I'm in the middle of several projects that I can share. First, I've been working on my Allistar fleece from Gleason's Fine Woolies. To refresh your memory, Allistar is a Bond sheep living in Colorado. His fleece is the most dream shade of hot chocolate. I finished washing him up last week (I have three pounds) and I've been watching Netflix and picking his locks and then carding them up on my drum carder. I have ten rolls of his fleece to spin up now.
|Allistar - photo from GFW|
I've gotten a bit of a bump in the rump to get going on this fleece. Joanna's flock was sheared in April and I have more fleece on the way from her. The GFW board on Ravelry has a Pound Along (PAL) where members each get a pound of fleece, process and spin it and then make something with it. We have six months and share our process and results. It should be fun, and hopefully having a deadline will help me. In addition to that pound, a friend expressed a desire to split a fleece with me after seeing Allistar's locks. We are getting a fleece from a ewe named Chrissy and she is a lovely cinnamon brown. Very excited for that box to come.
Speaking of fleece, my Corriedale/Merino cross fleece from Hubbard's Handspun came. Elizabeth Hubbard is known for her fine fleeces and like Joanna, she is a spinner herself. The fleece that I have from her was over ten pounds. She kept some for her own use and then put three pounds out for sale. I have two pounds of it. The staple length is 4 inches (thank you Corriedale side) and the crimp is extremely fine (thank your Merino side).
I finished a weaving project the other day. I still need to block it, clip ends and trim fringe. It is a VERY long scarf out of my handpainted yarn. I love the way the color play on the fabric.
The shop will have an update on Friday, so I've been busy working on items. I have three spinning batts that will be part of the update. Wool, silk, & alpaca anyone?
I finally picked up my ceramic sheep from the studio. My instructor held him to photograph. It is nice to have him home, and I think he'll be joining my table when I have fairs and markets. He is stoneware and pit fired to achieve beautiful random color. I'd love to make more sheep, perhaps a Jacob, with their cool horns.