I stumbled across the wonderful podcast Woolful by Ashley who is also going to built up a wool mill. There are some great people she speaks to designers - knitters - wool shearers - wool mill owners. It's a beautifully composted kaleidoskope of interesting people. Take a look and see for yourself! Her podcast reminded me of one goal I once set for myself - to work with natural fibers only. I have eliminated acrylics from my yarn list (except for some impulse bought sock yarns) because I simply don't like the touch of them. After making the Takoma out of woolen tweed from Ireland, I realized how the quality of pure and less processed wool improves with each time you wear it. It becomes softer, dirt does not stick, it smells slightly sheepish and it's so much warmer than any other fiber without making you sweat. Continue Reading
Sometimes knitting should be selfish, right? I cannot possibly explain why on earth I knitted 2 warm sweaters in the middle of summer and also TWO sweaters in a row just for me. Usually it's work with a little hint of family knitting. I went overboard buying tons of yarn at Lanade, my favorite supplier of DROPS yarns (which I adore, they have absolutely every yarn weight and fiber combination at a resonable price). So next sweater is the first sweater I knit for my hubby. It's a raglan, too, knit with DROPS Lima in dark petrol/blue 65% wool, 35% alpaca. I took the measurements from a very well fitting jacket he has and I hope it will fit well.Half Brioche Raglan in Drops Loves You 3 50% wool, 50% alpaca. Incredibly soft and light. The patterns is selfmade......
Day 11: rest day! At least considering spinning. I started my new project in terms of using up a lot of fabric - a large quilt for our large bed. It will be 2x2,50m when finished and therefore be the largest thing I've ever done!
I got 2 bags filled with fabric lately and in search of a place to put them I realized (again) there is no space for fabric anymore. Back when I was sewing medival style dresses between school and university I bought a lot of fabric in denser colors. A lot of dark greens and navy, but also a bolt of red. After someone at the Climbers TdF group said she always pairs colorful pieces with black in her quilts, I thought it would work with some of my darker fabrics, too, and of course with the red.
Also I cut squares of some of my precious fabrics......
A small update on my TdF spinning. I finished my alpaca singles and plied it on Day 4.
On Day 5 there was more carding than spinning. I only spun 2 skeins singles for my rug. In the evening I carded a whole laundry basket full of rolags. Tomorrow is spinning time again.
I'm participating in the Tour de Fleece this year (June 30-July 22). My goal is to spin that 5 yellow bags of sheep (and cheap) fleece I bought back in 2004 from a local farm filled with enthusiasm and naivety that it would be that hard to make something really cool with it.
After washing a handfull wool I found out (back then):
1. Raw sheep fiber smells very strongly.
2. Sheep have quite a lot of lanolin.
3. I don't like the touch and smell of that thing there in the bags.
My conclusion was some what repressing: I put the bags in my cellar for the next 8 years and had a bad conscience about it every time I saw the bags (which was not that often, I really stuffed them in the backmost corner).
But! This year my Tour de Fleece project is to finally give this poorly neglected fiber a purpose and......