Spin Span Spun Ram Lamb Hat


Hat knit from 2 strands of unspun Gulf Coast ram lamb with the occasional short flick of jet black alpaca. Size 8 circ and dpns were used. This was made for our 8 month old grandson who lives in RI.

This lamb’s fleece was still heavy with lanolin, sticky to work with. Lovely. Quite a bit of VM made the carding a slow process. Howard hand cards to the rescue.  The Fricke made the spinning a crazy fast enterprise. First, the rolags were predrafted into a very thin roving. Then, bobbin #1 was filled with a tightly spun single. Finally, the singles yarn was unspun evenly and rapidly. After knitting, the hat was given a cold water wash with Woolite. It is very soft and very thick with an elegant drape, and smells sweet now, not quite so cheesy rammy, but thankfully, it has retained a bit of the ram aroma.

The lamb fiber is from Laurie A of Silk Hope, the alpaca from Susan T of Dare to Dream Alpacas.

2 thoughts on “Spin Span Spun Ram Lamb Hat

  1. What a great design for a kid’s hat! I would love to hear more about why you unspun the singles after spinning them!

  2. What an adorable hat! And with the weather on the north-east coast lately, I’m sure your grandson will get full use out of it.

    What is Gulf Coast fiber like? How does it compare to some other breeds? I have more fiber in my stash than I can hope to spin up in ten years, I think, but I don’t have any Gulf Coast…. And I *am* planning on visiting the Coast some time in the next year…. Hmmmm….. Stash enhancement…..

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