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First Fleece

February 21, 2007

I’ve been absolutely obssesed with the Clapotis, and it’s coming along nicely.  Although my main goal tonight is to get some blocking done so I can have a new sweater soon.

I’ve started going to a spinning group that meets a few times a month and somehow I walked away from my first meeting with a fleece.  It’s a lambs fleece from Fox Hollow Farm and Fiber.


I washed it this weekend.  Since it was my first time washing, it was sort of an all day affair.  It worked out well though, because Saturday was a beautiful day here.  I was able to do some work in the garden, prune the roses, and clean up some of the beds.  Not to mention get rid of the pesky holly, blackberries and ivy.  The hollies are spread everywhere and are parasitic, so they end up killing the good plants.

Since I don’t have cards, I’m going to be flicking the ends of the fleece with a dog brush.  This is three pounds of goodness that I got for super cheep.  I think I’ll be spinning my first sweaters worth.

Of course I will be dying it, but I’m not sure if I can wait until after it’s spun.  Plus my dying equipment will handle yarn much easier than that much fleece at once.  I’m thinking a deep rusty red.  What do you think?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2007 12:04 pm

    I think the red sounds wonderful! I’ve yet to actually spin the first fleece I bought. It sits waiting for me because I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with it yet! But I sure love the sheepy smell!

  2. Jodie permalink
    February 23, 2007 9:51 am

    I’m just glad mine is clean and ready to go. I also have some kid mohair that is super soft that I’ll probably be blending in.

  3. February 26, 2007 5:50 pm

    It looks beautiful! I’m very tempted to get into doing some of this myself, but apartment living just doesn’t work so well for mass washing of smelly sheepy things. Some day!

  4. Jodie permalink
    February 26, 2007 11:06 pm

    Yeah, I’m not sure I would have gotten it if I had an apartment still. Then again, I’m not sure I would have my spinning wheel either.

    Keeping the bathroom door closed really help not only keep the water hotter longer, but keep the sheepy smell in the bathroom. We also brewed beer that day and the smell of hops and grain overpowered the sheep barn smell.

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