It’s been a while since I’ve done any raw fleece preparation for spinning, so to get back into the groove, I joined the Sheepspot Fleece Club this summer and I’m so happy I did. For the next 3 months I’ll get a good size sample (100 grams or so) of a variety of sheep wool to work with. Sasha Torres (Sheepspot Proprietor) is a spinner, knitter, dyer of fiber and yarn and lover of sustainable (& often unusual) fibery goodness – sounded like a good fit, so I’m all in. I like the idea that I don’t have to consider the whole fleece (which is a little overwhelming), and I love knowing where the fleece came from. I just received my July shipment – American Tunis fleece, a conservation breed. This particular portion of fleece is from “Y2 Wild One” a sheep raised at Cullenstone Farm in White Post Virginia.
Right out of the bag, it’s a great mix of curly locks and soft clouds of creamy colored fiber. Already washed for me 🙂 (thank you Sasha) but some of the lock tips were a little pointy and chunky, so I flicked all the tips to tease them open a little before combing.
From a bowl full of crispy tipped locks………To a bowl full of fluffy clouds
Then I proceeded to lash those fluffy clouds onto my hackle and combed them off and then back on a few times – this removed almost all of the VM (vegetable matter) and got the fibers nicely aligned for a good worsted spin
Each time I finished a ‘hackle full’ I dizzed the combed fiber off the hackle into a nice long smooth strand and wound them up into yummy soft balls of smooth combed top – ready for the spin.
Stay tuned for Part 2 – the Spinning!