Breed Study, fiber prep, Fleeces, Rysa, Shetland, Spinning

Rysa and the 6 Skeins: The Side

The wool along Rysa's sides was some of the most interesting to process.   It is nice and soft and has a surprising amount of luster considering the disorganized crimp and the weathering.  Here's the wool after washing.  There is still enough lanolin in the wool to make spinning quick and easy.  I'll wash the skein… Continue reading Rysa and the 6 Skeins: The Side

Breed Study, fiber prep, Fleeces, Rysa, Shetland, Spinning, washing

Rysa & the 6 Skeins: The Belly Wool

Who decided that Shetland was a good idea for this challenge?  Oh, right.  Here's me paying the price. I only had 50ish grams of washed belly wool to work with and a good part of that was grass and felted bits.  The fiber is tender in spots, so I tested frequently as I picked.   I… Continue reading Rysa & the 6 Skeins: The Belly Wool

Breed Study, fiber prep, Fleeces, Rysa, Shetland, Spinning, washing

Rysa and the 6 skeins

Meet Rysa.  She's a lovely bellwether Shetland ewe at Trinity Farms. Today I am separating out her fleece to make six different skeins of yarn- one from each of the following body areas: neck, sides, britch, belly, shoulders, back.  My  goal is to spin for a purpose suitable to the fiber characteristics.   I'm going to spin… Continue reading Rysa and the 6 skeins

Spin-a-long, Spinning, Support Spindles

Spinning in the Not-So-Wild

It's been alternating between rain, sleet, snow, and just depressing cold, grey blah.  Not much spinning out in the wild these days, but I have hope! At some point, things will dry out enough to take my spindles outside.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNzGZh9Tuzc&feature=youtu.be In the meantime, here's a little support spinning in front of the fire.  Oh,… Continue reading Spinning in the Not-So-Wild