Episode 60: Colourwork in my armpits!
Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
Happy Belated Canadian Thanksgiving!
Welcome to all our returning viewers, and to those who are joining us for the first time!
It was so great to see all of you at Knit City - thank you for coming to say hello and introducing yourselves!
Show notes can be found on Ravelry; you can leave comments and questions on YouTube or in this thread.
Glenda - Glenda on Ravelry, glendamcdonald on instagram
Wet Coast Wools - WetCoastWools on all the things
FOs (Finished Objects)
Urbaine des champs by Lucinda Iglesias. Made with 5 skeins of Illimani Amelie in Hunter Green. The pattern calls for 6, but I wanted it a little shorter. This is not a hard pattern to follow, but you do need to block it quite severely to get the stated dimensions. It totally changes the fabric when you block it, and it becomes soft and drapey.
Jones by tincanknits, knit in Borgo de’Pazzi Milly. Used about 1.5 skeins. I washed a swatch in the machine, and it came out fine - I would still recommend a gentle cycle with cold water, but it is actually machine wash friendly!
Woven placemats using Patons Hempster in Dove Grey and Coral Pink. All of the dove grey, about half of the coral.
Dusk Light by softsweater. I made this as a test knit, so that I could have it ready for Knit City. This uses a Sport-weight BFL/Gotland blend that we brought in for Knit City, and will continue to carry (more is coming soon!)
Kelsey: Absolutely no FO’s this time! :O Too much time spent shopping for and yarn planning with Knit City :)
Know Your Wool: Gotland
The Gotland breed can be traced back to the Vikings, who established the breed on the Swedish island of Gotland after bringing sheep back from expeditions deep into Russia. The Vikings would bring sheep with them on their travels as a source of meat and wool, which helped spread the breed - Gotlands developed into related breeds such as Icelandic, Shetland, Gute, and Manx. The modern Gotland sheep was developed in Sweden in the 1920s - the goal was to produce a sheep with good meat; “furskins” (sheepskins), and a soft, silky, lustrous fleece.
According to the American Gotland Sheep Society, Gotlands were first brought into Scotland in 1972 by a W. MacDonald, who wanted to use the pelts for his Antartex Sheepskin Coat company. They have since come to North America, and there are several Canadian breeders - should you be interested in acquiring your own! ;)
Gotland sheep are described as being inquisitive and calm, which makes them very people-friendly. Their heads and legs are usually black and bare of wool. The lambs are born black, and turn grey in a few months. These sheep do not have horns.
Modern Gotland is the silkiest and most lustrous type of any wool fibre. Their coats are grey, with colour ranging from light silver to charcoal. They grey colouring does not discolour with sun exposure. In North American Gotlands, the fleece is starting to include more brownish colours. Staple length is 3-7”, which is quite long; often they are shorn twice a year to produce a 3-4” staple. Fibre diameter ranges from 18-20 microns in lambs, to 27-34 in adults. The standard in Britain is about 35 microns. (the smaller the number, the softer it is. Merino is usually 20-25 microns). The fibres are wavy, sometimes even curly, and shiny.
Interesting bit of trivia - New Zealand Gotland wool was used to make the Elven Cloaks in all three Lord of the Rings movies.
Photo By Jens Bonderup Kjeldsen - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16629938
Just a reminder that there is a master list in the Ravelry group which lists the episodes that contain ‘Know your Wool’ segments.
WIPS (Works in Progress)
- Svalbardgenser - Svalbardsweater by Cecilie Kaurin and Linn Bryhn Jacobsen in Holst Supersoft held double - Colours Indigo, Pussy Willow, Calypso, Sunrise, Nougat, and Aquamarine
Holst-A-Long ended on September 30th. We selected a winner with the google random number generator. Will the winner please contact Glenda on Ravelry with your mailing address, and we will send you your prize!
Cowichan-Inspired-Knit-A-Long starts October 15th!
Runs from October 15th to December 31st, 2018.
Bulky or Super-Bulky Cowichan-Inspired knits can be counted: sweaters/coats, hats, mittens, slippers. They need to have colourwork, they should be in bulky or super-bulky weight, and you get bonus points for using Canadian Wool.
Pattern Suggestions: White buffalo-esque vintage patterns (made by White Buffalo, Bouquet, Mary Maxim, etc.) ; Jane Richmond’s West Coast Cardigan; Andrea Rangel’s Dude Collection in The Royal We; anything from Sylvia Olsen’s books. If you want to go traditional, look for Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ books Salish Indian Sweaters (out of print) or the chapter on Cowichan-Style sweaters from Knitting in the Old Way, which was reprinted in 2005 (there is also a kindle edition).
Projects need to be less than 50% finished by Oct. 15th.
Entries are based on weight of the project:
Bonus entry if you use Canadian Wool!
Cut off is December 31st at midnight.