Posts Tagged ‘nube’

On Cloud Nine

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

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.

 

Malabrigo Nube

Malabrigo Nube

This season, Diamond Yarn presents twenty fan favorite Malabrigo colourways in Nube, softly plaited into 114 gram bundles, ready for all your fibre enjoyment.

 

Piedras

Piedras

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.

 

Persia

Persia

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.

 

Glitter

Glitter

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.