With the first day of the week, I deemed it suitable to start a few new things: (another woolly post)
You may remember from this post that I talked about Bowmont and Lincoln Longwool. The washing of the raw fleeces has begun: being my first attempt and being new to the process, it will probably take ages to complete all; additionally I need to be careful to avoid felting.
The detergent used is a natural washing up liquid by Ecover. I started by rinsing the ends under running cold water, gently opening the locks up by pulling the fibres sideway – this way, most of the vegetable matter and natural dirt came off before soaking. I didn’t take many photos because my hands were too busy, but I snapped a few before sunset.
I will show more pictures once the fleece will be dry. The next, I will “only” need to figure out how to use my vintage spinning wheel!
New project: Elder Father knee caps
I started knitting some knee caps for my father, using a vintage pattern from KnitHeaven.com. The days are growing colder and something to keep joints warm can be really useful. As a tribute to Wovember (Raverly group here), I’m using a 95/5% merino-cashmere yarn.
Fibre tutorials & TV programme
Recently, I came across some free tutorials on SpinningDaily.com:
- A Guide to Processing Wool – washing, carding and combing
- An Introduction to Spinning Wheels – how to use and how to choose a spinning wheel
KnitMyStash wrote a great post on knitting programmes finally making an appearance on the TV landscape:
- Programme on the worl-record attempt (shear-to-product) by a Norwegian team, thanks to the “slow TV” format now being presented on Norwegian television. I watched the first part and found it very educational as I could see it all happen minute-by-minute. Another reason to love Norway! For the moment there is no English translation, but it’s not really needed as the images talk by themselves.
They’re a very interesting reading/watching if you want to start working with fibres, or are relatively new to it.