Wet Coast Wools Podcast Episode 13: Halloween Edition

October 30, 2016

Oct 20, 2016,
Wet Coast Wools
Glenda and B: ec0g33k

FOs (Finished Objects)
B: Wearing the Burton Bear Cowl
~Offhand Lace by Caitlin Ffrench in Bernat Roving
~Patons Kroy Socks for Brian
Fleegle Heel, Denim Jaquard(55601)Colorway
~Crocheted Sheep Kit
Kit I was regifted at Thanksgiving, The kit is from Momomints. Mine didn’t turn out like the picture at all but is still cute.
~Emerald Sweater
Wonder Years by Elizabeth Smith
Random acrylic, 2t size with extra length

Glenda: Wearing Final Frontier by Annamária Ötvös
~Knits for Guild Charity Craft Sales. All made with leftovers Cascade 220, Diamond Pure Wool Superwash, or similar.
Mitered Mittens, by Elizabeth Zimmermann
2 kids toques
Red & White mittens, 0-1048 Prancing Around Mittens by DROPS design
Maize fingerless gloves
Love the Winter Toque
Drops Toque - meant it for the sale, but I decided to keep it for me….
Drops Winter Melody Hat pattern (165-19)

~Rainbow wonder years
Loops and threads acrylics, one of 2. 4t size with extra length
~Canucks Circle Scarf
Hat Trick Canucks yarn.
Fino Circle Scarf by Jocelyn Tunney as a base but joined in the round

~Cozy (me) by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne, made with Cascade 220 in Pale Blue Heathers
Making the 36” bust (small), doing this as a class
Know your wool?? Peruvian Highland wool (see below)
~Sideways Gloves
Elizabeth Zimmermann, from Knit One, Knit All
~Loch Hat by Tin Can Knits
Using leftovers of Imperial Yarn’s Tracie Too from my stash, on 3.25mm needles
~Opal Play Sock Yarn on 2.25mm needles, Cuff-down Vanilla sock, 64sts.
dpnsforever is taking off… Shannon also created sorryGlenda for those of you not using DPNs.

Craft all the things
Wedding Cross Stitch FO!!! (picture)
Stitch fiddle, martha stewart tutorial
Glenda: None.

Aquisitions: Glenda - Legacy Fiber Artz Sweatah Wetha and Cotton Headed Mini Muggins

Store News
1000 Subscriber Giveaway - closing on Oct 31st.
~ Weirdest thing you have knit

Know Your Wool: Peruvian Highland Wool
“Peruvian Highland Wool” does not seem to refer to a specific breed of sheep, but rather to any wool that is take from sheep that are raised in the Highland regions of Peru. This explains why two yarns as different as Cascade 220 and Diamond Highlander can be labelled as being the same kind of wool.

About 60% of the sheep raised in Peru are known as Criollo sheep, which are descendants of the Merino and Churro sheep that were brought to South America by the Spanish in the 16th century. Over the centuries, these sheep have intermingled, gradually becoming well adapted to the high Andean environment. From what I can tell, these sheep have been raised for both meat and wool; approximately 85% of the sheep farming in Peru is done by small and/or peasant farms.

Since the early 1900s, efforts have been made to improve the overall Peruvian sheep stock, by crossbreeding them with imported breeds such as Corriedale, Rambouillet, and Panama (an American breed similar to Columbia). In 1955, the “Junin” sheep was recognized as an official breed. Created in the Junin region of Peru in 1955, the wool is a mix of Corriedale, Panama, and Polwarth.

Although it does not come from one specific breed of sheep, most of the wool designated as Peruvian Highland has characteristics of both Merino and Corriedale. It combines finer, softer fibres with the longer staple length and even crimp of the Corriedale. In general, the wool is fairly hard wearing, and has great elasticity and memory. It is also relatively inexpensive, which makes it more accessible to knitters and crocheters.