The love affair with Malabrigo continues to wildly beat away, as fibre enthusiasts scramble to get their hands on Nube (the Spanish word for cloud), the ultimate in heart-fluttering pure merino softness, and now for the surprise– this is unspun kettle-dyed fleece. Just imagine expanding your creative realm by having a go at hand spinning, needle felting, or thrumming. The ideas are plentiful with this much vibrant colour at your fingertips. Nube is a flat sliver of unspun merino wool also known as ‘tops’, which differs from ‘roving’ in that it has been re-carded to remove any short fibres, aligning the long filaments into uniform lengths to produce not only a glossy sheen but a smooth even handle for spinning.
Why not teach yourself the ancient art of hand spinning by taking a workshop or following an online video, which demonstrates how to twist fibres together to form yarn. Its a relaxing experience that connects you with the actual fibre, allowing you to become the creator of gorgeous one-of-a-kind yarn to knit in whichever thickness you desire. One skein of Nube will spin enough yardage for a small accessory item or shawl to knit, at a finer gauge.
Thrummed knitting has been a part of Labrador and Newfoundland’s heritage for well over two hundred years. Fishermen have worn these cosy fleece-lined mittens out of necessity from the biting Atlantic winds. Nube is the ideal complement to the pure worsted goodness of Galway to make a pair for yourself or a friend. FREE Pattern here.
Needle felting has rapidly increased in popularity. It is a simple sculptural method of felting wool which requires no water, just a special barbed needle, a bundle of Nube and your imagination. The tiny notches on the felting needle along with a quick stabbing technique tangle and compress the wool fibres to create a dense fabric for creating jewelry, embellishments or three dimensional designs.