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 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 have been busy spinning some super-soft Cormo batts. The fleece is washed (to remove all lanolin!), hand-dyed, and then carded. The batts are about 90% Cormo with 10% Wensleydale, other wools, silk, Angelina. I have listed some in my shop. These batts are next-to-skin soft!! I love them!
The photo above is my spinning progress so far. I have 2 batts (about 8 ounces) in this colorway. I plan on knitting a Venetian Blind shawl with the yarn. If you are a member of Ravelry here is a link to the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/venetian-blind . I am not sure if the link will work for a non-member. Ravelry membership is free. It is a great resource for everything fiber (knit, crochet, spin, weave).
I am spinning on my Mach III wheel by Spinolution. The bobbin is the 8 ounce bobbin. They also have a 32 ounce bobbin and yes, they are huge! I love my Mach III. I have had it for several years. It is the perfect wheel for spinning Aran and heavier yarns.
The online farm shop on Etsy has been stocked with some new hand dyed locks. There is also farm fresh Wensleydale roving available in white and black. The roving is so soft and silky! It is so wonderful to spin. I will be adding some more washed Wensleydale locks (white, black, and silver) soon!
My new wheel arrived a few days ago. I was trying to decide between a Spinolution or a beautiful Schacht Saxony. Both wheels are entirely different (and are for different types of yarns!). It was a hard decision. I ended up choosing the Spinolution Mach III and couldn’t be happier!
I ordered the 8oz set up and the oversize bobbin set up for my wheel, along with the wheels and lazy kate. I think the only other thing I need to order is the tube orifice. I would have ordered it with the wheel, but I did not know anything about it until a day or so ago.
Here are a few photos of my first skein spun on my wheel. The fibers in the yarn are Cormo and Wensleydale from my sheep along with some silk and Angelina.
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!