Friday, 9 April 2010

Lambs and cloth

We have a new lamb on the bottle! She is very small (just about the same size as Heather, but a quarter of the weight) and has the look of a Hebridean about her. Her mum was a gimmer who had little milk and less interest in her offspring - so her loss is our gain!

Still on a sheepy theme, here is our first lamb - now nearly a fornight old - enjoying a relaxing time in the sun.

My new tweed on the loom is the same pattern as the last three - 12 x 12 herringbone stripes with the colour change in the centre of the stripe, and is a linen warp. But the weft is 2/17 lambswool from Uppingham yarns. I chose the grey and cocoa shades so it would match in with the rest of the set but it will be much softer when its been through the mill.

Yesterday we were at the Shawbost Mill - Harris Tweed Hebrides - and dropped in our Hebridean tweed which we are hoping will meet the specifications for Harris Tweed. The yarn was quite a bit thicker than the usual 13c so I adjusted the shots until I got what I hope is within the acceptable range.

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