There are a lot of posts and discussions on Ravelry about spinning and there are gorgeous pictures of finished yarn and the projects that are made from this lovely stuff. This post is a bit different. I wanted to show how I take a bag of deliciously stinky fleece and transform it into actual knitting yarn. That part of it still feels transformative and magic to me. So, here is my process. Yours might be different, but so long as we both end up with results that please us, does it matter?
Lovely Romney fleece straight out of the bag it had been stored in since last summer. I pulled out an individual lock to show the pretty crimp - and also to show how clean this fleece is. Wish I could remember where I bought it from!!!! 2015 resolution - label your fleece, woman.......
There are bags and boxes of fleece waiting for attention all over the house. This is the year they get the love they deserve.
|Blergh, right????? Even in a clean fleece like this one, this is how manky the water looked halfway through washing the batch. Explains why I rarely spin in the grease anymore........|
|You hear the angels?? Lovely, white locks almost ready for spinning. They just need to be flicked and drafted a little once they've had a spell of drying in front of the woodburner and they'll be ready to go.....|