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The luxurious fleece and pelt of the Gotland sheep are what sets them apart from other breeds.  Gotland pelts are world-renowned for their superior quality.  The pelts sell for a premium, due to their smooth silky locks and soft handle.

The Gotland’s fleece is considered to be among the best in the world for spinning and weaving.  It is the very high luster and well-defined crimp, along with the array of silver and gray shades that make the fleeces highly desirable to hand spinners, knitters and weavers.

Gotland Collage

Traditionally a dual purpose sheep, this fiber was established by the Vikings by crossing Karkul, Ramnov and native Swedish sheep.  These three blends created the Gotland sheep with a surprisingly long staple length of 6.5 inches.  The fiber has a clearly defined even curl and staple that is soft to the touch.  The fleece is typically 29 to 35 microns in diameter.  Lambs wool can be in the low to mid 20’s micron range.

Gotland fleeces are similar to Wensleydale in luster but are not quite as soft.  It is generally used as an outer wear fiber.  Gotland wool is strong, lustrous and smooth when spun worsted and is light and soft when spun into a lofty woolen yarn.  The wool felts easily with a smooth surface and strong hold, even when lightly felted.  This is what makes Gotland wool the “felter’s favorite”.

Gotland wool is fine, long, lustrous and dense and can be all shades of grey from silver to charcoal and dark enough to be almost black.  Traditional Gotland Gray is a rich blue-grey color that does not discolor in sun exposure.  This is a great wool to add to your alpaca to give your yarn more memory!  7 Yaks Design has natural gray roving and several hand dyed colors including wedgewood, blackberry, teal, indigo, midnight and crushed grape.

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

7 Yaks Design is having a 25% OFF stock up sale until July 15th with coupon code TDF2014!

The spinning world is brimming with conversations about Tour de Fleece again this year!  TDF, as the event is often referred to in virtual spinning communities, was first organized in 2006 by Star Athena, a spinner, knitter, and designer based in Portland, Oregon.

The idea is to set a spinning-related challenge for yourself and work toward your goal each day that the Tour de France cyclists ride.  The event has grown each year with over ten thousand spinners taking part.  The Ravelry Tour de Fleece group alone has thousands of members, and hundreds of spinning teams have formed.

TDF 2014

This year, competition begins on Saturday July 5th and will end on Sunday July 27th.  It has been great hearing all the different ways in which spinners are using the event to work on techniques or tackle long-coveted projects.  The official concept is “Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have Fun.”

I hear many spinners say that rather than work on a specific project, they simply challenge themselves to find time each day to sit at their wheels. TDF allows spinners, en masse and in high spirit, to identify what parts of their spinning life they want to improve.  And for some of us, that simply means making time for something that has been lurking on the horizon, just out of reach.

You will be surprised how easy it is to make combed top with a diz!

If you’re not familiar with a diz, it is used when you convert your wool from being combed or carded, into a combed top.

The wool can be drawn off the hackles through the diz, which is a tool made of wood or plastic, with one or several different size holes.  Simply thread the fiber through the desired hole of the diz, and push the diz toward the comb as you draw the wool off the comb to form the top.

See the video on how-to…

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If you want to make a ball of roving from a carded batt that has already been removed from the drum carder, simply start at a corner, and begin pulling the fiber through the diz.  You can however pull the fiber through the diz directly from the drum carder!

Check out the how-to video…

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There are several fun diz designs in my 7 Yaks Design Etsy Shop.  Some even double as a WPI gauge!

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My friend Linda came over on Sunday and helped me get acquainted with my new spinning wheel.  With her much needed assistance I managed to make my first skein of yarn!  It’s a nice blend of merino batts and roving from my fellow Phat Fiber artists along with some fabulous wool locks that Linda dyed and shared with me.

Artyarn

Artyarn

Think I might try the wham bam cowl for this.

Artyarn

Thanks to the following fiber artists who were included in my skein of yarn with the generous donation of their samples to the

Phat Fiber Sample Box:

Altered Visions

Infinity Yarn and Fiber

Maude & Me

Moonwood Farm

Serendipity Fiber Arts

Sweet Pea Fibers

Wooly Hands

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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.

A customer asked if she could get a picture of some of my roving when it is unpackaged.

She was a new customer and wanted an idea of how much roving is contained in a 1/2 oz package.
This is what the picture on my etsy site looks like.

 

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This is what it looks like when you get it out of the package.

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Anyone can see the difference.

This customer went on to buy a good amount of my roving once she was better able to see what see was getting.

This on-line business is amazing. I was able to: receive the customer’s question, take pictures, send pictures to her, receive her order, get payment, and pack up the order for shipment all in a few minutes on a Sunday afternoon and it shipped out of the country to boot!

It is also very cool to get orders and make new friend from all over the world.

This sure beats having my old “brick and mortar” store.

I am in the process of updating the listings on all of my roving, but so far sales are up and things are looking good.

 

BTW…You can learn more about me, my life and art, and upcoming sales, etc. by following me on Twitter and adding me as a friend on Facebook(Lynne Morgan, the one with the 7 Yaks logo).  I look forward to meeting you.

Are you looking for a great gift for the felter in your life?
Want to give your significant other some hints on what they can give YOU?
Here are a few ideas available at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

36 Gauge Felting Needles – Set of 3

Felting Needles Availabel at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

Felting Needles Availabel at http://www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

These are size 36 triangle needles, and are often used for felting fine fibers, details and for needling fine pre-felts onto cloth backgrounds.

Each needle is 3 inches in length and will fit most felting needle holders (including Clover Brand Needle Holders)

Wet Felting Roller Bar

Roller for felting projects available at www. sevenyaks.etsy.com

Roller for felting projects available at www. sevenyaks.etsy.com

Use this handy roller to assist the leveling of wool for your wet felting projects. Great for scarves, table runners or making felted fabric.

Roller measures 18.75 x 3.5 inches with 1 layer of plastic 20 x 30 inches and a securing layer 12 x 30 inches for rolling your felting project

Wool Roving

Wool Roving available at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

Wool Roving available at http://www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

You can custom design your own 8 selections of wool roving for a total of 4 ounces at the bulk price of $10.00. Use the current roving listings for your color choices and add the names of the colors to your message to me. Easy as pie!

This wool blend has a little merino for quicker felting and finishes smooth and firm. The carded and combed wool is ideal for spinning, felting, needle felting and other crafts.

Depending on the balance of your monitor the colors may be slightly different but every attempt was made to represent them accurately.

Each package contains 1/2 oz. of wool.

Gifts for Knitters.

Gifts for Jewelers.

Do you want to Needle Felt some 3-D objects for the coming holidays?

Here is a good video from thesilverpenny on YouTube. It is about 9 minutes long which might seem longish, but not bad when you want to learn a felting technique that is this versatile.

Need some good red, white, and green roving for your next great creation…?

Try the “Mix and Match” option at sevenyaks.etsy.com.

Hurry. Supplies are limited.

red roving available at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

red roving available at http://www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

Green roving availabel at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

Green roving availabel at http://www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

White roving available at www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

White roving available at http://www.sevenyaks.etsy.com

Here is a short instructional video showing you how to make a felt purse.

It comes from potpourripot on YouTube.

View other instructional videos in my collection…. here.
http://www.youtube.com/7yaks

Do you need some wool roving for your felting projects?
Find good prices and selection at sevenyaks.etsy.com

Add a felted design to a base like a purse or gloves.

It comes from makeitminemag on YouTube.

Find wonderful colors of wool roving for you next creation at sevenyaks.etsy.com

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