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« on: August 16, 2010 08:32:39 AM »

I made this with some Icelandic wool that I purchased in Reykjavik a few months ago. The wool is very hairy and fragile. The design is from a photograph I took at a tourist shop and I just used a basic hat pattern. This was my first attempt at fingerless gloves. I'll probably make a couple more sets until my wool runs out.
Enjoy!  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010 08:45:16 AM »

That is such a cute set! And you're right: what hairy wool, lol.  I wonder why it is fragile? I thought wool was supposed to be a relatively strong fiber?
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2010 10:18:46 AM »

Thanks! I think it has to do with the way they spin the wool. You buy it in bulk and it's 1ply, very easy to pull apart.. I made it into 2 ply by doubling up the strands, which made it stronger but I'd have to be careful how hard I pulled the wool..
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2010 07:13:30 AM »

Thanks! I think it has to do with the way they spin the wool. You buy it in bulk and it's 1ply, very easy to pull apart.. I made it into 2 ply by doubling up the strands, which made it stronger but I'd have to be careful how hard I pulled the wool..

Oh, ok. That makes sense, it just isnt spun very tightly.  Thanks for explaining that to me!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2010 12:17:16 PM »

that's super cute, I'm currently knitting a headband and fingerless gloves from icelandic wool Smiley I'll definitely put some pictures up when I finish Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2010 04:40:20 AM »

Thanks! I think it has to do with the way they spin the wool. You buy it in bulk and it's 1ply, very easy to pull apart.. I made it into 2 ply by doubling up the strands, which made it stronger but I'd have to be careful how hard I pulled the wool..

Oh, ok. That makes sense, it just isnt spun very tightly.  Thanks for explaining that to me!  Smiley
Actually its unspun wool, thats why its so loose  Wink
You can read about it here http://istex.is/default.asp?sid_id=20010&tre_rod=001|003|006|005|&tId=1
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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2010 08:36:10 AM »

anyone know where i can get this type of wool in the US? I'm running out of my heather green in the middle of a new set of hand warmers! 
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