Fleeced Out

The week of fleece washing didn’t accomplish as much as I was hoping, but I did get a pretty sizeable pile of fleece washed. And while there is still a whole garbage bag full of dirty fleece, I think this will keep me busy for a while.


I actually got a pretty fair amount of this carded, but the carded got used in another project before I took any pictures of it and is now hanging out to dry. I did decide to break out of my usual “rolag” carding method and turn the carded fluff into these nice little balls of homemade roving. Not quite as smooth and buttery as store bought, but it’s fun to use and spins nicely.


The pink and purple are from cochineal dyed fleece. Yes, I still have that fleece laying around. Two nice chunks of it.

Anyone remember the New Zealand wool I aspired to spin on the drop spindle? The one I was going to spin for an entire sweater’s worth? Well, that kind of fell flat. So I took the singles and plyed them together. HeavyWorstedWhite
The only kicker was I hadn’t been all that careful with twist amounts, so I wound up with my first ever five ply yarn trying to make it come out even and non-splitty. It’s a heavy worsted and there are three and three quarter ounces of it. I haven’t measured the yardage yet. I think it’s in the fifty to sixty yard range. It’s very soft and strong. I have some special plans for this skein. Something to do with a blue test run.

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