Mary Ellen Joe: Cowichan Knitter by Phil Ives

As fiber enthusiasts, finding a good documentary on the craft is always a good thing. Enjoy!

A short film by Phil Ives

#spin15aday2018challenge

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We are going to do it again, though some of you have never stopped! #spin15aday is coming up starting January 1 and we’ll be taking the #spin15aday2018challenge! Are you in?

What to do:

Spin. 15 minutes a day. Simple.

You get to decide what you are spinning, how you are spinning, when you are spinning. All we want to do is promote everyone to spin 15 minutes a day. It adds up, really it does.

There will be gift-aways to keep folks motivated as well as small project purpose challenges during the year that if you want to join in and do, great, if not, not worries. Just keep spinning.

Note: there are no yardage requirements, there is no race, it’s just about the hygge of enjoying the time spinning fiber.  

Spin with a wheel, a spindle or a rock and stick! It’s up to you!  We just want you to share when you can on Instagram using hashtags #spin15aday , #spin15aday2018challenge or whatever hashtag is up for the small project challenge.

I’m excited. Are you excited? I sure hope so.

Ready.Set.Spinnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

Spin 15 a day 2

 

 

 

 

Wool Breed: Colored Ryeland

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, nearly five months.  Time to get back at it.

This week’s wool breed is Colored Ryeland.

Ryeland Sheep

Picture from Wikipedia

I’ll be spinning up this 20 grams  @bakewell_hearts shared with me awhile back.

Historically, the Ryeland sheep are thought to be from as early as the 1300’s, where monks raise the Ryeland sheep among ryeland pastures.

As for the royalty of Queen Elizabeth I (reign: 1553 – 1603), rumor was she had a love of Ryeland stockings.  It would be interesting to know how the wool was spun for the stockings and how they wore.  With the shorter staple length, I can see a woolen spin but just not stockings that would last long.

What I have learned about the current Ryeland breed is that the sheep in Great Britain/Australia are thought to be closer to the original breed, where as the Ryeland in New Zealand are producing a heavier, coarser wool.

 

Here’s the Great Britain/Australian wool facts:

Weight: 4.5 – 6.5 lbs (2-3 kg)

Staple Length: 2 – 5 inches (5 – 12.5 cm)

Microns: 25-28

Lock structure: dense, blocky lock with pointed tips

Fiber Prep: card, spin woolen.

 

 

Until next time…

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