Norwegian Dala weaving yarn is currently being spun on our ‘Grade A’ listed spinning mule which dates back to 1870.
The rovings from the carding set need to be twisted to produce yarn. At the Woolmill this is done on a spinning Mule. Rovings are fed through delivery rollers on to the 120 spindles on the mule carriage.
As the carriage advances, the rovings are drawn out and the fast turning spindles insert twist to produce a strong thread. As the carriage returns, the treads are wound on to bobbins mounted on the spindles and the process is repeated until full cops of yarn are produced.
The warp is currently being made for our fifth natural throw of the year, which will be woven on our Victorian Dobcross loom.
The warp consists of Norwegian Dala and Welsh wool.
Made in collaboration with the Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival, these exclusive fine lambswool scarves will be available at events throughout the festival and on their online shop!
"First launched in 1999, the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival's annual celebration of Scotland's national drink has developed into one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the World. With a programme of over 500 whisky-inspired events, the Festival is a mecca for the curious beginner and the whisky connoisseur alike."
Festival events take place throughout Speyside, the biggest whisky producing region in Scotland, from the 27th of April until the 1st of May.
This is where farmers brought their fleeces to be converted into yarn, cloth or blankets and where customers bought tweed and other products. The sign on the roof is disproportionally large so it could be seen from the road above.
When the Woolmill opened in June 2012 after the restoration, the Old Shop was used as the online shop mailing department, and has been closed to the public ever since.
However, as of the 26th of April 2017, the Old Shop is now open to the public - just like it was in the 1920's when Winnie bound the edges of blankets in the shop and offered special customers a glass of sherry!
The Old Shop has been opened just in time for visitors coming down during the Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival! Keep a look out for Knockando Woolmill scarves that have been made exclusively for the festival...
Please note: The Woolmill is closed today (25th April, 2017) due to the snowy weather.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
The warp is currently being made for our fourth natural throw of the year!
Once the warp has been made, it will then be tied into our Dornier loom in our modern workshop.