Hail to the sheep…Jacob


Having been busy over the last couple of weeks working on a knitting pattern commission I must confess that I haven’t made any progress on the spinning of the wool for my ‘Sheep Heid’ hat that I had mentioned in my last post. Oops.

I’m pleased to report that I haven’t been idle in my woolly explorations though. On the 13th June I had a lovely day at an event that two of my close friends and I had organised in the guise of the West Northumberland branch of the Knitting and Crochet Guild to ‘celelebrate’ Worldwide Knit in Public Day. While I was really there to demonstrate stranded colour knitting I also took along my spinning wheel in case any of the ladies wanted to have a go. I chose some Jacob tops that I had bought from Wingham Wool Work at Yarndale as a ‘sacrificial’ fibre as it was relatively inexpensive and a nice fibre to spin. So, of course having started spinning it up I had to finish and over the course of the next week or so I spun the rest of it up and plied it into a 2 ply yarn. The WWKIP day was so busy I didn’t manage to take any photos of the spinning but here is a picture of the finished yarn.

Jacob wool yarn.
Jacob wool yarn.


I’m very pleased with how the yarn has turned out considering it was fairly quick work. It has worked out as 9 wpi, so is on the fence between an aran and chunky weight, Next I need to knit up a swatch to get a feel for its guage and handle so I can decide what to knit it into. So far it feels like a nice soft springy yarn and I’m looking forward to getting to know it better.

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