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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 …

Building a DIY blending board (spielen mit Kardenbelag)

DIY Blending Board

It’s arrived! Finally … The carding cloth. The most expensive piece of ‘fabric’ I’ve ever bought. People seemed to be getting theirs from naturalfiberyarns on Etsy, but what with shipping and customs as well as having to wait when you’re itching to get started, buying from the States is rarely worth it. Instead, I tracked down a few European sources, including Wingham Wool Work (UK), Golden Fleece …