May 6, 2010 at 8:13 am #252117kerriebMember
Just wondering where everyone is getting their wool from. I use a bit from Bendigo woollen mills and Roogz has given me the odd skein.
But I’ve finally found a crochet woolen jumper pattern that I really like in 8ply. My favourite woollen jumper is only fit for the garden now. As I want to make it up for myself and am really sensitive to prickly wool. I was wondering if anyone knew where you can get 8ply that has been spun out of say 19ish micron wool so it is a little softer. Instead of a lot of the wool around that has been spun in china and is really prickly.
KerrieMay 6, 2010 at 8:32 am #463296jennifer gMember
I got some from NZ, some unspun wool from Kaff in S.A. Some NZ wool I was given with the Spinning wheel and I still have lots and lots of cheap acrylic that come from shops like Big W over the years.
I wonder if I’d ever run out of it.
Are you interested in spinning wool yourself? There’s lots if good info out there, and Australian wool to be had, if you can get your hands on a good wheel :tup:May 6, 2010 at 8:58 am #463297roogzMember
Its hard to find Soft commercailly spun wool made in Aus- Most of the really good low micron stuff gets shipped overseas.
The other good hunting place is the Australian Sheep and Wool show in Bendigo its held in July each year, I think this year is 16-19 but check it out. Most small to medium producers are represented in one form or another and you can pick up some great buys, direct from the growers.
I go each year and do spinning demo’s and represent the coloured sheep breeders, If anyone’s there pop buy and have a chat, we are down near the craft pavillion:D We have the big Coloured Sheep Judging for the year as well – Usually on the Sat.:wave:
I would love to learn how to Crochet if you would like to trade. you can choose any fleece or tops natural or white (dyed), wool or alpaca (though wool will hold its shape better)
RoogzMay 6, 2010 at 10:09 am #463298dixiebelleMember
What about WOOLganics? It’s 10ply (so maybe for another project?), but wonderfully soft. Aussie organic wool, spun in NZ. About $8.60 to $12.50 per ball online prices I’ve seen. Going cheap here:May 6, 2010 at 10:27 am #463299weaverMember
I can get you 8 ply 90%alpaca 10% merino in 50 gm balls in a fawn colour. It also comes in hanks that you can then dye and then knit up. PM me and I will get you details if you are interested. It is very soft and comfortable.May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am #463300ali_celtMember
It depends on the price you want to pay as well. I have some Pear Tree Merino here, which is the squishiest, softest Australian merino I have ever felt. It’s commercially spun, and retails for about $24/100g.
I also have an alpaca/merino blend from them, comes in $12/50g balls.May 6, 2010 at 11:52 am #463301WickedstepMember
Morris and Sons do a lovely range of soft wool – their Empire line is good value. See morrisandsons.com.auMay 6, 2010 at 10:54 pm #463302kerriebMember
Lots of good ideas for wool sources.
I must admit I hadn’t thought about alpaca. Might do for this project I can source some of that that is affordable and would suit the jumper I have in mind. Weaver ;)fawn is not my colour makes me look washed out and ill.
Roogz happy to teach you to crochet anytime. I wonder if I can find an excuse to go to Bendigo that weekend.
Crochet tends to use a lot more wool than knitting this jumper will probably end up being about the same weight as a knitted 12ply one. I need 800g of wool for it so whilst DH pretty easy going about what I use the $24/100g is a bit much for this one.
This is for my its absolutely freezing jumper rather than one I would wear most the time in the winter. It’s just not that cold here. I’m still looking for a pattern I like in 4ply for me.
Plenty of knitted ones not many crochet. My knitting is abysmal:noapprove: The few things I was forced to knit at school were hideous.May 7, 2010 at 12:07 am #463303roogzMember
What colour/ colour combo’s do you like the wheel is sitting empty atm.
Would only take a week to 10 days to spin up 800-1kg. even with bubs.
RoogzMay 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm #463304ZandyMember
Im a spinner as well as a crochet and knitter. Ive bought alpaca fleece locally and there seems to be alot on Ebay, which might be worth a try.
There are quite a few websites that I have had a look at but mainly cause I was looking for cleaned fleece to spin.May 30, 2010 at 10:29 pm #463305grumpy3Member
I have heard that it also comes from sheep, or if you cross a kangaroo and a sheep it might be a wooly jumper.
DennisMay 31, 2010 at 12:50 am #463306karyn26Member
:lol::lol: Good one grumpy3 my thoughts exactly
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