More Unspun Fun

I’ve been fascinated recently by a type of unspun yarn called Nutiden.

It’s made in Sweden, of Swedish wool, and comes in some amazing, subtle blended dyed colors, as well as naturals. But it’s only sold in their online shop, and batches appear to sell out very quickly. It’s a very fine continuous strip of carded fiber, put up in disks.

Folks who work with it seem to love it, but I was hesitant to place an order and incur overseas shipping charges and all, when it occurred to me that maybe I could find some (relatively) locally (in the US).

And through the miracle of Ravelry search functionality, I was able to do just that!

I’ve never been organized enough to document my yarn stash in any detail on the platform, but some people do, and even list yarns that they are open to selling or trading. I was able to find someone in the PNW who had some Nutiden in various colors left over from prior projects. Huzzah!

I’m so excited about trying it out. Swedish sheep, coming to visit me! 🙂 I want to check out the characteristics of the fibers (length, fineness, crimp).

But I have to admit that a lot of my interest in the Nutiden is seeing if I can figure out how I can create a very similar yarn from my own wools.

Hopefully I’ll have the Nutiden samples sometime soon, but in the meantime, I’ve been playing around with a makeshift diz

Smallest orifice I’ve used as a diz so far- buttonhole measures about 1mm. To get the Daphne fibers started a needle threader worked nicely. And the resulting roving-

Amazing how many fibers can pass through a 1 mm hole!

It is still quite a bit heavier than Nutiden, but here’s how this little batch knit up

And a photo of the yarn math, for posterity

So the 1 mm orifice is getting me roughly 4 stitches/inch on size 6 needles.

For comparison, here is the new swatch with a chunky unspun hat I knit last week

The hat is knit up at about 2.25 stiches per inch on (i think) a size 9.

So that’s what’s on the needles at the moment.

Hope to have some Swedish show and tell next week!

Tying Up Loose Ends

Now that we’ve been thoroughly dampened (2.43 inches of rain this week), and the ground is nice and softened up, it seemed the right time to finally get a couple of little volunteer trees planted. These guys have had been hanging out in pots for a couple years, and have come along nicely. So today they both found new homes out in the pasture.

Pretty sure this one is a Mountain Hemlock

and the other is a Port Orford Cedar

They will have to live in cages for quite a while, for their own protection, as the sheep (especially Daphne) would make a quick meal of them without a barrier.

Also got garlic planted- both in the hoophouse and outside.

Inside I’ve got first year plants grown from bulbils of our regular “garden variety” garlic (no idea what it is- gift from a friend many years ago). Just dug and replanted them with adequate spacing so hopefully they will bulb up next year

and a couple new varieties from the farm store (Silver Rose and Red Toch) planted outside (bricks and rock to remind me of the edge of their planting area!)

Nice to have that done. Very nice that the weather has cooperated enough to enjoy being out doing garden work in early Nov!

And, I have a completed pair of socks to show off this week- ends tucked in and everything

I’d be remiss if I failed to mention the significant contributions of Boo Kitten to this project.

Some documentation of her being enormously helpful in the final stages.

Always nice when furry friends show an interest and lend a helping paw. 🙂

Not sure what is up next. I am suddenly without anything on the needles!

Back from Florida

With a sock and a half to show for travel knitting

from this lovely Jadawoo yarn I picked up in Port Angeles a few weeks ago-

The weather has changed significant while I was away. Freezing at night now, but the afternoons are still warming up. And still warm enough in the hoophouse to dry some freshly washed recent spins

Was beautiful golden light in the pasture this afternoon when I went to spent some time with the sheep gals.

Have to savor these crisp fall days- it looks like we’re in for some mighty soggy weather very soon.

Alrighty folks. That’s about it for me. Have a good week 🙂

Remembering Felix

Earlier this week we lost Felix, the last of my original sheep.

He was 13 years old, and had been hanging in pretty well despite his arthritis for the last two and a half years or so. But he turn a hard turn last weekend and passed away overnight on Monday.

He was a sweet boy- and I feel like we’d gotten closer over the last few years, since his brother Frank passed away. He was a pretty low key guy, and I don’t think he’d want me to make a big fuss, so I’ll just share some of my favorite photos of him from over the years.

Frank (right) and Felix (left) shortly after arrival June of 2010.

and finally, Flying Felix

I like to think of him flying free again- reunited with the original pasture gang.