Friday, March 28, 2008

Soft, Clean, Colorful Raw Merino

Oh, look at that crimp, look how clean, over 3 inches long, and, Beth, you can huff it 'cause it smells so good. I bought 4 pounds and 11 ounces of this gorgeous Merino lamb from genopalette. If you go to the Etsy store right now, nothing will be listed, but look and click on what they have sold to see their lovely fleece. If you contact Desiree through the Etsy Contact, I know that she will have some for you. This is my third purchase from the McMurry's and I couldn't be happier.

I really thought that Merino came only in white, but look at this. The colors are deep to pale ashy greys and tans and browns. I can't decide what I'm going to do with it. Maybe send half with Sonata's brown fleece to Stonehedge to be make into yarn. I have 5 pounds and 5 ounces. The rest I'm thinking will go to Zeilingers with some fawn fleece to be made into roving.
Since becoming part of Ravelry, I am learning that many knitters really don't like to use pure alpaca. They want more memory and bounce, so I'm trying to provide them with it. Speaking of Ravelry, I found out how to feature my yarn to sell so have spent several hours today getting that organized. For you Ravelriers, I'm Maple there, and my yarn is NorthStarAlpacas (all written together like that)


Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

I have never seen such beautiful merino and never seen color like that!! the colored merino will work great mixed with your alpaca fibre as it will not dilute the color down.

Michele / akkasha said...

It is interesting. For me, I got hooked on alpaca because I found out it doesn't set off my allergies. So I can have it against my skin without it making me itchy and red. So I like working with alpaca.

I do see what people mean about it not having enough memory however. I made socks out of an alpaca/silk blend. I can't wear them because they won't stay up. I need to pick up some elastic thread and run it through the tops of the socks.

I am not sure how superwash wools will blend with the alpaca. However, that is a blend I would like personally. I have also found out that superwash is treated with a polymer that coats the fiber. So it doesn't set off my itch reaction.