There’s nothing I like more than a good pile of carded fluff or a rope of combed fibres, preferably with a whiff of hillside and lanolin. It soothes me when I’m homesick for hills. All the sensory experience in the act of sorting and washing raw fleece, drying and carding and drafting and spinning, gives a special liveliness to the finished yarn. In knitting with it, I feel an appreciation for the process, a direct connection to that sheep grazing somewhere.
I am currently knitting towards the finish of a cardigan whose yarn I started spinning 2 years ago. It’s a top-down raglan, aran weight, the Felix cardigan by Amy Christoffers. The pattern can be found here (Ravelry link) It’s soft, dense and heavyish, and a dark chocolatey brown. I will hopefully be adding the mosaic buttons i know I have somewhere.
The wool fibre I’m using is from the Icelandic Leader sheep. The leader sheep are a related breed to Icelandic sheep and have an important role in the flock as protectors and all-round ovine danger sensors. They have a 6th sense they use to predict bad weather, among their other talents.
The wool of the leadersheep is soft and strong, and is delightful to spin. I bought the fibre from Daníel Hansen’s Forystufé stand at Pakhusstrik, the annual North Atlantic focused knitting festival at Nordatlantansbrygge in Copenhagen.
I have spun the yarn chain ply, a 3-ply technique that creates a super strong, rounded yarn. I literally cannot break it with my hands, it’s that strong! However, it’s soft with a fluffy halo and I’m really looking forward to wearing it this winter.