Another night where I am wondering if I can squeeze my daily post in before the bewitching hour...yikes! It is 11:47 and I may not finish in time...but at least I started on the right day, so that counts....right?
Do you see that basket of lovely goodness? Can you almost reach in and feel the softness? I will talk more about this in a moment.
I discovered this group quite by accident a few years ago. I had stumbled upon Heidi Talbot's solo album one day in Best Buy and it quickly became one of my favorite albums. (Her first album, Distant Future is on my side bar.)
Heidi was the lead singer for Cherish The Ladies for a number of years, so when I saw that they were performing at the Stone Mountain Arts Center, I bought the tickets. This is the second time they have done a Christmas special up here. I hadn't realized that Heidi was no longer with the group.
At first I was a bit disappointed when Heidi was not with them....until I heard Michelle Burke's voice. She has the voice of an angel......truly beautiful. The ladies mix up their performance with Irish instrumentals, vocals and some Irish step dancing. Truly............if you get the chance to see them, you will NOT be disappointed!
Ok..........back to the fleece. Holy crap....I will tell you I am a fleece snob and this is T.H.E nicest fleece I have ever worked with. It's been some time since I have been motivated to take a fleece and process it myself. There was no way however I was going to trust this fleece to anyone other than myself :)
Given that it is a merino blend fleece, it did take a number of washes to remove all of the grease, but what was left is incredible. I have been hand picking it while watching tv at night and enjoying it immensely. Ken and the girls have asked if it was boring doing this and I honestly told them that it was a joy. In a way it transports me to a simpler time in history and I love it. (I don't think they believe me.)
Softness and crimp that would make any spinner swoon. I love it so much that I ended up buying the other half of the fleece yesterday. Now I have to decide what all of this beautiful softness is going to become!
To tie the fleece and spinning with Cherish The Ladies, last year when I picked up my wheel from Norm Hall, we got chatting about music. I think that he and I share a similar love of music. He mentioned to me that one of his favorite groups that he has come to know well personally over the years.......are the Ladies.
It is a small world at times, isn't it?
I am so fortunate to have such wonderful gifts in one day :)