Sheared Bliss

Sheep To Shawl

Sheep were sheared.

Yarn was dyed.

Pretty things were sold.

SweetP was sweet.

And a good time was had by all.


April Showers

I know April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but if the showers happen to be snow showers like we’ve been getting lately then it’s much more useful if they bring brightly colored wool.

I’ve been dyeing up a storm.

There’s fluffy roving in every flavor:

Looks like cotton candy, but it’s better for you – fewer calories, more fiber!

There’s a whole spectrum of sock yarn:

And there’s a rainbow of silks for good measure:

If you’d like to see firsthand how to get these colors and more using all natural dyes (as well as all of the other aspects of fiber processing), come to the Littleton Museum’s Sheep to Shawl event this Saturday.  I’ll be dyeing in the summer kitchen.  Stop by and say hello!

Happy Easter

This was SweetP’s second Easter, but the first that he was mobile enough to hunt for Easter eggs.  Finding the eggs was exciting and they made interesting noises when he shook them.

The bit about putting them in the basket was a little confusing though.

After we showed him that the eggs were full of tasty things he started to get the picture.

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy dyeing up my own basket of goodies.

Two Boxes Full
January 3, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Remember this?  I took the fleeces we skirted back in August to Spring Too Fibers and told Andrew to do whatever he thought best with them.  Fast forward a few months and I get two large boxes in the mail containing this:

Yup, that’s 8 pounds of merino roving and 3.5 pounds of churro roving.

Now, to figure out how to spin while holding a baby . . .

Three Bags Full
August 29, 2011, 11:08 pm
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You know you have good friends when you ask them to help you pick sheep poo out of wool and they don’t bat an eye.  CoworkerA, Ms. Celery, and NurseK showed up bright and early on Saturday to help me skirt three bags of fleece that had been skulking in my garage for an embarrassingly long time.

The first two bags (the black ones) I knew contained pre-skirted fleeces – one churro and one merino.

The churro was fine except for all of the burrs in it.  We decided that this particular sheep must have gone around sitting on every burdock plant it could find.

The merino was pretty good too – not very cohesive as a fleece, but that’s ok.

Then we broke into the third bag.  This was the mystery bag.  All I knew was that it came from a local museum (not the one I volunteer at), it was supposed to be merino from a not too elderly sheep, it was big, and it was . . . fragrant.  Well, as soon as we dumped it out, we realized why it was so big – it was actually two fleeces.  Then when we rolled out the first fleece we realized why it was so odoriferous – it apparently belonged to a sheep who had a thing for rolling in poo.

Check out those dingleberries.  We were able to salvage maybe a third of it.  Luckily, the second fleece from the mystery bag was much better.

Mmm . . . so fluffy.  And look at this crimp!

So we ended up with four bags full.

Now I just need to get around to taking them to the mill.

PS: For those who worry about such things, I did wear gloves and a mask.

Spinning Sunday
March 13, 2011, 5:52 pm
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The Weird One
February 15, 2011, 2:24 pm
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I think I may have earned myself a reputation as the weird one.  One of my former volunteers (hi Ms. B!) ran into me at work yesterday and asked if I would like to buy some wool. Why yes, yes I would.