Chain plying gives such a satisfyingly round yarn.
I used the "Woolee Winder" on my Hansen, it makes plying a joy! No stopping to switch hooks on the flyer!
This yarn has all the best qualities of the three ingredients. The drape of the silk and bamboo and the ease of spinning that the Merino adds.
I have not washed this skein yet and I am not at all sure that it will be used in Tapestry as it is, but it might. I will spin the next braid differently, and compare the two.
I have split the next braid, "Stuffed Tiger" (lovely butterscotch oranges and browns) according to color and I will spin that as a gradient. If I like this approach better for tapestry, I may just order a new braid of the "Bejeweled" and have a re-do.
A couple of weeks ago, I came across an add for some Jacobs Sheep, and the shepherd happened to mention that there were fleeces available. I contacted her and to make a long story short, I bought 11 fleeces and my friend Karin bought 5. As part of the bargain, I am going to make a fleece rug and some yarn (from a first clip) for the shepherd. I may even see if she wants me to weave her a scarf from that yarn.
I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures of the exchange, and even of the first 2 fleeces that I washed that day. But I have come to my senses and I took a couple of pictures of the 2 fleeces I am working on today.
I split this fleece in half and put each half in a large lingerie bag. Then I put them to soak in hot soapy water a couple of times, after that there were a couple of rinses and ecco fatto, it is clean and ready to be laid out to dry.
I split each half fleece between 2 of these sweater drying racks that I have picked up over the last couple of years. They are perfect for this kind of thing.
(This spring I dried fleeces on the back porch tables, but I found that my little black cat loves to sleep among the fleeces so much and that she leaves behind her little black hairs, and they are not very easy to get out!)
I have taken the time to label the fleeces today, and I plan to do that for the rest of them, too bad I missed those first two.
I want you to see the crimp on this #3, isn't it beautiful! Most of these fleeces will become fleece rugs to sell at the upcoming fall shows, (I will probably spin the 3 "first clips" because they are so soft) it takes 2 good sized fleeces to make a rug 30x45 inches, which is what I am doing right now.
I can see many more fleece adventures in my future, heavens, I may have to reopen my Etsy shop!
Until next week, Happy Weaving, Tina