Boreray

First I want to thank everybody for your kind get well wishes! I’m getting stronger with each day. I’ve even started spinning again!

So, let’s start with a post I had intended before I collapsed in Stockholm at the beginning of December: Boreray yarn. I was able to buy a fleece last spring. The fleece is rooed, as Boreray sheep loose their fleece naturally. Rooed wool is longer than it would be if sheared. The fleece I bought is very white with a few darker fibres. I still haven’t been able to spin the darker bits that I picked out, but I have stored them in my spinning room and not in the attic so there’s hope for spring!

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The fleece was very clean, so I gently scoured the fleece only to remove some of the lanolin. The fibers have a lot of crimp, which makes it difficult to card if you leave all the lanolin and card without warming  the fleece first. I find that a bit difficult, as you must also warm the rolags/batts before spinning, so I prefer scouring.

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I split the batts lengthwise, predrafted, and spun with a woollen draw and very little twist. There was quite a lot of kemp, but most of it fell out during carding and spinning, even more in the finishing bath, and what’s left can either be left in the yarn or be picked out while knitting. I’m so pleased with this yarn!

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A soft yarn for warm hats and mittens! I think I’ll try nalbinding also, even it’s a knitting yarn.

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3 comments

  1. Susan

    Good morning and it IS good, both to hear from you and to know you are better! Sounds like it was a bit of a struggle and we are all sorry re that. Your Boreray fleece prep and spinning are excellent. Any plans for it? Happy New Year!!

  2. Marilyn F.

    Loved the photo of your wool sitting on the rock with the moss – it looks so natural. And of course your yarn is beautiful!! Thanks for the little road trip in processing this fiber and losing the kemp through processing. So glad you are feeling better. It is good to see you are spinning and blogging again. Take care.

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