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February 2023
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Still no knitting. Part of the problem is that I’m still spinning the red superwash. I’m thinking that maybe it’s not merino and that’s why it feels so very different from any other merino (superwash, mixed with silk, mixed with tencel, 100% merino) that I’ve spun. For anyone who drops by but has no clue what I’m talking about, different sheep’s wool feels different and different again when treated to make it into superwash (you can machine wash it, gently). Merino sheep produce some of the softest wool. Shetland, Corriedale, Blue Faced Leicester, Coopworth are just a few of the different varieties and each produces wool with certain characteristics that make it desirable for different uses. The red wool I bought on ebay and it’s marked as 100% merino superwash. And while I believe the wool is superwash (the fibers have no crimp in them), I’m not sure I believe it’s merino. It’s a bit stiffer and crunchier than I’ve ever seen merino. Granted, I don’t have a ton of experience, so I could be completely off.

The other part of the reason is that I haven’t really been knitting. Work and family are taking up a lot of time and I’ve been playing a video game, Kingdom Hearts II and spinning in my free time.

But I do have a really interesting article to share. It’s a NYTimes article, so it might require a login, but registering is free. The information is not new. Actually, most of it’s old. But what is interesting is seeing everything tied together and the connections made so clearly. Worth a skim at least.