A few facts about BFL:
Fiber: 24-28 microns
Staple Length: 3-6 inches (longwool)
Natural Colors: Mostly white, can have black or gray genes.
A fiber quite easy to find and available in both fleece from farms or annual wool sales as well as commercially processed roving. Great for lots of knitted items, from sweaters to socks.
Dyes up nicely if you need color in your life.
Hopefully you will get your BFL sample spun, plied, knit or woven to try out the bounciness and texture of this very versatile fiber.
The results are in:
October 2018 – Eider
November 2018 – Suffolk
December 2018 – Herdwick (runner-up)
Today was relatively quiet for me after my full-speed, full-on day at Black Sheep Gathering and the 438 mile round-trip drive from yesterday.
It was a good day for reflection not only on my experience but also the various discussions I had with so many different fiber folk.
I am a believer in supporting local as well as small business owners. Sometimes small business owners are not as local, though supporting them still makes a difference in their lives as well as mine. It’s about community and kindness.
Maybe it’s a growing passion of mine as I get older to stay clear of large, commercial chain stores that don’t deliver the quality that we all deserve. Maybe it’s just because I need to create or lead or chat or listen or watch or view or share.
There are many things said in this video that may resonate with you as well, no matter where you are in this world, no matter how far, I hope you are able to take something away from it that feeds your fiber soul.
Grab a tea, your spinning or knitting and enjoy!
Over the next few months, my fascination with Shetland, fair isle knitting and history will be evident as I get closer to my trip in August.
Here is a Vimeo video of Susan Crawford’s The Vintage Shetland Project. I have the book on my list and hope to obtain a copy while I’m in Shetland.
If you have been following me on Instagram or my blog, you will know I love fiber in all forms.
Here is a fast, but amazing video of Yoko Saito sewing the fastest running stitch I’ve ever seen by hand.
When you run across a story of a wool mill, you just have to share.
Grab a cup of tea and a bit of knitting or spinning and take about five minutes to have a listen and look.
A video I posted on YouTube about seven years ago. It popped up in my feed last night and so I think it was meant to be shared.
Grab some tea, knitting or spinning and take a few minutes to admire the hard work of the makers!