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Lanea
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Posted - 05/05/2010 :  04:31:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had a blast looking for rare-breed yarns and fibers at Maryland Sheep and Wool last weekend, and it reminded me that we haven't been chatting much about our wool-alonging here over the last month or two. So, how is it going, folks?

I completely fell in love with Icelandic this weekend, particularly with the naturally-dyed Icelandic yarns from Solitude.

Over the last year or so, I've gotten to play with Teeswater locks a bit thanks to Jen from Spirit Trail. This weekend, I was lucky enough to meet a one week old Teeswater lamb. I tell ya, the cute nearly killed me. I may have to start lobbying for Teeswater's inclusion.

What about you? Have you branched out further than our current list of wools? Is there something you'd love to try?

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Clara
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Posted - 05/05/2010 :  09:03:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good question! Between some very tight deadlines and a teaching engagement, April ended up being too hectic for me to enjoy a full-blown Targhee project - although every time I come across my Targhee swatches I marvel at how fantastic that fiber is and how very much I want to make a sweater out of it.

But I, too, fell madly in love with the Icelandic yarn from Solitude. I brought home enough yarn for a small shoulder shawl (not as big as Shelia's Lilia Hyrna shawl) in white with some contrasting rows in other natural colors. I also have a bag of lovely washed Icelandic lamb fleece that I got at the Common Ground Fair last year. But methinks I'll have my way with the Solitude Icelandic first. So yummy.

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KnittingKittens
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  02:57:41 AM  Show Profile Send KnittingKittens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My life is interfering with my knitting and as a result some mojo is gone. It happens sometimes.
Since the next best thing is reading about and enjoying the wool journeys of this group, I love to see what everyone else is working on and their comments about the qualities and personalities of the fibers. This is a learning experience --always a good thing!
I made the Thermis Cowl when we had Cormo as the flavor of the month and really loved it! Alas, no time for BFL or Targhee. Since I don't have to chase the Icelandic I will be making "something" from my Lopi stash.
Ran into some lovely handsun CVM/Romeldale and a Pygora/Merino blend at CTS&W and they came home with me!
The crunchy earthy wools are my personal faves and I think the Jacob sheep are cute (really cute!)so that would be my pick.
But really since it is all about the wool, anyone of the breeds is fine by me!
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mathiemom
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  08:37:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, Clara, since you asked . . .

I've been participating in and thoroughly enjoying the WAL since I found out about it (during BFL month, though I did get some Cormo "retroactively" that I'm going to cast on when I can fit it in). There are a few breeds I haven't tasted yet (at least, not knowingly) that I'm quite curious about, especially since reading your book. First, although I understand that you're trying to wean us from a nonstop diet of finewools, I definitely want to try CMV and Rambouillet. I realize that Targhee is cross that includes Rambouillet, but that doesn't decrease my appetite to try Rambouillet. I'd also like to try Tunis (as an old indigenous US breed), Jacob, and one of the down-types (Southdown, maybe?). There are others that I've tried and usually enjoyed, but my choice would naturally be breeds that I haven't sampled before. With a few exceptions, I don't know which breeds are reasonably available in garment-usable yarn form; I assume that accessibility is somewhat of a consideration.

Wendy
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Lanea
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  10:19:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wendy, I love Jacob. I love the breed, I love their horns, I love their wool.

That is all.

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Luann
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  6:45:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had to order more Targhee single ply for my second project (and oh, darn, she has a $15 minimum, so I HAD to also order some 2 ply to make the difference.) I loved the BFL but Targhee has me swooning. And as soon as this week is over (early May is wall to wall for me) I will start to SPIN my Icelandic/Jacob roving from the sheep shearing at Gore Place. Given all the wonderful wools in Clara's book, this could go on indefinitely! And I wouldn't mind a bit. It has even inspired me to *finally* start putting my stash on Ravelry, because I have a lot more different wools in my stash than I realized. Now how could that have happened? My stash is so petite!

