As I was finishing the last Brioche swatch today, it suddenly occurred to me that I really need to get back to spinning more. My shepherdess shears in May and while that may seem like a long time from now, last year’s experience taught me that it goes faster than I’d like.
Before shearing in May, I’d like to
- Finish combing and spinning Patrick the CVM from 2016. I’m pretty close to done on the combing but there is a lot of spinning left. That was a huge fleece.
- Work on scouring/dyeing Violette the Corriedale from 2015. There isn’t much left. It’s actually re-scouring as I didn’t get all of the lanolin out the first time. This is also a delicate fleece so I have to be careful with it.
- Comb and spin Violette the Corriedale from 2015. I’ve got a few skeins done but there is quite a bit to go. It’s slow going to comb because it’s so delicate (the sheep was sick that winter and died the following year.) It’s amazingly soft wool and worth the extra effort. I’ve not touched it since getting my fleeces in 2016.
Honestly, doing number 3 is a huge long shot. But I’d at least like to get a start on it.
Other spinning/combing to be done at some point.
- Comb and spin the Hawaiian Merino from 2016. I’ve got some of it combed and I’ve spun some of the waste.
- Comb and spin the Hampshire that’s all dyed and ready to go. This is easy to comb and easy to spin. I’m spinning it rough (or at least not worrying if it’s perfect). It’s to be used in weaving.
- Spin the Teeswater/Romney cross from 2014. All dyed up. Needs to be finger teased and spun rough and plied with thread. It’s also for weaving.
- Spin some of the “kits.” Packs I put together of carded fibers, mostly from a 2015 soft mystery fleece that I dyed.
What I want to buy this year.
- Patrick the CVM’s 2017 fleece. Or maybe just half of it. It was almost 7 lbs after scouring and probably around 12 lbs before. Or some other fine wool if she got any new sheep.
- 2 or 3 lbs of a long wool. I’m not fussy on breed or color, other than light so I can dye it. It’s for that rough spinning for weaving like the Teeswater/Romney cross.
- Maybe another Hawaiian Merino. It’s really nice once it’s cleaned up.
I have to remind myself that a little backlog is good. One of these years I’m not going to be able to afford new fleeces and I’ll be happy to have fiber in storage to spin.
I think I’ll declare February to be the month of spinning. Not to say I won’t knit during that month, but my focus will be more on spinning and combing.