I love this blanket. The Coopworth and mohair yarn give it just the right drape, weight, and silky feel. The white wool is from a Coopworth fleece I had processed, and the blue/green are a blended roving of longwool and 3% mohair. I spun the yarn on an older Ashford Traditional wheel (not the drop
spindle in the photo, although I make a lot of yarn on those too).
I've been handspinning yarn for knitting for 20 years, and this blanket is my first try at weaving my own yarn. It was a joy to work with, and gives me a sense of true creativity I wasn't getting from commercial yarns.
in touch and in color - beautiful
Lovely! Beautifully woven and spun!
or just a photo prop? If done on a drop spindle, wow. I only drop-spindle spin (no wheel) so I am impressed! How much fleece did you start with, and how long did it take to spin?
Wow. What a beautiful blanket, the spinning is very nice. Was the yarn a mix of Coopworth and mohair or separate yarns of each type?
Thanks, Jen. The white wool is from a Coopworth lamb fleece I got from a farm in Montana and sent out for washing and carding. The blue and green are a mix of longwool and 3% mohair, and I bought it as roving at Rhinebeck. All the yarn was spun and plied on my older Ashford Traditional.
Wheel-spun, I should change the photo! It was a prop for my website. :)
It was all spun on my older Ashford Traditional wheel, although I do a lot of spinning on drop spindles too, especially when I'm out walking with my dog.
It takes me about 2 to 2-1/2 hours to fill a standard bobbin with singles for worsted weight yarn, plus plying, so maybe 5+/- hours per skein of about 100 yds.
thank you! It is very soft but has a heavy drape and feels so good curling up under it.
Thanks, Leslie, it was an enjoyable project too.
What a beautiful, wonderful accomplishment! I can just imagine how soft and warm it must be. Enjoy, and wrap up in good health!