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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Just a fleece to distract you from a lack of real progress on my part

Ooooh, look at the pretty wool! Look at that crimp, that shine. Yummy, yummy, yummy! OK, this is a Polwarth fleece that I got from Warm Threads. They are importing Wendy Dennis' Polwarth fleeces to the US now and while they are still rare in the US (and not exactly cheap), this is one gorgeous fleece. Polwarth is almost as fine as Merino but has a shine to the fiber that Merino doesn't have and it has less grease than Merino does. (Less grease = less loss when you go from raw to washed fiber. This is important since most fiber charges are priced by weight.) I will be sending this off to be processed into roving, but I haven't decided yet if I'll try to wash it and possibly dye some of it before I send it. Part of me is thinking this would make a really pretty twin set, probably a lightweight yarn, maybe some cables, the small, tasteful, classic kind. Who knows what I'll actually decide.

In pattern writing news, I have started getting some pictures of Mindy's Stole and I hope to get detail shots and pictures of the beaded cast on. The charts were proofread when I knit them so I know those are correct, all I have to do is re proof the text of the directions and put it all together (text, charts, pictures) and we'll have a pattern!



Blogger Vanessa said...

You are so fortunate to have your hands on some gorgeous fleece! Cannot wait to see what you do with it. Mindy's Stole - well, I say you have to wait for the best things in life and this is a winner! Patience is a virtue and I am sure this will be a well loved pattern by many.

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Blogger Denise said...

Thanks for the heads up on a U.S. source for Polwarth. It's one of my favorite fibers! Wonderfully soft, yet not as fussy as merino.

P.S. Wicked is lovely! And so is Finn after his bath. :)

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Blogger DianeM said...

I love Polwarth, and it's great to hear that Wendy's is now international - it's gorgeous stuff.

She and my mum are great friends and I've been taking her polwarth for granted for years ;-)

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