When I first learned how to spin, I went crazy purchasing raw fleeces. There is something that calls out to me when I see an especially nice and clean raw fleece. I don't know if it is the grease glistening on the crimpy fiber, the smell or the colors, but it just does. If you were to take a peek into my barn, where my roving stash is hidden, you would be amazed..
I am much better now. I only allow myself one fleece a year that is just for me and I usually get it from Skylines Farm.
I have to admit that my favorite part of preparing a raw fleece is washing it. I know.......that is pretty strange, but there is something magical about taking this greasy, sheepy smelling fleece and watching what happens to it after a few soakings with dish detergent and then a few more hot water soakings. It never ceases to amaze me just how dirty those dark colored fleeces can be
Last week I had a sneak peek at this grouping of fiber. What you see is .5oz of Romney that was soaking in the above picture, .3oz of fawn alpaca and .2oz of angora donated from Truffles, the bunny that was shorn last week.
Originally, I was thinking that I would like a sweater made with this combo, spun in a dk weight, but as I started spinning, the wool told me that it didn't want to be a dk weight, which surprised me as the romney felt pretty scratchy. (Yup......my wool talks to me..can you believe it??)
After it was plied, wet and dried out in the air, I found, much to my surprise, that I liked it very much. The yarn ended up somewhere between a fingering and a light sportweight yarn. I am thinking that I may just continue carding up some more to become the diamond lace cardigan sweater pattern that I purchased at Harrisville yesterday.
Mr. Bunny looks pretty pleased doesn't he?