Sunday, March 23, 2008

Heavenly Colonial...

I uploaded these pictures to this blog post three days ago. For three days I have intended to write this post!

I wanted to show you what I am working on (here it is in single form)---

This was spun from some Colonial Wool Top in the Northern Lights colorway that I found at Birkeland Bros. last Sunday.  

Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into.  It is extremely soft, slightly shiny, and very easy to spin.  And the colors? Oh, the colors!  They are beautiful!

As soon as I started to spin up my first single out of this I was hooked.  I knew that this was the yarn for my fantasy sweater (the "perfect" sweater I have been dreaming of since I started knitting).  Since I had only picked up a 250 gram bag of the delightful stuff, I returned to Birkeland Bros. later in the week to raid the rest of their stash of this color.  

More on the sweater part later.

And here it is in its 2-ply hank-y goodness---

Apparently, Colonial Wool comes from a bunch of random sheep that they took from England and decided to transplant to South America.  By doing this, the sheep's wool has altered characteristics, including taking on the luster of mohair without the hairiness or itchiness.  Cool, huh? 


Christie said...

That's very cool. And what great colors!

turtlegirl76 said...

Very pretty!

Cheryll said...

Chrissy, I love the pictures of the spun and plied yarn, but I'd love to see what your raw materials looked like. I am trying to use my imagination, but found myself searching your site for some pics.


lexa said...

Very nice! Whatcha gonna do with all this hand-spun lovliness?

tiennie said...

That is cool! Very pretty too!

JessaLu said...

Very cool! ;o)

Ruth-Ann said...

Awesome spinning Chrissy....I only recently started to learn to spin and I am no where near where you are in talent yet! Very, very nice sweater too!