Rolags: Wonderful because they are completely ready-to-spin. They are prepared by combing different fibres together and then drafted as they are rolled. This makes Rolags ideal for practicing long-draw (if you want) and eliminates any fibre preparation you would have to do with other types of spinning fibre (like braids or locks). Some of the blending we do by hand (like rolags and batts), others (like tops) are done at a UK mill.
Unique hand picked colourways and fibre blends. 50g (Aprox 4-6 rolags)
Approx fibre content:
60% British Wool
10% Zero Waste/Botany Lap Waste
5% Wool Nepps
About this colourway: Made from a combination of British Wool and Linen, this mix uses our blended fibre 'Trickfoot' (the Purples, Turq, Yellows and Greens) and some 'Zero Waste' fibre. This creates a more subtle stripe than just the colours on their own, and makes it unique! The original 'Trickfoot' blend is inspired by a certain Gnome Cleric by the name of Pike Trickfoot (from Critical Role, Campaign 1). I was inspired by all the amazing cosplays of her which often have a light blue or purple undershirt, her gorgeous yellow sun holy symbol, and touches of darker colours in the shadows of her garments and heavy armour. If you want to really make this a true Pike Trickfoot colourway, pair it with a bright white to represent her hair!
About the Fibre content: Shetland is a classic British fibre from up north. BFL is the softest of all British breeds. We avoid using Superwash because of the harmful process to the environment. Linen is very stringy and you might need to practice this a bit before you get a steady rhythm going. There are two methods of spinning linen, 'Dry' and 'Wet'. Because the fibres have been brushed, you don't need any special equipment like a distaff to spin from this top- but I would recommend a little look on Youtube to see how other people go about this if you've never tried before. It's such fun! In this blend, you can spin it just like you would any other fibre. Oh! Because of the Linen content, I recommend wearing an apron while you spin as Linen can be a bit 'fly-away' while you spin!
ZERO WASTE: Sometimes there just isn't enough of something to make a large run of it, sometimes you get to the end of a run of colour and you end up with bits and pieces left over. We collect these bits and pieces, put them together and come up with something beautiful. Each of these rolags have complimentary nepps for a tweed effect, and some pops of colour add-ins. They are full of surprises, layered and drafted and rolled into little magic wands of fibre.
*Note! Because this is a zero-waste product, it's super limited edition and can not be repeated*
What is Botany Lap Waste? All this gorgeous fibre comes from a British mill and it's a mixture of dyed tops, dyed fleeces, natural tops and end of runs on the blending machines. I love using this because I love taking something that might be unwanted or unused, and giving it a new life and some love. And anything we can do to reduce waste is a-okay with me!