A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

The Land of Wool


I have been spinning like a maniac preparing for a sweater project. Pre-drafted and semi-woolen spun over a period of two months
Natural Domestic Wool 4-Ply Handspun
4-Ply Domestic Wool spun on Kromski Mazurka
for a total of 776 grams or 1.71 pounds, 1985 yards (averaging 256 yards/100 grams.) Breakdown as follows:

Hand-painted with Jacquard Violet, Sky Blue, Gold and Olive. Steamed over gas stove.
Handspun 4-Ply Domestic Wool Violet Blue Teal
225 grams/567 yards
Hand-painted with Jacquard Violet, Brilliant Blue, and Teal. Steamed over gas stove…one of my favorites.
Handspun 4-Ply Domestic Wool Violet
107 grams/269 yards
Space-dyed in crock pot, but over-wound/stuffed.
Space-Dye in Crock PotRandom light blue shades all over
Handspun 4-Ply Domestic Wool Blue
50 grams/132 yards
Space-dyed in crock pot, but over-wound/stuffed. Had to touch up with Wilton’s Icing Black/microwaved set afterward.
Handspun 4-Ply Domestic Wool Breaking Black
Left: 103 grams/264 yards. Right: 54 grams/ 143 yards
Space-dyed in crock pot, but over-wound/stuffed. Had to touch up with Wilton’s Icing Copper & Yellow/microwaved set afterward.
Handspun 4-Ply Domestic Wool Orange Crayola
61 grams/159 yards
Space-dyed in crock pot, but over-wound/stuffed. Many random light shades.
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111 grams/284 yards
Space-dyed in crock pot, but over-wound/stuffed. Had to touch up with Wilton’s Icing Yellow/microwaved set afterward.
Handspun 4-Ply Crayola Space-Dyed
65 grams/167 yards
I got the two below at last year’s 4-day fiber retreat with Judith McKenzie McCuin in Hood Rivers. Both are my favorites and steamed over gas stove top. First was hand-painted with Jacquard Crimson, Cherry Red, and Reddish Brown
JMM Silk Blend Lace - Red
97 grams/636 yards
Second was hand-painted with Jacquard Sky Blue Brilliant Blue, and Violet.
JMM Silk Blend Lace - Violet/Blue
98 grams/638 yards
I think this mystery 3-ply hand-spun was from Kimberly of Friday Knit-Up. She gifted me 8 ounces of fine wool (possibly cashmere blend) before leaving for Indonesia last September. It is very springy, light fingering weight. I left it on top of space-dyed crock pot and touched up with Wilton’s Icing/microwaved set afterward.
Handspun N-Ply Fine Wool & Space-Dyed
104 grams/329 yards
Dyeing details were previously shared here.

Now, I need to knit up swatches for a color-knitting waistcoat, inspired by Alice Starmore, aka Lady Voldemort by some. (Read here for the Staremore Controversy only if you care.)

I am deeply entrenched in Starmore’s garment construction (really the best word for it) from individual stripes like Jane Seymour or Margaret Tudor. My favorite at the moment is Katherine Howard.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!


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Comments on: "The Land of Wool" (1)

  1. Anonymous said:

    Beautiful…simply beautiful!

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