No, this is not a post about those (I imagine) beautiful islands. While ago, I bought some Shetland wool on cone and I’ve been eager to play with it since. Finally, my vintage ball winder arrived, so I set out this weekend to make some yarn cakes… yummy.
I made a very little swatch with double strands, just for the washing test. It had to be small: using 2mm needles, work progresses very slowly (and I’m already no fast knitter!).
In the beginning I was a bit worried because this wool is a rather fine 2ply and also had a fairly rough feel. I heard from other people that wool on cones is oiled and usually blooms once washed, so I was hopeful that this would have been the case. Indeed, it was so, to my joy. After gently washing it with washing up detergent, it turned into a fluffy, soft wool. Absolutely beau-ti-ful.
I had in mind to use my Shetland wool for swatching patterns I created inspired by some Donegal fabrics seen not long ago – just wasn’t sure it would turn out fine. Now I’m relieved to see such a beautiful swatch.
I love my old Toyota ball winder (made in Japan) and the Shetland wool in all those shades… I can’t wait to find some time to play with it. In fact, right now, I wish I had nothing else to attend to. Do you also get such a feeling?