Monday, March 28, 2011

Shepherd's Harvest is coming soon!

And I am busily working on new products! These are the first little two ounce hanks of firestar roving. Firestar is a soft, sparkly add-in for you spinning and felting. I have received mixed information about what it is made of: polypropylene or nylon? It dyes like nylon. It adds strength and luster to your wool. It is not scratchy at all! A great addition to sock yarn.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Out of Karakul's and mud

I few days ago I drove about an hour north of the Twin Cities, up a muddy road with 2 inches of slippery thawed mud on top of "Minnesota permafrost" into a small waiting flock of Karakul sheep, with one elderly Polypay. The 8 or so sheep surrounded the truck as I came to a stop where the herding dog had herded the truck. Soon the guard dogs were barking, the geese were honking and the sheep and the dogs were urging me toward the house.
I tried out the little used Ashford Country Spinner, and bought it.
2 pounds + 2.6 ounces of RH Lindsay medium wool later!
Now the 2 pounds, 2.6 ounces are herb green.
It is a lively, 220 yards of thick and thin yarn. Too much fun!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

An Interesting Transformation

This sweater turned into this yarn! What an ugly sweater! What beautiful yarn. Hmm. Makes you look at 1970's fashion in a different light!