I am so weak. I vowed I wouldn’t buy any more wool until I used up my stash. I thought that once I used up all of my 23 micron merino, I would only order the 18.5 micron in natural and dye it myself. But then, World of Wool had a Woolly Wednesday with 10% off all natural fibers. Plus, if you spend £50 you get an extra 5% off everything. How could I pass that up?
Here is the undyed merino. Did you know that they sell 14.5 micron merino? It is twice the price of 18.5 micron, but I had to try some. (It is sooo soft.) So, the amount above does not add up to £50. What did I do? I ordered some Botany Lap Waste. Botany Lap Waste is where a lot of my mystery fiber came from the first time I ordered it.
This time, I only ordered two bags. I also told them at WOW that this wool was for felting, so no alpaca or superwash. They can guarantee no alpaca, but no superwash. I also asked them for bright colors as the last order contained a lot of neutrals and this is what I got in a 1kg bag. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Unfortunately, I only have one pack of corriedale tops in my stash to compare these with as I sold it to make room for merino. I went on the WOW website to find out what the colors and blends were. I got quite a lot of what I think is mostly merino. I have some of the colors already to compare and this is what I came up with. I am convinced I got mostly merino. What I think is Shetland is quite coarse compared to the others. In any event, I will need to make some samples to make sure that everything felts and that there is no superwash in there. I was told that it looks and feels the same as merino or corriedale, so better safe than sorry. I know that a lot of spinners will buy Botany Lap waste as it may not matter much to them what they are spinning as they will usually blend on a blending board or drum carder to make art batts for colorful yarns. In fact, I recently saw a post on one of the spinning groups on FaceBook where someone did just that. So, it is a thing. I just need to learn how to spin so I can use up that alpaca I got in the last batch of Lap Waste!