Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Spinning wool

A fleece from a friend of which I have spun a 2ply yarn weighing 147g, and of about 15 wpi. This picture is a bit darker than the acutal fibre colour. Loads of fleece left to spin!

This is a Dorset fleece from the Suffolk Show 2006, spun into a 2ply yarn, weighing 202g and approx 14/15wpi. This was a massive fleece so I also have alot left over to still spin. This is the washed fibre, compare with the post from yesterday to see the difference in colour!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Spinning with wool & Bamboo

This is the roving from Iris, just started to spin this, fine laceweight, lovely variated colours and very soft.
This is 100g Bamboo Fibre from Wingham Wool Work (UK), I have now to spin another bobbin as I will make a 2 ply yarn.

This is a fleece I got from the Suffolk Show last year, initially I spun straight from the fleece as it was so clean and easy to handle but had the rest sent to a fibre mill to be processed because the fleece with the lanolin was not very nice after a few months. This is before washing, it was very yellow and extremely greasy! More to follow.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Knitters Tea Swap Parcel Arrives!

A very big thank you to Iris for her very generous parcel with loads of goodies in, she really seems to know what I like so below are photos of what was in the parcel.

This is a skein of shrink resistant lace weight merino - 100g = 1375yds, many packets of Kool-Aid for creative dyeing and a pattern for the Fiber Trends Landscape Shawl & Scarf.
This is Ingeo Yarn, a skein is 1.75oz = approx 110yds made from the yellow kernel of the corn not corn silk - this is produced in Iowa.
Many individual sachets of teas, 2 pack of Gong Fu Tea - Lemon & Hibiscus and Prince of Wales (from Iowa). Also the 'Star of Persia' tea with ruby sugar crystals.

3 packs of Soy Nuts, I have already eaten the zesty barbeque flavour (we don't have these in the UK and they are delicious), also there is chocolate and roasted/salted.
4 ounces of 70% Alpaca 30% silk from Huacaya Moon,
This is a natural varigated colour.
Good old PG Tips and a bar of French Lavender Soap from Two Rivers Soap Company. A pretty cloth in a lavender shade comes with the soap which has a very natural wonderful smell.
And finally 8oz of a wool roving, very soft to the touch and really my style of fibre!
Thank you Iris, this has been an amazing swap, with really unexpected kindness and generosity.