Monday, August 04, 2008
Do you remember that all so lovely loom that was gifted to me a few months ago? It now lives in my former dining room. We are still working on getting the loom ready to weave. It's slow going, what with it being canning season and all. But this winter will be for weaving.
The kind individual who gave me the loom stopped by this weekend and dropped off a few extra goodies that went with the loom (tie up stuff) and a few goodies for me.
Mmmmm, warp. A nice wool-nylon blend for learning how to weave with and a big boat shuttle.
But that's not all. She also gave me some wonderful hand spun, hand dyed yarn.
You see how it captures the light? It almost has as much luster as silk. This is indicative of goat fibres. The individual fibres of animal based yarns have scales (the same way that human hair does - if you run your fingers one way along a hair, it feels smooth, if you run them the other way, it feels rough - that's because of the scales). Wool tends to have more open scales, and depending on the bread, that's why it appears more matt (Mariano would be a good example of one with smaller, more closed scales, causing it to look shinier than say, wool from a Suffolk sheep) when seen in sunlight. It also makes it the easiest fibre to turn into yarn because the individual fibres tend to cling to each other thanks to the scales.
Goat fibres, the ones we use for making yarn at any rate, tend to have scales that are larger and to lye flat. This creates a more continuous surface that reflects light easier. Basically, it gives it a lovely sheen.
This yarn also feels like mohair, only the individual fibres are much finer than mohair I've seen in the past. Perhaps cashmere or a mix breed?
Whichever it is, this is going to make a wonderful weft. I wonder if there is enough here for a blanket for my bed?
I feel so lucky to know someone as kind as this woman. Perhaps one day I will be like her, an experienced weaver, and will have the opportunity to help someone who is just starting out on this wonderful fibre-arts journey. I hope so.