My goal this month, besides lots of knitting, is to learn about the British breeds and to spin a few new fibers that I’ve not really explored yet.
I recently enjoyed a wonderful mini-online class by Deborah Robson, co-author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, called Know Your Wool . In this class, Deborah explores breed-specific wool characteristics, discusses where and how to look for any type of yarn, and how to determine the right wool for any project. This mini-workshop is free and available online at Craftsy.com. So if you are interested in learning more about different breeds, I encourage to sign-up and Even though this class is short, its packed full over great information!
First on my list to spin this month is Finnish Wool. I like to start small and decided that a sampler pack would be the best way to go to explore this particular wool. There are quite a few shops that offer a variety of sampler packs, but after much searching I found a great sampler pack from Woolgatherings.
This pack features 2 oz each in Black, Brown, Gray, White and Humbug (mix of brown & white). Woolgatherings also carries a variety of other sampler packs as well as lovely hand-dyed fiber. I can say that on first touch, this wool is very soft, so I look forward to seeing how it spins up.
Finnish wool is very similar to Blue Faced Leicester wool in appearance, it is approx 28 – 30 Microns, average length of 80mm, making it a good felting wool. This is available in 4 natural shades. Perfect for hand spinning, hand felting and many other craft uses. – World of Wool
I made my first purchase from a UK shop and ordered a British Breeds Sampler pack from Hilltop Cloud. This pack includes a 1/2 oz each of 4 shades of British Shetland, 2 shades of British BFL (Blue Faced Leicester), 2 shades of North Ronaldsay and shade of British Jacob. Katie has other wonderful fibers in her shop, so be sure to take a peek.
If I spin this well, I will created enough mini skeins to knit Kate Davies Sheep Heid pattern, so that’s my goal!
If you’re interested in learning about different varieties of wools to spin, do be sure to check out The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook. Before taking the plunge in ordering a ton of fiber to spin, order a fiber sampler kit. This is a great way to learn about the wool, it’s characteristics for spinning and you can create fun mini skeins for various colorwork projects.
I think this month will be a fun adventure in spinning and I’m up for the challenge!
So, what’s on your wheel, spindle or needles?