Last weekend I made my way to Wonderwool Wales on the Royal Welsh show grounds in Builth Wells for a day of yarny goodness!
This was the third Wonderwool I had been too, and as usual it was full of varying stalls selling items from fleece to finished products. Armed with a short list of things I would like, I made my way round, once to look and at least once to buy!
Me looking at yarn.
I found some beautiful chinese tribal batik’s and embroidery at Slow Loris Textiles. Martin Conlan the stall owner told us a lot about the origins of the textiles and how they were meticulously created.
I spent most of the day trying to avoid being tempted by fleece and other such fibers. I was very aware that I still have about 8kgs of fleece in the utility which needs using first. But I did get a small amount of raw pink silk (as I needed it) to finish off a dress that is far from being finished.
Goodies from Wonderwool
As usual I had a wonderful time and came home excited for next years Wonderwool!
I had a week to come up with a quick hand made gift – I decided on fingerless mitts with a stripe of hairpin lace down the center to make them a bit more interesting.
I’d already started spinning some finger weight wool (I’m slowly trying to get through the 9kgs of Ryeland and Gritstone I had cleaned over the winter) and thought that maybe it would be possible to use with my new Knitmaster Zippy De-luxe.
After a little 10×10 sample I found it worked a dream, and with a small adjustment to the tension I was away.
I used 58sts x 75 rows per glove on a tension of 10 for the first 6 rows and then continued on tension 7 for the remainder. This gave me mitts measuring 16cm in length and a circumference of approx 18cm.
The hairpin lace was worked on a narrow width with 30 loops each side for each glove using a 3.25mm crochet hook.
I heard recently that you could clean wool by leaving it in a vat of rain water, and the yeast and sheepy poo cleans the wool for you, this seemed like much easier work than repeatedly washing and rinsing.
There seemed to be many ways to do it but this is what I did
Waited for it to Rain! Put out as many buckets as I had to collect it.
Place wool in buckets, cover and leave. I was told a week would be necessary, but mine was in there for 2 weeks! (I forgot).
This picture is the washed wool before giving it a final rinse.