Wolf Ridge Icelandics, the Handspun

If you remember back to my family’s Yellowstone National Park trip in January, you’ll recall that I got to stop at this lovely sheep ranch just outside the park, Wolf Ridge Lamb & Wool Co which is home to the Wolf Ridge Icelandics flock.

img_2190And it was here that I got my trip souvenirs, some yarn and this…

img_2192Icelandic lamb roving, in the coffee or “moorit” color. I picked up a nice 8oz bag of this soft, gorgeous wool and got to work straight away with my wheel in our hotel room in Montana.

img_2160-2I managed to finish the first half of the wool while on vacation…

img_2218And the last half I wrapped up a couple weeks later at home.

Then — as is often the case — I talked myself into doing some other singles spinning before plying these bobbins together. Of course, when the time came to ply I had help…

img_2354Poor Moose gets a little discombobulated when I move my wheel into the kitchen as he can’t then easily sleep between the wheel and my chair or keep an eye on me from the couch. Poor guy! The struggle is real!

In any case, I finally got around to plying a week or so ago and it was even more spectacular than I could have imagined.

img_2350Normally I work with hand-dyed top which is obviously gorgeous, so it’s a little unusual for me to work with this much more subtle, single color, rustic type yarn on my wheel. There’s absolutely no way my camera could possibly do this skein justice, but of course I’ll try anyway.

skein1In its finished form it’s a whopping skein of fingering weight yarn (at least for me) as it is just shy of 650yards.

detI’m usually one who is quick to critique my work, especially when it comes to spinning. I will be honest here though — there isn’t one aspect of this yarn that I don’t love. The spinning isn’t technically perfect, but it looks so incredibly natural and right to me.

free detAs I said, you can’t really see the depth of color in this yarn with the camera, but suffice to say that in my hands there is this subtle luster to this yarn that looks almost like a hint of gold.

*sigh*

I so wish you could see it in person as it certainly takes my breath away.

I’ve certainly been thinking about its destiny, too. I see it eventually becoming a shawl or scarf. Fantoosh! by Kate Davies has caught my eye as has Anne Hanson’s Wheaten. Or maybe Gudrun Johnston’s Halligarth. In my mind, I definitely am imagining some sort of classic lace scarf or shawl, but I’ll have some time to ponder as I’ve got a number of items on the ‘ol to-knit list ahead of this one. I’m thinking I may just have to make some time for it this summer, though. This lovely yarn is too good to hang out in my stash for long.

8 responses to “Wolf Ridge Icelandics, the Handspun

  1. Fantoosh! Definately Fantoosh. I can’t wait to see you cast on. I’m thinking that I should stop being a baby and if I get my alpaca fleece spun I could race you. 🙂

  2. I am a big fan of natural colored wool and your skein is perfectly wonderful! A few years ago, I knit a shawl in grey Icelandic wool. It is very warm and I wear it frequently. In hindsight, I wish I had gone up a needle size or two because I didn’t know then that Icelandic really blooms!

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