x the yarn? I love the technique! This explains everything about a particular sweater I have from Norway. I couldn't figure out why it is so warm.

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  3. Thanks for all these addresses! Beautiful samples!

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  4. Thanks for the info on the threads used for embroidery on the gloves! Now I am getting more tempted to spin, but then how would I find time to knit! Have a great weekend - can you cook outside yet in Lapland?

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  5. On no, links to beautiful things! Hide my credit card! Thank you for the beautiful pictures (again).

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  6. Oh my gosh, it's all so wonderful. It must be like presents when your deliveries arrive. Thank you for all the links as well.

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  7. Hmm. If I ever take up spinning, I think I am going to blame you...! Very tempting pictures here.

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  8. mmmm. mm-mm. mmm-mmm. mmmm!
    (there really are no other words)

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  9. Your yarn is gorgeous!! When you spin, do your girls beg for you to knit something for hem out of the magic that spins forth from your hands??

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  10. Look at all those beautiful blue tones! Each picture inspired ideas -- how lovely :-)

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  11. Your colours are so gorgeous! I am always drawn to blue-mauve shades. Right now I am making summer socks (short cuffs) for myself in a delicate lilac. By the way, sadly my Labrador Retriever died last weekend, while we were at our cottage. She was 13. We miss her so much. Please give your Miina a hug for me, and your other dog too.

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  12. Beautiful colors! What fun you must be having!

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  13. What lovely wool! I've spoiled some multi-colored roving before too, by not planning carefully enough before I started spinning it. Sometimes it's hard to know what techniques will make the best looking yarn and not make the colors muddy.

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