Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April's Spinning Goal

Sheesh, I can't believe how time flies sometimes...I was sitting here getting ready to post and as I logged in realized how long it's been since my last post. I guess I have been busier than I thought.
Last weekend I went up to Orcas Island with my kids to visit my family and help out an acquaintance with his wool. Basically I agreed to a sort of 'work trade' and gave 9 hours of my time teaching someone how to skirt, wash, dry, comb, card, spindle and wheel spin as well as dry his fleece in exchange for a fleece. I think It was a good deal on both ends...now I have a dirty fleece to deal with but I am not really one to complain about having more wool. :)
This last weekend was the Spring Fair and I spent Saturday helping at the Shepherd's Extravaganza with the selling of the the judged fleeces. I also got the chanced to pick out a fleece (well, one for me, one for Andrew) as well as do a little shopping in the vendor booths. I am proud to say that I only bought my fleece and some dyed locks of Romney...which brings us to this months spinning goal...
8 ounces of Romney locks dyed in wonderful colors. I have decided to do this one lock at a time - just grab one out of the bag,

Flick card the tips and the butts open,
I need to weigh out the rest of the locks and try to get approximately thirds so that I can do a true 3ply if I want...
I plan to test in the same manner as when I spun this So I'll either end up with three smaller Navajo plyed skeins or one larger 3ply skein. We'll see where we're at once the singles are spun and the samples are done.