Sing a Song of Sixpence shawl – I have just started the 6th stripe. The last increase row was just before the aqua stripe started. I have 10 stripes to go. I’m very pleased with it even if it feels like there are a million stitches. It’s folded in half for the picture. It’s actually a full circle. Hand spun and hand dyed CVM wool.
Polwarth fleece – This is 1 pound and I paid $22.90 including shipping from Raw Fiber Arts Co on Etsy. It’s got little bits of vm throughout but that’s not a big deal to me. It’s actually quite clean compared to some fleeces I’ve dealt with. I expect it’ll wash up to a bright white. I was quite impressed that it was a full chunk of fleece and not a jumbled up mess. It was easy to pull the locks and the staple length is mostly quite long. It is so so soft and doesn’t have a lot of lanolin.
It arrived in today’s mail and I swear, all I was planning to do was take it out back, spread it out and take pics and then bag it back up. I’m busy and/or it will be raining for the next few days and I can’t wash until Monday. Once I got my hands in it, I was doomed. I spent the next couple of hours pulling the locks and bagging them up for scouring. And I loved every second of it. Well, at least it’s all ready for Monday.
In other fleece news, I’ve made an appointment at a new sheep farm for this Saturday. This one has Cormo, BFL, Shetland and Corriedale. I’m not sure what I’ll be getting. I’d love to try all of them but her prices run much higher than the other farm (actually the new place has more normal prices. The other place was super cheap.) She’s willing to sell partial fleeces so maybe I’ll get a few pounds of several. I won’t know until I see what she has and get my hands into them.