his scarf, he acquired a gift of yarn for me.
This is Faroese yarn that I believe his mother acquired many moons ago in the Faroe Islands. It looks like it is natural colored, in dark brown, grey, and cream, and could be handspun. I think most if it is 2 plies, making a rather bulky-weight yarn. There is lots of VM in it. It probably also has natural lanolin in it.
This is very special yarn, which Eric bought from his mother (I'm guessing after a bit of begging for her to part with it) and I love it. I think I want to re-skein it and wash it, and try and pick the VM out of it. Any opinions out there, about the best way to prepare it for use? Should I not wash it because of the lanolin?
What to make? I was considering a traditional sweater, but it really is too thick - I'd never get a chance to wear it. So I'm thinking of a folk shawl instead. Any suggestions? I'd like to try for Faroese style (not lace, although a lacy pattern might work with this) or anything that captures the rustic, ruggedness of the yarn and its islands.
Thank you, Eric, for such a wonderful yarny gift.