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Merino is a fabulous fiber for spinning yarn, wet felting and needle felting!

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The merino is one of the world’s most ancient breeds of sheep.  Merino fibers are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibers.  This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin.   But the merino’s fleece is built for extremes – breathable in summer, insulating in winter, yet exceptionally soft and lightweight.

Because Merino can absorb moisture vapor, it tends not to create static electricity, helping it to drape beautifully and be less likely to cling uncomfortably to your body than other fabrics.

• Softest and fineness of all the wool types
• Fine crimp
• Good elasticity
• Excellent loft

Staple length for merino is 70mm or 2.75”
23 to 25 micron wool

$2.00 per ounce at 7 Yaks Design

Elasticity can also be added to merino with nylon fibers such as Snow Mountain or StarbrightFirestar will creates a shimmer in your yarn, similar to the addition of silk.  You will find that adding nylon will create a yarn with more memory which is especially important when knitting socks!

All 7 Yaks Design fibers are hand dyed with professional dyes that are both lightfast and washfast for long lasting, fade resistant color.

It’s time to add some socks to the Tevas and Birkenstocks!  The customary transition into full blown winter ;-)…

To help out with that I put together some yummy superwash merino sock yarn with my sock blockers.  Now that’s a great combo (great deal too.)

Each kit comes with 2 skeins of yarn for a total of 386 yards.

Also included is a needle gauge just for sock knitters and it’s the perfect size for your notions bag.  Sweet!

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I was able to play with my new Louet drum carder for the first time today!  I had almost forgotten how much I love blending fibers.  It’s a lumpy, textural mixed batt of Suffolk and Perendale wool with a hint of merino and a good dollop of cashmere noils.  Just in time for blooming spring flowers… 

 

Phat Fiber Giveaway for May

Phat Fiber Giveaway for May

 

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It reminds me of pansies, a garden staple of mine, when I decide which flowers I’m going to plant each year.

 

 

Phat Fiber Sample for May

Phat Fiber Sample for May

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Phat Fiber sample for May’s box.  It’s a 1/4 ounce of hot pink 100% cashmere noils.  Maybe you will find one in your box 🙂

 

It’s also available now in my Etsy shop too.

Custom select your own 8 color choices of wool roving (1/2 oz. packs) for a total of 4 oz. Bulk rate prices, too.

Mix & Match Your Roving

Mix & Match Your Roving

Spinners and Felters will appreciate being able to choose 8 beautiful colors of roving for their next project. This is a deal when you consider that they get more of a bulk price.

Example of some color choices.

Example of some color choices.

7 Yaks Design carries knitting and jewelry supplies..and more.

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