Last week, my friend Martha came for a fibery visit. We washed most of this Blue Faced Leicester fleece, Gabby, a ewe from Aniroonz Sheep Company.
From their website, “ANIROONZ is a specialist sheep farm dedicated to the passionate pursuit of beautiful wool and happy sheep!” What’s not to like about that?
Gabby’s fleece was 2 pounds and I am guessing we washed up half of it. Once it dried I took a small wad of it and combed a little nest of fiber so I could spin a sample of it to see what it wants to be. The sample I combed was 4 grams, and since it was just one nest I was going to be spinning, I used a drop spindle. The sample to the left is just 2 grams of fiber. I repeated the process for the sake of adding some images to this post.
I really like how the colors all blended in the combing, but as I was putting this fiber away for storage, I did a rough color separation and came up with four different shades of grey that I might spin up as a gradient, or, I might over dye it and blend it all together. Undecided is a broad category in my creative process.
I made an andean plying bracelet with the singles, and my 4 gram sample gave me a 13 yard sample. Those numbers mean something in the yards per pound (ypp) final calculations of it all, but I don’t usually carry the math forward that far. I only make the sample notation so that I can, should I want to.
I am pretty pleased with the yarn this yielded and am going to try to get some of it spun up for the shop. Definitely an ongoing challenge, deciding what to spin next, because of course, I want to spin all. the. things.
This bfl might just jump to the top of the queue, because it’s pretty special. I think I might put another sample of it on the drum carder and see how that process goes. That just gives me another excuse to be using the cutest spindle ever!!
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