when you only have accent colours…

…you get something like this:

4 shaft straight draw

I want to use a finer (in the fibre sense) wool than the lambswool in these samples and I don’t have a lot that is suitable. Being unable to wear wool in general, I like to encourage other non-wool people by using Merino for scarves — the fibres are fine enough to be below the radar of even very sensitive skin. However, most of the Merino I have is too fine (in the yarn sense) to be an enjoyable ‘first warp’ and I’m not that struck by the alternatives available.

This candy-coloured combination is Jaggerspun 2/18 set at 24 epi. It has the merit of being readily available even if it is rather pricy. (The reason why I am using yellow and shocking pink here is because these are the colours I would normally use in small doses so I have the most left! I do have a nice royal blue too, but thought I had better save that for the students…) If anyone has any suggestions for wool yarn which is (1) affordable, (2) wearable by the fibre-sensitive, (3) suitable for weaving twills at approx 20 epi and (4) readily available in the UK then do shout out.

Speaking of Merino and scarves, though, I do have some news of a happy kind. The buyer for the National Gallery shop paid a visit to the summer show and took a liking to my work. So, when I collected my scarves from the venue last week, I called in to see him. And the result of our meeting is that those very scarves are now on sale in the shop at the National Gallery on The Mound in the centre of Edinburgh.

And I am looking at a rather bare cupboard and thinking: help! Open Studios is next month! But samples first, scarf warp next. And I am almost ready to tackle the 8 shaft project on the Delta — just awaiting several kilos of yarn.

Several people have shared some very interesting thoughts on innovation and design in the comments on my last post. I am pretty confident that I can’t do this topic justice, as I can see so many sides to the debate and wouldn’t even know where to start. However, if you have some thoughts you’d like to share or see any essays or blog posts of interest then please do chip in. I find inter-craft discussion fascinating, because there are so many disciplines with very different characteristics.

when you only have accent colours” was posted by Cally on 3 Sept 2013 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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8 Responses

  1. Dorothy Stewart
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    Well done for thee National Gallery sales !!

    • Cally
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      Thanks, Dorothy! I hope they do well there.

  2. Tien Chiu
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    Hi Cally,

    Have you tried Colourmart yet? They have very inexpensive high-quality merino in a variety of weights…mill ends, but for what you’re doing that should be fine. http://www.colourmart.com – they’re also in the UK. – Tien

    • Cally
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      Good idea, Tien, thanks!

  3. Jane
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    Congratulations on the National Gallery sales.

    I’m not great with wool normally, but merino works for me. I hadn’t quite worked out why, so thanks for making me think about it a bit more 🙂

    Tien – I’ll take a look at the site you mention too


  4. neki rivera
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    happy for your ng sales.i too would sugegst colourmart. in love w their 2/48 merino, almost a thread!
    now looking for lace weight for my knitting machine.unbeatable prices .

  5. Clare
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    I get mill end yarns from Fairfield yarns, http://www.fairfieldyarns.co.uk/, they have cashmere and cashmere mixes. Colours are quite limited though and you have to dig around to get softness and good colours in one yarn. Prices are really good, even for the cashmere.

    • Cally
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      Yes, most of what is available to us is mill ends – which is my problem, really. Much as I like using these suppliers myself, what I would like for this purpose is something reliable and repeatable! However, I can see valid reasons why it doesn’t exist…

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