I dyed 35 grams of my fleece today with three colors of Lanaset dyes - teal, blue and purple. I am sooooo pleased with the results and am anxiously awaiting for it to dry so I can spin it this weekend. It will be a subtle, but rich two ply yarn.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
The picture below is the yearling ewe I chose from the group behind her, for the fleece that was being shorn by Kevin Ford. He shears by hand with no electricity.
This picture shows the fleece on the table being skirted to remove the dirty wool. Overall, my fleece was very clean and had little that had to be skirted.
My fleece weighs 5 pounds. I have plans this week to wash it with Orvus paste in preparation for dyeing and then spinning into yarn for a new Fall sweater. I think I am going to knit a shrug with the yarn, which I plan to dye a denim color. I will post the progress of this new and exciting project.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I had the urge to do some dyeing last weekend, so I worked on creating a palette of wool roving to do some felting with. I also dyed larger quantities of four different coordinating colors to use for the base . This wool roving came from R H Lindsay in Boston and is perfect for spinning or felting. It is a nice blend of wools with a springy loft, that would also be perfect for spinning a fine laceweight yarn.