Yes, Domestic Targhee. New fiber in my Etsy shop. Here is a little information about it: The Targhee breed was developed at the Experimental Sheep Station in Dubois, Idaho in the mid 1900’s. The foundation stock were ewes of Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Lincoln bloodlines bred back to Rambouillet rams. Developed, sourced and processed here in the USA!! The first impression is that I found it very similar to the Rambouillet top that I carry in my shop. Very soft and springy. I’m so looking forward to dyeing some…
I had this urge to spin for a chunky blanket. I spun about 1 1/2 lb of Polwarth Top to be able to make it. I didn’t know how much yarn I would need before, so I just made a rough calculation as how much I needed to spin. Even that the logistics to make the blanket was simple (spin and knit a basic square), knitting it was another story. I used US 50 mm needles and it was a little hard at the beginning to get used to holding the gigantic needles. Nonetheless, I’m very happy with the end result.
See you soon!
Well, it should be May Showers since it is… well.. May. And it’s actually raining as I’m writing this post! And my unkempt garden at my studio is getting all the benefits right now.
Check the above flier. I’m getting ready for a couple of fairs coming in the next couple of weeks. I’m so happy, because even that it is a bit of work getting things organized, I loooooove going to the fairs. It’s fun to see the other booths and I also get to meet some of my virtual customers, and the people that follow this blog. I’m going to have a pretty busy schedule for the next month! The first fair that I will be attending is being organized by my dear friend Mimi.
This is part of an email I got from Mimi the other day: “I am going to have a pot of onion skins simmering, and I hope Charmaine might do a dye talk. I have a spinning demo planned where we can do what I do with school groups, with kids working with their parents to make a plied bracelet. We will also have a goat milking demo and lamb walks. We have two bummer lambs to feed early morning and late afternoon. Heath, our new pizza chef as Mike was long booked for a class, will be churning out pizzas. I will be on a flight to the Bahamas—joke, but also wistful thinking!” I love it!!
Now you know why I’m looking forward to it!
The week after I will be vending at the First Valley Ford Wool Festival.
Both events are free to attend. So mark your calendars and if you are planning to visit, please come by to say hi and don’t forget to bring your spinning wheel!
English Angora Wool! This has been my new fiber discovery. I purchased the fiber at the Dixon Fair while I was vending there, but didn’t pay much attention to the label. Later on, I discovered that the wool comes from Betty Chu who is a well known English Angora breeder. A few months ago, somebody posted a picture of her on FB posing with one of her English Angora Rabbits, the name immediately rang a bell. I checked the label on the plastic bag that contained the wool and it turned out that it was from the same Betty Chu. I decided to spin a chunky yarn and plied it with a pink silk thread. I didn’t find it too difficult to spin but like any new fiber, it takes a little practice to get used to managing the slippery hair. While taking off the finished yarn from the knitty knotty it was very noticeable to see and feel the drape and the softness right away. It is OMG so soft! I can see a luxurious cowl made with this yarn. Now to the pictures…
I want to spin more of this fiber and I don’t know if I want to wait until next year to get more…
P.S. I ended up knitting a beanie, but I didn’t have a chance to take a picture before heading to Black Mountain Weavers to sale it. Nonetheless, the hat is yummy soft.
Yesterday we left Zion but before leaving we got to talk to some folks about a place called The Wave. We got directions to get there, but later on we found out that we need a special permit to be able to hike the place and so, after lunch, we were pretty much set with the decision to stay in Kanab and try to get the permit which is issued through a lottery. There are only 20 permits issued a day and 10 of them are given online months ahead of time. That means that there are only 10 permits issued when you apply in person. Well, 20 people arrived and we were lucky enough to get our permit!! Tomorrow we are hiking towards The Wave! But on our way to Kanab, we got to stop in several places.
One of those places is The Coral Pink Sand Dunes. We got to goof off in the dunes before it got too late.
I’ve been trying to get caught up with my spinning. This is my “Tuscany” SW Merino:
This is from my last SAL “Alice in Wonderland”. I want to knit a pair of socks with this yarn, and my goal has been to spin fingering weight yarn. This is the first skein of two and right now I’m working on the second skein.
YARN SPECS: Sw Merino