Instant Gratification

I was the lucky recipient of a gift certificate to NW Handspun Yarns for this Christmas, and while I’ve been attempting to exercise restraint and save it for when I have a little more project-focus, I gave in a little bit on Friday and treated myself to some Instant Gratification fiber.

Merino-Silk Eye Candy

Isn’t that just scrumptious? It’s a merino-silk blend. I just love the colors and the sheen.

I don’t really have the means of blending fibers like that with my current tools- so I figure, this time, I’ll let someone else do the prep work. I’m not quite sure what I want to do with it yet, so I just spun and plied up a little sample:

Merino-Silk SkeinletMerino_Silk Sample2

Isn’t it adorable? It’s navajo-plied, and so soft and bouncy.

A little spendy at $3.50 an ounce, but nice for a special treat. I think I’ll try to match it with something else in the stash and use it as a “specimen yarn” much like you’d use a fancy variety of plant as a focal point in a gardening project. That way the almost-6 ounces will go a bit further.

I’m still awaiting the arrival of my Indigo Hound Viking Combs.

As soon as they arrive, I’ll be making some serious headway into some newly washed Lincoln wool that’s been sitting around for some time, and some newly acquired Romney that has some veggie issues. Stay tuned!

Welcome to 2008

I hope to develop this blog over the next few months to chronicle my adventures in wool.

We live on a couple of acres in north-west Washington State in a really old (circa 1895) house. We bought the place a couple of years ago and are continually engaged in home and property improvement. It’s come a long way over the last few years, and hopefully within the next couple of summers we’ll get our fencing fixed and some sort of animal shelter set up to permit us to acquire a small flock of Shetland sheep.

I am an avid knitter and spinner, and I especially love processing fleece from start to finish.

As I do not yet have my own source of wool on the premises, I have spent quite a bit of time over the last year or so getting to know people in the area who raise fiber animals and purchasing wool and other fiber from them. And I found, once I started looking around, that there are really quite a lot of sheep and alpaca people right here in my immediate area.

So, I’ve gotten a bit of experience working with different types of fiber in the raw (right off the animal) state, as well as information relating to keeping animals (why people choose certain breeds, housing and fencing requirements, predator issues, etc, etc)

I think that Shetlands would be a good fit for our small-acreage situation because they are small, hardy, have lovely fleece, and come in all kinds of beautiful colors. I am a big fan of naturally-colored wool, and find it the most interesting to work with.