This versatile fiber comes from the Falkland Islands. Orignally a merino it is now a distinctly different fiber with a soft feel that is easy to spin. The fleece is washed in alpine water and are not invaded by insects so avoids being sprayed as the fiber enters the US.
This superfine Superwash Merino is 19 microns soft. It was professionally cleaned, combined with 50% tencel (environmentally friendly lyocell process from cellulose) and pulled through combs to make a smooth continuous top. I use ProChem and Cushing dyes to make my colorways, which seems to soften this shimmery combed top even more.
Lovely to hold, it spins beautifully. Imagine this running through your hands and seeing the colors blend and change. Split the snake lengthwise and spin at 36-40 wpi. Then ply the two bobbins together and knit up into a unique pair of socks. Also makes great baby garments.
4 oz/113g for $19.75
5 Tropical Sea, 5 Butterfly Bush,
4 Paynes Grey,
7 S&E, 2 Jeans, 6 Blueberry Patch,
6 Clematis Vine, 1 Blue Lagoon,
2 Cattleya Orchid
We also have a few of the following.
2 Rose, 1 Hibiscus,
2 Oriental Poppy, 2 Twilight
None for now.
From South America, comes this wonderful soft long staple springy fiber.
4.5 - 5 inch staple length
The sheep were bred from merinos crossed with a bit of Lincoln resulting in a longer stapled fiber.
Revel in the uniqueness of your hand dyed fiber. Each pot is a wee bit different than the next one. Even though we use the same amount of the same dyes for the same colorway, the special way Susan mixes dye allows for each pot to be unique.
I have been spinning the Falkland top you sent me on Jim's spindle this morning and I just wanted to pass on to you what a perfect combination that is. The spindle is light, smooth and balanced. The fiber is soft and beautifully dyed. I realize that I am doing something women have been doing for centuries, but your spindle and fiber make me feel like I am a little "spoiled" and privileged to be able to do it. Thank you both for providing people with such wonderful tools."
All of our colorways are dyed in small dyepots containing only 8 - 20 oz (227-567g) of fiber each. We try to stay ahead but guessing which colorway is going to be most popular each week is difficult. We, therefore, usually dye to order which means your hand dyed fiber may take a week or two to get out to you, and at holiday times may take a bit longer. Also we really do not have dyelot numbers. It is best to order the amount you need to get the best matches.
"Well, that Tamarack & Spruce in Alpaca, Merino & Silk has been spun up and knitted up, into a Holden Shawlette and I’m very happy with the FO."