Since a lot of my knitting projects are long term, it’s nice have an instant-gratification project going at the same time to keep the knitting moving along. Bandera, a sweet little kerchief, is one of those projects. It reminds me of the patterns in a gansey (or guernsey) pullover, which is on my knitting to-do list.
Knitting and spinning projects recently took a break for this.
This rear view photo was lazily taken from my chair on the beach. I would have taken other pictures, but was too busy just taking in and enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.
There are now four haps projects in progress.
The first is unchanged. Ends still need woven in and blocking still needs to happen for the Hansel hap.
The hap stretcher is well on its way. All that is left is a light sanding of any glue that didn’t get wiped off when putting in the dowel pins and a coating of polyurethane. I made modifications to the original construction instructions based on the materials that were available and will post the mods here on the blog when I get a chance.
Spinning has been occurring in the house of Fiddlehead on a regular basis, making me one happy fiber fanatic!
The nice thing about socializing with other fiber folk (besides the fact that they get your obsession with wool) is that you learn new things.
Case in point: Most of the fiber I spin is either mostly unprocessed or undyed roving. But once in a while, a hand-dyed braid speaks to me.
To be honest I almost passed on this fleece, but am glad I didn’t. I’ve recently taken to buying crosses as well as single breed fleece. Crosses are how we get new breeds and it’s interesting to find a cross and recognize the characteristics that belong to each of the breeds involved. It’s particularly nice when the cross combines your favorite characteristics from the breeds.
American Tunis is a solid medium wool. By that I mean that it is medium soft and has a decent staple length, crimp, and lock structure. It’s an excellent choice for making mittens, socks, or the sweater that one pairs with a favorite turtleneck or other undershirt. Tunis has some luster and takes dye very well. Yes, solid and good qualities.
For a change, I’m spinning fibers that someone else prepared. This batt is a blend of Corriedale and Alpaca that I picked up at a fiber festival. This is the outside/top of the batt.
Rambouillet is a close relative of Merino with a staple length of 2–4 inches. A few years back, I bought my first raw Rambouillet fleece. That fleece was white and had a staple length that was generous enough to comfortably comb. It was so soft and springy.
The chocolate Rambouillet fleece I have now has plenty of bits that are just over 1 inch long. It’s just not suitable for combing. This wool has great crimp and bounce.