*cough*cough* I need to get a glass of water...

Luann

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minh
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Posted - 05/06/2010 :  8:47:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Let's see...

- February was Cormo: I knitted a scarf out of Foxfire Cormo Silk Alpaca.

- March was BFL: I spun some natural BFL.

- April was Targhee: I ordered some natural targhee fiber from Hello Yarn but haven't spun it yet (while I was at it, I also ordered Rambouillet, Shetland and Finn fiber in case they show up in the Woolalong)

- May is Icelandic: I contacted Gretchen from Solitude and my shopping list includes Icelandic and a sampling from some of the other yarns.

I'm game for anything but I already stocked up in teeswater, corriedale, wensleydale, and romney -- you know, just in case...
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NutmegOwl
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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  07:33:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit NutmegOwl's Homepage Send NutmegOwl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Somehow, I got stuck in March - with a wonderful skein of BFL that just won't end. But after a cowl, tam AND mitts, I'm maybe finally ready to move on. So I'm backtracking to the Foxfire Cormo from stash, which I actually caked the other night. I did pick up some CVM and Romney recently, so I'll be hoping to be ready for another month. In the meantime, I've so enjoyed sniffing the fumes from everyone else - and the feedback regarding each yarn. Consider my horizons broadened, even if life is preventing me from keeping up with the rest of you.

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linda-gail
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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  12:09:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit linda-gail's Homepage Send linda-gail a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I missed being able to particpiate in the Feb. fiber fun but knitted some wonderful, thick, cushy inside socks in March with Rowan Purelife BFL.

I purchased Targhee fiber and have just begun to spin it. It is a very enjoyable experience. It's a bouncy, easy to spin fiber and I am looking forward to knitting up a hat and mittens (most likely) with it. I chose soft shades of blue that will give me a lift in the middle of winter.

I have some icelandic fiber at home in 2 shades of grey and I look forward to spinning that, too. I have to weight it to see how much I have ( no label in the bag. I have to get better about that!) but I hope to spin enough for a small lacey shawlette.

This wool along may just keep me from ignoring my spinning wheel all summer (which is what ususaly happens, though not purposefully).

I know that I have a lot to learn about different fibers and plan to make some notes as I spin or knit to remind myself of the characteristics of each one.

As far as suggestions, I've already spun and knit with Jacob, but I love it, so I wouldn't mind a redo. I have a pretty limited experience with spinning and knitting different breeds of wool.
I have no other preferences or requests - I just want to learn about fibers I haven't tried and a reason to buy them. ; ))

Linda, knitting and spinning away in MD
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minh
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Posted - 05/18/2010 :  2:42:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I received a lovely package from Solitude with Icelandic, Clun, Shropshire,... The yarns are so plump that I squeezed them for several minutes to welcome them in my home :) And the colors are vibrant too so I am looking forward to knitting these up as part of the woolalong or just because!

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Luann
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Posted - 05/18/2010 :  6:41:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love the image of you welcoming the new yarns, Minh! "Oh, helloooo! Do come in! Here, you must be dying for fresh air after being packed up in that parcel. Let me open a window. Is that better? Can I offer you something? Do let me get a look at you!"

Luann

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mathiemom
Chatty Knitter

USA
245 Posts

Posted - 05/20/2010 :  09:08:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had two little packages that required immediate oxygen awaiting me after I returned from a week of grandmom-ing in Virginia. Whew! After a lot of careful, loving stroking, I was able to rescusitate all the yarn. I'm keeping them right next to the bed just in case they require a little more attention. For their sakes, you understand.

Now, the big question: how did those packages happen to be sent to me? Was it my evil twin Gwendy at work again??

Wendy
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mathiemom
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Posted - 05/20/2010 :  09:13:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lanea, thanks for the info on Jacob. I'll definitely try it soon whether or not it's a WAL selection!

Wendy
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