Back in November I began my internet search for 100% wool yarns to use for rug hooking and came up with some wonderful possibilities. Maybe in my travels I will happen upon Halcyon, Blackberry Ridge, Harrisville Highland or Violet Jane and I am sure there are many more just waiting to be discovered. Two great yarns I have already started collecting are Cascade 220's and Briggs and Little yarns.
Briggs and Little are located in York Mills, New Brunswick and is Canada's oldest woolen mill, established in 1857. The photo above is just a few of the Briggs and Little sample cards I received in the mail with many wonderful colours, in several ply's and roving too.
I plan to stock up on Natural White, Washed White and Bleached White for dyeing and also the Natural Sheep's Grey and Light Grey for overdyeing. Another mill of interest is MacAusland's Woolen Mills in Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island, established in 1870. Both MacAusland's and Briggs and Little offer free colour sample cards.
All it took was a couple of hours in the wood shop and for under $10.00 I made myself a wonderful yarn swift, built from pine, stained in English Chestnut and finished with a little Tung oil. I have already spent many a happy hour turning skeins into balls. Winding the balls by hand is relaxing and how I like to do it, but you can purchase an electric ball winder to use with the yarn swift.
I did try one center pull ball of yarn, but nothing beats the look of a ball of yarn wound the old fashioned way.
Until next time.....happy rug hooking!