Gorgeous Kerry Hill Lamb to put a smile on your face
Photo Courtesy of Peter Bond
I am still hobbling around everywhere but the pain is getting less so I guess that is a good thing. Pain is very tiring though so I have been going to bed early-ish for me and doing some knitting as well, frantically trying to finish a kimono I want to have finished for a baby shower this Sunday ( all nighters may be in order , also…I hate knitting button holes..just sayin’ LOL). There has also been lots of custom dyeing and preparing big mountains of fluff for upcoming updates and the biggest events of the year: Handknitters Show in May and the Bendigo Show in July. and no, not too early to start that...to get everything ready it takes sooo much time! There is really a reason why craft, knitting, crochet and weaving and felting are now in the forefront of the "new" SLOW Craft and slow fashion I guess.
So, How about this update? Well, tonight is exciting, fun and special. This time it is all about Kerry Hill sheep who are as cute as a button and have the added bonus of having great fleece to spin as well !
The Kerry Hill breed (or in Welsh: Dafad Bryniau Ceri) is from Powys, on the English/Welsh borders, and it derives its name from the village of Kerry, near Newtown. There are records of this distinctive breed in this area dating back to 1809, and the first Flock Book was published in 1899. Registered Kerry Hill Sheep can be found throughout the British Isles, Ireland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. It is a cute sheep, with a black nose and sharply defined black and white markings on the head and legs. The fleece handles very well and is amongst the softest of the British wools. The breed crosses well with Hill and Long wool breeds to make crossbred ewes. Though still not very numerous, the breed was removed from the records of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watchlist in 2006.
The Kerry Hill is a medium-sized breed of sturdy build, an average ewe weighing about 55 to 65 kg (121 to 143 lb) and a ram a little more.. The face is white with black markings on the nose and around the eyes, with black, wool-less ears set high on the head. The legs are white with black markings. The fleece is fine and white, with a Bradford count of 54 to 56 and a staple length of 10 cm (4 in). An average fleece weighs about 2.75 kg (6.1 lb).
The fleece has been used in cottage industry spinning for a long time and due its fineness and easy handle. In short: it spins like a dream and has great stitch definition when knitted up. The fleece is exceptionally white and lofty.
The locks are pretty dense but they separate very easily. When you spin the yarn worsted it will have a subtle shine, good loft and excellent insulating properties.
Woolen style will produce a more matte yarn with even a greater air trapping quality, which equals to a fabulous insulating yarn. Kerry Hill is great for everyday garments from sweaters, socks to hats and blankets.
This particular Kerry Hill “harvest” is normally about 26micron but this time these beauties have managed to get far below that ! and because of the added angora bunny and cashmere together with a lush pearly tencel it feels much softer and close to skin wear, like a 19 to 20 micron.
And how can you possibly resist these cute little lambs???? !!!!
I have blended the Pixie blend, yes that’s the name I called it…couldn’t resist. Although the origin of the Kerry Hill Sheep are in the gorgeous Welsh Countryside, the Pixie blend Kerry Hill Sheep are from Ireland so I HAD TO call it PIXIE. Well, better let you see what I have been up to with the dye pots. I wish you could feel the tops through your screen ! Pm me if you would like to give some of these tops a good home. Enjoy looking and have a fun weekend !
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Amazing to spin.
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Dates to put in your Calendar
SUNDAY MAY 13TH 10AM – 3PMHANDKNITTERS GUILD OF VICTORIA YARN AND FIBRE SHOW
COBURG TOWN HALL
BELL STREET , COBURG, 3058
A fabulous day filled with lots of yarn and fibre goodies and spindles, bowls and lots more !
An amazing day out !
Hope to see you there !
Friday July 20th to Sunday July 22nd ;Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.
Go to http://www.sheepshow.com to see what is happening and book your tickets. The Bendigo Sheep and Wool show is the biggest wool show in Australia ! with an amazing amount of woolcraft, indie dyers, a huge amount of tops, yarn, craft, felt and spindles, spinning wheels and anything you need for your knitting,crocheting and crafting.
I will be there with an amazing amount of new exclusive wool blends and yarns, batts, felt and landscape and botanical natural dyes and so much more !!!
I will also have spindles by the amazing Bearded Dragon and lots of fibre tools as well from darning mushrooms to noste pinne and needle cases to distaffs. And, there will also be Turkish spindles from my friend Scott Snyder of offer again !
Get ready for a fabulous weekend filled with lots of craft and fun !!!