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Handspun Yarn from Kenya

Three cakes of hand spun 2-ply wool. That’s what the bulging golden envelope with the beautiful stamps and return address of Nairobi, Kenya contained.

People talk about being environmentally green these days, even when it comes to yarn. This wonderful gift is the real deal: barely processed, loaded with lanolin and vegetable matter, and definitely spun without the consistency benefits of a wheel. It’s that very authenticity of the yarn that may make it difficult to work with.

As I attempted to find the working end of the yarn, it began to come apart. I am obviously unaccustomed to yarn spun in this manner. Perhaps I will do as the giver asks, simply keeping it as part of my collection and enjoying it for what it is: a symbol of a friendship born in an Amsterdam cafe, that made its way across continents and blossomed in Africa – all thanks to the Internet.

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  • It looks beautiful. I hope you do knit something with it. Something you won’t grow out of or tire of.

  • i got all misty!
    it’s beautiful…and it looks like it smells really wooly! 🙂

  • lu

    oh yes, and i wanted to say that i agree that this wool is a bit difficult to work with. i have done mittens a few times and there were some wonks here and there, but a good finished product.


  • lu

    this comment is long overdue. what a great photo of some kenyan wool!

    you are more than welcome and i am so excited it made it on to your website!

    still hoping that my buns get themselves to your town in the future so we can reconnect face-to-face. until then, the internet will do just fine!

  • What a wonderful gift! I love the look of it.

  • That is an wonderful thing. The internet has made it possible for us to have connections all around the world that would never have been possible. I try to remember that everytime I hear someone say how computers are so “isolating”. That yarn is precious.

  • I see more handspun gifts in your future.

  • Mmmm, I want to put my nose on that picture and smell the sheepiness!