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mmmm. I just finished spinning some "plain old wool" and it was almost refreshing after all the alpacas, silks, and blends I've been doing! I have a fleece being processed for me at a local mill; I get it back this April and I can't wait to play with it. So I understand!


Great post. And I'm totally with you on the wool... I love me the feel of some natural, homey, earthy, raw wool. Bonus points if it smells earthy (not poopy, earthy).


Great comparison. I like both woolly wool and single malt scotch, but I hadn't thought about the similarity. :)


Michael Flatley? really? I'm not sure any wool could make me dance with him.


Oh my, that gorgeous yarn is just screaming for cables, isn't it??


I am definitely a wool advocate. I love working with Barlett, Blackwater Abbey. The roughness of the yarn as it passes through my fingers, the feel of lanolin on my hands when I stop knitting, the sheepy, grassy's enough to make me woozy.


Right now I'm knitting a jumper out of sirdar snowflake( my kid's commision), hating its artificiality more with every stitch - pictures like that save my sanity:)


They have a colorway called "Pub Door Red" -- I may have to make something out of that!

Linda D

The scotch comparison is lovely. What could be better than a windy moor, a warm fire in you cottage, a glass of Glenrothes, and honest, scratchy, smelling-of-lanolin wool to knit with? Heaven.

Rachel H

I'm with Kate on the Michael Flatley thing. I'm quite enchanted by the Irish wool though.


It's gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you make with it!


I think there is a good reason Cascade 220 is one of the most popular yarns (documented on Ravelry as well as anecdotally). That reason is wool. I am so going to use your analogy with scotch. I'll try to remember to credit you!

Thanks for the implicit call to action to keep these mills running. I love it when my stash enhancement supports a good cause. ;-)

Beth S.

Yes! The pleasures of a good, old-fashioned, unpretentious wool are vastly underrated. It saddens me every time I hear someone speak dismissively of my beloved Lopi... no, it ain't merino, but it will last forever, and probably keep you warmer than the merino too. :-)

Is a Starmore in the offing? Now that would be pretty exciting.


Pretty. May have to acquire some in a different colorway. Let's see if Terry caves in and gets the Denim one :-)

kim in oregon

You must stop, please.

You wrote you wanted Vesper? I spent two hours tracking down some Vesper since if you want it, I want it too. And now this. I'm trying to figure out how badly I want to make a sweater out of Pub Door Red (very, very badly right now, but maybe, maybe? it will pass).

Oh dear, I just read your post again. The part where you mentioned "saving something important." That does it for me. Off to order.


Mmm, honest wool. Great adjective for it.


I see massive, complex, bulky cables. Now I won't be able to work for the rest of the day.


I would love to see Flatley choreograph an interpretive dance saluting the history of the woolen industry in Ireland. Or has he already done that??? (Stumbles off, inhaling wool fumes and drinking a scotch ...)


Hats off to you for the excellent scotch analogy! I couldn't agree more. Although that wool is by no means plain - look at those beautiful heathery depths of color! It's going to be very hard for me not to go buy a load of this stuff - who can resist a family company that gives its colorways names like "Salmon of Knowledge"?

The Feminist Mafia

I love the Bilberry colorway! But the Black Sheep is also tempting, even if only for the appropriateness of encasing myself in Black Sheep.


Great tip on the Irish wool. Thanks! I picked up a bag of wool in a shop in Leenane, Ireland in September and have started a cabled vest in the round for my husband. I'm now worried that I'll run out (sound familiar, oh ye knitters?), so now I have a source for a *real* Irish wool to finish it if I need it. I've decided it'll be OK do the neck and armhole ribbing in black and pretend it was intentional...


Yeah, I get you. I'm just about finished making the second Log Cabin Sock with the Irish Ewe's sock yarn and while I duley note the bit o' scratch, it holds the cables like no other and my feet don't notice.(Not yet washed)


Oh, it's a lovely thing. Look at all the little colours in there!


Yes! Three cheers for good honest wool. The cult of softness has undercut the value of an honest wool.

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