29 August, 2011
A Cuff to Test Wool
I knit a cuff out of a little leftover Sweet Grass Targhee wool top I spun into yarn last year. The cuff was meant to show me how it wears and how I felt about wearing it.
This yarn was spun thicker than the fine fibre really calls for. You could dispute that and say I just want every yarn I spin to come out fine and you might be right. I untwisted a small piece and checked to see how comfortable I was drafting a thin strand. I found I could get quite a fine gauge, so that was good.
The wool has a lot going for it: softness, attractive colour, traceable to a region and to a breed, North American origin meaning less distance travelled, that sort of thing.
I found myself looking at the cuff and reproaching it for having a surface that was matte, not lustrous like the wool from longwool sheep is. The Targhee breed was derived from 3/4 finewool and 1/4 longwool sheep. No matter how much I want to believe it will, the matte surface is not going to suit my taste.