Isn't this a wonderful verse? All parts of ourselves both give and receive. If our senses are so noble, shouldn't we be as well? (also Dao)
Spring is the season for senses. The fresh air smells as we throw open our windows. The sounds of the birds coming back home from their Winter journey. The colors of Spring as they break thru the dullness of Winter gone past.......and the flowers that become eye-candy.
What a week! I apologize to anyone that I may not have responded to over the week. I dislocated a finger, slipping on a dog toy and catching it on one of the crates. Needless to say, typing, knitting and spinning have been very painful. Not much on the fiber front was accomplished. The Paprika sweater is moving along at a nice steady pace though. I'm gonna LOVE this sweater!
Every Spring I allow myself 2
fleeces that I keep just for myself. The last few years, I have purchased Romney fleeces from Skyline Farms. Great fleeces and wonderful customer service!
I contemplated this week's post, as I read from my Tao daily book this morning, where the above verse was found.......... Spring really is, all about the awakening of our senses. With Spring comes shearing and there is nothing quite like a raw fleece to awaken those senses. The smell of lanolin
(and other things) and the softness that it imparts, along with the fabulous crimp, is truly wonderful.
Of course, being the
impatient person that I am, I always pull out a few handfuls of the raw fiber to see what potential lies before me, in all of it's greasiness. I snap it next to my ear to listen for sounds of weakness and I check the crimp. More crimp = softer fleece.....but soft isn't always what you need. It depends on what you had in mind for the fleece.
After checking the locks over carefully,
they get tossed into a couple of very hot water soaks with dish detergent. The detergent and the heat of the water, helps to dissolve a years worth of dirt and grease. These fleeces were covered, so they are not that dirty. You would be absolutely amazed at how much dirt that these washes will yield sometimes, with fleeces that have not been covered.
What they will become is limited only to one's imagination. Dye, spin, weave, felt.........so many things they could become.
Then, I will comb out the samples on a
pair of fine Louet combs that I have for combing Angora. This wool is slated for carding on my soon to be here, "Super Carder, ("happy dance!!), but for sampling, the combs are quick and will give me a good idea about the qualities of the wool.
From there it goes to my drop spindles, to see what the finished yarn will could end up looking like. This will let me know how fine or thick the yarn should be spun and what the quality of the finished product should be.
This winter, I sold a good amount of my spindle collection, as I felt the need to simplify........but I hung on to a few favorites. Featured here is a Hatchtown Amelia (with the brown fleece), and my all time favorite Forrester (with the white fleece). As quickly as I picked up spinning on a wheel, any one of my friends can attest to how difficult it was for me to master the Drop Spindle (there really is a reason why it is called drop!)
I am looking forward to working with both of these fleeces...........Yummy stuff!!!
And Then There Were Three..............
As not only a breeder, but a pet owner....... I feel that it is so important to make sure that each dog, gets the individual attention that they deserve, so I have to be ultra choosy about what I will keep here. The littlest one will be here for a good spell as she still needs to catch up with her siblings and I do need to make sure she is completely healthy, somehow, it will make it a wee bit easier :-))
With Spring coming...............new beginnings! Baby bunnies will be making their appearance next week, Lord willing.
~Enjoy Spring in your corner of the world~