Custom Handspun Angora & Merino Wool Blended Yarn
Custom Hand spun Luxury Yarn. A blend of approximately 35% Angora from Angora Rabbit and 65% of 23 micron Merino Wool handspun to your exact specifications. I will work with you to insure that your new yarn will be just right for your planned project. I have made up this chart of Guidelines and Standards for common yarn weights to help you choose your weight and yardage.
Hand Blending Angora with Dyed Merino Wool
I do not have samples of every possible colour combination photographed but I hope you can imagine your chosen colour from the examples show in the slideshow. You will be choosing the colour that you wish to have blended with white Angora.
For this yarn I am doing a light & careful blending of a dyed fiber with a white angora to produce the heathered colour effect. The Angora will lighten the overall colour a little and you will get the little slubs of white scattered throughout the yarn along with the lovely white angora halo. For a more homogeneous blended mix of Angora and Merino wool that is then over-dyed by hand in the skein please see this listing
The dyed fiber I use for this yarn is a 100% 23 micron Merino wool. To this I add about 1/2 as much Angora Rabbit fiber. The fibers are lightly blended either with hand carders or a hand cranked drum carder. When it comes off the carders the fiber is ready to be spun by the woolen method for a high loft (lots of air) and fluffy yarn. It is heavenly to spin and for you to knit with. I blend and spin this yarn by hand in my home studio on my Louet S45.
This 70/30 blend allows for plenty of that beautiful halo and lovely slub of white softness without overwhelming the Merino which is so incredibly beautiful all on it’s own.
I really enjoy working with this yarn. It is one of my favorite yarns to spin and to knit with. It feels just heavenly going through your hands while working with it and is such a pleasure to wear. It is buttery soft and excellent for next to the skin projects such as tops, scarves, baby sweaters and baby blankets. It would be lovely spun in a lace or fingering weight for a scarf or a lightweight shawl, in Sport, DK or Worsted weight for sweaters, hats and mitts, gloves, scarves, neck warmers, blankets or shawls.
Patterns Using this Yarn:
Angora’s main distinguishing feature is its fluffy surface texture and its ultra soft touch but did you know that it is also one of the warmest natural fibers? So very soft… More about Angora Rabbit Fiber
A natural protein fiber, Wool is probably the most popular choice of fibers when warmth, weather proofing and durability are desired. Wool is warm and cosy in winter and if certain finer breeds are chosen it can be comfortably cool is spring and even summer.
Wool is warm, even when wet, absorbs moisture and takes dyes very well although it also comes in many different natural colours. Wool which has been carefully washed will still contain some of the natural lanolin. Lanolin is very good for our skin and adds a degree of weather proofing to our hand knits…… more about Wool
Please use a gently wool wash such as “Soak”. The yarn or garment made from this yarn may be hand washed in lukewarm to cold water. Gently squeeze out excess moisture, roll in a towel to release more moisture and lay flat to dry away from direct heat and sun.