Love Wool

The Muse came in by the back door this weekend An unusual Muse, this one – it was the moneymaking Muse…

Well, the last of the year’s Open Studios is done with. Look what I found in my stock drawer on Sunday morning!

He is a little monkey.

I failed to get all the spinning done that I had intended, though I did fill the second bobbin of singles from that orange pencil roving. There is still a mountain of that to get through… Some of the Corriedale/Romney was spun as a demo and likewise some of the Zwartbles/Merino was plied but I didn’t get very far at all and I actually ended up knitting a whole new project on Sunday instead of spinning!

We had a few visitors, but not many – though more than I had feared we might (not) have. And we did make sales! In actual fact I lost more sales than I made “Sorry, that’s not for sale” and “No, sorry, that’s not actually finished yet” were the flavour of the day.  Imagine how I was kicking myself when a lady tried to buy the grey Hap…

Anyway, conversation turned to this and to that and then we ended up with some outline plans that do not involve the reduction of my stash or my UFO pile, nor the knitting of next year’s Show entries. In fact, it’s all about turn and begin again on new projects – and not necessarily knitting at all. I have a lot of thinking and planning to do now, and I need to get my head into a completely different gear.

Heaven only knows what we are going to talk about here… as secrets and surprises are involved. Maybe I shall start by asking you do all the work for a  few weeks.

OK. It is time for you to talk back to me.

It’s the Campaign For Wool‘s LovewoolUK event this week. Leave a comment telling me why you love wool, or what it is that you love about wool – or write a blog post and come back here to leave a link to it in the comments. I might try to think up some kind of a draw prize…

… but there will definitely be a prize over at the Sanday Spinners blog, where a similar event will be taking place. Just give me a few minutes in which to write it…

Spinning Group is taking spinning public this week and we shall be spinning at the Heritage Centre on Sanday. That should be fun and I am breaking my self-imposed spinning exile to support that event. I want to spin fleece not tops while I am there so I shall need to spend time preparing fibre before then. There shall be cake to be made too. Aside from that, I shall be spending much of my time putting my fibre life back in order now that the summer events are over. I especially need to clean my drum carder down  in order to add some new fibre to it.

Come to think on it, I expect most of this week to disappear in fibre prep. I wish that I had a hackle and some combs. Never mind, I am at least one handspun shawl closer to that goal after yesterday 🙂

Oh, and I love wool for oh-so-many reasons, not least of which is that it is a natural fibre and a renewable resource.

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5 Comments

  1. September 5, 2011

    Wool is so forgiving when making a project, its like magic how a lace shawl transforms when blocked. It is warm and if knitted in a close enough fabric it seems windproof. Wool has draping qualities that are not found in some other fibres. It takes dyes. It is recyclable, fed up with a garment? Then undo it and knit another! It takes steeks in its stride which means no interminable sewing up of sweaters, just cut the steek and pick up sts for arms etc. Lets face it, Wool Rules!!

  2. September 6, 2011

    It is the potential and the variation that I love. There are so many choices, and then what each individual spins, dyes and/or knits is so varied that you can start out with one sheep and get a huge variety of projects

  3. September 6, 2011

    I love for very simple and childish reasons – it can be any color of the rainbow and it’s just so snuggly soft.

  4. September 12, 2011

    I love wool because of it’s versatility. There are so many things I can do, and I can create out of it. The possibilities are endless, or at least I have a long time of knitting before I actually reach the end!

  5. September 12, 2011

    Wool is just beautiful. It comes in so many colors, is very versatile, and of course one of the more “traditional” fibers out there.

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