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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 04/13/2011 :  7:04:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The breed is called Tunis, and it's one of the oldest indigenous sheep breeds in the United States. So when I saw that there was a farm in Upstate New York that raised Tunis sheep, that they sent the fleece to Green Mountain Spinnery in Vermont for processing, and that they named the yarn Looney Tunis? Well, couldn't resist.

Note: Their Web site appears to have crashed right after I published the review. So you'll have to trust me on this one.

Clara
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CraftyGrammy
Chatty Knitter

USA
194 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2011 :  05:04:34 AM  Show Profile Send CraftyGrammy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara, I so enjoy your yarn reviews. It sounds like a perfect yarn for that go to sweater. I have been going crazy looking for the perfect yarn for a long coat sweater. This one happens to call for a heavy worsted though. Would it be possible to double it up to get 18 sts/4" on a 10 1/2 needle? Since this sweater is long and will be sat on it seems that the 3 ply would hold up well for pilling and wear.

It looks like the spinnery has put out another great yarn.

Thanks for the review.

Nancy
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knittingsister
New Pal

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 04/14/2011 :  09:58:12 AM  Show Profile Send knittingsister a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara, I can't WAIT to give this yarn a try. It sounds like one I will love, not being particularly into soft. Born and raised in New York State, product of many generations of Maine and Massachusetts dwellers, I treasure the slightly scratchy feel of wool against my skin. (Also,what are those long-sleeved Ts in delicious colors for, if not to go under scratchy wool sweaters?) I will seek out some Tunis yarn in the very near future. Thanks for letting us know about it. I also own and really enjoy your Knitter's Book of Wool. I read every word, about every breed of sheep. I'll leave the sheep-raising to others, but love their wools. Carol
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bfaye
Seriously Hooked

USA
721 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2011 :  10:13:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit bfaye's Homepage Send bfaye a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara,

Great review! I think I would love this yarn, the sheepy smell just makes me like a yarn even more. The "yarns of substance" like this are the ones that I think make projects that last - the arans, the weekend sweaters and jackets that become old friends.

I went to the site and I read the blocking directions. They said to wash in Dawn dish soap and put a book on top of the project to block and it would bloom. Did you block your swatch like this? I've never blocked that way and wondered about it. I wouldn't want to smash the sheepy goodness. :)

benne
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