Oh how I wish I had this book about two weeks ago before I ventured into the woolly world of fleece selection and preparation. Still, I’m fortunate to have discovered it as early as I have. The Spinner's Book of Fleece by Beth Smith is like deep-diving into a breed study workshop. (If you're lucky enough… Continue reading Review: Spinners Book of Fleece, the missing link!
I am now in the possession of 2 fleece, (fleeces?) As I write this post, I'm washing corriedale in 20 mins increments. Let me shared what I learned... so far... Previously a skeptic, I am now an evangelical convert. If you're fearing the fleece, let me tell you: it's easier than you think and very… Continue reading Fact: Washing fleece will keep you healthy and productive
Daniel is a Llanwenog x Oxford Down Cross. Ever since I started working with Daniel's fleece I've been singing Elton John: "Oh it looks like Daniel... must be the clouds in my eyes!" Just wanted to offer that little ear worm to anyone reading this blog post. I'm going to talk about where I went… Continue reading Choosing fleece: Must be the cloud in my eyes
I went with my sister and mother to a sheep farm: Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm in CT (Connecticut), near my brother's house. My sister was able to chat to Sue about the various trials and tribulations of sheep farming, and I dug into the piles of fleece and yarn. Sue was very lovely and answered… Continue reading Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in CT
I finished this shawl. The wool fluffed up so much, it's lovely. Pattern: Dissent by Lisa Mutch. Wool: Gotland 4ply by Blacker YarnsI wrote about the start of this project earlier. I had seen a Colour Affection shawl and loved the idea of a warm wrap. But then the yardage put me off. So I… Continue reading FInished: Dissent shawl by Lisa Mutch in Gotland
I almost want to write six different reviews for this yarn, but you'd think I was crazy right? But I have to say the three colours of the wool have subtle differences so you'd need three. Then I'd have to write a review in three different stitches and needle sizes. And I'm only talking about… Continue reading Yarn review: Blacker Yarns, Gotland 4 ply