The Day of the Wool (Het Dag van de Wol) Oijen, Netherlands

The Day of the Wool (Het Dag van de Wol) Oijen, Netherlands

Dag van de Wol is probably translated as ‘The Wool Day’ but I think more literal translation to ‘The Day of the Wool’ has a nice ring to it, a sentence in which the focus is well and truly on the Wool having its day 🙂 It was an event held here annually in Holland (aka The Netherlands) and it took place this year on Saturday, two days ago already! I am sorry I didnt get this post up earlier, but as suspected, yes, got a bad headcold. Its seriously holding up mental activity. Also enthusiasm. So you need to make some allowances and add some imagination to this post, because however enthusiastic I sound in this post, please multiply that by at least eight to get the ‘actual’ amount of enthusiasm that I had on the day, before I got sick. The Day of the Wool was held in a small place quite a hike from where I live, mostly because there are a couple of major rivers running through the country, which of course don’t have bridges conveniently placed just for me, so it was a bit of a dogleg from here to Oijen. A nice drive though and it was really a beautiful late summer day. Its held on a farm, so a nice rural setting, and most of it is inside a big barn generally used for horse riding, so a good size and covered in case of rain. Handy, but not needed on Saturday.     When I got there I first looked for Marian and her Alpaca Milestones stand, she has already supplied me with some amazing quality alpaca fleeces, currently being hoarded and exclusively used for my Lord of the Rings Elven yarns, they’re THAT magical! I found her and a whole lot of lovely fiber, gorgeous colours, gorgeous textures, and I was pleased to stop and have a chat. I hope to be able to make it to the next spinning/knitting day at her place soon, had a lovely time last time. Opposite and along a bit from Marians stand was a guy surrounded with raw fleeces, rolled up on the temporary wooden floor, hanging around on a frame, smaller amounts in bags… first thing to catch my eye was all the Wensleydale he had, but the next thing had me reaching for my wallet. He was busy talking to someone when I arrived and so I was checking out this fleece thinking, wow thats loooooong long locks on that fleece.. too long for Wensleydale, I was thinking. I instantly thought ‘Masham’ because it was hanging like dreads, with this incredible length, it wasnt lustrous enough to be Teeswater, but it...

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Gandalf the Grey Yarn Cowl

Gandalf the Grey Yarn Cowl

Just adding this photo here in a post because I just remembered to add it to my Creations Gallery ! As I may have already mentioned O-o I am working on a series of Lord of the Rings / Hobbit yarns, and this is something I made from my Gandalf the Grey prototype, its natural silver grey Gotland, carded till its really fluffy (aka Angel Batt Baby thank you Lexi Boeger and Esther Rodgers!) and spun verrrrry lossely around a core with a LOT of red Angelina, because, Gandalf likes his fireworks! It knitted up fabulously, super bulky and incredibly light. It also washes surprisingly well, when you look at how loose the fibers are spun you kinda wonder how that can work, but this yarn is super, when you wash it, as it dries it totally just fluffs back out! Ok so I clearly have to make at least one more skein of this to add to my LOTR collection, cos it worked 🙂 Thank you to my gorgeous daughter Ana for modelling this for me...

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What I did this week.

What I did this week.

I didnt have just a single theme to write about today, but a bit like my week, this post is going to be about lots of little things that all together make up ..well… a week! Firstly, I am working on creating yarns to stock my Etsy shop as well as to provide for Woool, the lovely Yarn Store in The Hague that will be stocking my yarns. My deadline for that is the 16th of September, at which time I will be at Woool for the special open day to be held there, which I am really looking forward to! It will see the launch of the range of yarns I am making for Woool, based on the suggestion that we need ‘lots of colour’!  Here are some of the yarns so far, waiting to be washed and set, and one of which is actually already reserved for someone! Must. Keep. Spinning! 😀 I won’t be taking my wheel for this event, as there will be someone there with a wheel already who spins local sheep wool, and its not a huge space. I will have my spindle, and some wool combs, so anyone interested will get a look at how  I prepare fleece for worsted spinning, and actually I am planning on using the opportunity to prep some lovely alpaca fleece from Marian of Alpaca Milestones here in Holland. I have already dyed it pale leaf green, and am going to blend in a little trilobal nylon sparkle then spin two fine smooth singles that will be plied together, along with… and here I am stuck, either silver or gold thread. This is going to be one of the yarns in my Lord of the Rings / Hobbit collection,  Lothlorien, the magical elven forest visited in both the Hobbit and LOTR. In my mind, Lothlorien is golden, glowing, with dappled light and soft greens. But I also have the Elves themselves in my head as cool, silvery creatures. See why I am stuck? What you think I should do – gold or silver for this yarn?? What I do know, from the previous pure white and silver yarn I spun with that alpaca, is it feels like the most luxurious yarn ever, with an incredible weight and drape. Alpaca has certainly become my current favourite fiber! It can be tricky to comb as its so fine and doesnt have the hooks of wool and tends to slip past itself in a less than handy way when combing, but I tried out a few things for the white yarn and was really happy with the result from the combing. I am getting side-tracked by the thought of spinning...

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