June 14, 2022
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We just received three large boxes of Manchelopis from Wool Dreamers. Manchelopi is an unspun wool sold in 100g "plates". These plates are wound with two strands, which can either be knit together or carefully separated and knit either alone or with a strand of mohair. Wool Dreamers is a Spanish company, and the wool comes from the Manchega sheep. Manchega are primarily raised for their milk (and the resulting cheese), but their wool is quite soft, and in this unspun form makes a lovely spongy, squishy fabric.
Each plate is 100g, and is comprised of 251 yards of double stranded unspun wool. Recommended gauge is 15 stitches / 22 rows over 4", using a 6-8mm needle. I swatched it at a range of gauges--about 12-16 stitches per 4"--using needles from 4.5mm (US7) to 6mm (US10). It's also possible to use it singly stranded, though there is an extra step of winding the double strands from the plate into separate balls. Using one strand, recommended gauge is 22 sts / 32 rows on 3.25mm (US3) to 4.5 (US7) needles. Single or double stranded, adding a strand of mohair can be a lovely option.
You can find four natural colors, and three soft pastels here. If you're already a fan of unspun yarns or ready to explore, treat yourself! And if you're cautiously curious, I'll be excited to show you this special yarn next time you're in.
Here are a few resources for learning more about unspun yarns:
"From Flock to Your Hands" -- process video from Wool Dreamers. Click above, or watch here.
My friend Lucinda (from Mont Tricot in Québec) shares tips for knitting with Manchelopis with her trademark friendliness and enthusiasm here.
More tips for knitting with unspun yarn from RuiKnits video podcast, + pattern ideas here.
A Ravelry bundle with pattern suggestions is here.
The Outline Tee in Amano Awa is finished! I used 3.75mm / US5 needles for the main fabric, and 3.5mm / US4 needles for the ribbing. In this photo, the tee is steamed, but not yet wet blocked. I made the size M, and knit 9" to the division for sleeves.
I started a Miles Shirt Jacket in the Manchelopis, and have knit both patch pockets (which cleverly serve as swatches) and the upper back. I actually knit a few inches more than that during a dental appointment--whoops. I'm making the medium in Gris Medio. (Note that all of the greys are sheep's grey, i.e. very warm toned indeed.)
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