Our boxes have already arrived in Modesto and I will be heading out there mid-week so Solitude Wool can represent at the Conference of Northern California Handweavers (AKA CNCH, or cinch). This is a regional association of five different Guilds, and I've heard some high praise of these folks from weavers out here. Excited to show off four new handwoven samples from four different weavers and four different Solitude yarns: Coopworth lace weight, Montadale light, Border Leicester re-twist and Llama-rama! We will also have skeins of yarn for knitting and crochet. We have quite a number of online customers from Northern California, and I hope I get the chance to meet many of you. Come to Modesto!
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This is the season for woolen: warm, insulating yarns that are light in weight and cozy. But...you ask, what makes a yarn woolen? The short answer is woolen yarns are spun with fibers opened up, but going all which ways to trap air inside the yarn. They are lighter in weight, but warmer than worsted spun yarns. They tend to hold a shape, are not "hard wearing" and they can pill... but they are great for hats, blankets...sweaters, warm woolen mittens and other of my favorite things.
If you want a bit of a longer explanation...read on.