In the last 36 hours I’ve suddenly turned from a potential, would-be, sometime-in-the-future spinner into a bona fide right-now raw fleece owner. See? Here it is:
It’s a Romney (with a year and a half growth), nice curly fiber, sort of medium-to-long staple (ie hair length) … in other words, the locks look just like crinkle cut french fries.
If you’re a real spinner reading this, you can probably tell that I have almost no idea what I’m talking about – but the people I went fleece shopping with told me this would be a good fleece to start on; hairs not too short, not too long, and evidently the crimped fibers make it easier to spin.
So how did this abrupt acquisition occur? Evidently a nearby farmer had fleeces advertised for $5 each, and my local yarn shop assembled an impromptu fleece-examination excursion. We went out this morning, and discovered that the $5 fleeces were OK, and that he also had some longer growth ones, in better shape, available for $20. And custom-made for me, there was this one. Small – almost half the size of some of the others – and half price, also since it was smaller than the other nice ones.
Now … the steps from fleece to sweater. Cleaning, carding, spinning, dyeing, knitting…. here I come!
In the mean time – since I was out at a farm – I could not help photographing some of the animals, of course. The most awesome was a Scottish Highland …. cow? Sadly, I only snapped one shot, and the fence, not the animal, is in focus. Cry.
They also had some miniature cattle – a bull, and several cows.
And, of course, sheep!
These are all mixed breed (hybrid?) sheep since the farmer raises them mostly for lamb meat, but also sells the fleeces. I can’t remember the mix … maybe Dorset-Romney? (My Romney fleece came from a sheep from the farmer’s sister.) Whatever they are, they are born black and slowly turn white as they grow up.
Evidently the farm had 3 or 4 Ewes die recently, so there are an unusually large number of lambs being bottle-fed right now. Poor little guys!
I’m going down to Davis and leaving the boys behind, so I won’t be posting on Monday. Back Tuesday! Happy weekend, everyone.