We are back from a couple of days visit and work in Dala-Floda. The time spent was as always a very nice experience. This time we were there to build an exhibition, a new experience. We had professional help from Anna-Karin Jobs Arnberg.She was as always a fountain of knowledge and great to work with. The venue was the Studio at Dala-Floda Värdshus. The exhibition was opened by Sonja Bush from Wålstedts Textilverkstad AB, Dala-Floda.
The breed Roslagsfår was rediscovered in the
1990's. The breed today stems from Raggarön in the north of Roslagen where the
sheep has been kept since the 18th Century. The wool was foremost used for making
textiles for the family. It was spun, woven, knitted and nalbound for socks, mittens
and other types of clothing. The wool is very similar to that of the breed Rya,
strong and lustrous.Their
wool varies in quality and is not suited for fulling since it does not shrink
The sheep are small. A ewe weighs 30-40 kilos and a ram about 50 kilos.
Their height averages 57 cm making them the smallest of the Swedish sheep breeds.
More information (only in Swedish) about the breed can be found here:
Since the weather was much better today than yesterday we decided to spend a couple of hours sorting fleece. A couple of weeks ago we received a lot of fleece from the breed Roslagsfår from a friend. A very generous gift.
So we spent part of our day skirting and grading. We want to end up with a yarn suitable for knitting, but there is quite a way before we reach our goal. Washing all this fleece will take days and we will be dependent of the weather for drying the washed fleece. No doubt this will be a project for the entire summer - and we will probably need to get ourselves a new drum carder since our old one has ceased to function and I can't see us carding all this wool by hand. Spinning can be done during winter - but I really would like the wool carded by then.
My idea is to mix these colours to get a grey yarn. I will also very soon have to decide whether to mix in some other wool before starting carding.
In 1985 ICA kuriren published "Sticka sockor" - a collection of sock patterns originating from a competition for their readers. From the submitted socks some were chosen for publication and knitting instructions for each item were written. This book is no longer available in stores. You will have to search the second-hand market.
The pattern for "the perfect sock for men" is a very good basic pattern for socks knitted with a rather thin (420 metres per 100 grams) sock yarn on needles 2,50 mm. The rib is continued on the upper part of the foot giving the sock great flexibility and the heel has a standard slip 1, knit 1 stitch to make it stronger.
Knitting men's socks in thin yarn takes a lot of time, but the result is rewarding. I like these socks a lot. They will be very useful in spring and autumn, and indoors on cold summer days.
The yarn used for these socks is Drops Fabel. it is the first time I use this sock yarn. It has been recommended by my friends as a good and durable sock yarn. I do hope that is true - I would be really disappointed if all the hours spent knitting these socks were waisted.