I have been washing fleeces. Soon, I will be stocking the shop with locks and carded batts. Today, I washed a light morrit Shetland lamb fleece. The wool is next-to-skin soft. I spun a small sample straight from the locks (no carding). Nothing fancy, just a quick spin and a bit uneven (as I prefer it to be.)
The kids’ kids (Nigerian Dwaft goats).
My daughter’s Paso Fino mare…an early Christmas present. 🙂
Saori weaving is a type of free form weaving. I use a lot of my art yarns/chunky yarns in Saori style weaving. The first step of the process starts with washing and dyeing the fleece. After the wool has dried, it is carded into a batt.
The batt is spun into yarn.
I select warp threads and wind the warp.
The loom is dressed.
The cloth is woven.
The cloth is cut from the loom, washed, and fringe is tied.
The summer is coming to an end. I can feel fall in the air. The end of summer brings one good thing, the end of the parasites that have been plaguing the sheep! I have been doing weekly sheep health checkups. Everyone is doing GREAT, but this has been a bad (or good?) year for parasites. I rotate pastures which does help break the worm cycle.
I have listed some new dyed fibers in my online farm shop. I have more fiber assortments and dyed top to list. Hopefully, I will have most of it listed by the end of the week. The fiber assortments are great for carding. I love to make batts from an assortment of fibers.
I have been using up some of my handspun stash to weave Saori scarves.
The first cutting of hay is baled and stacked in the barn. We got it cut and baled just before the rains. There are a few wagon loads and lots of round bales.
Got some spinning done…
I take lots of photos (not just of sheep and fiber). We were exploring on our old property down the way and I got some great photos of this old truck. Some nice colors for dyeing. As you can see from the photos, the rain was coming…and it hasn’t left since.
I added some new handspuns to the stash! The fibers are a mix of farm fresh Cormo and Wensleydale from my sheep along with a little silk and Angelina. The green/blue will most likely become weft for a Saori weaving project. I plan on using the lavender one for a hat.
It’s HERE! My much anticipated Art Roving Hackle from Blue Mountain Handcrafts is here. I have been wanting one of these hackles for quite some time now. It is a breeze to use. I have been having lots of fun combining fleeces and fibers and coming up with some awesome rovings.
The above roving is a blend of Cormo, Coopworth Lamb, Wensleydale lamb, Silk, bamboo rayon, and Angelina.
There was very little waste after I dized off the roving.
The diz I used is one I recently purchased from Seven Yaks on Etsy. It has several diz hole sizes to choose from.
Ok, so there is a bit of play on words for the title of this post, but honestly I wonder sometimes. I love to spin singles. LOOK at all the yardage you get from singles. Other times, I think, “Well, the yarn may be more interesting if it is plied…” The majority of the time I try to decide what the end us of the yarn will be. If it is going to be for weaving and used as weft yarn, I will keep the singles. If I am going to be knitting it, I will ply it.
I knit a lot of winter accessories. I like to use bulky yarn to knit quickly. Bulky yarn also makes a thick wooly winter item. I am outside 365 days a year in all weather tending to the animals and I don’t like to be cold! Thank God for Charhart Coveralls. They are my winter weather favorite. Ok, enough talk about winter. It is in the 80’s and super nice outside! 🙂
I spun up one of my textured farm wool batts. The fiber in the batt was Cormo, Shetalnd lamb, Wensleydale locks, mulberry silk, and a smidge of Angelina. Here is a photo of my textured singles.
The singles looked great, but I decided they would knit up as a nice foofy hat. The singles were Navajo plied. This yarn will knit into a quick winter hat! Oh, and I guess this ply is exempt from the title of the post. Navajo ply is a 3 ply!