Loving the Longwool at Interweave Yarn Fest

If you are a spinner who sticks to the fine Merino end of the wool spectrum, you might not have ventured into curly Longwools. Or maybe you tried spinning Longwool once and ended up with over-twisted, scratchy yarn. But I’ve brought along a friend to change your mind: Little Hans the Border Leicester beseeches you to learn more about all that longwools have offer! Can you say no to this face?

Hans at three days old learning to hop in the sunny pasture.

Hans at three days old learning to hop in the sunny pasture.

5 Reasons to love Hans:

  1. He loves a cuddle.
  2. He’s keen to strike a pose. See his luscious yearling curls on Instagram.
  3. Luster, luster, luster!
  4. Shirley Temple doesn’t have anything on this guy. His locks have what Leicester shepherds call a purled tip (the curl goes all the way to the tip of the lock).
  5. His long silky locks are perfect for combing—you can spin smooth, supple, worsted yarns this way.

A healthy Longwool fleece, washed and prepared appropriately, is divine. A fleece that has been less carefully handled can feel dry and scratchy like over-processed hair. Kate will tell you all about it at Yarn Fest.

A healthy Longwool fleece, washed and prepared appropriately, is divine. A fleece that has been less carefully handled can feel dry and scratchy like over-processed hair. Kate will tell you all about it at Yarn Fest.

Hans and I are preparing for Yarn Fest 2017, each in our own way. While he is busy growing out his fleece, I am gathering high-quality fibers from Lincoln, Bluefaced Leicester, Coopworth, and Teeswater shepherds for my Longwool Love workshop. I’ll share lots of tips for keeping your yarns as silky, soft, and lustrous as possible. We will look at everything: selecting fleeces, fiber preparation, spinning and plying, knitting and weaving. Sign up today, before the class fills up!

(If you can’t make it to Yarn Fest this spring, you can still run your fingers through some silky Leicester locks in the Wool Breeder’s Premium Spinning Collection, which includes a sample of lovely Border Leicester as well as four other breeds.)

Interweave Yarn Fest is now in its third year and continues to grow, with more instructors, vendors, and happy participants. I’m thrilled to be returning again this year along with some of my favorite fellow spinners—Maggie Casey, Jillian Moreno, Nancy Shroyer, and Galina A. Khmeleva will all be teaching. Well-known instructors Stephenie Gaustad and Beth Smith will be joining Yarn Fest for the first time. Learn more about the Yarn Fest instructors and workshops on the website.

Teaching Leicesters at Yarn Fest 2015.

Teaching Leicesters at Yarn Fest 2015.

Interweave Yarn Fest
March 30‒April 12, 2017
Embassy Suites Loveland

Registration is now open—I hope you can join us!

—Kate


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