We're still getting snow, though the boys can at least get out now. Not all those dark lumps are rocks.
I had volunteered to demonstrate spinning at Click-ets, the library beginning knitting group that meets twice a month. The volunteer who leads the group is a wonderful retired lady and she's excited that this date is also her birthday. Thursday, she popped by my desk to show me the press release! that she gave to the newspaper. I apparently, in addition to demonstrating spinning, am also going to be talking about felting. I don't felt I explained, but what she wants me to talk about is my knitted/fulled bags. After I send the auction bag off, I'm a bagless lady. What to do???
I decided that since it's not hiking weather outside, this is officially a fiber day. Question: What bin of clean locks did I grab from one dye day to get the magnificent halo that this in the central part of this bag?? I know the bottom is coopworth and the top is border leicester. Okay, I'm almost certain it is - maybe.
I especially love the way the yarn on the top of this bag bubbles, almost like a boucle. I decided today is the day to see I can uncover the breeds behind these felted yarn behaviors.
This is border leicester that I bought from Ralph
Groefsma in Mountain Home, Idaho. I realized as I was doing this that his fleeces might be a cross - I think the only breed he was committed to was Lincoln. This might be a mystery breed. The locks are clean and were dyed with poplar a while ago but are only light yellow.
This fluff is
salish from Anna Harvey. I also bought this fleece many years ago. I'm going to make yarn of both of these and dye them. I'm pretty sure that these are the two fleeces in question.
In addition to the fiber preps, I also cooked up a couple batches of dyed locks. The left is border leicester and the right coopworth/salish. I'm looking forward to seeing how they work in my bags. I also realize $$$$$$ that I really do love the kitchen convenience of Gaywool Dyes. It's like sprinkling spices into stew. I've resisted forking over dough for almost kool-aid dyes, but if I don't buy them for myself, who will?
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