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Dyed in the Wool has posted its first shop update for 2017 and there are 15 new rovings in there for you to spin up.

Just check out a few of these!

Lincoln Sherlock (535x640)

This is the 2016 Indiana State Fair Grand Champion fleece from a Lincoln Ram named Sherlock.  It is soft, shiny and wonderful!

LF Papagaya (618x640)

This sweet, true-black fiber is from a Lincolnfolk named Papagaya.

So, go and check out the rest that Dyed in the Wool has to offer.  There also is the 2016 Indiana State Fair Reserve Champion fleece in there as well

 

Jan 17

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The ties are worsted weight yarn.  This fiber is so wonderful to touch.  I’ll be interested to see how it works knitted, woven, felted and dyed.  I am hoping to have enough left over to make a small wristie because I’d love to see how it wears, too.  I bought the fiber at the Woolery.

Jan 16

Jan 11

During 2017, I am hosting a breed/fiber study on my Fiber Pusher Podcast Ravelry group, but I want to discuss what I am learning as I am going.  In the Rav group, there will be one post for the entire fiber type study which will summarize the breed/fiber.

I decided I wanted to start 2017’s study out with the nicest fiber I own, which is the Paco-Vicuna that I picked up at The Woolery on Dec 26th.  Sandy and I bought an ounce at $39, which we split.  So, the sample I am working with is 1/2 an ounce or about 14 grams.  There was a bit of veg in this fiber, which you have to pick out every bit you can find.  This fiber is so fine and so soft that any extra bits feel like boulders.

img_20170108_161416159Spinning it was a joy.  It drafted easily and made for a consistently fine single.  Because I only have 1/2 an ounce, I am going to ply this back on itself to create a 2-ply so I can have enough yarn to knit and weave samples to test it.  Due to its dark color, I still am undecided on whether to dye a sample or not.

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Here you can see the fineness of the singles.  I wish I had more of it, at least enough to make wristies to test wear. After the study has been completed, I will see how much is remaining and go from there.

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Dec 14
It snowed!!
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Yesterday, Indianapolis was blessed with about 4″ of snow.  I don’t think we received as much where I live, but there was no wind and it was lovely.

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I love this shot – mostly a black, white and gray image with the pop of reddish brown from this maple tree that thinks it’s an oak.  It never sheds its old leaves until the new spring leaves push them off the branches.  This is the Wall of China line along the south line of our property.

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This is on the other side of that line above.  This wee bit of property is a bit of a wilderness, but I love it.  There is always something new popping up – asparagus in the spring, and now there are several yucca plants that appeared over the summer that I am going to transplant into my yard next spring.

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And there is this cedar tree.  I remember my mom seeing it and telling me to get rid of it because – well because she hated cedar trees.  I love them, though.  I love how they look both in the summer and covered with snow in the winter.  I love how they smell.  This tree is a friend and she’s a good listener.

I love snow falls like this one.  Soft, gentle, wet and just lovely.

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