Thursday, April 1, 2010

This should keep me busy for a while!

Today's mail brought a box.... a big box.  And inside is a whole shetland fleece from a sheep named Mary, from Flutterby Farms in the San Diego area.    This fleece was living happily on Mary until last Saturday, the 27th, when John Quimby from Roseburg, OR sheared her.   All this info came from Jeri, (Fluffysgarden on Ravelry) who offered to select and ship several fleeces at a really good price.  How could I turn down such an offer.  Talk about fresh!    It was too windy to unfold it onto the mesh picnic table outside, so I spread a twin size sheet in the basement and carefully spread it out.
 I removed the yucky poopy bits, the second cuts and the coarser parts around the edges.
What is left has a staple length of about 4-5 inches and I really look forward to processing it to see what results.    
The cut side of the fleece is a lovely oatmeal color, while the tip ends are more yellow.   
I did bundle up about 6 oz of it into mesh bags to soak and wash over the next couple of days and I will be interested to see what the final color will be.    

I finished the Romney silver that I started a few weeks ago and ended up with about 5 oz of worsted weight yarn.   It was a pleasure to card and spin.
As a break from all the neutral colors, I have also been spinning up Dark Cathedral, by JulieSpins.   I originally thought it would be for socks but I think I am spinning too thin for that.   As a two ply, it should make pretty dramatic lace weight yarn.  This yarn is superwash merino, bamboo, and nylon.
And the shopping bag is coming along nicely.    My hands are getting used to the coarseness of the hemp fiber and it is a simple enough pattern to carry along for portable knitting.


Lynn said...

The fleece is lovely! Shetland is one of my favorite fibers to spin.

Anonymous said...

How fantastic! That fleece looks really lovely; I can't wait to see what it looks like after a good scouring. What method are you using?

bunnits said...

A new fleece is always something of an adventure. I really like Shetland, but my favorite was a nice dark gray Romney I got once as a gift. It was lovely. I was a fairly new spinner and was so worried that I'd do something to mess it up. Lol!

I also like how the Dark Cathedral is spinning up. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Ria said...

Can't wait to see what you do with that fleece - all your yarns are so pretty!