What a fun project this was! The blankets were made from Brown Sheep Single-ply 100% wool warp and the most gorgeous Gotland Wool weft, bulky weight. The yarn was made from fleece from some local Gotland sheep, just down the road from me! Follow Your Arrow Farm orchestrated the project, and I could not have been more excited to work on these beauties. The challenges were surprising. The colors are all natural. And the yarn lots came from individual (or pairs of) sheep, but the yarn created major color striations. The yarn was milled by Shepard’s Gate Fiber Mill in Youngsville, NC.
Weave structure was twill in a diamond pattern. The first blanket did not have a selvedge plan and had to be tacked after completion. The second blanket, which used a double weft (like a block weave) with alternating shuttles, demonstrated a much more stable selvedge.
Completion of the project was in July, 2018. The blankets turned out cozy and amazingly soft.