Ever since I started my flock of Shetland sheep, I been in love with the traditional Shetland lace knitting. Along with FairIsle knitting, lace knitting is distinctly Shetland. Lace weight yarn, or cob web yarn, is so fine, it could easily be mistaken for crochet thread. One source I read said the strand of yarn should be no more than six fibers thick. Six fibers! A single wool fiber is roughly equivalent to a human hair. The real pinnacle of this art comes in the form of the traditional Wedding Shawl, a shawl so delicate, it can be pulled entirely through a wedding ring. Spinning and knitting such a piece is on my bucket list.
Abner, my wether, has a gorgeous fleece. It is a natural white with almost no heathering. He would be perfect for this project! Admittedly, I have a long way to go to spin something this fine. My "comfort zone" weight is worsted, or sweater weight for you non-knitters. Spinning a mere six fibers will require patience...and bifocals.
|detail on the shawl above|