Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Heather Lavender Processing

Inspired by all the heathery knits out there this year, we rolled up our sleeves and went to work.  We dyed part of Boy George's lamb locks different shades of purple, periwinkle and lilac, gently teased the locks apart, combined it with some of his natural locks and a little mohair.  A couple passes through the carder, and here we have it -  our interpretation - some lovely Heather Lavender Spinning Batts.

We are trying something just a little bit different with the second group of spinning batts.  Along with the batts that are combination of natural and purple lamb locks, we included two batts that are primarily purple and one batt that is natural.  They are all 30% mohair.  We think this group of batts will spin up into some lovely yarn for a project with some accent color or stripes. 
Boy George's lamb locks (Border Leicester - Coopworth - Wensleydale) are even more soft and lustrous with the addition of the mohair.  We are so happy with the end result that we just might have to get back to the carder and spin up some of these for a sample knit!


  1. I love, Love, LOVE your wools. The colors you come up with, have me awe-struck...I can see the purples and naturals, knit into the finest sweaters, hats and mittens. I envy your hard work. The rewards have got to be outstanding.
    As for your carder, I have the old fashioned kind that runs on muscle power, two paddles, working the wool endlessly. I do love your work saver.

  2. What gorgeous colours! Boy George, LOL!

  3. i don't know anything about carder, wool, etc. but i have a wonderful set of eyes and your purple hues are simply spectacular!