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Cotton Candy Portuguese Merino

July 2, 2018

Took months, but I am very happy with this squishy 200 g – perfectly-balanced! – mega Portuguese Merino skein in pastel pink hues. I feel I have made progress in my spinning technique and in making this wool shine at its best.

Demorou meses, mas ficou óptima. Uma mega meada de Merino com 200 g, sem torção a mais nem a menos, e em tons pastel. Fico contente com os meus progressos técnicos, mas sobretudo com o aproveitamento que tenho feito desta lã e das suas características. Conhecer o material demora.

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New Design: Maiami

May 22, 2018

Maiami is a Berlin-based knitwear company, run by designer Maike Dietrich and handmade in Germany and in other European locations. Their specialty are these puffy, fuzzy mohair sweaters. In bold colorblocks or soft pastels, the thing that I love most is how they make ‘chunky knit’ designs work . The mohair gives drape and wearability to oversized pieces in a way few yarns would. I am quite taken by the pleated yoke design and can’t wait to try to do something like this myself.

Maiami é uma marca baseada em Berlin, criada pela designer Maike Dietrich. As peças de que mais gosto são estas camisolas em mohair – a especialidade da marca. Com tons suaves ou em blocos de cores garridas, são sempre extremamente fofas. Combinam a forma ampla (o tal look ’oversized’) com um fio extramamente maleável e fino em mohair. O resultado é, não só uma peça visualmente interessante, mas uma camisola que realmente apetece vestir.

All pictures © Maiami

Churra Bragançana Rose Grey

April 26, 2018

Os meus velos favoritos são provavelmente estes de Churra Bragançana que nem são cinzentos, nem castanhos. Como me ensinaram no Tennessee, são “rose grey”. Finalmente decidi começar a trabalhar com eles. Estas duas meadas são de um saco de lã de segunda qualidade, penteada em Dezembro, que trouxe numa caixa, na mala, para os Estados Unidos. Uma maravilha para fiar, a lã penteada é extremamente fofa e regular. No que toca a preparar Churra, nada chega a um bom par de pentes e a pouca torção na roda.

My favorite wool fleeces are the rose grey colored Churra Bragançanas that I have been hoarding over the years. I finally decided to start working on them. These two skeins are from a 2nd grade bag that I combed in Portugal in December. Packed the combed wool in a box and brought it with me to Michigan. It was a dream to spin, super soft and evenly layered. When it come to Churra, the magic formula for me is a good set of combs and just a little twist on the wheel.


 

 

 

 

Churra Lamb Yarn

April 16, 2018

Finally got around to spinning a box of combed churra from a couple of years ago. This was a lamb fleece, extra soft, but with some annoying staple length variation. The dark chocolate brown is hard to capture, but this is a really nice yarn – softest churra to date. I spun it on my blue bonnet spinning wheel trying my best to give it just enough twist and no more. I like my churra yarns as relaxed as possible.

 

 

 

 

This winter…

March 21, 2018

 

I mended some things….

Handspun sock from Southern Portugal ‘re-toed’ with my own handspun merino

I started some things….

Lopapeysa in progress, yarn bought in Reykjavik last year

And I finished some others….

Finished handspun Portuguese merino dress and re-dyed purple Portuguese merino vest – no proper pictures yet 😦

Hot Portuguese Peppers

December 23, 2017

Organic & spicy. Picked and dried by yours truly. (They’re pretty too). Now available in our Etsy shop.

 

 

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Pentear Bordaleira – Combing Bordaleira

November 30, 2017

 

Finalmente experimentei os meus pentes na Bordaleira que tinha lavado o ano passado. Mais uma vez, esta não era lã de 1ª e estava até um pouco suja. Os pentes funcionaram na perfeição e com pouco desperdício (a camada de lã mais curta deu para fazer os ninhos de ‘2ª qualidade’ que estão na última fotografia). A vantagem está mesmo nesta triagem que valoriza a fibra. Também é interessante ver, na segunda foto, como as pontas e a base das fibras são de cor diferente,

I finally got around to trying my combs on the Bordaleira fleeces I bought last year. Yet again, this was not a 1st grade part of the fleece and it was fairly dirty. The combs worked really well and there was little waste (the shorter fibers yielded a set of ‘2nd grade bird nests’, pictured on the last photo). Also notice, in the picture above, the cool way in which the tips honey colour and the bottom darker hues come apart.

 

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