Last week was a crazy busy week, and this coming week promises to be filled with wool and knitting and pattern writing!
Last week, Part One of Fleece-wise, The Series involved interviewing two great women; Theresa Walker of Great Bay Wool Works in NH and Jen Cary of Contented Butterfly Farm in VT. Both farmers were extremely generous with their time and knowledge. I spoke with Theresa on Skype and I visited Jen at her farm on a beautiful sunny morning. Then the hard work of editing our chats took much of the week as there was so much I wanted to leave in but time constraints meant I had to find the best nuggets and cut out more than I would have liked.
My contribution to Fleece-wise was to start the conversation about fleece at it's origins, so to the farmers I went. They provided great information about what is important to them when it comes to growing healthy sheep and fleece.
Next up in the Fleece-wise series is Sarah of FiberTrek. She will be releasing her episode within the week. Find her on Youtube.
In addition to the busyness of that pursuit, we also had a little frenzy courtesy of Blacker Yarns' Cornish Tin II. This was released on Sept 20th at 12p and was sold out by the end of the day (with two little skeins left and snatched up the next morning).
The Woolly Thistle was honored to be chosen by Blacker as one of only two shops in the USA to sell the coveted, limited edition yarn. It was a whirlwind of a day that was thrilling and tiring! I hope you all have your special Cornish Tin II yarn by now and are happily snuggling it and making plans for what to do with it.
This coming week sees the release of Blacker's St Kilda lace weight natural dark color way called Stac Lee which is a lovely brown. I have *almost* sold out of the Isle of Dùn (light gray) color way but there are a few skeins left. This yarn is very special due to its origins. St Kilda is an island in the outer Hebrides of Scotland which is home to two of the rarest and oldest British sheep breeds, Boreray and Soay. Because there is limited sheep there is limited supply so only a little bit gets made every year. Blacker hand blends their wool with Shetland to create a beautifully delicate and textured yarn with plenty of bounce. St. Kilda has a real grip, so it is exquisitely suited to lace knitting and textured shawls.
Also this week I've promised myself that the new sock pattern I'm working on will be written up and made tester-ready. I've knitted 3 pairs of the socks and I love them. I'm working on a fourth pair (because I'm crazy like that). The pattern will go through some test knitting and will then be ready for release. Hopefully sooner than later.
I'm feverishly working away on my Autumn's End by Alana Dakos. I had set this aside to work on the sock pattern but then, after thinking I wasn't going to Rhinebeck, I changed my mind (with a little help from my friends!) and so had get knitting on this for my 2016 RB sweater. The body is done and I have 2 sleeves done, but am actually working on a third because I wasn't happy with how one of the sleeves turned out. Then I will just have to join everything together and knit up the yoke. I'll be talking more about this on the next episode, I'm sure!
So that's it from me, for now. Hope you're all well. Claire