Saturday, July 12, 2008

Stashed

A friend has just acquired a *large* amount of wool from a textile research lab. So much, she's been giving it away to her knitting friends by the bag full.

Wow is all I can say, what a wholelotta wool!

Its all on cones so she kindly lent me her niddy noddy to hank it up. Some of it will need washed before use so I'm skeining to make it easier.

Have you used a niddy noddy before? What a great little thing!! Makes skeining SO easy.

Heres last nights efforts
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Looks like a lot of wool eh? Hmmm hardly made a dent in the haul she gave me

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And the stuff I took hardly made a dent in my friends "collection"!!!

Its going to be fab to have so much cream wool on hand for dyeing. I've made a couple of 100g skeins ready for my yarn swap packages and the rest I've been doing in 200g lots. My Mum wants some and I'll probably end up giving some of this away as there is just so much.

Its not labelled but feels 8ply-ish. Some of it is hand spun like in appearance, some is more tightly spun, some is quite waxy and will need a good wash or 2, some is silky and smooth. Its really interesting that cream wool can look the same at a glance but actually all has different 'anatomy'.

The scratchier stuff is earmarked for felted bags and some of the softer stuff will be fine for clothing. I'm never going to have to worry about stuffing up the dyeing as I imagine I have enough cream wool for a life time now lol.

Thanks Erin!!

11 comments:

erika~ the inspired mama said...

ummm, SCORE!!! that is fantastic! i love my niddy noddy :) here are easy instructions to make one out of pvc pipe:
http://www.doctordirt.com/blog/niddy.html

At Home Mommy Knits said...

What a fantastic score!!

incidentalhappiness said...

By golly, I'm so very jealous!

tash* said...

very, very jealous. I'm sure you'll have loads of fun with it!

Aunt Kathy said...

I wouldn't know what to do with all that wool. What a great gift

purdypeas said...

Score!!!!! Green with envy HAHA

kv said...

it's been said before, but i'll say it again---jealous!!!

PrincessPea said...

Jealous (3)!

Wow - you lucky thing! How lovely to be able to experiment without having to pay for the yarn first!

Denise said...

Wow, so much wool, the possibilities are endless!
I'm looking forward to seeing your CPH modeled :)

neak said...

wahooooooooooooooo total score now do you have a room just to store it all in? :P

Survival of the Knittest said...

If you, uh, need help with some of that, I'd be more than happy to help ;)