Ultra fine Merino

There’s a smallholder in Australia with 100 Merino ewes and a few rams. Nui Milton is also a fabulous spinner. You can follow her on Facebook, look for Casalana Wool. I bought 200 grams of grey locks from her, scoured a few staples at a time, flicked them open in both ends with a small dog brush, and spun from the cut end as fine as I had the nerve to. I wanted a shawl yarn that can take some blocking, so I didn’t spin as fine as I could’ve done. No, I’m not boasting! This wool can be spun so fine you can’t see it! You only have to be patient, take breaks, don’t spin when you’re tired. I know some of the participants in The Longest Thread competition in Bothwell use Nui’s wool.

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70 grams, 1260 meters. Enough for a small shawl.

Nui has found a way to keep the staples in order when stored. She simply uses rubber bands! They are easy to remove, and they don’t damage the delicate fibers if your careful.

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I’m sorry for the bad photo quality. I hope you can still see how lovely this Merino is. I like Merino, I like the way it feels, how it just lines up into fine, soft yarns. It’s not a fiber for beginners, but once you’ve learned the basics of spinning, and feel comfortable with you wheel or spindle and your drafting, you can spin it.

I spun on the Hansen Minispinner (lace flyer), and plied with the WooLeeWinder.

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Next step: to knit a lace shawl!

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6 comments

  1. Marilyn F.

    WOW. How absolutely cool. Beautiful spinning and nice photos. I too love Merino. You’ve done a terrific job with your fiber preparation and spinning. Makes me want to dive into some of my own Merino fiber.

  2. Susan

    Now, THAT is spinning 🙂 Marilyn was telling me about it and i am just getting to read your post. In fact I am going to send it on to a spinner I know in Melbourne. I will be interested to know if she is aware of Casalana Wool . thank you !

  3. nuimilton@westnet.com.au

    Dear Barbro, Many thank for such a kind words. Ninja and I are very happy to know our efforts made different in your spinning experience. Best regards, Nui Dr Nui MILTON – The wool Doctor http://www.facebook.com/nuimilton Ph 0895257085 P.O. Box 244, Serpentine WA, 6125 Australia

  4. Rebecca

    I had not known of coloured ultra fine merino in Australia! It has taken your blog in Finland and Susan from Idaho, US to inform me. Oh, how I love the interwebs!

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