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The trials and tribulations of raw Gotland fleece

Love it. Hate it. Is is me or is this stuff the most labour-intensive fleece on the market? An hour on the floor with this (super stinky) stuff and you’ve only pulled out enough locks to make one puny baby sock. And the smell. I mean, this little thing sauntered in during a particularly fraught scouring session and rather than buzz around and annoy me further, it just keeled …

Dirty sheep fleece
When it’s 34 degrees outside and you’re up to your eyeballs in steaming sheep fleece …
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Solar-dyed roving – a good use for summer sun

Solar dyed roving

As the temperature hit 36 degrees, I decided it was time to put all that hot air to good use and set up my big black dye pot for a bit of experimental solar dyeing. I took a few 100 grams of tussah silk-merino roving from Das Wollschaf, which is just gorgeous, and put it to work with procion and acid dyes. I was inspired by …

Birthdays mean … treats!

Well, last year, it meant an impending half marathon, which was no fun at all. This year, things should be much more interesting … Can’t wait for my Hero drum carder from Woolmakers and Wollwolff Kämmstation to arrive …

Looking back – the first hand-spun sweater

Handspun merino

This spring’s mega spinning project? 600 g of super-soft grey merino from Das Wollschaf … enough for my first hand-spun sweater … I hope. I still can’t work out if I’m spinning woolen or worsted, but at least I know it’s Navajo plied! It’s already turning into Looking Back – a back-to-front sweater/cardigan that the Engineer can’t get his head round (‘So, how does it …

Building a DIY wool picker

DIY wool picker

EDIT: There seem to be an awful lot of people in the world trying to build wool pickers! If you enjoy this post or build something, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. You might also like a new project I’m working on: Building an electric spinning wheel – Part 1 Thanks for reading! ………………… With the imminent arrival of half a flock …

Alpaca dreams

The long journey from alpaca fleece to something usable has begun. Having found a fantastic supply of alpaca fleece on eBay Kleinanzeigen at an irresistible price, I ordered six kilos. I didn’t really think about the wheres or hows or whys of this decision until this box arrived … Mr DHL wouldn’t even carry it up the stairs … I’d originally planned it so this guilty purchase would arrive …

Holiday revelations

Christmas Markets Stuttgart

The festive season is finally done and dusted and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Right now, this is involving aching all over from the revived exercise regime and reviewing all my recent extravagant eBay purchases and Christmas DIYs, oh, and working out exactly what to do with my growing stash in 2015. As with any New Year, there’s a hint of sadness, based largely around …

A miserable introduction to machine knitting (kein Spaß beim Maschinenstricken)

Toyota KS901 Knitting Machine/sStrickmaschine

So, I’ve acquired a Toyota KS901 knitting machine together with the KR506 ribber (Feinstricker). Apparently, this makes it a double-bed machine, although what this actually looks like in practice is still beyond me. I say ‘acquired’, I actually transported the machine through four countries on three connecting trains over a 12-hour period, which is right up there with the most stupid and painful things I’ve ever done, but I …