Yesterday a really nice woman from New Zealand stopped by Lorna's Laces. Her name is Maree Buscke and she was super interesting.
Like so many people who work in yarn, she wears many hats. She's the proud mom of two boys. She does back office stuff to help out her husband's optometry practice. She spends a couple of days a week working at a local mill.
That local mill thing really got my attention. Not that kids and husbands aren't interesting and all but...well, you know. If you're reading this, you're a fiber junkie too. The mill is called Skeinz. Kinda cute with the NZ since they're from New Zealand dontcha think? We talked shop quite a bit. About fiber and equipment and scale and lots of things you probably think are boring.
Then she gave me this.
This is made from Stansborough Gotland, a rare breed of grey sheep from NZ. It's spun by Design Spun Ltd. (If I understand it right, Skeinz and Design Spun are different arms of the same company.) It's the fiber that was woven into the cloaks used in Lord of the Rings. Dude, did you hear that? Lord of the Rings!! This is the DK version, they used a finer yarn for weaving the cloaks. I'm still kinda flabbergasted by the whole thing.
I think it needs to be something kinda special. There about 100 gram of it. Probably 210 meters. I wonder what it wants to be. Anybody have any suggestions?