#wovember day 09 - #breed
the @herdy_uk brand (in lovely lime green) is a design favourite, clean lines and hinting at a cheeky smile. I'm awed by all the wonderful posts teaching me about different breeds so this is my tongue in cheek entry in the series 😋
The #wovember2018 day 4 prompt is 'sheep' so here's a cheeky North Ronaldsay ewe from @lauristonfarm 😂🐑🐏
Alongside designing knitwear I work part time with CoCoCare, a day service for adults with learning disabilities. We often spend time at Lauriston, looking after the sheep, processing wool in their craft room, and helping out with jobs around the farm, and we all love spending time there.
The bear is wearing a jumper (yes, knitted by me) with the @cococarecolchester logo on the front. We were taking part in a recent @nspcc_official challenge to show a bear intern all the exciting things we do and he went out on a sheep safari to check on the health of the sheep in the fields and ensure they had enough water. 🐻🐑
Fog, driving winds and rain have forced our pilot to turn around and head back to Kirkwall. Such is life in the Scottish Isles. And damn it all, I left my knitting in Orkney ☹️ #loganair#northronaldsay#orkney
Finished the shiny mixed rolags, all wound off into a skein ready for washing.
I love how it looks, and first impression is that it's softer to touch than both the previous two skeins, even though it clearly has plenty of twist in it!
I'm very keen to see how it comes up with some dye, as I read somewhere the North Ronaldsay dyes well, but I think the silk probably won't...? And no idea about angora or yak!
Last photo is a comparison with the 100% North Ronaldsay skein.
Not sure if I should split these two samples and dye half each, or if that would be too small a sample and I should spin up another of each to keep as the natural colour?
The sea sitting on the shore of North Ronaldsay - it’s a “wee” bit rougher now as a storm blows in. Hoping having changed our return flight time will allow our return to Orkney 😬😬 #loganair#northronaldsay
More experiments with the North Ronaldsay wool from @handcrafted_gifts
Spun some straight from the roving and then I've made up a few little rolags blended with white silk/yak (from Handcrafted Gifts), a little of the Sea Sheep Adventure from @ixchelbunny (also featuring North Ronaldsay) and a scattering of throwster silk.
I love how bright and lustrous these are now.
Planning to dye some with natural dyes at the upcoming EGW&CG workshop as another layer of experimenting.